Features

Sandy Shantz holds out offering bowl for Callum Jarvis as he comes to the front of St. Jacobs (Ont.) Mennonite Church to give his gift to God. (Photo by Marcia Shantz)

We are now living in a full-blown digital world. With just one click or voice command we can ask Google for a chicken recipe, order office supplies or give to our favourite... Read More
September 11, 2019 | Feature | Joanne De Jong

Maya Janzen.

As a kid, I grew up with the ritual of walking to the front of my church and dropping a few coins in the donation box every Sunday. But as I was sitting in church several months... Read More
September 11, 2019 | Feature | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Vladimir Kozlov of New Life, an MCC partner, distributes relief kits, school kits, comforters and canned meat in Nikopol, Ukraine, on June 21. (MCC photo by Matt Sawatzky)

Under shade trees in a city park on June 16, about 40 Anabaptists shared a picnic of corn grits, rye bread and warm cocoa. The unusual menu held symbolic meaning. It was a “relief... Read More
August 14, 2019 | Feature | Paul Schrag

Pictured from left to right: Darryl Neustaedter Barg; Bruno Cavalca; John Briner, hidden behind the music stand; and Anneli Loepp Thiessen lead the congregation in songs new and old. The other Gathering 2019 worship team members were Moses Falco, Sarah Johnson, Kathy Lumsden and Glenn Sawatzky. (Photo by Jane Grunau)

“Sing a new church into being,” sang the 300-plus people gathered for the first nationwide meeting of Mennonite Church Canada since its restructuring in 2017. Behind the blended... Read More
July 17, 2019 | Feature | Virginia A. Hostetler

Group photo from a picnic held at Willowgrove Camp in August 1979. Harriet Dick is pictured front left. (Photo courtesy of Harriet Dick)

Toronto United Mennonite Church was the first church in Canada to receive privately sponsored “boat people” who were fleeing Vietnam and Laos during the chaos of the Vietnam War... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Feature | Anne Konrad Dyck

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“O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and grey hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to all... Read More
June 5, 2019 | Feature | Claire Ewert Fisher

A Mennonite church in Ontario recently finished a six-week adult and youth Sunday school series entitled “The opioid crisis: Understanding addiction as a disease.” The six sessions were packed. (Photo © istock.com/wildpixel)

The language is stark: crisis, epidemic, tragedy. The facts are startling. According to a Government of Canada website, opioid-related overdose has become the No. 1 cause of death... Read More
May 22, 2019 | Feature | Janet Bauman

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“I love my church. It is very important to me, but you won’t be seeing me on Sunday morning as often,” Cara Baergen told her congregation in a sermon preached at Edmonton’s First... Read More
May 8, 2019 | Feature | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Detail from a window in St. Etheldreda’s Church in London, England, showing Jesus’ Ascension. (Lawrence OP photo [Creative Commons licence BY-NC-ND 2.0])

Preached at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont., on Ascension Sunday, 2018. Based on Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-11, and Ephesians 1:15-23 Today’s readings have made me... Read More
April 24, 2019 | Feature | Leonard G. Friesen

One of Holyrood’s music teams. Pictured from left to right: Cajetan Ngede, Gordon Baergen and Dorathy Chokpelleh. (Photo by Helena Ball)

Near the beginning of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo speaks memorable words to his fellow hobbit Sam about the adventure that lies before them: “It’s a... Read More
April 10, 2019 | Feature | Werner De Jong

MCC representative Victor Neumann, second from left, in Songkhla, Thailand, with Vietnamese Boat People. Mothers of the pictured children were abducted by pirates. In response to the refugee crisis following the end of the Vietnam War, in 1979, MCC was the first agency to sign a private sponsorship agreement with the Government of Canada, leading hundreds of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in Canada to sponsor and resettle thousands of refugees across the country. (All photos courtesy of MCC)

More than 12,500 refugees have been resettled in Canada by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) since it negotiated an agreement with the government on March 5, 1979. This historic... Read More
March 27, 2019 | Feature | Jason Dueck

The roundabout on South Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford, B.C., features a giant raspberry sculpture, symbolic of the agricultural heritage of the area. In the background is the Mennonite Heritage Museum. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

The raspberry capital of Canada, the most charitable city in Canada, the Bible Belt of Canada. These terms have all been used to describe Abbotsford, the site of Mennonite Church... Read More
March 13, 2019 | Feature | Amy Rinner Waddell

(Photo: ‘Summer on Manitoulin 2006 no. 1’ by Ross W. Muir, Mennopix)

God’s creation is now facing unprecedented destruction brought on by human activity. Attentive hunters know this just as well as vegan environmentalists. Caring for the ecosystems... Read More
February 27, 2019 | Feature | Anthony G. Siegrist and Scott Morton Ninomiya

“We are a mystery to ourselves, a bundle of contradictions. We are inherently prone to self-deception, particularly when it comes to justifying our own behaviours and assumptions. We are not nearly as pure or virtuous as we imagine ourselves to be. We are, each one of us, capable of beautiful and terrible things. We are human beings.” (Photo © istock.com/fotogeng)

Something needs to be done about all the hate in the world. This morning I encountered no fewer than three pieces of media expressing incredulity that the internet seems not to... Read More
February 13, 2019 | Feature | Ryan Dueck

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There is an old story that when Michelangelo was painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Pope Julius would come by to yell up at him in the scaffolding, “When will my ceiling... Read More
January 30, 2019 | Feature | Peter Haresnape

Some members of the seventh Mennonite World Conference Presidium, held in Kitchener, Ont., from Aug. 1 to 7, 1962. Pictured from left to right: Paul Showalter of Germany; Hendrik W. Meihuizen of the Netherlands; Erland Waltner of Elkhart, Ind.; Peter Wiens of Paraguay; Harold S. Bender of Goshen, Ind.; and Jesse B. Martin of Kitchener. (David L. Hunsberger / Mennonite Archives of Ontario photo)

As a minister of the Mennonite church in Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland), Hermann Gottlieb Mannhardt knew how to challenge and encourage his congregants in matters of faith and moral... Read More
January 16, 2019 | Feature | Karl Koop

Colombian countryside where FARC guerrillas and the military fought for control before the peace accords were signed. (Photo by Brenda Jewitt)

There we were, standing in a prayer circle holding hands. While not really that unusual, what was extraordinary was that some of the hands we were holding were likely bloody. They... Read More
December 31, 2018 | Feature | Robert J. Suderman

‘Nativity’ (detail), © by Brian T. Kershisnik, 2006. Used by permission.

The Christ Child has arrived. We’ve waited through four weeks of Advent to light that fifth candle, the Christ candle, symbolizing the presence of Christ in our midst. And we feel... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Feature | Susanne Guenther Loewen

Artwork by Merle Yin, grade 11, Mennonite Collegiate Institute

From the moment we learned I was pregnant, the baby we longed for was continually on my mind. What would it look like? What kind of personality would it have? How would this baby... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Feature | Carol Penner

Artwork by Emma Unger, Grade 11, Mennonite Collegiate Institute

God of grace, today we pray for peace for the City of Bethlehem. It has had more than its share of conflict, as it has changed from a sleepy little town to a bustling city that is... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Feature | Carol Penner

‘Joshua passing the River Jordan with the Ark’ (detail), by Benjamin West

We are daily awash in choices and opportunities, and many of us are affluent enough to be able to choose among many options. Many of us make many choices even before we get out... Read More
October 31, 2018 | Feature | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen

‘Potiphar’s wife displays Joseph’s garment,’ by Lucas van Leyden (circa 1512). Notice in the window in the top left corner Joseph can be seen being taken to prison. (Google Art Project)

The Bible is full of stories about people, real people with bodies and minds, and with an array of experiences, relationships and emotions. How odd, then, that we so often turn to... Read More
October 17, 2018 | Feature | Gareth Brandt

The first issue of the Canadian Mennonite Reporter, August 3, 1971. (Canadian Mennonite file photo)

This month marks the 65th anniversary of English-language magazine publishing for Mennonites in Canada. The Canadian Mennonite , a precursor to the magazine you are holding in... Read More
October 3, 2018 | Feature | Aaron Epp

Photo courtesy of Henry Neufeld

“Never a teacher,” I declared from the time I was in public school, growing up in the Leamington district of southwestern Ontario. When I finished high school in Ontario, I... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Feature | Henry Neufeld

‘A politics of tending is centred on shared practices, habits and memories that define a place and community in its particularity, and describe how that community will negotiate its future,’ writes Anika Reynar. (Photo © istock.com/baks)

In the midst of significant structural change in Mennonite Church Canada, a group of Canadian Mennonite University students came together in December 2015 around the question, “Do... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Feature | Anika Reynar

‘Grace’ by Eric Enstrom (public domain)

“You . . . were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people” (Ephesians 1:13-14, NRSV). I... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Feature | Dave Rogalsky

Maya Morton Ninomiya was baptized in the Saugeen River at Riverstone Retreat Centre near Durham, Ont., in June 2016, by Wendy Janzen and Kevin Derksen, pastors at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church. (Photo by Marcia Shantz)

I was baptized on an Easter Sunday morning, in the midst of a beautiful service celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. By the first rays of morning light, we greeted each other... Read More
July 18, 2018 | Feature | Kevin Derksen

Communion, the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist; whatever the name, it has been an integral part of the Christian faith since its beginnings. (Photo © istock.com/ipggutenbergukltd)

“Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And... Read More
June 27, 2018 | Feature | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

The church is a community of profound meaning for seniors because it has the capacity to speak to their deep spiritual needs, offering belonging, care and inspiration. (Photo by D. Michael Hostetler)

I was raised in a family with Scottish Presbyterian roots, where no one talked about faith for fear of being “too religious.” We trusted that seniors had it all figured out and... Read More
June 13, 2018 | Feature | Jane Kuepfer

After serving as interim pastor at Grace Mennonite Church in St. Catharines, Ont., Waldo Pauls ended up staying on as minister for seven years. He is pictured with his wife Pam at their farewell service following Waldo’s retirement in 2014. (Photo by Ernie Janzen)

“You don’t go quickly from Egypt to the Promised Land,” quips Harold Schlegel. “The wilderness is where God forms us.” The wilderness Schlegel speaks of is the transition in a... Read More
May 30, 2018 | Feature | Donna Schulz

‘David and Saul,’ by Ernst Josephson, oil on canvas, 1878

“And whenever the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand, and Saul would be relieved and feel better, and the evil spirit would... Read More
May 16, 2018 | Feature | Virginia Gerbrandt Richert

Photo by Kaylene Derksen

“Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes... Read More
May 2, 2018 | Feature | Kaylene Derksen

Neeta Solomon cooks a meal for Marlene Epp. (Photo by Marlene Epp)

I recently learned to eat anarsa —a sweet, rice-based treat—while travelling in India visiting with Mennonite women, and learning about their religious lives and food practices... Read More
May 2, 2018 | Feature | Marlene Epp
There is a new culture in North America around sexual harassment and abuse. The social media hashtag #MeToo is everywhere, and we are starting to address abusive behaviour in the... Read More
April 18, 2018 | Feature | Carol Penner

“While I don’t want to give the impression that the West has no gifts to offer the global church, too often we assume that it is our wealth and our wisdom that will be the world’s greatest salvation.” (Art: ‘Christ and the Rich Young Ruler’ by Heinrich Hofmann)

Immediately after finishing with undergraduate school in 2008, I went down to Mexico to help translate for a mission trip that my mom and younger brother were taking with my... Read More
April 4, 2018 | Feature | Michael Thomas

‘We’re starting to build momentum here . . . to build relationships and have good conversations with people who wouldn’t otherwise come to our church building.’ —Pastor Lydia Crutwell, First United Mennonite Church, Vancouver (First United Mennonite Church photo)

Mennonites have always been known as a migrant people, whether moving from Switzerland to North America, from the Netherlands to Prussia and Ukraine, and from Europe to South... Read More
March 21, 2018 | Feature | Amy Rinner Waddell

Caravaggio’s ‘The Incredulity of Saint Thomas’

It’s a question I’ve heard many times over the years: “Do Christians really need to believe in Jesus’ resurrection?” It is, after all, a pretty difficult idea to accept. And this... Read More
March 7, 2018 | Feature | Michael Pahl

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Ephesians begins by blessing God for revealing the great mystery, namely, to “gather up all things in Christ” (1:10). Ephesians 2:11-22 then celebrates Christ’s making peace... Read More
February 21, 2018 | Feature | Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld

Within Mennonite denominations, the closure of churches is also a reality that requires acknowledgement and careful planning, so that their legacy might be a blessing. (Photo: © istock.com/hal990)

Every living thing eventually dies, including churches. Just as people who do not plan for death may complicate things for their families, churches that do not plan for eventual... Read More
February 7, 2018 | Feature | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Constructing a house of peace that is inclusive, containing a health and safe environment in which the human soul can thrive requires the involvement of all vocations and disciplines. (Photo © istock.com/danr13)

The political scientist Harold Lasswell once defined politics to be “who gets what, when and how.” If that is politics, peace studies in contrast can be seen as an attempt to... Read More
January 24, 2018 | Feature | Lowell Ewert

Opening of the MCC Ontario building in 1964. Pictured from left to right: MCC executive secretary William Snyder, Fred Nighswander, Henry H. Epp and Abner Cressman. (Kitchener-Waterloo Record file photo / Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

When the indomitable Orie O. Miller retired from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in 1958, there was a lot of speculation about who would fill his big shoes. In Miller’s mind,... Read More
January 10, 2018 | Feature | Edgar Stoesz

Anneken Kendriks is burned in Amsterdam in 1571. (Etching by Jan Luyken, from Martyrs Mirror by Thieleman J. van Braght, Published by Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Va. Used with permission.)

