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1. What motivates you to give? Where did you learn to be generous? When you give to the church or to other charities, how much of it is carefully planned and how much of it is... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Giving is about much more than money. What we do with our time, talent and treasure all matter to God. As Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Feature | By Lori Guenther Reesor

All photos by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky. Noah Friedman-Rudovsky also contributed reporting to this article.

For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought demons were raping the town’s women. There was no other explanation. No way of explaining how a woman could wake up with... Read More
August 6, 2013 | Feature | By Jean Friedman-Rudovsky
1. Mennonite schools had been designed to keep students separate from the “modernizing secular world” while Conrad Grebel College was deliberately set within a large public... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Feature | by Barb Draper

In 1963, Milton Good, the first board chair of Conrad Grebel College, looked out across Laurel Creek at the College building site.

An innovative experiment in higher education By Susan Schultz Huxman President, Conrad Grebel University CollegeRead More
July 24, 2013 | Feature |
In 2009, when Dave and Margaret Penner first went to work among Low German-speaking Mennonites in Mexico, they encountered a “vacuum.”Read More
July 3, 2013 | Feature | Will Braun
1. How has your church changed since the 1960s and ’70s? Have there been major changes in the church structures and programs? Do congregational leaders feel hopeful or anxious... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
There is a changing reality in many Mennonite churches today. Like other denominations, Mennonite congregations have long lost the gravitational pull they had in the early and mid... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
1. When you contemplate making a purchase or hiring a contractor, how do you get information about your options? As you narrow your options, what are the values or loyalties that... Read More
June 5, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
The other morning, after dreaming to the tune of the constant patter of rain on the tin roof of my house, I woke early to enjoy a morning stroll through the mountains of northern... Read More
June 5, 2013 | Feature | Story and Photos by Tobias Roberts
1. What have been your experiences of suffering, either personally or by people around you? What are the biggest challenges of dealing with long-term suffering? Have you seen... Read More
May 22, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Allow yourself to be open and vulnerable. People who suffer live with difficult questions. It is good to discuss them.Read More
May 22, 2013 | Feature | Compiled by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
It’s hard to imagine a force powerful enough to keep an academic from his books, a father from playing with his children, a husband from attending to the wife he loves.Read More
May 22, 2013 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
1. How big is the problem of poverty in your community? What local initiatives have tried to reduce poverty? Have they been successful? What circumstances lead to high levels of... Read More
May 7, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper

Our society is very good at dividing us into categories. We talk about the poor as though they are a separate species.

"The poor will be with you always.” That is the message that seems to have been so frequently taken away from the gospel when we talk about poverty. That’s not a very encouraging... Read More
May 7, 2013 | Feature | By Derek Cook
1. How important is the Bible in your life? Do you think the church has lost its commitment to the Bible? Is your church presently wrestling with any passages of Scripture? Which... Read More
April 23, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper

‘Jacob Wrestling with the Angel,’ by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, circa 1659-60.

After being called the Son of God at his baptism, Jesus was challenged by the devil, underscoring the connection between this identity and action: “If you are the Son of God... Read More
April 23, 2013 | Feature | By Derek Suderman
Pinch the skin on the back of your hand, then release it and watch it fall. Your skin gradually slides back into place. Constantly healing and being recreated, our skin both... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Feature | By Emma Pavey
The sustainable approach to economic development in Ethiopia by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) was recognized recently by Julian Fantino, Canada’s minister for... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Feature | By Linda Whitmore
As the notorious persecutor Saul of Tarsus was transformed by God’s grace and is now remembered as the “apostle to the gentiles,” so Bogale Kebede, charged and imprisoned for... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Feature | By Carl E. Hansen
1. What powerful stories have you heard in your congregation? Who did the telling? What was the setting? What made the story powerful? How did it influence the teller or the... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Reading the Bible for ethics calls for a new approach to community. Above all else, it calls for the centrality of storytelling: storytelling at the centre of the community,... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Feature | By Bruce Hiebert
1. Who in your congregation takes a leadership role in interpreting the Bible? How do they acquire that role? What happens if anyone challenges their interpretation? Who has been... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Feature | Barb Draper
Reading the Bible for ethics is an act of power. Reading the Bible for ethics is about using the language and images of the Bible to transform ourselves and those around us. It is... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Feature | By Bruce Hiebert
1. Bruce Hiebert says we will make better ethical decisions if our brains are filled with biblical images. Do you find his arguments convincing? Have we been doing a good job of... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper

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