At a seminar on cooperative organizations in Saskatchewan, Harold Chapman, a 93-year-old professor, historian, and writer, told us the history from the inside of his involvement... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Cheryl Woelk
Once again I am sitting in The Beanery, a coffee shop about two steps from my apartment, with my roommate and friend Julia, and once again we are discussing what we identify as... Read More
January 15, 2013 | Sarah Ens
"Nowhere to lay his head..." We've been living lightly, moving lightly. Not that it's been a bad experience, but we've been lay our heads down in a variety of places over the last... Read More
January 8, 2013 | Cheryl Woelk
Meet Kathy Moorhead Thiessen, of Winnipeg, Manitoba. While she may look like your normal mother and wife, this 52 year old from Hope Mennonite Church spends half of her year in... Read More
January 6, 2013 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
It was hard to know this Christmas how to hear the familiar story. Every year I look forward to advent, to hearing about Mary and Joseph and the new baby, to reflect again on what... Read More
January 5, 2013 | Cheryl Woelk
Christmas is by now long over and I am, as always, sad about it. I love the candles, the cookies, the darkness complete and frozen outside the window, and the hymns, stuck in my... Read More
December 30, 2012 | Sarah Ens
This past November, Miriam Toews gave a keynote address at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. In the address she discussed the idea of national literature, and,... Read More
December 23, 2012 | Sarah Ens
Come the new year I will be continueing a column called 'Peacebuilder Profiles', where we will hear the stories of Mennonite peacebuilders in our communities. A number of weeks... Read More
December 20, 2012 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
At this point in the Mennonite Church, the miracle of God’s son being born into this world. can be considered a common conversation. It is one of the major stories of hope that we... Read More
December 19, 2012 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
Over the last year or so, I've appreciated the paintings, poetry, and musings of Jan Richardson on her blog, . Recently, one post caught my attention, "... Read More
December 18, 2012 | Cheryl Woelk
Chris Koelle: Religious Art Reborn Web: & Bio Chris Koelle is an artist and illustrator living in Greenville, South Carolina... Read More
November 25, 2012 | Max Kennel
Pastor Ishiya met us at Fudoin station and we drove the ten minutes up the hills, through the back streets, until we arrived at a traditional Japanese house - Hiroshima Mennonite... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Cheryl Woelk
worship is about honest expression Part of having a dynamic faith involves a cultivating a habit of looking for God in every place. It means looking for God in how we worship in... Read More
November 19, 2012 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
Let me introduce you to today’s spotlight peacebuilder . Every night he heads out to the streets of Osborne Village in Winnipeg, Manitoba, takes out his guitar, lights a candle,... Read More
November 8, 2012 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
We sat in a large circle in the lounge, some sitting straight with legs crossed, others stretched out on the carpeted floor. One by one we passed the "talking piece" and we... Read More
October 30, 2012 | Cheryl Woelk
There are moments in my study of theology, especially at the current stage, when I lapse into silence, feeling that the complexity and mystery of God render our attempts to... Read More
October 27, 2012 | Susie Guenther Loewen
Looking back, it was one of the most energizing and renewing courses that I've taught so far. The combination of my co-facilitator, the participants, and the content was great,... Read More
October 26, 2012 | Cheryl Woelk
A blog reader recently sent me an email asking if I would write about my experiences with arts in the church (Thanks Michael Turman). Being an artist in many ways, I thought it... Read More
October 18, 2012 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
“Swing your partner ‘round and ‘round” used to be a predictable slogan, conjuring up images of people square dancing in a barn to jigs and reels, but this is no longer true. Gone... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Max Kennel
Well, it’s fall, or as it’s known in my psyche: school season. By now, school, university, and Sunday School are well underway in all their educational glory (as in this photo,... Read More
October 9, 2012 | Susie Guenther Loewen
Mr. Koh's story powerfully demonstrates the complexity of forgiveness. On Oct 9, his house was broken into and his mother, wife, and son were brutally murdered. Later, the person... Read More
October 9, 2012 | Cheryl Woelk
Most of us had never heard of the tiny island off the coast near Hiroshima called Okonoshima . In fact, we discovered, it was also erased from many maps on purpose. Yet in this... Read More
October 9, 2012 | Cheryl Woelk
As I gather my garden harvest, I can only marvel at the bounty of all that grows. My shelves are filled with things canned and delicious. It seems as though every time I visit a... Read More
October 3, 2012 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
Many churches are exploring the what 'formation' means in their life and work. At First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg we are doing the same. Here is a sermon I preached on the... Read More
September 25, 2012 | David Driedger
What does it mean to think of the Bible as our story, or to think of faith as entering into God’s story? In Adult Ed. at my church, we’re currently looking at the Bible studies... Read More
September 23, 2012 | Susie Guenther Loewen