Opinion

Let me share some wishes for Canadian Mennonite , which are largely my prayer for the overall endeavour of faith. These are topics I’m drawn to and challenges I note. Tuesday... Read More
November 23, 2022 | Editorial | Will Braun
In a conversation with an educated religious scholar, Jesus agreed that the most important thing is to love God and love one’s neighbour as oneself. Then the scholar asked Jesus... Read More
November 23, 2022 | Opinion | Troy Watson
On a Monday in the fall of 2014, Christopher Clymer Kurtz was supposed to be teaching middle-school English, but was distracted with an idea for a song. On Tuesday of that week,... Read More
November 23, 2022 | Opinion | Anneli Loepp Thiessen
I am frequently asked, “What was it like to be in Indonesia for the Mennonite World Conference [MWC] assembly?” There are many possible answers, but today I want to focus on... Read More
November 23, 2022 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
There is a lot to take in on this photomontage of the Mennonite Brethren Church Choir from Badamsha, Kazakhstan—in Soviet parlance, a “closed city”—in 1971. Individual portraits... Read More
November 23, 2022 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing and Leonard G. Friesen
One of my farmers annually invites me for a combine ride to educate this city slicker on “Ag 101.” It’s a thrill to watch the header of the harvesting machine munch through swaths... Read More
November 23, 2022 | Opinion | Patty Friesen
The pastor of a big rural church asked me to preach about climate. He had read my article, “ Grace, guilt and CO2 .” But between the invocation and the worship leader’s call for... Read More
November 9, 2022 | Opinion | Will Braun
What should we do? I have watched with great interest the flight of Russian soldiers from Russia and Ukraine following Russian president Vladimir Putin’s conscription of men into... Read More
November 9, 2022 | Opinion |
I recently attended a performance by crys cole, a Berlin-based sound artist at a small art gallery in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. The piece performed that night was entitled “... Read More
November 9, 2022 | Opinion | Jeff Friesen
Ron J. Sider was an inspirational Canadian-American leader in the Christian community. It was his sermon at the Mennonite World Conference assembly in 1984 that spurred the... Read More
November 9, 2022 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
In the final days of October, Holly and I reached an anniversary. Recently a relative reminded us that, in 1972, five cousins headed to five altars with their partners. Marie, a... Read More
November 9, 2022 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
This month’s column is precipitated by two written events. In the recent article announcing Will Braun’s appointment as Canadian Mennonite ’s new editor, Braun says he “views the... Read More
November 9, 2022 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
Abijah, fifth king of Judah, is standing with his 400,000 men on the cusp of battle, badly outnumbered. Jeroboam, king of Israel, confidently stands with his 800,000 men, ready to... Read More
November 9, 2022 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
My adventure with Canadian Mennonite began in October 2013, when I stepped into the newly created role of web editor. In March 2017, I became executive editor, teaming up with... Read More
October 26, 2022 | Opinion | Virginia A. Hostetler
Protest organizers accused of ‘revisionist history’ Re: “ The sweet solace of polarization, Part 2 ,” Oct. 17, page 20. While the protest organizers may have believed they did a “... Read More
October 26, 2022 | Opinion |
Our shared home, planet Earth, is a miracle. I've known this intuitively since I was a child growing up under the expansive skies of the Saskatchewan prairies. Stunning sunsets,... Read More
October 26, 2022 | Opinion | Wendy Janzen
David K. Jantzi came from an Old Order Amish family. He felt obligated to become a conscientious objector during the Second World War because “the church required it.” In his... Read More
October 26, 2022 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
“Jesus had a lot to say about money, but the songs we sing in worship rarely do.” These words from the album description of Bryan Moyer Suderman’s 2007 album, My Money Talks ,... Read More
October 26, 2022 | Opinion | Anneli Loepp Thiessen
This summer, I met a wildlife conservationist named Leo. His life passion began in California as a young adult, when he joined the California Condor Recovery Program. In 1987,... Read More
October 26, 2022 | Opinion | Troy Watson
On my first day as senior writer for Canadian Mennonite , one of the two most important elders in my life died. Gene Herr, along with his wife Mary, created the Hermitage, a... Read More
October 26, 2022 | Opinion | Will Braun
“Why are you a Mennonite?” That question is the basis of Canadian Mennonite ’s next online event. Hosted by Aaron Epp, CM ’s online media manager, the event will take place on... Read More
October 26, 2022 | Opinion |
Times have changed. Few argue the accuracy of that statement as it relates to congregations seeking and calling individuals for pastoral leadership. Congregations rarely receive... Read More
October 26, 2022 | Opinion | Marilyn Rudy-Froese and Al Rempel
Like Amos, I am neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet. Yet it is apparent to most people involved in church ministry that, to quote another non-prophet prophet, Bob Dylan: “... Read More
October 26, 2022 | Opinion | Michael Pahl
Movies and TV shows about journalism always catch my attention. How do publishing enterprises work? How do reporters and editors gather information? How are decisions made about... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Preaching in a ‘maze of postmodern reality’ Say a prayer for pastors, teachers in seminaries and Mennonite schools, bishops and executive ministers, and any others who are tasked... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Opinion |

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