The Menno Simons Centre is mentioned in the article “The church as landlord – Providing affordable housing for students may keep young people connected to the church” by Emily Loewen, Young Voices Co-editor, from April 23, 2013 in the Canadian Mennonite magazine. Emily described a congregation that was thinking of purchasing a house in Saskatoon to provide a community living space with affordable rent for Mennonite students who are not studying at a Mennonite University. She then interviewed Kevin Hiebert (PCDA VP) and Sam Dueckman (former MSC resident) to learn more about the work the Centre has been doing in this area for the past 26 years.
The PCDA is establishing a Faith & Life Integration project this year called “Pioneering contextualized theological education in Africa”. As a volunteer of the PCDA, Michael Thomas will visit the Akrofi-Christaller Institute (ACI) in Akropong, Ghana from April 14 to May 18 to examine how ACI’s approach to theological formation helps students understand the relationship between learning, faith, culture, and mission. The PCDA is contributing some seed funding, and you are invited to make a charitable donation to support this Faith & Life project by designating the funds to the “African theology” project. After returning from Africa, Michael Thomas will write about the ACI on our web site.