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Many U.S. and Canadian Mennonites think of German-speaking Mennonites in Mexico as a backward people in a Wild West country. We read of Mennonites involved in drug trafficking and... Read More
September 21, 2016
| Feature | Edgar Stoesz
Holly (a pseudonym) began experiencing serial pregnancy loss several years ago, after the birth of her youngest son. In her mind, the words “church” and “support” don’t really go... Read More
September 7, 2016
| Feature | Beth Downey Sawatzky
“So this is how Mennonite Church Canada handles layoffs due to shrinking budgets. This was my mom’s experience today: show up to work; given the news; laptop taken away; password... Read More
August 24, 2016
| Feature | Henry Neufeld
Peach Blossom Church almost always meets its budget, although some years involve more drama than others. It still engages a full-time pastor, fixes the roof and supports mission... Read More
August 10, 2016
| Feature | Lori Guenther Reesor
“A season of change,” lament, fear, anxiety, confession, uncertainty, safe space, brave space . . . hope. Mennonite Church Canada, which held its biennial assembly, “God~Faith~... Read More
July 20, 2016
| Feature | Dave Rogalsky
Fortune and misfortune can look the same in a world of incomprehensible inequality. Each year, many thousands of Jamaicans apply for coveted temporary jobs on Canadian farms. The... Read More
June 28, 2016
| Feature | Will Braun
Someone once said, “There’s no such thing as part-time pastors, only part-time salaries.” If this is true, a lot of congregations within Mennonite Church Canada are getting good... Read More
June 15, 2016
| Feature | Donna Schulz
I memorized Philippians 4:4-9 more than 20 years ago when I was on bed rest during my pregnancy with my son Aaron. I had lost three babies before him—and one after him—so... Read More
May 18, 2016
| Feature | Angelika Dawson
Alcohol has become ubiquitous in Canada, so much so that on April 5 even Starbucks began serving beer and wine in three of its Toronto outlets. How does this preponderance of... Read More
May 4, 2016
| Feature | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
About eight years ago, Daniel Pantoja shared the approach he and his wife Joji employed as Mennonite Church Canada Witness Workers in the Philippines: “Toss aside western church... Read More
April 20, 2016
| Feature | Deborah Froese
Marriage has always been, and continues to be, a perplexing reality for Christians. From the Apostle Paul’s confusing advice to the more recent agonizing over divorce, Christian... Read More
April 6, 2016
| Feature | Bruce Hiebert
Excerpted and translated from a sermon preached at Niagara United Mennonite Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., on April 26, 2015. It is based on chapter 21 of the Gospel of John,... Read More
March 23, 2016
| Feature | Udo Woelke
Lent is a 40-day season on the church calendar that brings the story of Jesus into the nitty-gritty of community life. It brings the story into everyone’s own particular time and... Read More
March 9, 2016
| Feature | Chris Lenshyn
A year ago, when a colleague and I spent an intense two days in the beautiful Fraser Valley of B.C. with the writing team for our Leader magazine, I met this passage again as part... Read More
February 24, 2016
| Feature | Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel
In a time when western society is rapidly altering its image of marriage and government institutions have legally recognized same-sex marriage, the church is pressed to decide:... Read More
February 10, 2016
| Feature | Darrin W. Snyder Belousek
Today, our community of Anabaptist-related churches spans the globe, incorporating people from many different cultural, ethnic and political backgrounds. We are, without a doubt,... Read More
January 13, 2016
| Feature | Fernando Enns
I was driving from Calgary out to Rosemary, Alta., to attend Bill and Bob Janzen’s mom’s funeral. As I drove I recalled hearing of times when everyone lived in large homes in long... Read More
December 23, 2015
| Feature | Doug Klassen
I still think of myself as a shepherd. Every day, actually every night, I’m out there. I look for the lost, the wanderers and the weary, and I bring them home. It’s a living. At... Read More
December 9, 2015
| Feature | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Barb and Orrie Gingrich of Holyrood, Ont., have quite a crowd of grandchildren. It was 2008 when Barb began to think of all the gifts being exchanged at her place during the... Read More
December 9, 2015
| Feature | Dave Rogalsky
Innovation is all the rage in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., the place I now call home. A day does not go by without stories about another high-tech start-up in the local paper,... Read More
November 18, 2015
| Feature | Paul Heidebrecht
It seems like every second time I open my computer these days I come across the latest instance of what is becoming a very familiar—and obnoxious—brand of writing: the “five... Read More
November 4, 2015
| Feature | Ryan Dueck
Why should I care for the environment? A lot of Christians today are asking that question. I mean, we know it’s probably the right thing to do, but what’s a Christ-centred... Read More
October 21, 2015
| Feature | Todd Wynward
What does a transformative, earth-honouring Christianity look like at ground level and lived out in daily action? Reforms of personal habits—such as recycling, eating locally and... Read More
October 21, 2015
| Feature | Todd Wynward
To start, a little bit of history. The Mennonites evolved out of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation. As Anabaptist pacifists who practised adult baptism, they often held... Read More
October 7, 2015
| Feature | Kira Olfert

Doris Janzen Longacre, author of the More-with-Less Cookbook and Living More with Less

When I was a small child, my parents took our family on assignment to Chile as church workers. In a country which at that time had no Anabaptist-Mennonite churches, our ties to... Read More
September 23, 2015
| Feature | Susie Guenther Loewen

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