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Lizette, co-director of MCC, was an excellent translator.  (Photo by Linda Shelly)

Bolivia, named after its first president, Bolivar, is about 4,500 miles south and one time zone east of Kitchener. It is a beautiful country with lots of tropical foliage,... Read More
March 9, 2015 | Palmer Becker
Earlier this month, I was one of many who gathered in the new Marpeck Commons building at Canadian Mennonite University to hear from a panel of “young adults” on their age group... Read More
February 27, 2015 | Susie Guenther Loewen
Every week my grandma sends every member of her family an email update on her weekly events and the happenings of the entire family’s whereabouts. She’s been providing these... Read More
February 23, 2015 | Tamara Petkau
Having gone public with my New Year’s resolutions this year, it was inevitable that I would be asked the dreaded follow-up question: “How are your resolutions going?” While I’m... Read More
February 12, 2015 | Tamara Petkau
It’s interesting being a Mennonite and an academic. Sometimes I find my Anabaptist-Mennonite sensibilities grating against the norms of academia: my “priesthood of all believers”... Read More
February 6, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen

A 17th-century Dutch church. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier this month, I was one of many who gathered in the new Marpeck Commons building at Canadian Mennonite University to hear from a panel of “young adults” on their age group... Read More
February 2, 2015 | Susanne Guenther Loewen
What is grafted poetry, you ask? It's an invention of my poetic play, and I offer you a definition; /ˈgraft·ed po·et·ry/ : A style of writing where in a writer grafts in another... Read More
January 30, 2015 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
Today's guest blogger is Deanna Zantingh , a masters of Theology student who currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Let her powerful insights and sharp intel be the sparks for a... Read More
January 29, 2015 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
We’re having a baby boy. We’re excited and scared and overwhelmed and underprepared. Mostly excited, but it’s taken me a little while to get here. I have two young girls. They are... Read More
January 9, 2015 | Tamara Petkau
I’m a fan of new beginnings and fresh starts and the start of the New Year is the ultimate in possibilities and promise. Yes, I am a fan, a big fan, of New Year’s resolutions. I... Read More
January 8, 2015 | Tamara Petkau
We are accustomed to reading the narrative of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) as something of an ethereal event, a moment of encounter with the divine realm during which Mary’s... Read More
December 23, 2014 | Susanne Guenther Loewen
We are accustomed to reading the narrative of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) as something of an ethereal event, a moment of encounter with the divine realm during which Mary’s... Read More
December 23, 2014 | Susie Guenther Loewen
Time. We never seem to have enough of it, and yet it dominates us, ruling our days and how we view and spend our hours, even our very lives. Time was Professor John Swinton’s... Read More
December 12, 2014 | Susie Guenther Loewen
Did you know that Thursday, November 27 was American Thanksgiving? You might not, since this holiday seems to have faded into the shadows of the sinister Black Friday—which is... Read More
November 28, 2014 | Tamara Petkau
“So they took up arms, these and a million other Canadians - men and women - who put on the uniform and beat their ploughshares into swords.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper “The... Read More
November 9, 2014 | Susie Guenther Loewen
I am a big fan of CBC Radio. In our house, it takes the place of the TV, and it plays almost non-stop in our small kitchen, providing me with comforting background noise. On... Read More
October 30, 2014 | Tamara Petkau
It’s full on fall and what a lovely season it is. We spent last weekend browsing the stalls at our local farmer’s market, stealing samples and purchasing way too many baked goods... Read More
October 30, 2014 | Tamara Petkau
I’m finding it difficult to respond without cynicism as I think about the violent events which occurred in Ottawa this past week. By now, we’ve heard the sequence of events... Read More
October 26, 2014 | Susie Guenther Loewen
At the beginning of this month, I had the pleasure of going to “Ex-Mennonite, Near Mennonite: Liturgical, Non-denominational, Secular,” a conference hosted by the Chair in... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Susie Guenther Loewen
Do you know a lot about Pies, Peace, and Prophets? Come to a live comedy performance of I’d Like to Buy an Enemy by Ted and Company. Bring a handcrafted pie for auction (along... Read More
October 18, 2014 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
Mary Magdalene is one of the most controversial and mysterious biblical characters. She often gets a bad rap. She was pegged as a prostitute and temptress by Pope Gregory I, and... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Cassandra Bangay
This is midpoint in my five-week ministry here in Gaza and Bethlehem. Things are going well. While my students in Gaza are doing research, book reports and various kinds of... Read More
October 6, 2014 | Palmer Becker
I am writing this from prison. All 1.8 million of us who are living in Gaza are in prison. The walls around Gaza keep us (except us privileged foreigners) from leaving to work, to... Read More
October 6, 2014 | Palmer Becker
Hello fellow Mennonites, near Mennonites, and perhaps even ex-Mennonites . I just want to take a quick to highlight an event going on this weekend in Winnipeg -- it sounds like a... Read More
October 2, 2014 | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
Jesus said, “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly... Read More
September 30, 2014 | Tamara Petkau

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