Opinion

In this issue you will find reports about Mennonite Church Canada’s Gathering 2022. Recently over 300 of us met in person and virtually to explore the theme, “We declare.” I was... Read More
August 17, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Point: Teachers are fallible, but God can use them Over the past decades, as a “dyed-in-the-wool” Anabaptist Mennonite, I have come to value the teaching/preaching of several “new... Read More
August 17, 2022 | Opinion |
“Called to proclaim good news to the poor . . . release to the captives . . . sight to the blind . . . freedom for the oppressed . . . and the time of the Lord’s favour” (Luke 4:... Read More
August 17, 2022 | Opinion | Melanie Neufeld
“All beginnings are hard” said J.J. Thiessen. He began his public ministry in 1930 in Saskatoon, hired by the General Conference Mennonite Church to operate the Maedchenheim ,... Read More
August 17, 2022 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
It’s a summer of church gatherings. It’s a summer of truth-telling about the devastating impact of colonization by the church. It’s a summer of reflection on what it means to be a... Read More
August 17, 2022 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
“Dear friends, we’re one in Jesus’ love, restored to hope, so trust him fully, he’s the Lord who calls us friends.” Voices Together’s No. 525, is a simple and lilting Laotian... Read More
August 17, 2022 | Opinion | Anneli Loepp Thiessen
A couple weeks ago, I came across this verse in I Samuel 18: “David continued to succeed in everything he did, for the Lord was with him.” I stopped reading and paused to process... Read More
August 17, 2022 | Opinion | Troy Watson
As a self-described church nerd, I love to learn about my larger church family, and I’ve found much to explore online related to the Anabaptist-Mennonite world. I’m curious about... Read More
August 3, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
When I was a young adult volunteer in Jamaica, part of Mennonite Central Committee’s Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program, I brought a pie to a Mennonite church-sponsored... Read More
August 3, 2022 | Opinion | Leah Reesor-Keller
The idea that Christ will return someday “riding on a horse, galloping through town and lopping off heads, is a blatant misreading of what is going on here,” writes Jeremy Duncan... Read More
August 3, 2022 | Opinion | Barb Draper
In early July, I was in Indonesia—virtually. Like approximately 800 other Anabaptists around the world, I registered as an online participant of Indonesia 2022, the 17th assembly... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Opinion | Virginia A. Hostetler
A ‘sad day’ for Indigenous-Settler Relations Re: “ Indigenous relations work revamped, reduced ,” May 30, page 14. The governing body of Mennonite Church Canada has abruptly let... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Opinion |
Bought tires for my pickup and determined to install them myself. I no longer have the specific equipment, so tire work involves scrabbling on a concrete floor with hammer and pry... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
When I moved from Alberta last year, my explorations of Ontario began by bike. My cycling companions showed me things I had not heard of. Once, we biked past the towering statue... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
The camping trip had a rough start. While packing to go we got a phone call with a heart-stopping estimate for our car repairs, the first of two vehicles needing work. We were... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
What are Mennonites up to these days? If you have within reach a smart phone, a tablet or a computer, the world of social media gives a glimpse into the larger Mennonite community... Read More
July 6, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Sometimes it is just best for the previous person to get out of here and let the new person start with a clean slate. Some say that pastors and denominational leaders should just... Read More
July 6, 2022 | Opinion | Garry Janzen
After two years of living through a pandemic, we never expected that we would be able to travel to the Middle East. After so much uncertainty, we were so fortunate to be able to... Read More
July 6, 2022 | Opinion | Fiona Janzen and Hannah Kroeker
“When you learn to follow Jesus, you will act a little strange.” This memorable line comes from a song by Mennonite singer/songwriter Bryan Moyer Suderman. Besides being an... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Keep on keeping on After many years of supporting the withholding of military taxes and volunteering with Conscience Canada Peace Tax Trust Fund (CC), I have at last retired from... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Opinion |
When God’s story connects with our story, the Holy Spirit is at work, bringing life. As author Anne Lamott says, “I do not at all understand the mystery of grace—only that it... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Opinion | Elizabeth Wall
A large audience gathered for one of two “Women’s Section” meetings at the Mennonite World Conference held in Kitchener, Ont., in 1962. The women met to consider the conference... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
We welcomed two babies and their families with words of blessing and commitment into our local congregation today. The wide-eyed babies took in all the people watching them and... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
When we opened the portal for submissions to Voices Together , the new Mennonite hymnal, the committee received over 2,000 submissions from songwriters, text writers, and... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Opinion | Anneli Loepp Thiessen
I recently heard a comedian say, “Everyone has an opinion on everything these days.” He continued, “When I was young, it wasn’t that way. People had maybe six opinions. Sometimes... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Opinion | Troy Watson

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