Opinion

As a self-described church nerd, I love to learn about my larger church family, and I’ve found much to explore online related to the Anabaptist-Mennonite world. I’m curious about... Read More
August 3, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
When I was a young adult volunteer in Jamaica, part of Mennonite Central Committee’s Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program, I brought a pie to a Mennonite church-sponsored... Read More
August 3, 2022 | Opinion | Leah Reesor-Keller
The idea that Christ will return someday “riding on a horse, galloping through town and lopping off heads, is a blatant misreading of what is going on here,” writes Jeremy Duncan... Read More
August 3, 2022 | Opinion | Barb Draper
In early July, I was in Indonesia—virtually. Like approximately 800 other Anabaptists around the world, I registered as an online participant of Indonesia 2022, the 17th assembly... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Opinion | Virginia A. Hostetler
A ‘sad day’ for Indigenous-Settler Relations Re: “ Indigenous relations work revamped, reduced ,” May 30, page 14. The governing body of Mennonite Church Canada has abruptly let... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Opinion |
Bought tires for my pickup and determined to install them myself. I no longer have the specific equipment, so tire work involves scrabbling on a concrete floor with hammer and pry... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
When I moved from Alberta last year, my explorations of Ontario began by bike. My cycling companions showed me things I had not heard of. Once, we biked past the towering statue... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
The camping trip had a rough start. While packing to go we got a phone call with a heart-stopping estimate for our car repairs, the first of two vehicles needing work. We were... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
What are Mennonites up to these days? If you have within reach a smart phone, a tablet or a computer, the world of social media gives a glimpse into the larger Mennonite community... Read More
July 6, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Sometimes it is just best for the previous person to get out of here and let the new person start with a clean slate. Some say that pastors and denominational leaders should just... Read More
July 6, 2022 | Opinion | Garry Janzen
After two years of living through a pandemic, we never expected that we would be able to travel to the Middle East. After so much uncertainty, we were so fortunate to be able to... Read More
July 6, 2022 | Opinion | Fiona Janzen and Hannah Kroeker
“When you learn to follow Jesus, you will act a little strange.” This memorable line comes from a song by Mennonite singer/songwriter Bryan Moyer Suderman. Besides being an... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Keep on keeping on After many years of supporting the withholding of military taxes and volunteering with Conscience Canada Peace Tax Trust Fund (CC), I have at last retired from... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Opinion |
When God’s story connects with our story, the Holy Spirit is at work, bringing life. As author Anne Lamott says, “I do not at all understand the mystery of grace—only that it... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Opinion | Elizabeth Wall
A large audience gathered for one of two “Women’s Section” meetings at the Mennonite World Conference held in Kitchener, Ont., in 1962. The women met to consider the conference... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
We welcomed two babies and their families with words of blessing and commitment into our local congregation today. The wide-eyed babies took in all the people watching them and... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
When we opened the portal for submissions to Voices Together , the new Mennonite hymnal, the committee received over 2,000 submissions from songwriters, text writers, and... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Opinion | Anneli Loepp Thiessen
I recently heard a comedian say, “Everyone has an opinion on everything these days.” He continued, “When I was young, it wasn’t that way. People had maybe six opinions. Sometimes... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Shantz Mennonite Church held a dedication service on Sunday, June 5. It was intended to be for our new facilities, but in truth, it was primarily a rededication of ourselves. Like... Read More
June 22, 2022 | Opinion | Don Penner
What is a faithful response to the news in the world around us? Canadian Mennonite posed this question in our annual spring fundraising appeal. Each year CM needs to raise $150,... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
Point: When words don’t make sense, conversation is at risk Re: “ God didn’t create you wrong ” feature, Feb. 21, page 4. The only challenge I have with the gender-identity... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Opinion |
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it” (Psalm 24:1). It all begins here. We have four grandchildren at various stages of life. The... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Opinion | Claire Ewert Fisher
The Ontario Mennonite businessman Jacob Y. Shantz established rough housing for newcomers and promoted immigration to a place he called Didsbury, N.W.T., in 1893. In the following... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
A busy weekend at the end of May resulted in some reflections on family. In this case, the family referenced is “the George and Helens” (the Olferts that include my siblings and... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
Even if Gandhi is reputed to have said, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” it is clear he did not mean to stop at personal change! Read most histories of this quote,... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay

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