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What does—and doesn’t—define us Sometimes I think most of our Mennonite lay people, like myself, don’t realize how serious the Future Directions endeavour is that is going on... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints |
“We aren’t going to lose youth because we haven’t entertained them. We’ll lose them because we haven’t trusted or challenged them.” I heard this quote from Shane Claiborne at a... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints | Liz Weber
An idea mixed with passion and solid financial support were the ingredients that combined for a great accomplishment. In 1977 and ’78, young Bill Reimer from Winnipeg set out with... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
I’ll never forget the moment that Bill came to sit with me in the penalty box. I was rather embarrassed. It was a Bible college intramural hockey game. I had been a little chippy... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
Hearing each other well is essential for being church. This is a delicate theme, because we aren’t doing it well. The effects of distance—both geographical and theological—are... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints | Jonas Cornelsen
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.—Various attributions According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20 percent of all Canadians will personally... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Alberta is an example to us all Re: “ A season of change and a search for vitality ,” April 10, page 16. I would like to commend Mennonite Church Alberta, the Calgary Chinese and... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints |
I grew up with a prairie view of wide open sky and grain fields dotted with cattle. In the living room, however, hung a painting of fishermen hurriedly pulling their boat to shore... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints | Karen Martens Zimmerly
Walking to my conversational Spanish class, I rehearsed phrases in my head, hoping practice would strengthen my fledgling skills. In spite of my efforts, I knew I would stumble to... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
How often have you heard the question, “Will you sponsor me?” I’m sure you’ve heard it many times, from a family member, a colleague or someone in your church. For many charitable... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints | Pamela Miles
Doubt has a good public relations manager these days. The world seems awash with books, articles, sermons, even a few TED talks, praising its beneficial goodness. I too have tried... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
The Isaac S. Wiens real estate office in Herbert, Sask., is pictured in 1911. Wiens (1874-1958), left, was born in Russia and came to Canada as an infant. His family became part... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
Years ago, I needed some practical help. A person close to me—someone who had the ability to lend a hand—saw my need and said repeatedly, “I wish I could help, but I can’t. I feel... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
An appeal from MennoMedia’s Canadian board members At our most recent MennoMedia board meeting, executive director Russ Eanes predicted that our organization is at the forefront... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints |
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his dream. His dream was that people would be judged by the content of their character and not the colour of their skin. His... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints | Garry Janzen
A bride walking down the aisle to meet her groom is always a moment of anticipation and honour. The groom beams with joy. Perhaps he gives her a wink or sheds a tear. The bride... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
Terry Martens believes that rice pudding is comfort food. It reminds her of her childhood when she would arrive home from school on winter afternoons to the smell of rice pudding... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints | Barb Draper
Terry Martens of Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church, Sask., volunteers with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) as a cook. She often uses this recipe when cooking for MDS volunteers... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints | Barb Draper
Mennonite Church Canada has created lasting relationships with indigenous communities such as Cross Lake, Man. In 1943, Henry Gerbrandt served the community in fulfilling his... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
The saying goes, “There are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots, the other is wings.” My husband and I encouraged our children to fly and prayed we gave them roots... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints | Shirley Redekop
Anxiety about change abounds. It is a natural response to uncertainty, but I tire of reading about it. Newly taking up my role as publisher of this magazine, I would like to be... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
‘Apocalyptic threshold’ is more than a few degrees Re: “ Are we living in the last millennium ?” Dec. 12, 2016, page 8, Phil Wagler’s column is a reminder that apocalyptic... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Viewpoints |
The times we live in seem to change more rapidly with each passing day. In North America, Europe and elsewhere, protectionist sentiments, growing nationalism and increased border... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Viewpoints | Willard Metzger
“This isn’t really working out the way I imagined,” I mused, as my mother slept in her chair while I worked on her birthday dessert. I had just ended a phone call with my son, my... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Just imagine you are there, sitting on the hillside, listening to Jesus. It’s past mealtime and your stomach starts to rumble, but his words mesmerize you and you don’t want to... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz

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