Opinion

Throughout this year, readers may have noticed a regular item appearing in the print version of this magazine: historical photos and vignettes highlighting aspects of 100 years of... Read More
November 18, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Responses to termination of John D. Rempel’s ministerial credential Re: “ Credentials terminated for theologian-academic-pastor ,” Nov. 9, page 18. I am disappointed that this... Read More
November 18, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us” (Mark 9:38, NIV). John’s exclusionary attitude remains... Read More
November 18, 2020 | Opinion | Ken Dueck
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) began work in Thailand in 1960, but from 1963 to 1975 it had no programs there. In 1979, MCC started working with Indochinese refugees coming... Read More
November 18, 2020 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz and Mennonite Central Committee
My husband and I have been married for 13 years; long enough to have weathered some difficult seasons. We’ve walked alongside other couples in turmoil lately, causing us to... Read More
November 18, 2020 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
I’ve been a “church-goer” my whole life. I remember my dad polishing our shoes on Saturday evening so we would all look bright and shiny for church on Sunday morning. I remember... Read More
November 18, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
What does Jesus mean when he says “Do not judge”? How do we respond to injustice, oppression, racism, sexism and prejudice without judgment? I’ve contemplated this for years, and... Read More
November 18, 2020 | Opinion | Troy Watson
A flurry of online comments on a recent sexual misconduct story, an email from a reader despairing of having meaningful dialogue through letters to the magazine, and my... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Columnist has ‘a gift’ Re: “ Two stories clamour to be shared ” column by Ed Olfert, Oct. 12, page 10. Ed is the current pastor of Grace Mennonite Church in Prince Albert, Sask... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
Ever since the arrival of the coronavirus, there have been segments of the church that have been criticized for not taking the pandemic seriously. Christian sceptics and those who... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Opinion | William Loewen
Participants in a Festival of Peace at Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church in Kitchener, Ont., embrace during a small group session. On Peace Sunday 1993, the congregation abandoned... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
It can probably be said, with a reasonable helping of truthfulness, that the family that I was born into didn’t put big energy into teaching social niceties. Certainly we were... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
We don’t talk about mental health much in the church. When we do, we tend to see it as deviation from a presumably healthy “normal.” This is deficit thinking. Maybe our standards... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
In late August, my wife and I became first-time homeowners. There had been many times we wondered if we would ever be able to afford a house, ever save up enough for a down... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
The Oct. 24 Mennonite Church Canada study conference asked the question: “Does the church have legs?” The consensus of conference presenters, based on mini-interviews posted prior... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Opinion | Will Braun
“What is truth?” Pontius Pilate asked Jesus two thousand years ago. Today, as we read the newspaper, watch YouTube and TV news, listen to the radio, and scroll through social... Read More
October 21, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Voluntary service important in cross-border interaction Re: “ Cross-border interaction in decline since integration ” letter, Sept. 14, page 9. I appreciated Fred Martin’s letter... Read More
October 21, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
As I finish off another growing season on the farm, I reflect on how things grew, what went well, and what to tweak for next year. Aside from our various pastured livestock, I... Read More
October 21, 2020 | Opinion | Lisa Martens Bartel
Within this Mennonite hearth, we can read an environmental history. By 1850, when John E. and Magdalena Brubacher built this house, the forest stands of southwestern Ontario were... Read More
October 21, 2020 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Since living in a pandemic that has suddenly limited indoor socializing, I have been particularly thankful for the neighbourhood friendships we’ve created. In March and April,... Read More
October 21, 2020 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
As a young adult I entered a Mennonite college knowing little about Mennonites. I grew up (mostly) Baptist. I was astonished to hear people say over and over again, “You must be a... Read More
October 21, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
My focus on growth may seem strange during this difficult season we’re in, but I believe that the best way to get through this pandemic is by growing. My understanding of growth... Read More
October 21, 2020 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Recently the worldwide number of souls lost to the COVID-19 virus surpassed 1 million. Visualizing that large number of lives cut short touches one’s own soul. We, the living,... Read More
October 7, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Reactions to recent ‘A moment from yesterday’ photographs Re: A photograph of a volleyball game beside a row of tall poplar trees with a lake in the background , Aug. 17, page. 4... Read More
October 7, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
The youth of the Mennonite church are often on my mind, and over the years, they have secured a place in my heart. It has been total joy and privilege to share time and space with... Read More
October 7, 2020 | Opinion | Kathy Giesbrecht

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