'There is good reason in many situations not to call the police,' David Driedger writes. (Photo courtesy of

The Winnipeg Police Service shot and killed three people in less than two weeks earlier this year. More than ever we need to take care about when we as citizens call the police... Read More
June 18, 2020 | David Driedger

The shortest route from Wopisa-Gabriyèl to get medical assistance requires descending this waterfall. (MCC photo by Ted Oswald, 2017)

If you’ve ever invited me to go camping with you, you’ll know I’m not exactly what you would call “outdoorsy.” I enjoy nature, but I don’t really see the need to sleep in it, much... Read More
June 4, 2020 | Annalee Giesbrecht

The cover of the Sunday, May 24 issue of the New York Times.

I started Sunday morning in tears as I read through the heartbreaking list that blanketed the front page of the New York Times . To mark the deaths of (at that point) nearly 100,... Read More
May 28, 2020 | MaryLou Driedger

'Stay safe. You hear these two little words a lot these days.' (Image by Mohammad Fahim/Pixabay)

Stay safe. You hear these two little words a lot these days. They serve as the tag at the end of the phone call, the coda for the email, the last words before signing off yet... Read More
May 21, 2020 | Ryan Dueck

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At first, I was irritated that travel plans were interrupted. Then I was frustrated that the markets leaked stored wealth. And finally, I was angered that separation from family... Read More
May 14, 2020 | Willard Metzger

(Photo courtesy of Mennonite Church Canada)

In these days of pandemic responses we are continually reminded by public health officials that our individual actions affect our neighbours and that we are responsible for... Read More
May 7, 2020 | Jeanette Hanson

‘Please send us your story ideas…’ (Image by Gerd Altmann/Pixabay)

Earlier this month, I interviewed an ex-offender who had successfully gone through Mennonite Central Committee Alberta’s Bridges Ministries program. He mentioned that when you are... Read More
April 30, 2020 | Joanne De Jong

A stained glass window in Ascension Catholic Parish in Calgary. (Photo by Abe Janzen)

The eight-hour world-wide One World: Together at Home concert ended the other day with this line from an African proverb: “For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it... Read More
April 23, 2020 | Abe Janzen

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Never thought there would be Sundays without singing. Like churches across Canada, ours has been shuttered as a precaution against the novel coronavirus. I understand why this... Read More
April 11, 2020 | Carl DeGurse

Robert and Irene Suderman. (Photo courtesy of

I am—apparently—vulnerable. This for two reasons: I’m chronologically categorized (senior), and I’m locationally challenged (live in a senior’s community). But I don’t feel... Read More
April 2, 2020 | Robert J. Suderman

Leona Dueck Penner’s husband, Peter Dueck Penner, walks with their granddaughter Rielle on the Mill Race Trail in St. Jacobs, Ont. (Photo courtesy of Leona Dueck Penner)

This morning I awoke thankful that my husband and I—both 75-plus—can still be part of what's happening in our world: to observe and encourage the younger generation as they lead... Read More
March 19, 2020 | Leona Dueck Penner

‘We will always have a big crock pot of soup or something on, and we look forward to sharing it with whoever decides to come!’ (Image by RitaE/Pixabay)

You know what is one of the most exciting things ever? Having Jesus for dinner. I don’t mean the Lord’s Supper. I mean having Jesus over, as a guest, for dinner. Over the past few... Read More
March 12, 2020 | Leane Winger

Hundreds of people participated in a mass blanket exercise on the steps of Parliament Hill, lead by members of Kairos. Members of First Nations communities, faith communities and many others participated, including those from Mennonite churches and MCCers from across the system. (MCC photo by Alison Ralph)

Many across this land are wondering how to respond to protesters blocking rail lines, ports and government offices in solidarity with Indigenous groups who oppose the Coastal... Read More
February 27, 2020 | Rick Cober Bauman

Deborah-Ruth Ferber, bottom right, visits L’Arche Warsaw. (Photo courtesy of Deborah-Ruth Ferber)

Since its inception, L’Arche has been built on the values of mutual sharing, building relationships and being a signpost to the world that friendships with people who have... Read More
February 20, 2020 | Deborah-Ruth Ferber

'Imagine that Jesus asked us, “What do you want?” really wanting to know the answer. Imagine that we knew and were honest with him.' (Image by Pete Linforth/Pixabay)

“What do you want?” The tone says it all. The words are more of a put-down than a question spoken by a belligerent teen or a ticked off boss. But when the question is asked by... Read More
February 13, 2020 | Donna Dinsmore

This man still seated at Pompeii is a plaster cast, made by archaeologists who found voids in the solidified ash. (Photo by J. Nelson Kraybill)

The man sits as he died 2,000 years ago, in a position that looks like weeping. Surrounding him are amphorae jugs used to import wine, olive oil and fish sauce that fed the huge... Read More
February 6, 2020 | J. Nelson Kraybill

"And the Birds Rained Down" is 'a profound, stunningly beautiful film,' Vic Thiessen writes.

For various reasons, I watched fewer films in 2019 than in any of the previous five years. In general, the films listed below are not as strong as films on previous lists. In the... Read More
January 23, 2020 | Vic Thiessen

'I do, at the moment, have a way of holding myself together. It hinges on a hyphen.'

Let me be honest with you: I don’t want my kids to be evangelical Christians when they grow up. It was only recently, in one of those rare moments of fatherly self-awareness, that... Read More
January 16, 2020 | Paul Cumin

'Mondays is when he plays hockey with a bunch of other clergy.' (Image by Photo Mix/Pixabay)

Editor’s note: Last year at this time, Gary Harder, a retired Mennonite Church Canada pastor in southern Ontario, related the following on his blog. 'Tis a New Year. We have laid... Read More
January 9, 2020 | Gary Harder

'What difference will it make to see living as a gift?' (Image by George Dolgikh/Pixabay)

To get and to receive. These are the two modes of living which sustain us. Both of these paths provide for us, but there is a marked difference between them. In one, I am the... Read More
December 19, 2019 | Scott Tolhurst

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waiting in the dark this season and place tilted away from the sun provides generous hours of darkness darkness may harbour breathtaking fear endless dread of unknowns aching... Read More
December 12, 2019 | Eileen Klassen Hamm

'One of the ways we can expand the table and experience community with the wider Church is by following the rhythms of the church calendar.' (Image by cocoparisienne/Pixabay)

I don’t recall talking about Advent in the church in which I grew up, an Anabaptist church with a conservative evangelical bent. Certainly we didn’t mention Lent. And those other... Read More
December 5, 2019 | Michael Pahl

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As the days get shorter and darker it’s worthwhile to take some time to think about the connections between creation care and self care. If you’re anything like me, the increasing... Read More
November 28, 2019 | Zoe Matties

The exercise group at Foothills Mennonite Church. (Photo courtesy of June Miller)

In the fall of 2015, members of the neighbourhood community association asked if they could use our lower auditorium at Foothills Mennonite Church here in Calgary for a group of... Read More
November 21, 2019 | Erwin Strempler

A stretch of what remains of the Berlin Wall. (Image by Ingeborg Kråka/Pixabay)

On Nov. 9, 1989, I held on to my mother’s hand as hard as I could as we pushed through the crowds on the dark streets of Bonn, the capital of Germany at the time. At one point we... Read More
November 14, 2019 | Leona Lortie