Opinion

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
Since Will Braun’s strong editorial in the December 1, 2023, issue ( “What kind of peace church are we?” ), the pages of Canadian Mennonite have included some passionate responses... Read More
February 8, 2024 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
How many sermons do you remember from 25 years ago? Likely not many. Even the most meaningful and formative sermons from long ago tend to fade and become less a specific memory... Read More
February 8, 2024 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
Becoming an intercultural church does not happen by accident or by wishful thinking. It takes a lifetime to create space in which everyone can gather and be welcomed, celebrated,... Read More
February 8, 2024 | Opinion | Joon Park
The following is adapted from a sermon that Kevin Barkowsky, pastor of Sherbrooke Mennonite Church in Vancouver, preached on January 28. Reprinted with permission. Key Stat #1:... Read More
February 8, 2024 | Opinion | Kevin Barkowsky
The other Sunday, the chairs in our sanctuary were pulled up to round tables. You know you’re in for something different when that happens, and this extrovert with opinions to... Read More
January 25, 2024 | Editorial | Kathryn Lymburner
The question was how churches in North America could directly communicate their support to Palestin- ian churches. It came during a December 18 call that Mennonite Central... Read More
January 25, 2024 | Opinion | Will Braun
Literature saves lives Your editorial and feature interview with Di Brandt struck a chord ( “Poetic justice,” September 22, 2023). I have been reading Brandt’s poetry and essays... Read More
January 25, 2024 | Opinion |
“That’s great!” That is my usual response when I speak with individuals and churches who name a desire to engage their neighbourhoods more actively, or to be a mission presence in... Read More
January 25, 2024 | Opinion | Norm Dyck
In this new joint column, the four writers will take turns writing the primary column, with the other three offering replies. God on the line By Ryan Dueck I recently became the... Read More
January 25, 2024 | Opinion | Ryan Dueck, Cindy Wallace, Justin Sun & Anika Reynar
This most recent December terrified me. Moving to Toronto in the first year of the pandemic and certain events since mean I haven’t made many social connections in this city. My... Read More
January 25, 2024 | Opinion | Randy Haluza-DeLay
Touched by death and life After reading the November 3 issue of Canadian Mennonite , which focuses on Gaza, where so many people are dying ( “Attending to war” ), contrasted with... Read More
January 11, 2024 | Opinion |
In this Mennonite Pioneer Mission photo, a “cat train,” powered by a caterpillar tractor, travels along an ice road, hauling supplies to northern Manitoba communities in the 1950s... Read More
January 11, 2024 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
Last year was a tough one. Global concerns raged around us, including images of climate crisis and state-led violence that continued to swirl. I watched my church community... Read More
January 11, 2024 | Opinion | Darryl Neustaedter Barg
It will soon be congregational annual meeting season. Do you look forward to these meetings? Are they well attended in your congregation? In my congregation, the number of people... Read More
January 11, 2024 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
Most of you have heard, and likely agree with, this statement: “You can’t put God in a box.” Of course, this means you can’t be put in a box either, for you are made in the image... Read More
January 11, 2024 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Just as Matthew 7:21 states, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,” not every intercultural church will experience the fullest stage of... Read More
January 11, 2024 | Opinion | Joon Park
Below are some bits that caught my attention from the last year of Canadian Mennonite magazine, and 13 headlines I like. Thanks be to God. A wall still exists, invisible and... Read More
December 22, 2023 | Editorial | Will Braun
Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord. Save us, God our Savior, gather us and deliver us from the nations. From north to south, nowhere is safe in Gaza. For unto us a child is born... Read More
December 22, 2023 | Web First - Opinion | Sarah Ens
Starting in April, this magazine will be printed 12 times per year instead of 22. Many readers encouraged the change. In the Canadian Mennonite (CM) survey, carried out from July... Read More
December 15, 2023 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
Advent in light of current events Will Braun’s December 1 editorial ( “What kind of peace church are we?” ) asks what Palestinian Christians would think of our various statements... Read More
December 15, 2023 | Opinion |
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) worker Alice Snyder (right) shows needlework done by rural and refugee women in Jordan and the West Bank to Esther Weber at the MCC Ontario... Read More
December 15, 2023 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing

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