Features

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
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 | 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

Shoemaker Jacinto Perez works on a pair of shoes in his Guatemalan shop. (Photo by Tobias Roberts)

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 | 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

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