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As I write this I am flying over the ocean, returning from an international ecumenical gathering in the north of Italy. People from across the world were there, including some... Read More
August 27, 2015 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe

Pope Francis on his 2013 visit to Brazil. (Photo by Agencia Brasil, from Wikimedia Commons.) 

God is not afraid of new things! That is why he is continually surprising us, opening our hearts, and guiding us in unexpected ways. –Pope Francis Being the theology enthusiast... Read More
August 19, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen

The Italian Alps, near the Agape Ecumenical Center in Prali, Italy. (Photo by Brandi Friesen Thorpe)

I have spent the last week in the beautiful Alps of Italy, at the Agape Ecumenical Center, gathering with an international community to delve into interreligious dialogue. I am... Read More
August 17, 2015 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe

One of Tomie dePaola's beautiful collages in The Song of Francis. (Photo by Susie Guenther Loewen)

I was happy to discover another gem of a children’s book on the subject of faith at my public library recently: it’s called The Song of Francis , written and illustrated with... Read More
July 30, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen

Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective was published in 1995 and is still used by Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.

You may have heard about what happened at Mennonite Church USA’s convention earlier this month, specifically with regard to same-sex marriage and LGBTQ Mennonites. And, like me,... Read More
July 20, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen
Sometimes I think the church struggles with the tension between its individual members and its task of being a communal body. In a socio-economic context such as ours, where... Read More
June 29, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen

“David and Abigail” by 16th-century painter Guido Reni (Wikimedia Commons)

This week I was reminded of a biblical figure who is often overlooked: Abigail (or, as my Bible disappointingly calls her, “the wife of Nabal”!). Her story is found in I Samuel 25... Read More
June 19, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen
There is a popular language arising in the church when it comes to justice work, that of “being an ally.” It means to align yourself with whoever your “other” is, so to love your... Read More
May 28, 2015 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe

The cover of the children’s book, Where is God? published by skylightpaths.com 

Here’s an unusual question: Do the children in your life read theology books? It might seem odd to combine a big, academic word like theology (the study of God, or God-talk) with... Read More
May 28, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen

The icon of Sophia (Wisdom) by Eileen McGuckin (Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier this year I was invited to give a lecture on feminist Christology to a class of undergraduate students. Now feminist Christology is something very dear to me, even though... Read More
May 27, 2015 | Susie Guenther Loewen
Hello my friends of faith and curiosity! I happy to announce that the project I have been curating for quite some time is ready for launching! Huzzah! As a part of the Beautiful... Read More
May 4, 2015 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe

The logo of the #ReclaimHolyWeek campaign, organized by Holy Week of Resistance (holyweekofresistance.net)

After a recent experience in New York comes this reflection on racism and the social context of our faith. I can't breathe. At this moment, this is one of the most politically... Read More
April 24, 2015 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe

The resurrection as a peaceful response to violence. (16th-century engraving by Jean Tisserand, from Wikimedia Commons)

Here we are, a couple of weeks post-Easter, and I’m still thinking about the resurrection. Have you ever considered the resurrection as symbolic of peace and nonviolence? And don’... Read More
April 21, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen
So my son, who is almost two years old, has a set of wooden building blocks—you know, the kind with the letters of the alphabet on them, along with pictures of things that start... Read More
April 15, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen

Big Sister welcomes the new family member.

He came one week and one day early. He came quickly, so quickly that his dad and midwife almost missed his grand arrival. “He’s here,” the nurse yelled while everyone else was... Read More
April 2, 2015 | Tamara Petkau

A typical Latin American welcome or parting kiss. (Photo courtesy of Palmer Becker)

A lot has happened since I last wrote. The ten days in Chile were especially unforgettable! Chile, with seven climate sub-types, is 4,300 km (2,670 miles) long and 350 km (220... Read More
April 2, 2015 | Palmer Becker

C. Paul and Hildi Amstutz serve in chaplaincy and spiritual formation ministries in Asuncion, Paraguay. (Photo courtesy of Palmer Becker)

Ardys and I have been able to spend ten wonderful days together first in Asuncion, then at the world-famous Iguazu Falls and now in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ardys is now on her... Read More
April 2, 2015 | Palmer Becker
Now that we’ve entered once again into the sombreness of Holy Week, I’d like to share a poem of mine which expresses some of my reflections on the cross, which I’ve shared on this... Read More
April 1, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen
Luke 19: 28-44 Verse 40: “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (NIV) I wish you a happy celebration of this Holy Week, and most recently, happy... Read More
March 31, 2015 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
God, our Mother and our Father, Jesus Christ, Holy Son, Holy Spirit, our Comforter. We offer our gratitude, for you are with us. You are familiar without struggles and joys, and... Read More
March 31, 2015 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
Passage: Luke 19: 28-44 Verse 40: “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (NIV) I wish all of you a happy celebration of this holy week, and most... Read More
March 31, 2015 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
It’s become clear to me from a lot of the conversations occurring within Canadian Mennonite , especially in the letters to the editor, that as Mennonites, we’re not of one mind... Read More
March 19, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen

Paraguayan pastors and church workers arrive by truck to attend a four-day workshop. (Photo courtesy of Palmer Becker)

Everywhere I go I extend greetings from my church, family and friends. There is always an enthusiastic response saying that I should convey greetings back to you. Greetings! This... Read More
March 18, 2015 | Palmer Becker

Youth are engaged in graffiti evangelism. Note that Jesus is going to church in a boat on a skateboard with a Bible in one hand and a spray can in the other! (Photo by Palmer Becker)

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, both in land mass and population. The densely forested Amazon Valley, which includes up to 69 Indian tribes, makes up a large... Read More
March 12, 2015 | Palmer Becker
I’m now in my ninth month of pregnancy, which is hardly the beautiful and magical time magazines and mommy-blogs would lead one to believe that it is. Pregnancy is difficult,... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Tamara Petkau

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