Children are among the most important things given to us in our lives. With this gift comes the responsibility of passing on our faith. This can be a daunting task in a cultural... Read More
December 20, 2017 | Feature | Arlene Friesen 

‘The Flight into Egypt,’ an icon from the late 15th century, currently housed in the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece.

“Are you ready for Christmas?” The question came from Ed, a cheerful clerk at Save-On-Foods, as I was picking up some milk. What kind of response was he seeking? Was he asking if... Read More
December 6, 2017 | Feature | Ryan Dueck
Advent, according to one definition, is “the arrival of a notable person, thing or event.” Yet along the way, we’ve come to associate Advent not with arrival, but with waiting. In... Read More
November 15, 2017 | Feature | Donna Schulz
Wherever Jesus goes, we see God’s kingdom descending from heaven to earth. Wherever Jesus appears, God’s loving power takes hold. A hemorrhaging woman is healed of her infirmity;... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Feature | John D. Rempel

Doug Klassen's horse Dolly had a visit from her farrier. (Photo courtesy of Doug Klassen)

He was a welcome sight when his truck and trailer pulled into the yard. Even before the truck stopped moving, he jumped out the passenger side and started walking toward me. “... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Feature | Doug Klassen

Lee Hiebert is the new pastor at Steinbach Mennonite Church. (Photo courtesy of Lee Hiebert)

Seventy-four-year-old George Ediger rushed out of church during the final song and caught up with the newcomer in the parking lot before the big young visitor with the shaved head... Read More
October 4, 2017 | Feature | Will Braun
“The same night [Jacob] got up and took his two wives, his two maids and his 11 children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Feature | Emma Pavey
“Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches” (Revelation 3:22). These words of John from the Island of Patmos are as relevant for us today as... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Feature | David Martin
I was humbled and challenged when I spent the day with some of my Old Order Mennonite relations recently. My cousin Sarah invited me to a quilting at her home near Mount Forest,... Read More
August 23, 2017 | Feature | Barb Draper
‘I thought this type of support was normal’ Jeanette and Todd Hanson By Donna Schulz, Saskatchewan Correspondent, Rosthern, Sask. Although they have had other mission partnerships... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Feature |
To put names and faces to these partnerships, Canadian Mennonite ’s correspondents across the country have profiled Witness workers and the churches that support them. Following... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Feature |
Tony Deik experienced a dramatic return to faith when he was studying at Birzeit University in the Israeli-occupied territory of the West Bank. Raised Roman Catholic in Bethlehem... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Feature | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

‘In the last couple of years, I’ve been embarrassed to tell people that I went to church or was a Christian.’—Aaron Dawson (Photo courtesy of Angelika Dawson)

A lot has been said and written about millennials: What’s wrong with them? What’s influenced them? What does their future hold? Google “millennials and the church” and dozens of... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Feature | Angelika Dawson
Although I had biked 21 kilometres to work and spent the hot day bent over in a vegetable patch just south of Winnipeg, I was still pushing hard on my ride home. I loved passing... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Feature | Will Braun
In the opening half of Steven Ratzlaff’s play Reservations , first staged in Winnipeg in 2016, an Alberta Mennonite farmer informs his two children that he plans to give a section... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Feature | Roger Epp
When the water goes up behind the $8.7-billion Keeyask Dam in northern Manitoba, one family will lose more than any other. At a church-sponsored event in Winnipeg on March 18,... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Feature |
Several years ago, my Russian Mennonite grandmother told me a story about her childhood that I think about often. When she was just a young girl living somewhere southeast of... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Feature | Robert Zacharias
Religious wars raged in 16th-century Europe between Catholics and Protestants. In northern Holland, Jan Smit was captured by the Catholics and was being pressed into service as an... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Feature | Mary Groh
A Pharisee and a tax collector This parable of Jesus seems self-evident. It compares the attitude of two men’s prayers: a Pharisee and a tax collector. The Pharisee’s seems rather... Read More
March 22, 2017 | Feature | Dan Kehler
Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. I always love this joyful affirmation of life and hope on Easter morning. When it is still grey and cold outside, when the world news is so... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Feature | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Over the past while, a number of people have inquired about my thoughts on a recent “Theology matters” study conducted by Canadian scholar David Haskell that draws a strong... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Feature | Ryan Dueck
Why do you go to church? One of the main reasons is that there is something there that feeds your soul. If there was nothing nourishing there, you would find other things to do... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Feature | Carol Penner

In 2007, then MWC president Nancy Heisey presented a framed image of Anabaptist martyr Dirk Willems to Pope Benedict XVI. She told the story of Willems, who was captured, tried and convicted, but escaped from prison in 1569. Willems fled across the thin ice of a pond, but when the guard who pursued him broke through the ice, Willems turned back and rescued him. Willems was recaptured and soon burned at the stake. (Photo by Servizio Fotografico De L.’O.R.)

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. According to tradition, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on Oct. 31, 1517, thereby starting the chain of... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Feature | Troy Osborne
We asked and you responded. This past fall, Canadian Mennonite put out a call to readers. We wanted to hear about the young adults who are making a difference in your community—... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Feature | Aaron Epp
“It was here somewhere,” I said to my son Allan. “The Boese canning factory was over here, and over there was an orchard where we lived in our trailer until about 1962. It was... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Feature |
“Good King Wenceslas” is not the most sing-able of carols and the lyrics are on the King James end of archaic. You may have assumed this 10th-century legend is about... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Feature | Layton Friesen
In the northern hemisphere, Advent comes to us in the darkest time of the year. Christmas is advertised and celebrated as the happiest time of the year, and for some it is just... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Feature | Carol Penner
At times we have been both inspired and overwhelmed by the parenting books that crowd bookstore and library shelves. We have also found useful advice, and a dauntingly high bar,... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Feature | Carmen Brubacher and Paul Heidebrecht
The Evansons were out of our league. We were a plain old missionary family coming from rural New Hamburg, Ont., and they were über-educated university professors from glamorous... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Feature | Michele Rizoli
"Why should young people from our congregations choose a Christian college or university like Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, B.C., Conrad Grebel University College in... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Feature | Terry Schellenberg
Many U.S. and Canadian Mennonites think of German-speaking Mennonites in Mexico as a backward people in a Wild West country. We read of Mennonites involved in drug trafficking and... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Feature | Edgar Stoesz
Holly (a pseudonym) began experiencing serial pregnancy loss several years ago, after the birth of her youngest son. In her mind, the words “church” and “support” don’t really go... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Feature |
“So this is how Mennonite Church Canada handles layoffs due to shrinking budgets. This was my mom’s experience today: show up to work; given the news; laptop taken away; password... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Feature | Henry Neufeld
Since I shared my husband’s painful job loss through no fault of his own, I’ve received many emails and other private messages from people who have also experienced difficult... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Feature | © April Yamasaki
Peach Blossom Church almost always meets its budget, although some years involve more drama than others. It still engages a full-time pastor, fixes the roof and supports mission... Read More
August 10, 2016 | Feature | Lori Guenther Reesor

Randell Neudorf, pastor of the Commons church in Hamilton, Ont., speaks in favour of the resolution to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery. Neudorf spoke of wanting his son, who has an Ojibway background, to grow up in a land that sees him and his people as full members of the human family. The Doctrine of Discovery is a historical belief that lands without Christian inhabitants were empty and open to the predation of Christian princes. The Doctrine continues to influence the law about Indigenous Peoples in Canada (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

“A season of change,” lament, fear, anxiety, confession, uncertainty, safe space, brave space . . . hope. Mennonite Church Canada, which held its biennial assembly, “God~Faith~... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Feature | Dave Rogalsky
Fortune and misfortune can look the same in a world of incomprehensible inequality. Each year, many thousands of Jamaicans apply for coveted temporary jobs on Canadian farms. The... Read More
June 28, 2016 | Feature | Will Braun
Someone once said, “There’s no such thing as part-time pastors, only part-time salaries.” If this is true, a lot of congregations within Mennonite Church Canada are getting good... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Feature | Donna Schulz
We are a group of pastors from each of the five area churches who have gathered around the current Future Directions Task Force conversations in an effort to understand and... Read More
June 1, 2016 | Feature | Various Contributors
As delegates prepare to gather for Assembly 2016, a group of 10 pastors from across Mennonite Church Canada wrote an open letter on the Future Directions process. They write, “In... Read More
June 1, 2016 | Feature |
I memorized Philippians 4:4-9 more than 20 years ago when I was on bed rest during my pregnancy with my son Aaron. I had lost three babies before him—and one after him—so... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Feature | Angelika Dawson
Alcohol has become ubiquitous in Canada, so much so that on April 5 even Starbucks began serving beer and wine in three of its Toronto outlets. How does this preponderance of... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Feature | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
About eight years ago, Daniel Pantoja shared the approach he and his wife Joji employed as Mennonite Church Canada Witness Workers in the Philippines: “Toss aside western church... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Feature | Deborah Froese
Marriage has always been, and continues to be, a perplexing reality for Christians. From the Apostle Paul’s confusing advice to the more recent agonizing over divorce, Christian... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Feature | Bruce Hiebert
Excerpted and translated from a sermon preached at Niagara United Mennonite Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., on April 26, 2015. It is based on chapter 21 of the Gospel of John,... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Feature | Udo Woelke
Lent is a 40-day season on the church calendar that brings the story of Jesus into the nitty-gritty of community life. It brings the story into everyone’s own particular time and... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Feature | Chris Lenshyn
A year ago, when a colleague and I spent an intense two days in the beautiful Fraser Valley of B.C. with the writing team for our Leader magazine, I met this passage again as part... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Feature | Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel
In a time when western society is rapidly altering its image of marriage and government institutions have legally recognized same-sex marriage, the church is pressed to decide:... Read More
February 10, 2016 | Feature | Darrin W. Snyder Belousek
The following is an abridged version of a letter sent to the Future Directions Task Force and Mennonite Church Canada leaders that was signed by all 24 Witness workers in light of... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Feature |
On behalf of the Future Directions Task Force I express sincere thanks for the thought and time you’ve put into the open letter received last week from Norm Dyck, Mennonite Church... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Feature | Aldred H. Neufeldt
Today, our community of Anabaptist-related churches spans the globe, incorporating people from many different cultural, ethnic and political backgrounds. We are, without a doubt,... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Feature | Fernando Enns
I was driving from Calgary out to Rosemary, Alta., to attend Bill and Bob Janzen’s mom’s funeral. As I drove I recalled hearing of times when everyone lived in large homes in long... Read More
December 23, 2015 | Feature | Doug Klassen
I still think of myself as a shepherd. Every day, actually every night, I’m out there. I look for the lost, the wanderers and the weary, and I bring them home. It’s a living. At... Read More
December 9, 2015 | Feature | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Barb and Orrie Gingrich of Holyrood, Ont., have quite a crowd of grandchildren. It was 2008 when Barb began to think of all the gifts being exchanged at her place during the... Read More
December 9, 2015 | Feature |
Innovation is all the rage in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., the place I now call home. A day does not go by without stories about another high-tech start-up in the local paper,... Read More
November 18, 2015 | Feature | Paul Heidebrecht
It seems like every second time I open my computer these days I come across the latest instance of what is becoming a very familiar—and obnoxious—brand of writing: the “five... Read More
November 4, 2015 | Feature | Ryan Dueck
Why should I care for the environment? A lot of Christians today are asking that question. I mean, we know it’s probably the right thing to do, but what’s a Christ-centred... Read More
October 21, 2015 | Feature | Todd Wynward
What does a transformative, earth-honouring Christianity look like at ground level and lived out in daily action? Reforms of personal habits—such as recycling, eating locally and... Read More
October 21, 2015 | Feature | Todd Wynward
To start, a little bit of history. The Mennonites evolved out of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation. As Anabaptist pacifists who practised adult baptism, they often held... Read More
October 7, 2015 | Feature | Kira Olfert

Doris Janzen Longacre, author of the More-with-Less Cookbook and Living More with Less

When I was a small child, my parents took our family on assignment to Chile as church workers. In a country which at that time had no Anabaptist-Mennonite churches, our ties to... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Feature | Susie Guenther Loewen

While in the West Bank city of Hebron, Hannah Doerksen, left, Naomi Peters and Jenny Sawatzsky were approached by local students. The Canadians are students at Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg. (Photo by Ramon Rempel)

Not long ago I returned from a trip to the Middle East, where I led a group of ten students from Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute (MBCI) in Winnipeg through many parts of... Read More
September 9, 2015 | Feature | Ramon Rempel
(The following article discusses a difficult topic in story form. All characters are fictional, although the events referred to are based on an amalgamation of true experiences.)... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Feature | Cameron Altaras
Debora Prabu, from Indonesia, sings during one of the nine worship services at Mennonite World Conference Assembly, held July 21 to 26, 2015. She was part of the 17-person... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Feature |

Members of the Mennonite-Anabaptist family from around the world gathered July 21 to July 26, 2015, in Harrisburg, Pa., U.S.A., for the 16th assembly of Mennonite World Conference. To learn more about the event, click on the links below. (Jim Cheng photo)

 

Walking with God and each other (overview) Video series: Charting Walks with God Worship services MWC PA 2015 opens with celebration, call for walking together Speakers share... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Feature |

Morning and evening worship services featured songs from various cultures and countries. Many people found the music inspiring. (Photo by Jim Cheng)

In his friendship group at the Mennonite World Conference assembly, Francis Ojwang found that getting to know fellow believers from distant places brought an unexpected blessing... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Feature | Paul Schrag

Marcy Hostetler,  led the international music ensemble. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman)

Worship rises to the rafters as Mennonites and Brethren and Christ join their voices in music from around the world at PA 2015 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Differences exist in... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Feature | Laura Kraybill

Natasha Neustaedter Barg gets some tips on playing a gamelan instrument from player Andrew Beltaos, as part of an evening youth event. (Photo by Doreen Martens)

Megan Breidigan may be only 16, but she’s already figured out there’s nothing quite like a Mennonite World Conference assembly. The Douglasville, Pa., high school student says... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Feature | Doreen Martens

Participants in the Global Youth Summit wrote messages of encouragement to Lee Sang Min, a conscientious objector under detention in South Korea. (MWC photo)

The three-day Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Global Youth Summit (GYS) concluded Sunday, July 19, with a strong call to young adults to impact the world by sharing their gifts... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Feature | Elina Ciptadi-Perkins

Roland Yoder (centre) puts his own thumbprint on the three-dimensional sculpture of the MWC logo that he designed. Vikal Rao (left) from India was the overall creator of the Global Church Village and Lowell Jantzi (right) helped to carry out the concept. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman)

“This seems like an innocent form of community graffiti,” Roland Yoder said with a smile as he watched the hub of activity around the three-dimensional sculpture of the Mennonite... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Feature | Connie Faber

Left to right: Lesly Henriquez (Honduras), Albita Castillo (Guatemala), and Aurora Pereira (Honduras) work at a communal art project titled, “Women in Conversation.” Artist and pastor Audrey Kanagy (far right) designed the four panels, depicting women from different continents. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman for Meetinghouse)

For the first time Anabaptist women gathered from across the world to consider forming a global Anabaptist women’s network. The Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly, provided... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Feature | Virginia A. Hostetler, with reports by Harriet Sider Bicksler and Elina Ciptadi-Perkins

Danisa Ndlovu (left) of Zimbabwe and Janet Plenert of Canada have completed six years as president and vice-president of Mennonite World Conference.

