Opinion

When my family moved to Canada, I was amazed to learn that the Canadian Broadcasting Company ran a reality show featuring—of all things!—books. Each year, the Canada Reads program... Read More
April 7, 2021 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Reader calls on Mennonites to reject COVID-19 vaccines Re : “ A duty to love our neighbours ,” March 1, pages 1 and 18. I am deeply saddened that so many leaders of the Mennonite... Read More
April 7, 2021 | Opinion |
I have a selective hearing problem. When I’m at home on a Thursday night, weary from a day’s worth of important religious listening, the certain pleas of a younger family member... Read More
April 7, 2021 | Opinion | Kevin Koop
Herman Walde stands in front of the sign of First Mennonite Church in Edmonton, where he served as pastor from 1963 to 1966. Historically, as Mennonites became more accepted,... Read More
April 7, 2021 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
I visited an elderly friend in a small-town hospital. Gaining permission to see “Esther” (all names are pseudonyms) involved a slight untruth, but it was merely a sin of omission... Read More
April 7, 2021 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
“Making Peace with Nature” is the peculiar title of a scientific report recently tabled by the United Nations. That’s an attention-getting title for a peace-church eco-geek. My... Read More
April 7, 2021 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
I waffle a lot when it comes to death. Sometimes I welcome the idea, especially when faith in being united with Christ is high, when the weight of the world and its heartache is... Read More
April 7, 2021 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
When I was a pastor, I learned we had a few young people with autism in our youth group. In order to begin creating an environment that felt more comfortable, I provided a big... Read More
April 5, 2021 | Web First - Opinion | Jeanne Davies
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it” (Psa. 24:1) a congregation declares in its worship service. In recognition of Earth Day on... Read More
March 24, 2021 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Fascism by any other name Re: “ Committed to seeking a deeper understanding ,” Feb. 1, page. 13 It is a good idea that Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is willing to re-examine... Read More
March 24, 2021 | Opinion |
COVID-19 has forced most of us to embrace that most rousing of Anabaptist virtues: simplicity. Our lives have been simplified, stripped down to the essentials. We have gone out... Read More
March 24, 2021 | Opinion | Michael Pahl
Nothing says “occasion” like a panoramic group photograph. Pictured, Sharon Mennonite Church in Guernsey, Sask., commemorates its 50th anniversary in 1955. The congregation... Read More
March 24, 2021 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Jean Vanier. Ravi Zacharias. John Howard Yoder. We add to this list in our own Canadian Mennonite church community every year. My Lenten reading in March was from Matthew 23,... Read More
March 24, 2021 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
I spend at least 30 minutes a day in silent prayer and meditation, but sometimes this isn’t enough. A few times a year I need a fuller and deeper experience of silence. I need... Read More
March 24, 2021 | Opinion | Troy Watson
In Genesis 9:3, God says to Noah: “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.” But when God... Read More
March 24, 2021 | Opinion | Sandy and Jason Yuen
History and generosity ‘should count for something’ Re: “MCC centralizing relief warehouse in New Hamburg,” Feb. 1, page 14. It was reported—as a “no-big-deal” item—that the... Read More
March 10, 2021 | Opinion |
As the people of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, we’re going on a journey of courageous imagination. Over the course of the next year we will dream, imagine and listen to each... Read More
March 10, 2021 | Opinion | Leah Reesor-Keller
“The car [is] the child and charm of modernity,” writes sociologist Donald Kraybill. A century ago, this new technology became another dividing line between Mennonites who... Read More
March 10, 2021 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Some years ago, the person who shares my life experienced a blip in her physical well-being. This resulted in Holly spending several days in hospital. One result of that... Read More
March 10, 2021 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
Jonah suddenly became a favourite book of mine after I went to Iraq. Forget the fish! The book is a comedic satire against ethnocentrism, nationalism and a narrow-minded... Read More
March 10, 2021 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
I love watching my kids twirl endlessly around at the park on those self-propelling spinners. It reminds me of my childhood spinning on tire swings until we were nearly sick, and... Read More
March 10, 2021 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
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 |

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