Opinion

The March 15, 2020, entry in our household calendar reads: “We started COVID-19 social distancing today.” It’s been one year since the worldwide community began confronting the... Read More
February 24, 2021 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
A sombre revelation for a former neighbour Re : “ ‘ What will happen to us now?’ A son recalls his mother’s experience of the 1918 pandemic ,’ ” Jan. 18, 2021, page 24. Living at... Read More
February 24, 2021 | Opinion |
I struggle often with my relative wealth and privilege. Working with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) for 20-plus years helped give me something “to do” to address inequities in... Read More
February 24, 2021 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
A few years ago I was trekking through a desolate, snow-filled forest, enjoying the spacious tranquility of a crisp winter hike, when I came upon a tree buzzing with activity and... Read More
February 24, 2021 | Opinion | Troy Watson
After a long period of waiting, we learned in December that a COVID-19 vaccine had been approved and distribution was beginning. We were told that, by the beginning of September,... Read More
February 24, 2021 | Opinion | Derek Cook
Epp sisters Anna Klaassen (1904-1976) and Maria Nickel (1903-1957) work together on the family farm in Saskatchewan stooking sheaves of grain. Stooking required workers to gather... Read More
February 24, 2021 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
The annual congregational meeting is moving along with the usual reports and updates. Then it’s time to discuss next year’s budget. Seeing the dollar amount the congregation will... Read More
February 10, 2021 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Readers weigh in on MCC's research on National Socialism Re: “ Committed to seeking a deeper understanding: MCC begins research into historical connections to National Socialism... Read More
February 10, 2021 | Opinion |
My first season of a church in an intentional pastoral transition process was as an associate pastor with my home church in Surrey, B.C. I joined the church when it was first... Read More
February 10, 2021 | Opinion | Bob Boehr
In 1984, a local reporter interviews Gary Snider, dressed in clothes his grandfather wore when he arrived as an immigrant from the Soviet Union 60 years before. Three hundred... Read More
February 10, 2021 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
The Jan. 10 bulletin at Tiefengrund Mennonite Church included the following church family news: “Ed Olfert has officially retired and is now living the good life! In other news,... Read More
February 10, 2021 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
I like Lent. I wonder how many Mennonites practise this season in the church calendar. And if so, what they do. For western Christians, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17 this... Read More
February 10, 2021 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
Life is full of spectrums, and I often struggle to find my place on them. Some spectrums, like the light spectrum from infrared through the visible colours to ultraviolet,... Read More
February 10, 2021 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
The two most influential attempts at Mennonite self-definition in the 20th century were Harold Bender’s Anabaptist Vision and John Howard Yoder’s The Politics of Jesus . Both... Read More
February 10, 2021 | Opinion | David Driedger
Canadians are struggling with the heaviness of this winter. The prospect of several more months with physical gathering restrictions is as depressing as the grey skies of southern... Read More
January 27, 2021 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
Might Jesus have really said ‘Our Mother’? Re: “Gendered images of God,” Nov. 23, 2020, page 23. The committee that worked on the new hymnal, Voices Together, says that “the... Read More
January 27, 2021 | Opinion |
Many of us are taking crowds very seriously these days and avoiding them as much as possible. For the sake of public health, I cannot encourage this enough. But there’s a crowd we... Read More
January 27, 2021 | Opinion | Caleb Kowalko
Scarlet fever, cholera, diphtheria, smallpox, typhoid and whooping cough were some of communicable diseases that plagued communities in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Jacob... Read More
January 27, 2021 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
I believe it is important that we are called to belong to a faith community that is beyond our own congregation. My main question today is: “How do we belong, how do we connect... Read More
January 27, 2021 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
I’m writing this on Jan. 18 and I’m wondering how tone deaf my article will seem by the time you read it. I have no idea what the world will be like in a few days, let alone a few... Read More
January 27, 2021 | Opinion | Troy Watson
In the aftermath of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, and the violence that boiled over in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 of this year, it feels as though tensions are rising... Read More
January 27, 2021 | Opinion | Barb Draper
Whether you call it Sunday school, faith formation or Christian education, one aspect of a congregation’s life together is how we nurture faith in people of all ages. Last spring... Read More
January 13, 2021 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Seeking a call to discernment Re: “ Credentials terminated for theologian-academic-pastor ,” Nov. 9, 2020, page 18. Last October, John D. Rempel joined John Howard Yoder, Karl... Read More
January 13, 2021 | Opinion |
In his book Transforming Mission , missiologist David J. Bosch famously pictured the church’s mission as “a ceaseless celebration of the Feast of Epiphany” with our life together... Read More
January 13, 2021 | Opinion | Josh Wallace

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