In four days of meetings just prior to the July 21-26 Mennonite World Conference Assembly, the General Council gathered with about 120 representatives from MWC member churches... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Feature | Ron Rempel

Three Mennonite women from different countries share together during a Mennonite World Conference gathering in Ethiopia. (Photo by Merle Good)

The last in a five-part series leading up to Mennonite World Conference Assembly in Harrisburg, Pa. When someone asks you to use a few words to describe yourself, what words do... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Feature | Arli Klassen

The Sermon on the Mount is the thorn in our side and the rainbow in our sky, discomforting and comforting by turn, but always calling us beyond our perspective to a more joyous and loving existence.

I was down in Mississippi, at a small African-American church. My parents were volunteering there with a ministry that had many different programs going. They had a farm, a clinic... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Feature | Mary Schertz

‘Which of you, if your children ask for a moon cake, will give them a stone?’ (Matthew 7:9, paraphrase) (Photo © iStock.com/Voraorn)

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?” (Matthew 7:9-10). I have never eaten a stone, but if given a... Read More
June 17, 2015 | Feature | Brian Quan

Pressure is increasing once again. The violent and repressive imagination created by apartheid still dominates. Recent violence directed at African foreign nationals is but one example of this. (Photo by Karen Suderman)

The journey towards reconciliation is not easy. Attempts to repair wrongs involve time and intentionality. Healing broken relationships takes longer still. In 2009, Canada began a... Read More
June 3, 2015 | Feature | Andrew Suderman

On April 18, Karen and Andrew Suderman and at least 18 others protest recent eruptions of xenophobia by wrapping about 100 trees in the downtown core of Pietermaritzburg with yellow fabric and a statement from South Africa’s Freedom Charter: ‘South Africa belongs to all who live in it.’ (Photo courtesy of Karen and Andrew Suderman)

What do you do in the face of hatred, a hatred so immense that it drives people to pillage, beat and even kill others? What do you do when that hatred is simultaneously “out there... Read More
June 3, 2015 | Feature | Karen Suderman

Palmer Becker and J.T. Masih (centre) in a teaching mission in India. (Photo courtesy of Palmer Becker)

Just as there are Lutheran, Baptist and Anglican Christians, so there are Mennonite Christians. The name “Mennonite” is most appropriately used as an adjective rather than a noun... Read More
May 20, 2015 | Feature | Palmer Becker
“Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come . . . . Rise up... Read More
May 6, 2015 | Feature | Muriel Bechtel
My grandmother’s church is, like all Old Order Mennonite churches, plain. The white walls are bare. There are no stained-glass windows, no gilded altars and no images of saints or... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Feature | Robin A. Fast
“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Feature | Anita Fast
Matthew 10:37 reads, “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” These verses have... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Feature | Anita Fast
For many people, the Christian faith and poverty are deeply interconnected. Acts of charity are widely viewed as a key aspect of the Christian life, and the church has a long... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Feature | Derek Cook

Anneken de Vlaster, an Anabaptist woman, is thrown into the fire in 1571, as pictured in Herald Press’s Martyrs Mirror.

Sometimes, a single act can have enormous consequences. In the religious ferment of 16th century Europe, a small group of Christians in the Swiss canton of Zurich gathered in a... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Feature | Valerie G. Rempel

Indigenous students and their families arrive by plane for a Mennonite-run Bible school at Stormer Lake in northwestern Ontario in 1981. (Photo by Martin Frey)

“History,” wrote American poet Maya Angelou more than 20 years ago, “despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” Canada’s... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Feature | Elaine Enns
The term “settler” for Canadians of European descent was popularized by Roger Epp in his 2008 book, We are all Treaty People. This term acknowledges—rather than ignores—the... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Feature | Elaine Enns
In an appendix to Ambassadors of Reconciliation, Vol. II: Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking (Orbis Books), which I co-wrote, I explored the... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Feature | Elaine Enns
My wife Rachel and I wanted to start practising radical hospitality, but we live in a cosy basement apartment. It would be so much easier if we had our own house with lots of... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Feature | Chris Brnjas
If you find yourself in Victoria Park in Kitchener, Ont., on a Thursday evening in the summertime, wander down the tree-lined path and over the bridge until you reach the island... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Feature | Jessica Reesor Rempel
Mennonite churches are afraid. In fact, Christian denominations all over Canada are afraid. We have felt this, seen it and experienced it. Sometimes this fear leads denominations... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Feature | Chris Brnjas and Jessica Reesor Rempel
1. What acts of servanthood have you seen carried out by church leaders? Do your church leaders take a turn working in the kitchen? What message do they send when they do menial... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Feature | Barb Draper
What to do?” is our anxious impulse. “In the beginning,” God was revealed in creation before there was anyone to appreciate the self-disclosure this represented. It was long... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Feature | Ike Glick
1. How has our society’s attitude toward same-sex relationships changed in the past 20 or 30 years? Who or what has contributed to this shift? How much has the church changed its... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Theologically conservative Christians are widely perceived as hostile to gays. And it is largely our own fault. Many of us have actually been homophobic. Most of us tolerated gay... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Feature | By Ronald J. Sider
1. What has changed since the 1970s and ’80s that conversations about sexual misconduct and sexual abuse are so much more prevalent these days? Does sexual violence happen more... Read More
December 24, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Some readers have called for a moratorium on reports about John Howard Yoder’s past misdeeds. We acknowledge that continued attention to this issue has caused pain to Yoder’s... Read More
December 24, 2014 | Feature |
The following is excerpted from a longer article, “ ‘Defanging the beast’: Mennonite responses to John Howard Yoder’s sexual abuse,” in Mennonite Quarterly Review No. 89 (January... Read More
December 24, 2014 | Feature | By Rachel Waltner Goossen
1. What strangers have you encountered this Christmas season? Who are the wise and contemplative thinkers who help us to see where heaven is reaching down to earth? How do we make... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper

"The Commitment" by Lynda Toews, 2014

It all began in January 2014. My husband Gary and I started to research conventional nativity art and arrived at a new vision. We decided to focus attention on the very humble and... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Feature | Story, art and photos by Lynda Toews

That Jesus is thus a union of divine and mortal signals an ancient truth that underlies all worship: from creation onward, in love’s deep sacrifice, God’s outstretched eternal finger touches the outstretched finger of the mortal Adam. (Credit: Commons.wikimedia.org)

A gathering of strangers The Christmas stories include an odd assortment of strangers. The guest list for the party that would eventually become the familiar nativity scene... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Feature | By Edna Alison Froese
1. Stuart Scadron-Wattles says that waiting in expectation is a difficult balancing act. What experiences have you had of waiting with expectation? What makes it difficult? Do we... Read More
November 19, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
It is my favourite time of year, this season of Advent. The anticipation leading up to Christmas is the richest and most exciting time of year for me. Last year, I had the... Read More
November 19, 2014 | Feature | Rebecca Penfold

Photo credit: Shayantani Sarkar/Commons.Wikipedia.org

“I can’t get into the Christmas spirit,” she said. My daughter Alyson hefted the load in front of her, and the load—my 10-week-old granddaughter—squeaked. “Maybe it’s the new baby... Read More
November 19, 2014 | Feature | By Stuart Scadron-Wattles
1. How long ago did Mennonites in your community begin holding public office? Was there a time when local/municipal offices were deemed appropriate for Mennonites, but not... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper

Melvin Klassen, left, is mayor of Altona, Man., while his brother, Ted, serves as a city councillor. ‘Ted, 67, could be forgiven for thinking Melvin, 73, is engaged in some kind of “anything you can do, I can do better” sibling rivalry,’ writes Bill Redekop. ‘When Ted was hired as a teacher at W.C. Miller Collegiate, Melvin soon followed him there, but as principal. When Ted was elected to Altona council, Melvin followed shortly after but—as if to do him one better—ran for mayor.” (Winnipeg Free Press photo by Bill Redekop)

“In the New Testament,” said Arnold Neufeldt-Fast, who ran unsuccessfully for the office of mayor of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ont., on Oct. 27, “the state is understood... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Feature | Dick Benner
1. Where would you place yourself and your congregation: believing in absolute truths, wondering if there really is any truth, or somewhere in between? Do you agree that many... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky and Barb Draper

In this famous painting, Pilate presents a scourged Christ to crowds in Jerusalem. Eastern Canada correspondent Dave Rogalsky explores the meaning of Pilate’s famous question, ‘What is truth?’

“Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Feature | Dave Rogalsky
1. What have been your experiences in cross-cultural bridge-building with Canada’s indigenous people? What involvement does the church and organizations like Mennonite Central... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper

As part of a relationship-building event at Peace Mennonite Church, Richmond, B.C., Darryl Klassen, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) B.C.’s Aboriginal Neighbours program coordinator, presents local elder Ruth Adams with an MCC blanket. In Salish culture, this is an expression of adopting someone into the family. (Credit: MCC BC)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) British Columbia has decided to dismiss long-time Aboriginal Neighbours program coordinator Darryl Klassen. The decision, which was made early... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Feature | By Will Braun

Harley Eagle, right, Mennonite Central Committee Canada’s co-coordinator of Indigenous Work with his wife Sue, speaks with other MCC staff and partners at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. (Credit: courtesy of MCC UN office)

Tension gripped my gut as I drove to a Mennonite church in Altona, Man., with an indigenous friend. We were doing a joint Sunday morning presentation about hydropower impacts. I... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Feature | By Will Braun
1. Henry Neufeld writes that, “[o]ur memories are prone to distortion.” Do you agree? Have you ever been faced with evidence that you remembered something inaccurately? Do your... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
We all have some painful memories of things that happened to us. They are stored, encoded, and sometimes retrieved and reworked. There are strained relationships with our parents... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Feature | By Henry Neufeld
1. What is the relationship of the various Christian denominations in your community? Are there formal contacts between congregations? In what settings do the denominations work... Read More
September 10, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper

A portrait of Jesus’ Farewell Discourse to his disciples by Duccio di Buoninsegna, circa early 14th century. During his talk, Jesus prays that his disciples—and their disciples after them— would be one.

