Opinion

As this issue goes to press, much of Canada is still practising measures to hold COVID-19 at bay. Fatigue has set in; we’re tired of thinking about it, talking about it and... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Don’t confuse a thrift-store receipt with a charitable receipt Re: “ Thrift shopper, peacebuilder ,” March 30, page 11. This column raises a number of concerns in regards to how... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
Although our world is facing the challenge of COVID-19, I am so glad for the parts of life that remain unchanged. Every day brings press conferences with appalling numbers of the... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Opinion | Andrea Enns-Gooding
The Canadian Foodgrains Bank had its beginnings in 1975 as the Mennonite Central Committee Food Bank. In November 1982, representatives of 10 Christian denominations met to... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Opinion | Robb Nickel
In late January, Eric Harder died at age 74. He was my friend. I became acquainted with Eric 25 years ago, when I moved to Prince Albert to begin my ministry work. Both he and... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
We were in the midst of the Christian season of Lent as I wrote this. Shortly after Lent ended and Easter came, Muslims began the season of Ramadan. The month-long period of daily... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
Dear God: I’m really not sure what to pray or how to feel these days. I’ve become a strange blend of anxious and relaxed, concerned and content, grateful and restless, ambitious... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
More than a month into physical distancing in Canada, and the church seems to be flourishing. Does it seem that way to you? Having been forced to disrupt our usual worship... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
Let Wet’suwet’en exercise their right to self-determination Re: “ Who do you support when a community is divided? ” Feb. 17, page 20. I appreciate Canadian Mennonite opening up... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
There is a post-resurrection story that I find helpful this Easter as I contemplate the changing world around me. It is found in the Gospel of John, where we read that Jesus... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Opinion | Ken Warkentin
Conscientious objectors (COs) played an important role on the Canadian volunteer scene during the Second World War. Among the assignments was work in the forests around Banff,... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Opinion | Robb Nickel
As our life has quite abruptly and drastically shifted, along with everyone’s around the globe, I have been reflecting on our daily rhythm and working at reorganizing our schedule... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
These weeks of physical distancing, including Easter, have forced us to think more about what it means to be the church. We appreciate the phrase “the church has left the building... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
Christianity is rooted in paradox. A paradox is when two or more incompatible truths are held together to reveal a deeper hidden truth. An example of a paradox in Christianity is... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Opinion | Troy Watson
As I write, my household is entering into our fourth week of physical distancing. Facing the fast-spreading and potentially deadly coronavirus, my spouse and I sit in a... Read More
April 8, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Reader was ‘struck by’ Easter feature’s deficiencies Re: “ Out of holy weakness, mysterious power arises ,” March 16, page 4. I am thankful for this article and the attempt to... Read More
April 8, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
As with everybody else, my life and work these past few weeks have been a scramble to adjust and respond to the ever-evolving pandemic that has now hit us here in Canada as well... Read More
April 8, 2020 | Opinion | Kevin Derksen
Tourists attempt to photograph boys outside of the Elmira Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse, circa 1970. The boys are using a hand mirror to thwart their efforts. The photo... Read More
April 8, 2020 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Someone told me recently that they had been asked to share their faith journey in a Sunday morning church service. The invitation, however, came with an addendum: “Don’t talk... Read More
April 8, 2020 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
The COVID-19 pandemic feels surreal. Streets of our cities are nearly empty, even at rush hour. Kids are home, schools have gone online, and some workers log in from home after... Read More
April 8, 2020 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
It often feels like the God I encounter in Scripture is a completely different God than the one I profess to follow and worship. In Jeremiah 45, God speaks relatively tenderly to... Read More
April 8, 2020 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
Doug Klassen, who now serves as Mennonite Church Canada’s executive minister, confessed to a fellow pastor that he couldn’t pray for more than 10 minutes. “I came to a place where... Read More
April 8, 2020 | Opinion | Will Braun
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

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