Opinion

I have worked at Camp Valaqua for a total of six summers, and this summer I am back on staff after being away for a few years. Valaqua is a place where I learned many things. It... Read More
August 28, 2019 | Opinion | Michael Taves
If you wear clothes, then you need to care about how they were made and who made them. Even if you aren’t interested in “fashion.” Even if it means giving up your favourite stores... Read More
August 28, 2019 | Opinion | Elise Epp
It has become a routine yet still shocking news report: another shooting in a quiet neighbourhood or at a shopping centre, nightclub, school or place of worship. Then come the... Read More
August 14, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
The message of Jesus is ‘superior and important’ Re: “ Reaching out requires letting in ,” June 24, page 13. Troy Watson’s column talks about “[t]his barrier is about our subtle... Read More
August 14, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
“With” may be the most important word in the Christian faith. So argues Sam Wells, an Anglican priest-theologian, in Incarnational Ministry , a book about being with the church... Read More
August 14, 2019 | Opinion | Garth Ewert Fisher
The Petitcodiac (N.B.) Mennonite Church Council is pictured during a meeting in 1996. Whether around a kitchen table or a purposely built boardroom, church councils are the... Read More
August 14, 2019 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
At the Mennonite Church Canada Gathering earlier this summer, my husband Darnell and I led a workshop on the theme of inspiring the imagination of the local church. While we... Read More
August 14, 2019 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
The song “Wonderwall” by Oasis came on the radio. I was about to change the station when these lyrics hit me, “Backbeat, the word is on the street that the fire in your heart is... Read More
August 14, 2019 | Opinion | Troy Watson
On June 30, at our annual general meeting in Abbotsford, B.C., Mennonite Women Canada elected to dissolve our nationwide ministry for the purpose of releasing energy and assets to... Read More
August 14, 2019 | Opinion | Elsie Rempel, MW Canada secretary, and Shirley Redekop, MW Canada president
Twenty-five years ago, reading a magazine meant holding paper in your hands. Today, it just as easily means looking at a screen. Reading on a screen—whether it’s a smart phone,... Read More
July 31, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Throughout my years of ministry, being involved in the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step program has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my work. No, I am not an addict. But at... Read More
July 31, 2019 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
Recently, a Kubota utility vehicle pulled into my driveway where my sons and their friends were playing hockey. Out popped Tim Taylor, a former NHL player and two-time Stanley Cup... Read More
July 31, 2019 | Opinion | Troy Watson
I knew everything would be okay as soon as the singing started. As I sat at a table positioned behind a small tower of crates half covered in cloth—a makeshift platform for the... Read More
July 17, 2019 | Editorial | Katie Doke Sawatzky
Headline ‘diminishes and sensationalizes’ church article Re: “ Church ditches ‘overt religiosity’ to become ‘community resource ,’ ” May 27, page 18. We were delighted to connect... Read More
July 17, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
I didn’t used to get nervous leading singing. There were times before leading at Mennonite Church Canada’s Gathering 2019 when I was nervous. I was less nervous leading 6,500... Read More
July 17, 2019 | Opinion | Darryl Neustaedter Barg
New Canadian initiatives around multiculturalism in the 1970s—celebrating anniversaries like Canada’s centennial in 1967, Manitoba’s in 1970, and the arrival of Mennonites in... Read More
July 17, 2019 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
In early June, a sermon was delivered by a mother-daughter team in Tiefengrund Rosenort Mennonite Church in Saskatchewan. The daughter, Abby, is 12. From time to time, the growing... Read More
July 17, 2019 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
What does it mean to comment well on the internet? What does effectively communicating one’s thoughts on a web article or social media post look like? As Canadian Mennonite ’s... Read More
July 3, 2019 | Editorial | Aaron Epp
It is difficult to know what the future holds for youth ministry within Mennonite churches in Canada. Change is happening fast for some churches as they experience more immediate... Read More
July 3, 2019 | Opinion | Jean Lehn Epp
With mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers within easy reach, Christians have many ways in which to learn, ponder their beliefs and strengthen their faith. Here are some... Read More
July 3, 2019 | Opinion | Virginia A. Hostetler
No matter how many times you visit India, the overcrowded cities, hazy air and animal-people-vehicle-jammed streets of this country with more than 1.3 billion people are an... Read More
July 3, 2019 | Opinion | Paul Phinehas
Gathering 2019 starts next week. From June 28 to July 1, several hundred attendees from across Canada will meet in Abbotsford, B.C., for the first major event since the re-... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Where is the ‘just and redemptive path forward’ for Dalton Jantzi? Re: “ MC Eastern Canada apologizes for causing pain to abuse survivors ,” May 13, page 16. It appears to me that... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
CommonWord is just over four years old. In that short time we have doubled our sales (reaching more than 10,000 retail customers last year), more than doubled the number of... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Arlyn Friesen Epp
From halfway across the world, a loyal MAID watcher noticed an error. This was not the Rainham church in 1965, as originally labelled by the photographer, but South Cayuga... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing

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