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One of the most persistent questions I hear about the Christian faith relates to what we believe about the future—our future, the future of our communities, the future of the... Read More
April 25, 2019 | Anthony G. Siegrist

Easter moves because its date is determined by the lunar calendar and proximity to Jewish Passover. It can be celebrated by the Western church anywhere between March 22 and April 25. (Image by Germán R/Pixabay)

This year, Easter is on April 21. Last year, it was April 1. Next year it is April 12. Why does it move around so much? And would it be easier if it was the same date every year?... Read More
April 18, 2019 | John Longhurst

Jack Penashue and Rick Cober Bauman, executive director of MCC Canada, sit together in Sheshatshit during a visit to Labrador in December 2018. (MCC photo)

Mennonite Central Committee shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ. We have a vision of communities worldwide in right relationships with God, one another... Read More
April 16, 2019 | Rick Cober Bauman

Miriam Toews (above) has a complicated relationship with her hometown, writes MaryLou Driedger. (Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/MiriamToewsAuthor)

Alexandra Schwartz writes a lengthy feature in the current issue of The New Yorker magazine about author Miriam Toews, who was born and raised in Steinbach, Man. Toews’ eighth... Read More
April 4, 2019 | MaryLou Driedger

'I want to learn from our history and remind others that cultural and religious differences must not make us complicit in denying dignity and equality for all,' Leona Lortie writes. (Photo by Johannes Plenio/Pixabay)

In contemplating where our passions come from and why we do what we do, we often look to our childhoods. In my childhood, I was faced with several tensions, which formed me and... Read More
March 21, 2019 | Leona Lortie

In 2006, a Kansas City pastor challenged his congregation not to complain for 21 consecutive days—the time, he says, it takes to break an ingrained habit. (Photo by philm1310/Pixabay)

“You better stop whinin’, pinin',” Dolly Parton sings in her song, “Better Get to Livin'.” If you’re “underpaid or under appreciated,” you’ll get no sympathy from her. Her advice... Read More
March 12, 2019 | John Longhurst

'It’s the place where I can be formed and reoriented to what’s really important.' (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Times are a-changin’. They always are, and one of our challenges and joys is to figure out how we should live in a changing cultural and social context as followers of Jesus. In... Read More
February 21, 2019 | Moses Falco

Darryl Neustaedter Barg leads worship in Laurelville, Pa. last month. (Photo by Kreg Ulery)

How many of the songs in our “Hymnal: A Worship Book” (HWB), and the two supplements “Sing the Journey” and “Sing the Story” do you think are Mennonite? What does that even mean?... Read More
February 12, 2019 | Darryl Neustaedter Barg

Sue and Sam Steiner celebrate Sam’s Canadian citizenship in 1974.

My husband Sam and I went out for lunch at the end of October to celebrate Sam's 50th anniversary of arriving in Canada as a Vietnam-era draft resister. Back in Indiana, I had... Read More
February 5, 2019 | Sue Steiner

Photo by Marcello Gambetti from freeimages.com

As I’ve continued to follow the process set in motion by the Future Directions Task Force (FDTF), I’ve come to a different place with my thoughts on this major restructuring of... Read More
May 26, 2016 | Susie Guenther Loewen

Chilean mothers of the “disappeared” gather, holding signs of their missing loved ones. (Photo by Kena Lorenzini, from Wikimedia Commons)

When I was a young child, my family lived in Chile, where my parents worked at an inter-Protestant seminary. We happened to be there to witness the end of the brutal, U.S.-backed... Read More
May 7, 2016 | Susie Guenther Loewen

Tear gas containers litter the gardens near the separation wall between Israel and the West Bank Palestinians know that every Friday they can expect tear gas to be lobbed into the refugee camps outside of Bethlehem. (Photo by Brandi Friesen Thorpe)

‘How you experience holy is different than you expect it to be.’ -Rev. Carrie Ballenger Smith After a year of travel, seeking faith and justice on four continents, there are... Read More
April 11, 2016 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe

Sunset in Bethlehem (Photo by Brandi Friesen Thorpe)

Holy Saturday, The place for bleakness, twisted mourning, black. I like this day, today, How it holds permission to wallow and be in the dark, To wander in the twisted depths... Read More
April 9, 2016 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe

“Crucified Woman” by Almuth Lutkenhaus-Lackey (Photo by Susie Guenther Loewen)

The sculpture above stands on the grounds of my theological college, Emmanuel College in Toronto, of the United Church of Canada. I used to walk by her almost daily, on my way to... Read More
March 25, 2016 | Susie Guenther Loewen
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the wider Mennonite church these past few weeks, as there have been discussions about the future of Mennonite Church Canada at the... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Susie Guenther Loewen

The bleeding woman touches Jesus’ cloak, in an image from the catacombs in Rome. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

I got into an interesting discussion with a friend from my church recently. In adult ed., we were talking about liberation theology and its view of sin. (You can read about... Read More
February 29, 2016 | Susie Guenther Loewen
I’ll be honest right from the beginning: when it comes to music in worship, I’m a hymn-person. Always have been. Especially as a youth, when everyone assumed that because of my... Read More
February 22, 2016 | Susanne Guenther Loewen

Christmas in Sicily (Photo by Brandi Friesen Thorpe)

At Christmas time families journey to meet other family members. There is a Christmas tree up in the corner, and some twinkly lights afloat somewhere. Somewhere in the corner... Read More
December 26, 2015 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
Last year I wrote about Advent as a time of pregnant waiting, and of the way that Mary exemplifies mothering as the embodied practice of hospitality, fulfilling the biblical call... Read More
December 22, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen

A pre-20th century Muslim depiction of Mary and Jesus by the stream and the date palm that sustained her during childbirth. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

These are times of uncertainty and hatred, when our political and social discourses are marred by xenophobic, Islamophobic, and just plain racist rhetoric. (Remember the niqab... Read More
December 15, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen

The cover of the children’s book The Sun and the Wind, retold by Cornelia Lehn and illustrated by Robert W. Regier. 

With Peace Sunday past, we approach the time of waiting for the Prince of Peace to be born, so I wanted to share a few children’s books on peace which have been getting repeat... Read More
November 25, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen

Photo by Brandi Friesen Thorpe

Once again, we have lived through a moment that will continue to define our century. The wake of the triad of terror that has happened in the last days in Paris and Beirut and... Read More
November 18, 2015 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe

Photo by Brandi Friesen Thorpe

Recently at my church here in central Winnipeg, we have been navigating a sermon series on the Psalms. My small group, some ten or so very diverse people at various stages in... Read More
November 17, 2015 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe

Mennonite Central Committee’s 2015 Go Purple postcard

As we celebrated Peace Sunday at my church this week, a friend of mine got up during the time of sharing and prayer. He told us that November has been designated Domestic Violence... Read More
November 10, 2015 | Suzanne Guenther Loewen

The poster for the conference, “Mennonites, Medicine and the Body: Health, Illness and Medical Research in the Past and Present,” held at Canadian Mennonite University in October 2015.

I had the privilege of participating in a conference this past weekend (Oct. 23, 24, 2015) at the University of Winnipeg hosted by Royden Loewen, the chair of Mennonite Studies... Read More
October 27, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen

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