I recently met someone who is new to Anabaptism after decades in other churches. He was unrestrained and exuberant about the distinctive gifts that Anabaptist churches can offer... Read More
May 13, 2024 | Editorial | Will Braun
Taxing ideas Thanks to Ernie and Charlotte Wiens for their letter highlighting their resistance to paying war taxes (“Readers Write,” March 8 ). The options suggested by... Read More
May 10, 2024 | Opinion |
As Christians, we are called to be in the world but not of the world. We are urged to be transformed and renewed by the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:2). Whatever the dominant culture in... Read More
May 10, 2024 | Opinion | Yoel Masyawong
When I started seminary three years ago, I realized I didn’t know how to talk about God. I was motivated to go to seminary because of my love for the Mennonite church. I wanted to... Read More
May 10, 2024 | Opinion | Anika Reynar, Ryan Dueck, Cindy Wallace, Justin Sun
Although I’ve been a Mennonite pastor for over 25 years, I’m reluctant to call myself Mennonite. For several reasons. First, there’s an ethno-cultural component to the Mennonite... Read More
April 23, 2024 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Solution must be negotiated, not dictated I read with interest, and some disgust, Richard Penner’s letter (“Readers write”) in your January 26 issue and offer a few responses... Read More
March 28, 2024 | Opinion |
A couple winters back, I read Peace Shall Destroy Many , Rudy Wiebe’s landmark 1962 novel, for the first time. And the second and third. The story brims with drama, insisting that... Read More
March 28, 2024 | Editorial | Will Braun
It has been more than eight years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report, including 94 Calls to Action that various levels of government and... Read More
March 28, 2024 | Opinion | Jonathan Neufeld
I remember it like it was yesterday. I clutched the oversized cup of bubbly liquid in my hands. The room was dark, and I navigated the stairs frightfully. We were late. I was with... Read More
March 28, 2024 | Opinion | Justin Sun, Anika Reynar, Ryan Dueck & Cindy Wallace
To pay the price of peace Thank you for the February 21 webinar with Maoz Inon . He reminds me of the many Israelis who work for peace by embodying forgiveness, hope, justice and... Read More
March 7, 2024 | Opinion |
By avocation, I am an historian with a strong interest in global geopolitics, so it feels odd to be a subsistence farmer. I spend much of my time just meeting my daily needs,... Read More
March 7, 2024 | Opinion | Theo Wiederkehr
I am a huge advocate for the local church. It is the gathering of people around the life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus that frees our imaginations and forms our... Read More
March 7, 2024 | Opinion | Shelby Boese
I recently attended the Mennonite Church Manitoba annual general meeting (AGM) in Winkler. I find those events both energizing and demoralizing, which is why I have attended only... Read More
March 6, 2024 | Opinion | Will Braun
I saw a commercial during a hockey game recently that ended with an image of an Uber Eats bag sitting beside a bowl of macaroni and cheese and a Kraft Dinner box. This struck me... Read More
March 6, 2024 | Opinion | Troy Watson
I’ve been writing this column for four-and-a-half years, and I’m sure I’ve used the same ideas more than once. In this, my last column, I return to the two core ideas that I get... Read More
March 6, 2024 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
I was sitting on Dave Scott’s porch on the Swan Lake First Nation a few years back when he started talking about a handshake treaty between his Ojibwe ancestors and Mennonites. I... Read More
February 22, 2024 | Editorial | Will Braun
Review the confession of faith In response to “Jewish perspectives” (January 26), I note that Article 22 of the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective states: “We believe... Read More
February 22, 2024 | Opinion |
Each year, A Common Word Alberta brings Muslims and Christians together in Edmonton to plan an annual interfaith dialogue. As the facilitator of Mennonite Church Alberta’s Bridge... Read More
February 22, 2024 | Opinion | Suzanne Gross
In Ndebele, my language, we have a proverb that says, Inala kayihambi, kuhamba indlala. It says that times of abundant harvest are not reported, but times of hunger and famine... Read More
February 22, 2024 | Opinion | Barbara Nkala
I’ve been thinking about simplicity. Are today’s Canadian Mennonites committed to faith-motivated simple living? Am I? I first encountered the spiritual discipline of simplicity... Read More
February 22, 2024 | Opinion | Cindy Wallace, Justin Sun, Anika Reynar & Ryan Dueck
Grace has increasingly become my lens for reading both scripture and other people. I have come to think grace—the wildly undeserved favour dispensed by God—is the most important... Read More
February 22, 2024 | Opinion | Randy Haluza-DeLay
With this issue, we bid farewell to columnists Ed Olfert, Joshua Penfold and Joon Park. While we are excited to welcome new columnists, the end of existing columns is a loss... Read More
February 8, 2024 | Editorial | Will Braun
History lesson Will Braun’s editorial about Di Brandt (“The institution of messiness,” September 22, 2023) is a valuable piece that I hope many people will read. In the past two... Read More
February 8, 2024 | Opinion |
New Year’s Day is often a time we reflect on the events and experiences of the past year. It is also the time we look forward to what might lie ahead. At the beginning of 2023, I... Read More
February 8, 2024 | Opinion | Gary Peters
When I first started working out at a CrossFit gym, my muscles ached constantly. After a few months, I asked one of the trainers, “When does the pain go away?” After clarifying... Read More
February 8, 2024 | Opinion | Troy Watson