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One of my earliest memories is singeing my eyelashes while blowing out an Advent candle. I distinctly remember standing at the crate that served as our coffee table, leaning in to... Read More
November 25, 2021 | Talashia Keim Yoder

‘The Curious Garden’ has been a helpful book for Kari Miller as she navigates education around the climate emergency and ponders what action will come from COP26. (Photo courtesy of Kari Miller)

Truth be told, I am nervous to attend COP26. Many reports on social media are declaring this climate summit to be of absolute importance, that the state of the global climate... Read More
November 11, 2021 | Kari Miller

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Over the course of the pandemic, I have noticed a bit of a shift in my “homiletical disposition.” I’ve been talking an awful lot about forgiveness, grace and mercy. I’ve been... Read More
September 30, 2021 | Ryan Dueck

MaryLou Driedger’s grandmother, furthest to the left, sits with her sisters on the women’s side of the church. (Photo courtesy of MaryLou Driedger)

The church denomination to which I belong, Mennonite Church Canada, invites women to be leaders in every area of its congregational life. My church has two ordained female pastors... Read More
September 2, 2021 | MaryLou Driedger

A woman watches the sun set over the St. Lawrence River at Bic National Park in Quebec. (Photo by Alain Bonnardeaux/Unsplash)

A couple of weeks ago my family and I needed to get out of the house. Since we live on the southern edge of Ottawa, it doesn’t take us long to drive down to the St. Lawrence River... Read More
August 5, 2021 | Anthony G. Siegrist

Father Emmanuel Katongole, pictured here in 2020, overlooking the Bethany Land Institute Campus in Nandere, Uganda, where he serves as co-founder and President. (Photo courtesy of Father Emmanuel Katongole)

Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic crippled the strongest economies around the world and caused countries to flounder. Yet, for many countries, hope is around the corner,... Read More
July 22, 2021 | Emmanuel Katongole

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If you are anything like me, you are missing singing hymns as a congregation during this pandemic. Hymns are such a vital part of expressing our faith. We find comfort in the... Read More
July 8, 2021 | Kate Strathdee

'The Coming Spring' by artist Gordon Reeve is part of Reconciliation Circle in Saskatoon’s Victoria Park. This commemorative artwork was erected in 2018 in response to the TRC’s Calls to Action. (MCC photo by Randy Klassen)

For the past 25 years, June 21 has been set apart by the Canadian government as National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD) as a day to “celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures... Read More
June 24, 2021 | Randy Klassen

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As I read the lectionary texts for this coming Sunday, one theme strikes me as tying all four texts together: things are not as they appear . Reality is often much different than... Read More
June 10, 2021 | Michael Pahl

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In March, my friend and I were fulfilling our duty of cleaning out the Canadian Mennonite University Student Council room when we came across a filing cabinet of school newspapers... Read More
April 15, 2021 | Levi Klassen

“Mark gives us a different take on Jesus’ resurrection than we typically think of…” (Image by dozemode/Pixabay)

In our Holy Week journey toward the cross, we already know that the story ends with the good news of resurrection. But Mark gives us a different take on Jesus’ resurrection than... Read More
April 1, 2021 | Michael Pahl

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Last year at the beginning of Lent I decided that rather than giving something up, I was going to take something on. I would read Fleming Rutledge’s The Crucifixion: Understanding... Read More
March 18, 2021 | Ryan Dueck

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I grew my first sourdough starter in a Nutella jar in Switzerland in April 2020. I am one of those people who started making sourdough bread this year and I’ll own that. Bread-... Read More
March 4, 2021 | Louisa Adria

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My wife and I live in a triplex in the Montréal borough of Hochelaga, in the eastern part of the island. One of our sons, who does not live with us, usually leaves his bicycle, as... Read More
February 18, 2021 | Daniel Genest

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In an Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary course for worship leaders engaging the new Voices Together hymnal, we were asked to consider the following question for an assignment... Read More
February 4, 2021 | Megan Ramer and Beth Peachey

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One of the greatest gifts you can give another person is your time. No matter how much we work or how much money we earn, our time is finite. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. That’s why... Read More
January 21, 2021 | Moses Falco

Jack Skellington, the main character in the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas, asks some great questions. (Photo by Christin Noelle/Unsplash)

“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.” Isaiah 61:3 (NLT) A movie... Read More
December 22, 2020 | Tim Kuepfer

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“An urgent reality … a state of public health emergency.” This is how our premier, Jason Kenney, described our situation in Alberta last week because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It... Read More
December 3, 2020 | Caleb Kowalko

'I headed out the door for a beautiful snowy 10 km. run which ended with building a snowman—a little bit of play amidst the difficulty of this time.' (Photos by Matthew Isert Bender)

A few weeks ago, I received a package in the mail from the Boston Athletic Association for finishers of the Boston Marathon. It was exciting to receive the package and yet it was... Read More
November 26, 2020 | Matthew Isert Bender

Kyle Penner has been lighting a candle every evening in prayer and solidarity with Steinbach health care workers, patients and their families. (Photo courtesy of twitter.com/kyle_penner)

We are dying here. So please, everyone who has suddenly got it in for Steinbach: get off your high horse and lead with compassion instead of smugness. Even better, leave the... Read More
November 19, 2020 | Kyle Penner

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Should Christians still share their faith with those who don’t believe? I understand that in many contexts the answer to that question is obvious . . . though what is ‘obvious’ in... Read More
October 8, 2020 | Anthony G. Siegrist

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I remember that as a teenager who grew up in the church I had some biting criticism for the people in the church because I thought they were a bunch of hypocrites. They seemed to... Read More
October 1, 2020 | Gareth Brandt

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Imagine a healthcare charity. Picture the CEO. I saw one on TV recently—it was a white man. Now picture the person who cleans the floors. Did you picture a racialized woman? What’... Read More
September 3, 2020 | Lori Guenther Reesor

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If there is one thing I love about summer vacation it is the way it opens up space. The hectic pace and stimuli of modern society fills our time. It overwhelms our senses. It... Read More
August 20, 2020 | Tim Wiebe-Neufeld

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In his book Bread for the Journey , Henri Nouwen had this to say about the practice of writing: “Writing can be a true spiritual discipline. Writing can help us to concentrate, to... Read More
August 13, 2020 | Ryan Dueck

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