Volume 27 Issue 24

What kind of peace church are we?

After weeks of bombardment, Palestinians head to the southern part of the Gaza Strip on November 9. The UN says 1.7 million of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have been displaced since October 7. (Photo by Mohammed Zaanoun/Active Stills)

As Israel obliterates Gaza, and hostages await sunlight, it’s easy to look away. Indeed, sometimes we must. Not everyone can take every war to heart. But this war demands something of us collectively.

Mennonite Church Canada issued a brief statement on November 2, calling churches to combat antisemitism and Islamophobia in Canada and pray for a “just peace” in the Middle East.

Bethlehem Bible College

(Photo: Kathy Bergen/Mennonite Heritage Archives)

Bishara Awad stands outside Bethlehem Bible College in Bethlehem in 1985. Awad, a Palestinian Christian, founded the school in 1979. He had previously served with Mennonite Central Committee in a Palestinian school and attended Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California, in 1981-82.

Cultural or biblical?

(Unsplash photo by Priscilla du Preez)

It is exactly 100 years ago that my congregation, First Mennonite Church in Kitchener, divided over

the issue of women’s head coverings. Two-thirds of the congregation left

because they did not want women to be forced to wear head coverings. They moved one block up the hill to create Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church.

Witness workers visit from Philippines

Ka Boyet Ongkiko, Joji Pantoja, Roger Tiessen (President, Seacliff Energy), Tala Bautista and Lois Konrad at Seacliff Energy, an organics recycling and bioenergy facility in Leamington, Ontario. (Photo by Rob Konrad)

Growing up as a member of the Sumacher Indigenous peoples group in the Philippines, Tala Bautista listened to American music. She longed to see snow and perhaps roast chestnuts on an open fire. She wanted to see the West Virginia country roads of which John Denver sang.

The rally call

(Unsplash photo by Mario Gogh)

Curiosity is a powerful spiritual discipline.

Curiosity has blessed me with many opportunities to spend time with kind, intelligent and reasonable people, in many different social, political and theological camps. I’m grateful for the privilege of hearing the typically calm and logical explanations they have for the positions they hold.

Peace from the podium

Susanne Guenther Loewen. (Supplied photo)

Working for a more peaceful world can take place anywhere. For Susanne Guenther Loewen it takes place at the front of the classroom at Saskatchewan’s largest public university. Guenther Loewen is in her third year of teaching Introduction to Peace Studies at Saint Thomas More College on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon.

Affable colony ‘rock star’ steps down

Kennert Giesbrecht, pictured circa 2020, was the managing editor at ‘Die Mennonitische Post’ for more than 20 years. (Supplied photo)

How do you adjust after stepping away from the work to which you’ve dedicated two decades of your life?

That’s the question facing Kennert Giesbrecht now that he’s no longer the managing editor of Die Mennonitische Post, the German-language paper that serves conservative Mennonites throughout the Americas.

Calm and quiet carols

John Van Deusen’s Christmas album includes 14 holiday hymns. (Photo by Sandra Turner)

John Van Deusen plays in a pop band called Telephone Friends and a punk band called Buffet, but he suspects it’s his Christmas album that you’ll like best.

In the Bleak Midwinter features Van Deusen playing 14 holiday hymns, his acoustic guitar and tenor voice augmented by rich string arrangements. He released it digitally last year and on vinyl in October.

The shoofly pie question

In her new book, Marlene Epp addresses the question of whether there is such a thing as ‘Mennonite food.’ (Image courtesy of Facebook.com/MennoniteStudies)

In her new book, Eating Like a Mennonite, Marlene Epp addresses the question of whether there is such a thing as “Mennonite food.” She assumes there is, and declares it should be celebrated, disagreeing with those who say “Mennonite” is a religious label that should not be used as an adjective for food.

Scar of Bethlehem

The ruins of Al Zahra, south of Gaza City, after Israeli airstrikes. (Photo by Mohammed Zaanoun/Active Stills)

A child reacts during an Israeli military raid on Balata refugee camp near Nablus, West Bank, on November 9. (Photo by Wahaj Bani Moufleh/Active Stills)

At the Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis, Gaza, a child carries the body of his brother, killed by an Israeli bombardment in southern Gaza on November 21. (Photo by Mohammed Zaanoun/Active Stills)

What will Christmas be like in Bethlehem this year? What can we learn about the birth of Christ from those who live where he was born and where he lived?

Subscribe to RSS - Volume 27 Issue 24