Opinion

Recently seen online: a quote on a black T-shirt: “The church has left the building.” The worldwide spread of the latest coronavirus has drastically changed the way we live and... Read More
March 25, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
MC Canada’s ‘limbs’ are letting its ‘torso’ down Re: “ A call to strengthen our core ,” Feb. 17, page 4. I am disappointed by the responses of the “limbs” to the cry of the “torso... Read More
March 25, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
“Know we are connected in ways that are terrible and beautiful.” Last week I lingered over this line in a poem by Lynn Ungar on Facebook as I pondered the COVID-19 crisis. I am... Read More
March 25, 2020 | Opinion | Elsie Rempel
Photography in generations past was a very deliberate, expensive and intense hobby. Special equipment, such as chemicals, film, lighting and the camera itself, was needed... Read More
March 25, 2020 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
I was walking to church for an event a few weeks back and stopped by our local Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) thrift store for my usual weekly peek and to say hello to the dear... Read More
March 25, 2020 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
As relatively privileged people living in Canada, there aren’t too many times that we think about whether this action or that action might result in our death. Living in these... Read More
March 25, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
I watched in disbelief as people feverishly filled their carts with toilet paper and bolted before someone could steal their treasure. In less than a minute, the toilet paper was... Read More
March 25, 2020 | Opinion | Troy Watson
“Greater love has no one than to lay their life down for their friends,” said Jesus. That’s an amazing thing for anyone to do. But what about a whole village laying down its life... Read More
March 25, 2020 | Opinion | John Longhurst
“Talking about ‘a’ Mennonite identity seems passé,” wrote Marlene Epp in 2018. Still, Epp, a member of a pre-eminent family of Mennonite historians, is more than willing to talk... Read More
March 25, 2020 | Opinion | Will Braun
In early March, the church my husband and I belong to held its annual general meeting. This year there wasn’t a lot of discussion, but Paul, the representative of the finance and... Read More
March 11, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Comments on Wet’suwet’en article divided Re: “ Who do you support when a community is divided? ” Feb. 17, page 20. I believe Ross W. Muir covered the recent blockade in British... Read More
March 11, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
Once upon a time, around 35 years ago, God brought into the world some new people. These people have grown up to love Jesus and follow him with all of their lives. They have also... Read More
March 11, 2020 | Opinion | Garry Janzen
The work of community remembering is important work. Archives, historical societies, libraries and museums all have a role in a community to remind us who we are and help point us... Read More
March 11, 2020 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
I recently sat with a friend for lunch and conversation. I had not seen her for almost three years. At one point she reached across the table, grasped both of my hands in hers,... Read More
March 11, 2020 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
I remember the feeling with such clarity: that furious, terrified, sick-to-your-stomach despair one feels when you are numerous pages into writing an academic paper and the... Read More
March 11, 2020 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
When Luke Gascho and Jennifer Schrock of Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center invited me to help lead efforts to engage Mennonite churches on climate change,... Read More
March 11, 2020 | Opinion | Douglas Kaufman
On Feb. 22, L’Arche International released a summary report of the abuse investigation of their deceased founder, Jean Vanier. It concluded he had sexually abused six women over a... Read More
March 4, 2020 | Web First - Opinion | Carol Penner
In 2012, I spent two memorable hours in Smithers, B.C., with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Na’Moks (John Ridsdale), one of the chiefs at the centre of the Coastal GasLink crisis... Read More
March 3, 2020 | Web First - Opinion | Will Braun
After Gathering 2019 last summer, Doug Klassen, then newly hired as executive minister of Mennonite Church Canada, sat down with me for a chat in the Abbotsford, B.C., airport... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Virginia A. Hostetler
Reader pans new Trumpian Middle East peace plan, favours ‘one state’ solution Having worked in the private agriculture sector with various Middle East countries, including Israel... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
There are many changes in Canadian society today that compel us to be trained in “diversity and inclusion.” As Christians, what direction do we find in our own biblical texts?... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Donna Entz
In this scene from Twilight Auction by John L. Ruth, young Harvard-educated Sam confronts his traditional Mennonite family’s willingness to sell treasured family heirlooms. Doug... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
I read the note from my son’s teacher and my heart sank. As the kids unpacked their backpacks and had a snack, I stood still in the kitchen feeling disappointed, sad and perplexed... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
Strange, I know, but I like to read financial statements. I remember, in my early 20s, listening to the treasurer in our Toronto congregation explain how to understand financial... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
The snowball effect refers to a situation in which something starts off small or insignificant and increases in size or importance at an accelerating rate. Like when you roll a... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Troy Watson

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