Jesus’ Farewell Discourse, as recorded in John 14 to 17, is full of images of who Jesus is. These four chapters present Jesus as a shepherd; a gate; and the way, the truth and the... Read More
September 10, 2014 | Feature | By Ryan Dueck
"I don't want to remember it,” Hugo Unruh says of the grim spring day in 1972. He and his wife at the time, pulled into the 40-hectare complex an hour west of Winnipeg that then... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Feature | Will Braun
Beige cement walls intersect with light green shag carpet. The smell of sugar and over-brewed yet weak coffee mingles with bits of conversation and the clink of spoons on ceramic... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Feature | Jason Reimer Grieg
1. What have been your personal experiences or connections with Israel/Palestine? What are your sources for news or information of what is happening there? Do Canadians tend to... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
The following is an excerpt from a recent prayer from the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, calling on the world to pray for the people who live in... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Feature |
What is God’s plan for Israel? It would be presumptuous for me to say that I have a definitive answer to that question. If I did, I would likely be appointed ambassador to Israel... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Feature | By Palmer Becker
From July 3 to 6, 2014, Mennonite Church Canada held its biennial assembly, in Winnipeg, Man. Focusing on the theme, “Wild Hope: faith for an unknown season,” the church delegates... Read More
July 24, 2014 | Feature | Virginia A. Hostetler
A tornado warning was issued for southern Winnipeg just as Willard Metzger, Mennonite Church Canada’s executive director, was giving the final announcements at Assembly 2014 on... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky
With the future of the church and issues of sexuality being prominent issues up for discussion at Assembly 2014, Karl Koop, a Canadian Mennonite University professor, asked César... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | By Rachel Bergen
1. As Mennonite Church Canada ponders the future, it recognizes that the church is changing. What changes have been happening in your congregation? What fears do you have about... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
In the face of an uncertain future, trepidation of shrinking budgets and programs, tired and fewer volunteers, and changing realities, encouraging stories were shared over two... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Where in the Bible can Christians turn to for “wild hope” if they are to have faith in an unknown season? That was the question Dan Epp-Tiessen, associate professor of Bible at... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | Aaron Epp
The biggest obstacle to working with people of other faiths is to deconstruct all the stereotypes and myths that the media have created and perpetrated, especially about Islam,... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | Dick Benner
What might a flashlight symbolize about how you were brought up to believe about generosity? That was one of the questions faced by participants during a weekend seminar at... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | Aaron Epp
“Last year, Mennonite Church U.S.A. passed a resolution on creation care at its Phoenix assembly. Is it time for [MC] Canada to have a resolution as well, and, if so, what should... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
It’s hard to organize a trip to Mennonite Church Canada’s assembly, knowing what to pack, how many books to bring and how to plan visiting times. The who to travel with, however,... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Who gets the help when a pastor marries a psychiatrist? At the 2014 Mennonite Church Canada minister’s conference, the answer was no joke, yet everyone left feeling better. Dr... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Embodying the love that Jesus Christ modelled and treating people the way we want to be treated are the best ways to face an increasingly pluralistic society. That’s the message... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | By Aaron Epp

Doug Klassen

At a corner of Ellice Avenue and Marilyn Street in Winnipeg, the neighbourhood association erected four sheets of plywood and painted them with chalkboard paint. The phrase, “... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | By Virginia A. Hostetler
They walked together through a valley of shadows for two years, yet Assembly 2014 is the first time Elizabeth Wall and Lorraine Reimer have met face to face. Reimer, a member of... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
“It only takes a scrap of time to turn to God.” April Yamasaki shared this anonymous piece of 14th-century wisdom in her “Cultivating spiritual disciplines” workshop at Assembly... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
What are the needs of women, and how are they working to meet those needs? Rhoda Keener, co-director of Mennonite Women U.S.A., led a presentation and discussion surrounding these... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | Rachel Bergen
The Cree word “kiciwamanawak” means “we are all cousins.” In Canada, however, this familial relationship between settler and host is fractured. This was the theme of the “Broken... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | Rachel Bergen
After seminar leader Chris Lenshyn began his post-Christian landscape session by reading chapter 1 of Daniel, he invited participants—48 adults and one baby—to gather in twos to... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | Virginia A. Hostetler
Unique timing and collaboration led to one of Manitoba Church Manitoba Camps with Meaning sites hosting two days of the children’s assembly—a first in Assembly gathering history... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Feature | Elsie Rempel
Probably the two most divisive issues in the church at the moment are women’s status and rights in the church, and the moral legitimacy of same-sex covenant relationships. The... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Feature | By Norman Kraus
During the 2013-14 academic year, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) was engaged in intense conversations on and off campus regarding its hiring policy concerning individuals in... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Feature | By Lisa Schirch
1. Does your church give equal status and rights to women and men? How did earlier generations explain their assumption that powerful roles were reserved for men? How much does... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper

The pulpit in the Jesuit Saint-Loup church in Namur, the Netherlands. The monumental sculpture, ‘Suffer little children to come unto me’ was made by the Dinant sculptor Benjamin Devigne (1827-94) in 1876.

I came across an editorial by Dick Benner a few months ago and was distressed to read about the late—and highly regarded—John Howard Yoder having sexually violated 80 women “at... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Feature | Name Withheld by Request*
1. Why do some of us find it so difficult to talk about sexual abuse? What is it about sexual abuse and allegations of misconduct that makes them so hurtful? Is sexual misconduct... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper

Maison de l'Amitie photo

“I really do not want more community than we already have at this church,” shared a congregant during a Sunday morning adult Sunday school discussion. “What I like about this... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Feature | By Paul Born
1. What are some examples of things you do to support others in your family, congregation, team or club? In what situations have you received support from others? In what groups... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper

‘End-of-life decisions will be more complicated as time goes on. It will be necessary for the church community to be aware of the complexity of cases and to seek to find appropriate Christians responses to them.’ (Marianne Mellinger)

When Susan Griffiths of Winnipeg went to Switzerland a year ago to die by doctor-assisted suicide, it was headline news and re-ignited the debate around end-of-life issues... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
1. Have you participated in any end-of-life decisions? Under what conditions would you consider withholding possible treatment for yourself or a family member? How would you... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
One could attribute the current crisis in Ukraine to the lack of sympathy for democratic practice. Repeated fisticuffs in Ukraine’s Parliament were one indication of that deficit... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Feature | By William E. Yoder, Ph.D.
The following announcement was released by Vyacheslav Nesteruk, president of the All-Ukrainian Union of Associations of Evangelical Christians-Baptists, and Aleksey Smirnov,... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Feature |
1. William Yoder suggests that democracy requires compromise and a sharing of power. Have you had experiences in public, church or family life where compromising or sharing power... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
The skyline is liberally punctuated with steeples, but they loom like tombstones over the churches of Montréal. The beautiful buildings are mostly dead on Sundays, and I wonder... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Feature | Story and photos by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Alain Spitzer

The first Skype conversation I ever had was with someone in Germany about a guy from Montréal who wanted to be baptized in Edmonton. This extraordinary testament to a globalized... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Feature | By Tim Wiebe-Neufeld
As in many environments today, “peace” was a conventional salutation in the ancient world. In the Gospel of Luke, when the risen Jesus appears among the disciples in Jerusalem, he... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Feature | By Alicia J. Batten
1. When you meet friends or family, what form of greeting do you use? Have you ever met anyone who used “peace” as a greeting? Does your congregation use “passing the peace” or... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper

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Just before Jack McKay* was let out of prison, a local paper ran an article that portrayed him as an unhinged, unreformed sexual predator. The message was blunt: Beware, be afraid... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Feature | By John Penner*
1. What experiences have you had with prison visitation or helping someone with a painful past become settled in Canadian society? What level of acceptance would someone like Jack... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Matt Falk recalls one of his worst gigs from the beginning of his career as a comedian. He was hired to perform at a corporate event, and during his 30-minute set the audience... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Feature | By Aaron Epp
Laughter has always been a huge part of my working career, working as a writer and actor in comedic theater. Most etymologists, those who study where words come from, believe that... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Feature | Ted Swartz
1. What kind of jokes make you laugh? Why do we value a sense of humour? When can laughter be disrespectful or inappropriate? What is the tipping point where there is too much... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Physician-assisted suicide has been in the news a lot recently. Last spring, Canadians watched as Winnipegger Susan Griffiths took her final journey to Switzerland to end her life... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Feature | Compiled by John Longhurst

Sikander Hashmi

“Do not kill yourselves: for verily God is to you most merciful” (Qur’an 4:29). It is commonly understood that when we were born, we had no choice but to become a citizen of this... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Feature | Sikander Hashmi

Atish Maniar

Hinduism is based on nonviolence. Suicide—killing oneself—is an act of violence. Killing another person is also wrong. In Hindu scriptures, nowhere is it mentioned that one can... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Feature | Atish Maniar

Alan Green

To begin with, Judaism teaches that our lives belong to God. We are mere stewards of the body which the Creator has given us. As Jews, we also believe that we are commanded to... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Feature | Alan Green

Fredrich Ulrich

Buddhism as an organized religion began some 2,600 years ago. The advanced technology we have today was unimaginable in those distant eras. We are thus faced with the problem of... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Feature | Fredrich Ulrich
1. John Longhurst refers to a recent poll indicating that 70 percent of Canadians support physician-assisted suicide and 68 percent believe that those who help a seriously ill... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Lawyers with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), of which Mennonite Church Canada is a member, have joined lawyers from across the country in signing a declaration that... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Feature | Evangelical Christian Fellowship
A mayor in Texas made headlines this past December when he proclaimed 2014 as “the Year of the Bible.” “Throughout the history of the United States, one of the most important... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Feature | Aaron Epp
1. What biblical movies have you seen? Will you watch the upcoming releases mentioned by Aaron Epp? Do you think Hollywood movies are an effective way to learn stories from the... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
When I first read this passage in Luke’s gospel, in preparation for preaching on it, I thought, “Oh, this is just too easy.” Unlike some stories which leave you scratching your... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Feature | By Anita Fast
1. In what situations have you prayed for justice or deliverance? Have you ever begun to doubt that you were praying hard enough, or even to doubt the existence of God? How do you... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Table fellowship is seen by some as a primal expression of hospitality, with the offer of food an opening of hand and heart to another. Table fellowship is seen by others as a... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Feature | John D. Rempel
The good news is that God came to us in Jesus Christ to reconcile us to himself and to invite us into his kingdom. The news of what God has done—and is doing—for us in Christ is... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Feature | By Palmer Becker
1. In what setting have you heard someone “sound the Scripture,” telling a Bible story without reading it? How is re-telling a story different from reading it or repeating it from... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper

Biblical storyteller John Epp

 

Managing editor Ross W. Muir was introduced to biblical storytelling when John Epp, a member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers Canada and Toronto United Mennonite Church,... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Feature |
1. Do your Christian values make you feel like a resident alien in Canada? How strong are your ties of loyalty to Canada? How strong is your allegiance to your local community or... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
In Philippians 2:25-30, the Apostle Paul advises the violently besieged Christian community in Philippi to grant special “honours” to a “fellow-soldier” who has “risked his life”... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Feature | By Gordon Zerbe
In the first 300 years of the Christian church, before church and state became fused, preachers and leaders regularly used the language of “citizenship” to describe the Christian... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Feature | By Gordon Zerbe

Ray Friesen suggests, ‘If we can imagine a nativity scene in first-century Palestine (pictured), we can possibly imagine it in our 21st-century world.’

In Charles Dickens' well-known story, A Christmas Carol, anyone who dares enter the inner sanctum of Ebenezer Scrooge's office with so much as a suggestion of Christmas is greeted... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Feature | By Ray Friesen
1. Do you know anyone with a “Bah! Humbug! ” attitude towards Christmas? What makes you want to say “Bah! Humbug! ”? Where do you draw the line on sentimentalism? What does it... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
1. Dave Rogalsky says that “blood songs” are about atonement. What “blood songs” can you think of? What do these songs say about the death or blood of Christ? What questions do... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky and Barb Draper
Atonement, Justice and Peace: The Message of the Cross and the Mission of the Church by Darrin Snyder Belousek . Eerdmans , 2012. Instead of Atonement: The Bible’s Salvation Story... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Feature | Compiled by Dave Rogalsky
Christus Victor/Ransom When humanity sinned in Genesis 3, they fell under the control of Satan. Due to personal sin, no human being was able to pay the ransom to free humanity, so... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

A statue of the Good Shepherd at the St. Callisto Catacombs, Rome. In the early centuries, Jesus was much more likely to be portrayed as the Good Shepherd than as a crucified Messiah.

In the 1990s, when the Mennonite church in Ontario was deciding whether to add Hymnal: A Worship Book to its pews, a dear (now departed) saint approached me, saying, “I hear that... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky
1. During the Second World War, what happened when young men in your family or community were called up for military service? What are the stories of your congregation dealing... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Of memories I have of family members, the one about my Uncle Sam’s arrest on April 19, 1944, and his imprisonment, which became legendary in our community, left an indelible mark... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Feature | By Joseph Martin

An Altona, Man., war memorial bears the names of local Mennonites who served and died during the Second World War.

Of late, many peace-minded Canadians have been decrying the country’s increasing militarization, calling to mind this country’s proud peacekeeping tradition as if it was a... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Feature | By Ross W. Muir
1. What would happen if someone in your congregation joined the military? Would your church have a prayer of blessing to send him on his way? What does peace mean to you? Can... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
The General Council Peace Commission of Mennonite World Conference (MWC) requested a response from Mennonite Church Canada to the question, “How is your church doing in its desire... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Feature | Gordon Allaby

Arlyn Friesen Epp, director of Mennonite Church Canada’s Resource Centre in Winnipeg, recalls peace lamps being introduced at the 2002 MC Canada assembly in Saskatoon. Congregations were invited to purchase the lamps and pray for peace. Some churches continue to light the peace lamps today.

“In the last 15 or 20 years, I have heard only one sermon on peace,” says Bernie Loeppky, a member of Grace Mennonite Church in Winkler, Man., and a member of the Evangelical... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
1. Have you ever had an experience where you felt unjustly treated and there didn’t seem to be a way to make it right? How did you respond to those feelings of injustice? What... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
What do you see as the greatest divide between indigenous and settler cultures in Canada?Read More
September 25, 2013 | Feature | By Deborah Froese

This ‘freedom’ graffiti carries significance and irony for South Africans. It is emblazoned on a bridge connecting Soweto to the informal settlement of Kliptown, an area of extreme poverty.

Elmer Courchene introduced himself as an Anishinabe elder whose home is Turtle Island. He carried himself with dignity, but his carefully chosen words reflected the uncertainty... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Feature | By Deborah Froese
1. What have been your experiences with the Roman Catholic Church? Do Mennonites today still have the same suspicions about Catholic theology that Will Braun says he grew up with... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper

The San Francesco Basilica in Assisi, Italy, attracts both the faithful and interested tourists to its doors.

Despite gaping holes in the biblical basis for its elaborate hierarchy, and despite relatively widespread pedophilia among its priests, the Roman Catholic Church holds on to... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Feature | By Will Braun
1. What is a story from your life or from the history of your congregation that has had an impact on you? What stories from the past are important to pass on to future generations... Read More
August 27, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper

Virginia A. Hostetler

The Mennonite church is at a unique time in history. Currently, women lead three of the four major institutions of higher learning serving the church in Canada. In October 2010,... Read More
August 27, 2013 | Feature | By Virginia A. Hostetler
The ability to see clearly is an important sense to us as Christians and as Mennonites: our theology, The Anabaptist Vision; our music, “Be Thou My Vision”; our scripture, “... Read More
August 27, 2013 | Feature | By Susan Schultz Huxman
1. What motivates you to give? Where did you learn to be generous? When you give to the church or to other charities, how much of it is carefully planned and how much of it is... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Giving is about much more than money. What we do with our time, talent and treasure all matter to God. As Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Feature | By Lori Guenther Reesor
1. Mennonite schools had been designed to keep students separate from the “modernizing secular world” while Conrad Grebel College was deliberately set within a large public... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Feature | by Barb Draper

In 1963, Milton Good, the first board chair of Conrad Grebel College, looked out across Laurel Creek at the College building site.

An innovative experiment in higher education By Susan Schultz Huxman President, Conrad Grebel University CollegeRead More
July 24, 2013 | Feature |
In 2009, when Dave and Margaret Penner first went to work among Low German-speaking Mennonites in Mexico, they encountered a “vacuum.”Read More
July 3, 2013 | Feature | Will Braun
1. How has your church changed since the 1960s and ’70s? Have there been major changes in the church structures and programs? Do congregational leaders feel hopeful or anxious... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
There is a changing reality in many Mennonite churches today. Like other denominations, Mennonite congregations have long lost the gravitational pull they had in the early and mid... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
1. When you contemplate making a purchase or hiring a contractor, how do you get information about your options? As you narrow your options, what are the values or loyalties that... Read More
June 5, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
The other morning, after dreaming to the tune of the constant patter of rain on the tin roof of my house, I woke early to enjoy a morning stroll through the mountains of northern... Read More
June 5, 2013 | Feature | Story and Photos by Tobias Roberts
1. What have been your experiences of suffering, either personally or by people around you? What are the biggest challenges of dealing with long-term suffering? Have you seen... Read More
May 22, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Allow yourself to be open and vulnerable. People who suffer live with difficult questions. It is good to discuss them.Read More
May 22, 2013 | Feature | Compiled by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
It’s hard to imagine a force powerful enough to keep an academic from his books, a father from playing with his children, a husband from attending to the wife he loves.Read More
May 22, 2013 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
1. How big is the problem of poverty in your community? What local initiatives have tried to reduce poverty? Have they been successful? What circumstances lead to high levels of... Read More
May 7, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper

Our society is very good at dividing us into categories. We talk about the poor as though they are a separate species.

"The poor will be with you always.” That is the message that seems to have been so frequently taken away from the gospel when we talk about poverty. That’s not a very encouraging... Read More
May 7, 2013 | Feature | By Derek Cook
1. How important is the Bible in your life? Do you think the church has lost its commitment to the Bible? Is your church presently wrestling with any passages of Scripture? Which... Read More
April 23, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper

‘Jacob Wrestling with the Angel,’ by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, circa 1659-60.

After being called the Son of God at his baptism, Jesus was challenged by the devil, underscoring the connection between this identity and action: “If you are the Son of God... Read More
April 23, 2013 | Feature | By Derek Suderman
Pinch the skin on the back of your hand, then release it and watch it fall. Your skin gradually slides back into place. Constantly healing and being recreated, our skin both... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Feature | By Emma Pavey
The sustainable approach to economic development in Ethiopia by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) was recognized recently by Julian Fantino, Canada’s minister for... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Feature | By Linda Whitmore
As the notorious persecutor Saul of Tarsus was transformed by God’s grace and is now remembered as the “apostle to the gentiles,” so Bogale Kebede, charged and imprisoned for... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Feature | By Carl E. Hansen
1. What powerful stories have you heard in your congregation? Who did the telling? What was the setting? What made the story powerful? How did it influence the teller or the... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Reading the Bible for ethics calls for a new approach to community. Above all else, it calls for the centrality of storytelling: storytelling at the centre of the community,... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Feature | By Bruce Hiebert
1. Who in your congregation takes a leadership role in interpreting the Bible? How do they acquire that role? What happens if anyone challenges their interpretation? Who has been... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Feature | Barb Draper
Reading the Bible for ethics is an act of power. Reading the Bible for ethics is about using the language and images of the Bible to transform ourselves and those around us. It is... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Feature | By Bruce Hiebert
1. Bruce Hiebert says we will make better ethical decisions if our brains are filled with biblical images. Do you find his arguments convincing? Have we been doing a good job of... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Reading the Bible for ethics is no easy task. It means facing an obscure document held as vital by an older generation, but of increasing irrelevance to a changing world. Or does... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Feature | By Bruce Hiebert
1. Tom Yoder Neufeld says that teaching and learning are acts of faith, especially when it comes to sacred texts such as the Bible (page 6). What learning or teaching experiences... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Feature |
RWM: For much, if not all, of your adult life, you have served as a chaplain, pastor or professor. What—or who—were the influences in your growing-up years that led you to a life... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Feature |
1. How has your community been impacted by the drive for economic development? What has your community lost through development and what has it gained? How are decisions made... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Feature |

Clouds hang over the Haisla community of Kitamaat Village, just across Douglas Channel from the proposed site of the Northern Gateway supertanker terminal. (Photo by Will Braun)

I never expected that Enbridge—the Calgary-based pipeline company best known for its contentious Northern Gateway proposal and a nasty spill from one of its U.S. lines in 2010—... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Feature | Story and photos by Will Braun
Bryan Born, the new president of Columbia Bible College sees his goal as equipping and encouraging the students to become “fully devoted followers of Jesus,” and that means more... Read More
January 2, 2013 | Feature | By Frank Stirk
In recent decades, young people from the Kalenjin community in the highlands of Kenya have dominated all levels of competitive athletic running events around the world. They have... Read More
January 2, 2013 | Feature | Harold Miller
1. Wendy and Phil Reimer describe some instances when God intervened in the lives of Christians. Can you think of similar experiences that you or other Christians have had? Why... Read More
December 11, 2012 | Feature |
In my earliest recollection Jacob Janzen was 60-something. He was not the oldest person I knew and rather undistinguished. He came walking tiredly up the sidewalk to the house in... Read More
December 11, 2012 | Feature | By Phil Reimer

Wendy Reimer works at a health clinic in Guatemala.

The following articles are from a presentation by Wendy and Phil Dyck at Rockway Mennonite Church several months ago.Read More
December 11, 2012 | Feature | By Wendy Reimer
1. What are some of your warm “waiting for Christmas” memories? What is it about Advent and Christmas family traditions that make them so special? Do you have negative memories... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Feature |
In my first year at Canadian Mennonite University, my first year away from home, I kept a running countdown to the Christmas holidays on the whiteboard stuck to my dorm room door... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Feature | By Emily Loewen
Our childhood returns to us through our children—especially in the season of Advent.Read More
November 21, 2012 | Feature | By Markus Poetzsch
Advent means memories, traditions, plans, lists, emotions and thoughts. In my youth in western Canada, growing up in a Mennonite Brethren (MB) community, Advent was a season. It... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Feature | Anne Konrad
“O come, O come Emmanuel,” a stock dirge of Advent, comes from a house of pain that once was, still is, and shall be again. The hymn is haunting. (HWB #172)Read More
November 21, 2012 | Feature | Allan Rudy-Froese
1. Do you consider yourself as a rational being or more of an emotional being? Do you find others reacting more rationally or more emotionally? In what ways has the Mennonite... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Feature |

Friesen says that a modern mall has similarities to a cathedral—it is a secular cathedral with rituals and liturgies.

After many hours of methodical and systematic doubting of all that he held certain, seventeenth-century French philosopher Rene Descartes came to an astounding conclusion: the... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Feature | By Carl Friesen
1. Carol Penner says, “sinning against our neighbours once removed just doesn’t feel so bad.” Do you agree? Who might be a “neighbour once removed”? What might be some examples of... Read More
October 24, 2012 | Feature |
When I was little, I remember my dad explaining our relatives to us: “She’s my cousin, twice removed.” It’s an expression that talks about a relationship that is a bit more... Read More
October 24, 2012 | Feature | By Carol Penner

Church leaders pray for Steve Brnjas and Fanosie Legesse (kneeling) before they began their teaching tour in Ethiopia in May. (Photo courtesy of Fanosie Legesse)

As Fanosie Legesse and Steve Brnjas were driving through a small village in rural Ethiopia, their car slowed to pass through a narrow street when suddenly a boy darted into the... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Feature | Dave Rogalsky
1. What has been the history of how a pastor is chosen in your congregation? How many people from your congregation have entered the pastoral ministry? How did the congregation... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Feature |

Rebecca Steiner (left) and Serena Smith at the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly in Vancouver.

When a church is in need of a lead or associate pastor, do they nurture these characteristics in the youth and young adults in their congregation or search for ready-made pastors... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Feature | Story and photo by Rachel Bergen

Harold Peters Fransen, leading pastor at North Kildonan Mennonite Church in Winnipeg.

Which is better for the church, a pastor with seminary training or a layperson groomed for the role and invited from the local context? While a seminary-trained pastor may be... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Feature | By Karin Fehderau
Mennonite pastors Mark Schloneger and Kevin Gasser hope they can get 100 churches in all 50 states to join them in a celebration of communion on the evening of Nov. 6—Election Day... Read More
September 17, 2012 | Feature | Annette Brill Bergstresser
1. What foods evoke memories of your childhood, your family or your church? If you have special foods for holidays such as Easter or Christmas, what role do they play in your life... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Feature |
Marlene Epp teaches History and Peace & Conflict Studies and is director of Mennonite Studies at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo. Among other... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Feature | Story and photos by Marlene Epp
1. What anniversary celebrations has your congregation participated in? How are these celebrations similar to or different from the one held in the Democratic Republic of Congo... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Feature |

Robert Irundu Mutundu, National Youth President for Communauté Mennonite au Congo—CMCO (Mennonite Community in Congo), and Dwight Short shake hands as they plan for future evangelism and sports clinics.

When a Belgian school inspector needed to recruit singers for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels, he entrusted the task to two missionary women, one of whom was Lodema Short. Short... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Feature | By Lynda Hollinger-Janzen

The Chorale Grand Tam-Tam (Big Drum Choir) walked nearly 100 miles to participate in the centennial celebrations of the Communauté Mennonite au Congo (Mennonite Community in Congo) July 16-22.

Fifty-some young musicians walked nearly 100 miles carrying their drums, luggage and a few babies to attend the centennial celebration of Communauté Mennonite au Congo—CMCO (... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Feature | by Lynda Hollinger-Janzen

Nate Howard, an MCC worker from Muncie, Ind. shows visitors this mine in San Miguel, Guatemala. The mine uses vast amounts of water which eventually leaks potent chemicals into the water table. (MCC photo by Melissa Engle)

When Bob Lovelace, a chief of the Ardoch Algonquin of Northeastern Ontario, wrote about his people’s struggle over uranium exploration on their land, he did so from a Canadian... Read More
August 15, 2012 | Feature | By Randolph Haluza-Delay

Women from across Canada celebrate 60 years.

Mennonite women in Canada have sown seeds of peace while they sewed blankets for relief, and they celebrated 60 years of service on July 14 when 130 women gathered for the women’s... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Feature | Story and photos by Amy Dueckman
“Never in Canada’s 150 year history has an emerging generation been exposed to such an explosion of change and choice,” Tim Froese said in his “Scripture in Exile” workshop... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Feature | By Dick Benner

Kristina Toews at a young adults event at Assembly.

Many people remark that it’s difficult to get young adults interested and involved in church. But that wasn’t the case for the 44 registered young adults at the 2012 Mennonite... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Feature | Story and photo by Rachel Bergen

Thiessen

Film has become the most important entertainment medium of this time and can shed light on scripture, said Vic Thiessen, Chief Administrative Officer at Mennonite Church Canada,... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Feature | By Rachel Bergen

Gareth Brandt (left) reads the creation story in Minoru Gardens during the Word on the Street workshop.

The Bible was primarily written for the damned, proclaimed Gareth Brandt provocatively during a roving workshop called, “Word on the Street” on Friday afternoon. The nine... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Feature | Story and photo by Rachel Bergen

Steve Heinrichs gives Kwitzel Tatel a peace lamp as a symbol of support, while Anthony Hall, who has written up her case, is given a jar of jam to represent “Mennonite food.”

She wept as she told her gripping story of being criminalized by the Canadian government for exercising her indigenous rights to fish from the Fraser River. And she drummed a... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Feature | Story and photo by Dick Benner
Jesus plays the role of scapegoat so that we don’t have to hate, kill and blame each other for those sins, observed Rose Graber in discussing the “Three Views of the Atonement”... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Feature | By Dick Benner
Randy Wiebe, Mennonite Church Canada’s CFO, reported to delegates at Assembly 2012 that while total revenues increased by $55,000 over the previous year, the fiscal year ending... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Feature | By Dan Dyck

Brander McDonald, MCBC Indigenous Relations Coordinator, plays a West Coast native lullaby to say welcome to the natives on whose land the assembly was held.

We know of Jesus writing only once, Tom Yoder Neufeld told the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly gathered here for Sunday morning worship. Urging his listeners to use more than the... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Feature | Dave Rogalsky
1. How is the role of women understood in your congregation? Are women taught to be subservient and submissive? Are women given proper respect? Why might submissive women be more... Read More
July 4, 2012 | Feature |
Many resources exist to help victims of domestic abuse. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website at www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/fv-vf/facts-info/sa-vc.html .Read More
July 4, 2012 | Feature |
It’s Sunday morning, and you greet Sandy* and Bob* as they sit in the pew behind you. You smile and shake hands. What you see is a nice couple, good parents who are active in the... Read More
July 4, 2012 | Feature | By Amy Dueckman

Ambroise Kabeya Kanda Mwanda of the Democratic Republic of Congo looks across the Limmat River as it passes through Zurich, Switzerland, where Anabaptist martyr Felix Manz’s death sentence was read on Jan. 5, 1527.

Walking along the bank of the Limmat River, Thioro Bananzoro ponders the challenges Anabaptists have turned into opportunities over the last five centuries.Read More
June 20, 2012 | Feature | Story and Photo by Tim Huber
1. How does your congregation go about making important decisions? Do you use discernment language? How do you listen for the voice of God when you are wrestling with an issue?... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Feature |
Trust that God is with us throughout the discernment process no matter the decision. Figure out what the issue is. This is really important! We can spend a lot of time trying to... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

Because of their belief that everyone was a ‘priest’ in discerning biblical truth as members of the body of Christ, the first Anabaptists of the 16th century were forced to meet in caves, such as this one outside of Zurich, Switzerland. Modern Mennonites frequent the cave in their tours of Europe, such as this group in 2007.

Discernment is a common topic in our congregations these days. We discern a pastoral call, a building program, theology and biblical texts.Read More
June 20, 2012 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky
For five years I lived and worked in the outskirts of San Salvador, El Salvador, with an organization supporting marginalized families living with HIV/AIDS. Although the agonizing... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Feature | Story and Photos by Tobias Roberts
1. What role models are boys and young men exposed to today? How well do our families and churches do in providing healthy male role models? Does pop culture provide positive as... Read More
May 23, 2012 | Feature |
Doug Klassen, pastor of Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary, Alta., served as Pastor in Residence at Canadian Mennonite University in late January and early February 2012. His... Read More
May 23, 2012 | Feature | By Doug Klassen
1. What are some ways that parenting today is similar to, and different from, earlier generations? Were yesterday’s parents also “scared and overwhelmed”? Do today’s parents tend... Read More
May 9, 2012 | Feature |
Parenting resources at the Mennonite Church Canada Resource Centre are available to borrow or purchase. Visit online www.mennonitechurch.ca/tiny/183 From MennoMediaRead More
May 9, 2012 | Feature |

Parents of students at MEI Schools in Abbotsford, B.C., attend one of Dave Currie’s ‘i-Parent’ sessions, that are billed as ‘formatting the next generation.’

Are my children going to be okay?” This is the overriding concern that Kathy Giesbrecht, associate director of leadership ministries for Mennonite Church Manitoba, hears and... Read More
May 9, 2012 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
1. Does your congregation have a safe church policy? Whose responsibility is it to implement and review the policy? What has been the effect of the policy? How does it relate to... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Feature |
Anne Wiens is determined to avoid food safety inspection hassles like those experienced the last time the annual Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale was hosted in Didsbury ,... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Windows in doors and walls between offices are a requirement in most church safety policies, according to Donita Wiebe-Neufeld, co-pastor at First Mennonite Church, Edmonton.

Ontario pastor Kevin Peters-Unrau tells a Kafkaesque story of what happened when he volunteered to work with children in his community. “I had difficulty getting a police check... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Resolution: Be it resolved that Canada would be more secure if funding were re-allocated from the military to development at home and abroad. Speaker for the resolution: Professor... Read More
April 11, 2012 | Feature | By Mary Groh
The heart of the Christian life is aligning ourselves with God’s love. We squander love and then turn to the Spirit to fill us with it again. Even harder than that, especially as... Read More
March 28, 2012 | Feature | By John D. Rempel

That mystery is made real every Sunday at the communion table of Grace chapel, where everyone can partake in the broken body of Christ, and where Patterson’s offence matters less than his presence. (Illustration by Dan Johnson)

“As part of my probation conditions, I have to stay away from places where there are families,” says Joe Patterson, “so that made finding a church hard.” It didn’t help that when... Read More
March 14, 2012 | Feature | By Will Braun
1. Do you know people like Sue and Bill in the story? Does your congregation provide Sunday school classes that appeal more to Sue or to Bill? Do you see the world in a modernist... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Feature |
Be honest in everything. Be open about our ignorance. Be open to questions and discussion about anything. Care for the other (locally and globally), without hope of them joining... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Feature |
Should Christians in North America and Europe understand the Bible in fresh ways in an era when Christianity no longer dominates western civilization? Yes, says a British... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Feature | By Steve Shenk

‘Bill’ and ‘Sue’ are on opposite sides of the modern/postmodern divide when it comes to Sunday school. Portraying the fictional Bill and Sue in this photo are Marco Funk and Marla Langelotz.

"Staying for Sunday School, Bill?” “I’m staying, Sue, but not for Sunday school. I’m going to hang out with the ‘coffee drinkers’ in the kitchen. We have some really good... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky
1. What are the demographics of your congregation? What percentage is over 65? How many of those are frail elderly? What programs or ministries are designed specifically for... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Feature |

Gloria Dirks, parish nurse at Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church, holds a plush “microbe” that she uses in children’s education in the congregation.

When Gloria Dirks was retiring from the joint position of Administrator and Director of Care at Parkwood Mennonite Home in Waterloo, Ont. in 2003, she knew she wanted to use her... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

Martha Brubacher, Florence Frey and Vera Martin work on a relief sale quilt at Floradale Mennonite Church.

Across the country, many MC Canada churches are staring at the numbers and scratching their heads. As young people drift away from the church and the baby boomers retire, church... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Feature | By Karin Fehderau
1. What technology does your congregation use in worship? What are the challenges to learning how to use new technology in worship? How much power is wielded by those who control... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Feature |

Youth worship at Charlotte 2005

Technology is the single most significant characteristic of modern western culture. Canadian philosopher George Grant contends it has long displaced democracy and capitalism as... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Feature | By Andy Brubacher Kaethler

“The Conversion of Zacchaeus” by Bernardo Strozzi, 1581 – 1644.

Money, business, salvation and the kingdom of God. You won’t often find these words sharing the same sentence, but they do belong together in the Gospel of Luke. It turns out Luke... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Feature | By Bruno Dyck
1. According to Larry Miller, the last two decades have been a time of fundamental change for Anabaptists around the world. What changes have you seen in Mennonite World... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Feature |

Ecumenical dialogue was a passion of Larry Miller’s. Monsignor John A. Radano of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity leads a meeting of the Mennonite-Catholic Dialogue (1998-2003), of which he was co-chair. To his left are Bishop Joseph Martino and Miller.

“You were a new kind of ‘migrant missionary’ described in John Howard Yoder’s As You Go,” said Bert Lobe, in an evening of memories of Larry Miller at Rockway Mennonite Church,... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Feature | By Dick Benner

Larry Miller’s tenure as MWC general secretary was marked by his gift of encouragement among other global leaders. In this 1991 photo, he stands behind his ‘big brothers’: Mesach Krisetya, left, of Indonesia, who was to become MWC president in 1997, and Reg Toews of Canada, then serving as treasurer.

Larry Miller remembers one moment clearly when, as a 38-year-old, he was weighing whether or not to accept the nomination to lead Mennonite World Conference ( MWC ). The year was... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Feature | By Phyllis Pellman Good
1. What experience have you had with the King James Version? Historically, how was it used in your congregation? How familiar do the words of the KJV sound to you? How do you... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Feature |
The King James Version was not the first attempt at an English translation of the Bible. John Wycliffe , together with others, had already published a complete English Bible by... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Feature | By Christine Longhurst

Superlatives for the KJV, as it’s known, abound: ‘The greatest work of prose ever written in English,’ ‘The most beautiful book in the world,’ ‘The most important book in English religion and culture,’ one of the ‘books of the millennium.’

Have you heard the Bible recently? Not read it, but listened to it—heard the words of Scripture, not just seen them on the page. We don’t hear the Word of God much anymore. The... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Feature | Christine Longhurst
Christmas came early at our house in Winnipeg this year. Most likely because now that we’re retired, my husband and I again have the opportunity of looking at the world through a... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Feature | By Leona Dueck Penner
My great-grandparents emigrated from Ukraine to central Kansas in 1874 and eventually purchased a farm. Towards the end of October 1894, the harvest was done and the year’s crop... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Feature | By Amy Dueckman

Joani Neufeldt is currently a member of First Mennonite Church, Edmonton, Alta., where she chairs the Christian Education and Worship Branch.

Sometimes a Christmas experience stands out in memory simply because it is so different from any other. When Joani Neufeldt , nee Goerzen , thinks of a memorable Christmas, it is... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
When recalling a significant Christmas memory, Claire Ewert Fisher goes back some 30 years. The executive director of Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) Saskatchewan, Fisher and... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Feature | By Karin Fehderau

Hinke Loewen-Rudgers, second from left, poses with the Arab Christian family that took her in as their daughter. From left to right: Rajaa, Andera and Eman.

“I felt a very intense homesickness and wanted to go home [to Manitoba] for Christmas. Christmas is a very important holiday to me.” It was Christmas 2010 and Hinke Loewen-Rudgers... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Annemarie Rogalsky prepares to read Dickens’ A Christmas Carol again from the now ragged paperback bought in 1981.

Thirty years ago this Christmas, my wife Annemarie and I began a Christmas tradition we’ve continued year after year, with variations. Our first child was in utero the first time... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky
1. Why might the idea of learning from other faiths make us uncomfortable or fearful? What are the risks and benefits of honest dialogue with other faiths? What are the faith... Read More
November 9, 2011 | Feature |

A group of Muslim men gather for prayer at a mosque in Israel/Palestine. Palmer Becker wonders if Mennonites, through their example and witness, might eventually help both male and female Muslim believers to pray and worship side by side.

In our increasingly multicultural and multi-faith society, can we learn from belief systems other than our own? I believe so, and offer what I have learned from two faiths—... Read More
November 9, 2011 | Feature | By Palmer Becker
1. Keith Graber Miller says that until recently the Christian church has been negative towards sexuality and reluctant to talk about it. Is this true of your experience? What are... Read More
October 26, 2011 | Feature |

Naomi Unger, standing, leads a small group discussion on the BFC 3 process at this summer’s MC Canada assembly in Waterloo, Ont.

Delegates to the 2011 Mennonite Church Canada assembly responded to the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) 3 process with more than 750 recorded comments being turned in from the 800... Read More
October 26, 2011 | Feature | Story and Photo by Dan Dyck
After more than two decades of being married, birthing and adopting children, and annually teaching two college sexuality courses, I have come to the not-terribly-startling... Read More
October 26, 2011 | Feature | By Keith Graber Miller

Andrew Suderman, right, preaches at Harvest Time Ministries, a church located in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa, with Pastor Ntapo handling translation duties. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Suderman)

One thing that I find so inspiring in South Africa is the countless people who participate in miraculous activities as they strive to make their communities better. In working for... Read More
October 12, 2011 | Feature | Andrew Suderman
1. Professional hockey is known for fighting and violence. Should this deter Mennonites from being avid hockey fans? Is hard hitting and fighting an essential part of the game? Is... Read More
September 28, 2011 | Feature |
It is nothing new to say that Winnipeg and southern Manitoba boasts an abnormally high concentration of Mennonites, although I suppose the Mennonites don’t boast. And given our... Read More
September 28, 2011 | Feature | By David Driedger
Canadian hockey fans have a reason to celebrate. Fifteen years after the last NHL game was played in Winnipeg, Man., the league is coming back to the city. With other teams having... Read More
September 28, 2011 | Feature | By Dan Swartzentruber
1. Ralph Lebold says that “the congregation is the central reality for gathered Christians.” Do you agree? What are some ways that people from your congregation engage... Read More
September 14, 2011 | Feature |

Ralph Lebold, left, and Jim Lapp at the Purdue ’87 Mennonite Church assembly.

After 50 years in ministry I have discovered that there is a significant interplay between the divine and human when it comes to physical and emotional healing. All healing is a... Read More
September 14, 2011 | Feature | By Ralph Lebold
1. How are the songs and music chosen in your congregation? How much thought is given to the words when songs are chosen? Do you agree that we focus on the style of music more... Read More
August 31, 2011 | Feature |

With words on the big screens, thousands of Canadian and American youths join in spirited singing at the 2005 youth convention in Charlotte, N.C.

"Let me write the songs of a nation. I don’t care who writes its laws.” This statement attributed to 17th-century Scottish politician Andrew Fletcher about countries also applies... Read More
August 31, 2011 | Feature | By Christine Longhurst

César García, at the podium, greets the Sung-Chiang Mennonite congregation in Taipei, Taiwan, in May. To his right are outgoing MWC general secretary Larry Miller, and Joshua Chang, Sung-Chiang pastor and former MWC general council delegate. (Photo by Byron Rempel-Burkholder)

As one amateur Mennonite historian likes to point out, the only real Mennonite name is Menno Simons. From there on down through history, the rest of the family names are just “add... Read More
August 17, 2011 | Feature | By Kathy Heinrichs Wiest
At the last worship service of Mennonite Church Canada Assembly on July 8, Nelson Kraybill reminded the congregation that some of the aboriginal people in southern Ontario moved... Read More
July 27, 2011 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

Encounters along the Grand by Judy Gascho-Jutzi hung in the assembly worship space.

A fibre art depiction of the interaction between early Mennonite settlers and Aboriginal people in the Grand River valley was on display at the Mennonite Church Canada assembly... Read More
July 27, 2011 | Feature | By Barb Draper

Willard Metzger, MC Canada General Secretary, takes part in Friday night’s worship, at MC Canada’s Annual Church Gathering in Waterloo, July 8.

“We are the church!” cheered Willard Metzger , general secretary of Mennonite Church Canada, inviting progressively younger age groups to join with him in an ever-louder cheer. “... Read More
July 27, 2011 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

Loren Johns

Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, together with Tyndale House Publishers, have unleashed a behemoth industry on the world, Christian and otherwise. The original twelve volumes of... Read More
July 27, 2011 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky
1. Does your church have ways to connect personally with the individuals it helps? How important is this personal contact? Have you ever experienced awkward moments while... Read More
July 5, 2011 | Feature |
My parents packed me, my sister and a Christmas hamper into the car. We were headed to an address provided by the local Cheer Board. The plan was for us to all go in for a short... Read More
July 5, 2011 | Feature | By Will Braun
1. Have you ever attended a worship service where you didn’t understand the language? What was your emotional response? For how many months or years would you be willing to... Read More
June 22, 2011 | Feature |

Quan

In the late 1950s and early ’60s, the Conference of Mennonites in Canada saw the inauguration of English-only churches across the country. These were often difficult transitions,... Read More
June 22, 2011 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

Faith Mennonite Church, Leamington, Ont., grew out of a painful split from Leamington United Mennonite Church in the late 1950s over whether to continue holding services in German or switch to English. (Photo courtesy of Mennonite Archives of Ontario, The Canadian Mennonite Collection)

Faith Mennonite Church, Leamington, Ont., is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but its memories are tinged with sorrow as the new congregation grew out of a painful... Read More
June 22, 2011 | Feature | By Barb Draper
1. What has been your congregation’s experience with divorce? Does the church respond differently to divorce than it did in the 1970s? Has divorce lost its stigma? Are those who... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Feature |
Becoming a National Church by Adolf Ens. CMU Press, Winnipeg, Man., 2004. Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce by Elizabeth Marquardt. Three Rivers Press,... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Feature |
When a couple divorces, lawyers help decide how jointly held possessions are divided. There are many things, however, such as church attendance, that the couple are left to... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
1. What percentage of the adults in your congregation attended a church school at some level? Do you agree that fewer young people are choosing Mennonite schools today? What is... Read More
May 25, 2011 | Feature |
Thirty years ago, Anna (a pseudonym) took her first tentative steps through the doors of Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener, Ont., and entered a very different world than... Read More
May 25, 2011 | Feature | By Karin Fehderau
1. What emotional responses have you experienced in the presence of creative art? Is something creative always good? When should art be evaluated? Does censorship abuse creativity... Read More
May 11, 2011 | Feature |
Like many pastors, Donita Wiebe-Neufeld, who co-pastors First Mennonite Church in Edmonton with her husband Tim, enjoys creating space for creative gifts to flourish. “It’s... Read More
May 11, 2011 | Feature |
The success of In the Spirit of Humanity, a series of art workshops encouraging acceptance of others across cultures and faith groups, prompted Mennonite Church Canada’s Mennonite... Read More
May 11, 2011 | Feature |

Sashira Gafic: Day 1. Acrylic on Canvas. This is the first of a series of seven pieces inspired by Genesis 1:1-5.

While some creative arts like prose and hymnody have been accepted as natural forms of expression and worship in Mennonite churches, visual arts are often viewed with less... Read More
May 11, 2011 | Feature | By Deborah Froese

Huebner: "Not helpful to understand the situation in terms of 'good guys and bad guys.'"

On the surface, the story is simple and satisfying: The good guys got bin Laden. Justice has been done. The fight against the forces of evil will continue. This is the underlying... Read More
May 4, 2011 | Feature | Will Braun

Ross T. Bender

Ross T. Bender, dean emeritus of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, died late Thursday, April 21, in Goshen, Ind. In his 81 years of life, he devoted himself to service and... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Feature | Mary Klassen
1. How are conflicts in the faith community different from those in other organizations? Do you think such conflicts show a lack of a caring community? What is the most important... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Feature |

While the church may try to keep conflicts from becoming ‘messy and public,’ that doesn’t mean they aren’t messy and private.

Pastor Epp (a pseudonym), finding himself in conflict with his church board, became increasingly depressed. Sharing his emotional ill health with the board, they arrived at a... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Feature | By Rachel Bergen
1. What aid agencies do the people of your congregation support? Do Mennonites in Canada see Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as primary or just one of many agencies? How strong... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Feature |
I grew up with the admonition, “self-praise stinks,” a phrase best expressed in the Pennsylvania-German dialect. During my years as executive secretary of Mennonite Central... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Feature | By John A. Lapp
Canadian Mennonite has dedicated significant analysis to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Wineskins process (Dick Benner’s Nov. 29, 2010 editorial, “ Congregations, too, want... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Feature | By Robert J. Suderman

Keynote speaker Sue Johnson: “We are designed to live in community and in close relationships.”

“We have cracked the code of love,” announced Sue Johnson, EdD, author of Hold Me Tight to 1,200 people attending “Conversations on Attachment – Integrating the Science of Love... Read More
April 12, 2011 | Feature | by Bonnie Price Lofton

Hilda Epp, holds a blanket symbolizing the exposure to new diseases (small pox, tuberculosis, measles) that arrived with the European settlers on Turtle Island—an aboriginal term for North America—as Diane Tiessen looks on. On the far left is Denise Bartel and on the far right is Eve Klassen. (Photo by Dick Benner)

Early relationships between European settlers and aboriginals were characterized by cooperation and interdependence, John Bartel , a farmer from Drake, Sask., and a member of... Read More
April 7, 2011 | Feature | Dick Benner, editor/publisher

One of the issues is the cutting of $7 million in renewed CIDA funding to Kairos of which Mennonite Central Committee is a member

It’s election time in Canada once again. You might be wondering if this election really matters, or if your vote can really make a difference. That’s why it is timely to draw... Read More
April 6, 2011 | Feature | Dan Dyck
1. How was your spirituality formed as you grew up? In what ways has Mennonite spirituality been changing? 2. Do you feel that you encounter God through your current spiritual... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Feature |

Ray Martin, left, and Scott Brubacher-Zehr, centre, listen to a presentation by Arnold Snyder, retiring Conrad Grebel University College history of theology professor, on the history of Anabaptist-Mennonite spiritual formation beliefs and practices.

Over thirty pastors and lay people gathered earlier this year to hear Arnold Snyder, retiring Conrad Grebel University College professor of history, give two two-hour long... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky
Books A Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster A Mennonite Woman by Dawn Ruth Nelson Discover Your Spiritual Type by Corinne Ware Dissident Discipleship by David Augsburger... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Feature |
However difficult this book is to read, Dawn Ruth Nelson has done the church a significant service in her study. Her effort to both diagnose the malaise in North American... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Feature | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky
Growing up in a family with an Evangelical Mennonite bent meant that I early on learned about going to church. While we had prayers at meals, bedtime and on special occasions—like... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

‘Kingdom spirituality’ is well suited to Mennonites. This is the ‘give me something to do for God’ spirituality that goes on peace marches, works with Mennonite Disaster Service, sits at the quilting frame or helps with building projects like the one at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, Ont., pictured.

God is a living God who encounters us in our daily lives.” So said Arnold Snyder, professor of history at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont., during a Reformation... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky
In addition to the usual Assembly 2011 activities, local organizers have planned a number of tours of Waterloo Region, including: Historic Ebytown. Engage the historical Mennonite... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Feature |

A 1797 Conestoga wagon, refitted with rubber tires, travels from Lancaster, Pa., to Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., in 1952 to mark the centennial of Waterloo County. (File photo by David Hunsberger, Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

It is 1786. The first Swiss Mennonites have just arrived in Ontario, having travelled from Pennsylvania in Conestoga wagons. They crossed the mighty Niagara River by taking the... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Feature | Maurice Martin

Jeff and Tany Warkentin, formerly of Leamington, Ont., Springridge, Alta., and Winnipeg, Man., have three small children. Their assignment is scheduled to end this year.

Jeff Warkentin, Mennonite Church Canada worker in Burkina Faso, West Africa, has sent out a prayer appeal in light of continued political unrest in Ouagadougou, the capital city... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Feature | Deborah Froese
1. When did your congregation first have a woman preach a sermon or first have a woman pastor? How open was the congregation to this change? Were there surprises in who resisted?... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature |

Martha Smith Good, left, talks with Johanna Wall, pastor of the now-closed Warden Woods Church, Scarborough, Ont., in June 2009.

Throughout her childhood and youth Martha Smith Good believed her conservative Swiss Markham-Waterloo Mennonite church north of Toronto was all about rules and regulations. “In my... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

Erin Morash pastors at Trinity Mennonite Church in Mather and Crystal City Mennonite, rural Manitoba congregations 20 minutes apart.

It was the simple yet profound welcome she received as a stranger in a Mennonite church that made all the difference to Erin Morash, who says she grew up in “an extraordinarily... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Emily Toews, left, pastor of North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, Sask., colours alongside the children attending the church’s Vacation Bible School last summer.

Recently ordained, Emily Toews—at 35—is the youngest female lead pastor in Mennonite Church Saskatchewan. She has served for four years at North Star Mennonite Church in Drake,... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature | By Karin Fehderau

Donita and Tim Wiebe-Neufeld are ordained in May 2006 by Jim Shantz, Mennonite Church Alberta conference minister.

As far as I know, I’m the only one. I’m the only home-grown Alberta woman who left the province, studied in Mennonite institutions, and is a pastor back here. Friends in other... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Wilf Dueck, moderator of First Mennonite Church, Burns Lake, B.C., presents Pastor Eve Isaak with flowers and an education bursary from the congregation at her ordination service last June.

Growing up in a very conservative Old Colony Mennonite home in the 1950s and ’60s, I soon learned that education was not encouraged. Church was meant only to attend. I was to keep... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature | By Eve Isaak
Canadian Mennonite profiles the inspiring stories of women pastors from each of Mennonite Church Canada’s five area churches, beginning with Eve Isaak from British Columbia and... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature |
Dr. Mark Ragins, a well-known American psychiatrist who has dedicated his life and practice to recreating, improving and sustaining mental health recovery programs, spoke to 200... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Feature | By Ken Reddig
Every one of us deals with mental health challenges. Whether we’re losing sleep about the math exam tomorrow or are hospitalized for schizophrenia, whether we’re on medication for... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Feature | By Byron Rempel-Burkholder
American Mennonite conscientious objectors (COs) working in mental hospitals during World War II decried the deplorable and inhumane treatment of patients. One symbolically... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
1. Do you remember comments about physical appearance from when you were young? What attitude did your parents and family have about physical appearance? How did they communicate... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite
I think you know a lot about Jesus’ body, so I invite you to close your eyes and picture some things. Picture Jesus as a baby, his tiny body wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Feature | Carol Penner
1. What has your congregation done to help members dealing with personality disorders, addiction or family dysfunction? How effective has it been? How involved should the... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite
My first experience with pornography was at a corner store when I was nine years old. On a dare, I picked up a Playboy magazine and found that those glossy pictures aroused... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Feature | Mennonite Publishing Network
Jane’s nightmares kept her from getting a good night’s sleep. “They are just terrifying,” she told her doctor. “I wake up almost every night. It’s like someone is suffocating me—... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Feature | Mennonite Publishing Network
Every morning I look in the mirror and do not know who might be looking back at me. I wonder what the day will hold. Will it be a day of relative calm? Or will it be a day when my... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Feature | By Ingrid Peters Fransen
During the course of an evening of socializing with mostly pastors and deacons at some denominational committee meetings, discussion turned to the roles and practices of... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Feature | By Joe Neufeld

What if justice and care for the most vulnerable in our community and our world is not primarily a duty or even a mandate, but rather an act of gratitude and devotion to God?

A woman—a good family friend—pours perfume worth $25,000 on Jesus’ feet at a dinner party held at her house in his honour. She removes her head scarf, shakes her hair loose, bends... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Feature | By Sue C. Steiner
1. The Christmas season is a time of giving. How does your congregation and/or community get involved in giving during this season? What are we saying when we give gifts? Do you... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite
Christmas will be different this year for Winnipeg’s Kathy Okolita. She stands in her newly renovated home surrounded by 18 people who have come to offer a house blessing. She can... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Gabrielle, Katrina and Natasha Plenert decorate their Christmas tree with ornaments they have received over the years from overseas or from Ten Thousand Villages.

Many people spend their evenings and weekends leading up to Christmas scouring the local mall for the perfect gifts for their loved ones, planning their Christmas feast or... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Feature | By Rachel Bergen

That our planet is troubled and in need of the ‘light of the world’ to dawn on Christmas morning is evidenced by the first of our three seasonal feature articles, ‘Israeli development thwarts peace on earth . . . at least in Bethhehem.’

Embedded in the Christmas story is God’s desire for peace on our planet. Luke announced that “peace on earth” was the theme that the angelic choirs sang over the skies of... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Feature | By Alex Awad
1. In what ways are the people of your congregation involved with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)? Which generations are most involved? How high are the feelings of support and... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite

Clayton Kratz

Worship is remembering, said the prophet Jeremiah. The past holds regenerative power. I’m a human being living in Canada today because of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC); some... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Feature | By Jack Dueck

The MCC revisioning process seeks to address the tension of being rich Christians in an age of global inequality—an age in which golf tournaments in Manitoba (as shown by the cover of MCC Manitoba’s annual report, left) fund hurricane recovery efforts in Haiti. (MCC file photo by Ben Depp, right)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is the largest and most influential Anabaptist organization in the world. It has nearly 1,200 workers and an annual budget of $82 million. Its... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Feature | By Will Braun
1. How many trees are planted annually in your community? Are they part of a community initiative? Who plants and waters them? How important is it to plant more trees? 2. In what... Read More
November 10, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite
“Richard Branson has offered a large prize to anyone who invents a device that will pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. God already invented this device, and we call it a... Read More
November 10, 2010 | Feature | By Jack Dueck
On Oct. 2, 2006, the world was stunned by the killing of five Amish schoolgirls in a small schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa. Within hours, the Amish community forgave the gunman... Read More
October 27, 2010 | Feature | Goshen College
A few years ago, when conducting research for my Ph.D. on Amish women in business, I visited a gift shop and noticed a rack of romance novels with pictures of Amish women on the... Read More
October 27, 2010 | Feature | By Beth E. Graybill
1. How well would you score on a college entrance biblical literacy quiz? Do you know the answers to the quiz on this page? How/where did you gain knowledge about the Bible? 2... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite
1. Put the following biblical characters in chronological order. A. Daniel / B. Adam / C. Moses / D. Paul / E. David 2. Match the quotes (A-E) with the speakers (1-5). Extra... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Feature | By Ross W. Muir
If I want to become a citizen of the U.S., I need to take a citizenship test. Something similar occurs in Canada when someone wants to become a citizen of this country. The... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Feature | By John Longhurst

Stutzman

Ervin R. Stutzman, the new moderator of Mennonite Church U.S.A., loves the Bible. He recently shared his passion for knowing the Bible and its story with John Longhurst of... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Feature | John Longhurst
Every year since 1995 Wheaton College—one of America’s preeminent Evangelical post-secondary schools—has tested the Bible knowledge of incoming freshmen students. These students... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Feature | By John Longhurst

After more than a decade of living without a computer—he hauled his old one to the dump—Ralph Lebold of Waterloo North Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont., is back online. He now calls himself a ‘converted Luddite.’ (Photo by Dick Benner)

Just over 50 percent of Mennonite Church Canada congregations have their own websites. Next year that number will be higher. Guaranteed. And the year after it will be higher again... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Feature | By Will Braun
1. How concerned would you be if you had Muslim neighbours? How fearful are most North Americans of Muslims? Is this fear justified? What would you say to those who oppose the... Read More
September 14, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite
On Spirituality chronicles the third Shi’i Muslim-Mennonite Christian dialogue that took place during the spring of 2007 at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont. In the... Read More
September 14, 2010 | Feature | Book Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky
Islam is one of the two largest religions in the world, with the other being Christianity. Figures differ, but it is clear that Islam is an alive and growing religion.Read More
September 14, 2010 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

Ray and Susan Martin of East Zorra Mennonite Church, Tavistock, Ont., visit with Fauzia Mazhar and her daughter Mehar Nayyar at the Floradale potluck.

Burton Buller came to Ontario’s Waterloo Region this spring to explore the many Mennonite-Muslim activities taking place in the community for a new documentary exploring peace... Read More
September 14, 2010 | Feature | by Dave Rogalsky
1. How homogeneous is your congregation? How long does it take for “outsiders” to feel welcome? What extra challenges does someone from a visible minority have to feel accepted?... Read More
September 1, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite

The “What makes a Mennonite” brochure has been translated into Spanish, traditional and simplified Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Chin, while other language translations, such as Hmong and Laotian, are planned. These resources are available from the Mennonite Church Canada Resource Centre, Winnipeg

Once upon a time, Mennonite congregations in Canada could largely define themselves by German or Swiss Mennonite heritage, but no more. Mennonite Church Canada congregations now... Read More
September 1, 2010 | Feature | By Deborah Froese
According to research conducted by sociologists Curtiss Paul Deyoung, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey and Karen Chai Kim, 92.5 percent of Catholic and Protestant churches... Read More
September 1, 2010 | Feature | By Joon-hyoung Park
I travelled throughout Europe in the early 1980s. I had the opportunity to come across some Mennonites and learn something about Anabaptist history and teaching, preparing me for... Read More
September 1, 2010 | Feature | By Samson Lo

Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Abbotsford, B.C., is an intentional multicultural congregation. Pictured from left to right: John Cheny, Shigali Dembede, Alayne Cheny holding Naomi Cheny, pastor April Yamasaki, Janice Redekop holding Callahan Redekop, and Masako Moriyama.

In 1981, the newly formed Emmanuel Mennonite Church drew on Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:19 to express its purpose as a congregation: “To make disciples of all nations.” At the time... Read More
September 1, 2010 | Feature | By April Yamasaki
Following are questions for reflecting on and discussing the Canadian Mennonite stories on the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission events in 2010: “How complicit are... Read More
August 26, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite
When you pass by aboriginal people lying in the gutters on skid row, do you think that they are just “drunk Indians who need to get a job”? Participants of the “Do residential... Read More
August 26, 2010 | Feature | by Rachel Bergen
Delegates to Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2010 struggled with just how to confess systemic complicity in the Indian Residential School (IRS) survivors issue while not... Read More
August 26, 2010 | Feature | By Deborah Froese
As prayers began, a hush fell over the crowd and numerous people pointed to the sky. The great spirit, the eagle, hovered overhead. Surely it was a clear sign of God’s presence... Read More
August 26, 2010 | Feature | By Janet Plenert

Leann Sleigh, painfully sharing how three generations of residential school forced family separation, sexual and physical abuse leading to alcoholism and parental abuse, offers her moccasins to a collection of native artifacts “for those who walked before us.” A read cedar box holding artifacts and documents was commissioned by the TRC as a “lasting tribute” to school survivors. (Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau)

As the Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners begin their five-year sojourn across Canada to hear the stories of those who suffered under the Indian Residential School (IRS)... Read More
August 26, 2010 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Poplar Hill (Ont.) Residential School is pictured in A Brief History of Northern Light Gospel Missions, 1977, by Mary Horst.

The Poplar Hill (Ont.) Development School—the only Mennonite-affiliated school being officially looked at by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) currently making the... Read More
August 26, 2010 | Feature | Ross W. Muir
1. How involved is your congregation with Mennonite Church Canada? How do you get information about what MC Canada is doing? What would strengthen the connection between MC Canada... Read More
August 17, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite

Klassen and Miller

When the Worship Committee for Assembly 2010 couldn’t find a song that captured the essence of the theme, “Reclaiming Jesus™: Gladly Wear the Name,” Chad Miller and Doug Klassen... Read More
August 17, 2010 | Feature | By Deborah Froese

Participants take a walking tour through Art for Peace, a collection of artistic quilts, at Assembly 2010.

For Bev Patkau, quilting is a labour of love, her fabric and thread a form of expression. Patkau had several quilts on display at the Mennonite Church Canada assembly art exhibit... Read More
August 17, 2010 | Feature | By Deborah Froese
Congregational giving is up, so why are donations to area and national church bodies falling? The steady increase in Mennonite congregational giving is worth celebrating. “We are... Read More
August 17, 2010 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld and Rachel Bergen
What started out as a small Saskatchewan church’s 2008 resolution to take acts of peace public has become a fairly widespread Canadian campaign with people all over the world... Read More
August 17, 2010 | Feature | By Rachel Bergen

Jack Suderman, retiring Mennonite Church Canada general secretary, addresses this year’s annual delegate assembly in Calgary, Alta.

After leading three study sessions on Colossians 3:15-17, the Bible theme text for Assembly 2010—Reclaiming Jesus: Gladly Wear the Name—retiring general secretary Robert J... Read More
August 17, 2010 | Feature | By Deborah Froese

Carole Phillips and Len Block of the Mennonite Central Committee delegate body, and Johnson Gakumba, an Anglican bishop in Uganda, sing “To God Be the Glory” at MCC’s delegate meeting on June 12 in Akron, Pa.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is changing how it does its work, but not the work itself. That’s how Arli Klassen, MCC Binational executive director, described MCC’s process of... Read More
July 12, 2010 | Feature | By Celeste Kennel-Shank
1. How much does your congregation support Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)? Has this changed over the years? What MCC projects have you participated in? How satisfied are the... Read More
July 12, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite
Here are multiple stories of how Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) began. One tells of Clayton Kratz, a young man who went to Russia, Ukraine and Turkey, to attempt to distribute... Read More
July 12, 2010 | Feature | By Celeste Kennel-Shank

Members of the 11 families, gathered under a palm-laden, balloon-decorated pavilion, listen intently during the June 5 ceremonies giving them possession of their new homes.

Horacio Cardenes, 36, grins from ear to ear. His is one of 11 peasant families in a rural hillside village in northern Honduras that has just taken title to their first real house... Read More
June 23, 2010 | Feature | by Dick Benner

Hubert

With an office in Edmonton, Alta., Dave Hubert, who founded Canadian Peacemakers International (CPI) in 1997 following a 23-year career in post-secondary education (including... Read More
June 23, 2010 | Feature | By Dick Benner
1. Dick Benner writes that, “in Latino culture, time is not a commodity, but a gift to be enjoyed.” What experiences have you had with cultures that have a similar attitude... Read More
June 23, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite
Contentment. What thought comes to your mind when you reflect on the word? Paul, the first-century evangelist and church planter, wrote about contentment on a number of occasions... Read More
June 23, 2010 | Feature | Harold Penner

Tak-Chhing and Khantry Cheng at their 30th anniversary in Canada celebration, May 22, 2010.

After welcoming us into her new home, Suad Saidam promptly excuses herself, re-emerging with ice-cold water bottles on a silver tray. In Arab cultures, guests are always served... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Feature | By Laura Stemp-Morlock

Ref-Nyota president and CEO Serge Kaptegaine and vendor Freddy Mahoungou, centre, are joined by Manitoba Liberal leader Jon Gerrard, left, and Ben Rempel, assistant deputy labour and immigration minister, right, at the grand opening of Winnipeg’s new refugee centre on April 23.

For Serge Kaptegaine, the opening ceremonies for Ref-Nyota, a new business venture that promotes the skills and talents of refugees, was an answer to prayer. The event was held at... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Taken in North Battleford, Sask., this photograph is Chai Bouphaphanh’s first for National Geographic. It’s on display at the nationalgeographicstock.com.

Inspired by Western Canada’s prairie landscape and the ever-changing light in the sky there, Chai Bouphaphanh spends his leisure time exploring his surroundings through the lens... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Feature | By Gladys Terichow
A new Immigration Act for Canada in 1976 included a provision for private sponsorship of refugees. A Mennonite Member of Parliament, Jake Epp from Steinbach, Man., had been... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Feature | Tim Wichert
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario assists refugees who have suffered persecution, violence and human rights abuses to resettle in Canada through partnerships with churches... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Feature | From ontario.mcc.org
1. What experiences have you or your congregation had in sponsoring refugees? What have been the most challenging and rewarding parts? What motivates a congregation to sponsor a... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite

Winkler MB Church with the smaller Burwalde MB Church that was moved beside it.

This year the Mennonite Brethren Church is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a week-long celebration in B.C. in July. What have the MBs contributed to the wider Mennonite... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Feature | By John J. Friesen

The tombstone with English translations of the etchings.

On a tour in Ukraine in October 2006, Gert and Katherine Martens experienced an emotional moment when a farmer in Oktaybreskoe removed a few planks from his wall and uncovered the... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Among the 2010 recipients of the Order of Manitoba, the province’s highest honour, is Bert Loewen, a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church. The announcement was made on May 12... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
1. What is the relationship between the Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite Church Canada congregations in your community? Do you agree that the relationship between the MBs and... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite

Mennonite Central Committee Canada’s Winnipeg headquarters had geothermal heating installed in October 2008 in order to reduce the carbon emissions it takes to heat the office building.

While Will Braun applauds Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) for its commitment to shrink its carbon footprint by 20 percent over the next 10 years, he wonders whether it is just “... Read More
May 17, 2010 | Feature | By Rachel Bergen
Anabaptism has been around for almost 500 years. For much of that time, it has been clothed in Mennonite and Amish traditions and culture. But what does it look like without... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Feature | John Longhurst
It is becoming undeniably clear that western civilization has entered a post-Christian age. Whereas Christians once believed the world would eventually be brought within the... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Feature | By Gregory A. Boyd
No, it’s not what you might be thinking—nobody is nude. At least, not literally, although more than 300 people have joined the Naked Anabaptist group on the Facebook social media... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Feature | By John Longhurst
They’re advertised on billboards, on radio and television. The kiosk in your local grocery store or shopping mall sells them. Your local charity wants you to buy one to help it... Read More
April 19, 2010 | Feature | By Deborah Froese
Mennonite organizations tend to agree that gambling is wrong, but few policies are in place to respond to donations of gambling revenue. Perhaps this is because of a prevailing... Read More
April 19, 2010 | Feature | By Deborah Froese
I’ve never resisted selling chocolates or magazines for my children’s school, but this time was different. “Would you volunteer a few hours of your time at our casino fundraiser... Read More
April 19, 2010 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Worshippers at the Zion Church of the Messiah near Gabarone, Botswana, are asked to read Scripture “on the spot,” according to photographer Dan Dyck.

How much of your worship service is spent reading and hearing Scripture? 10 percent? 15 percent? More? Less? In 2004, my doctoral thesis advisor, Constance Cherry, who teaches... Read More
April 5, 2010 | Feature | By Christine Longhurst
1. What have been some of the more effective and less effective ways that you have heard Scripture read during worship? What are the advantages and disadvantages of reading longer... Read More
April 5, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite

“Supper at Emmaus” by Caravaggio (1601). National Gallery of London, England.

On that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about 11 kilometres from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As... Read More
March 22, 2010 | Feature | By Udo Woelke

The late Peter J. Dyck

“Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Paul, in I Corinthians 15:57). Easter is the most joyous holiday on our calendar. Nature decorates the... Read More
March 22, 2010 | Feature | By Peter J. Dyck
1. How does your congregation commemorate the pain of the cross and celebrate the joy of Easter? What do you find most meaningful? Peter J. Dyck describes a papier-maché drama... Read More
March 22, 2010 | Feature |
There I was, the country-bumpkin pastor amidst all the really important people at the National Prayer Breakfast in Ottawa. Such an event is quite the shindig for someone from the... Read More
March 8, 2010 | Feature | By Phil Wagler
1. How are country churches different from city churches? Do you agree with Phil Wagler that country churches are more traditional? What are the advantages of living in the city... Read More
March 8, 2010 | Feature |