Opinion

The Conference of Mennonites in Canada annual session was held in July 1975, in Swift Current, Sask. Hot weather put participants’ “cool” to the test. The assembly was not only... Read More
August 12, 2020 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
I’ve been asked recently why my column is called “Third Way Family.” The question has prompted me to share my reasoning behind choosing this title and what it means to me. I first... Read More
August 12, 2020 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
I am listening these days to stories of how people and their churches are responding to the physical and emotional needs around them due to COVID-19. Every congregation is finding... Read More
August 12, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
The past few months have awakened us to our fragility as individuals, communities and nation states. We’ve observed the fragility of our health-care system, food-supply chain,... Read More
August 12, 2020 | Opinion | Troy Watson
When H.S. Bender came out with The Anabaptist Vision in the 1940s, he offered a Mennonite theology that was different from the evangelical fundamentalism widely accepted in the... Read More
August 12, 2020 | Opinion | Reviewed by Barb Draper
Setsuko Nakamura was 13 years old in 1945, the day American forces dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, where she lived. She recalls the horrific aftermath of... Read More
July 29, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
During a Zoom call a month or so ago, a pastor friend mused, “Is worship all we have left?” Our virtual meet-up—all folks involved in congregational leadership—had been sharing... Read More
July 29, 2020 | Opinion | Josh Wallace
It is now month five for Canadian communities struggling with the COVID-19 crisis. In this time, we’ve heard many pronouncements by health authorities on what members of the... Read More
July 15, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Today’s society is a progression of Canada’s colonial past Re: “ ‘Decolonize’ and ‘settler’ meaningless terms” letter, June 8, 2020, page 8. It is a nice idea that “our great-... Read More
July 15, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
I am thinking about sparrows today, about how many of them there are, and yet how little I notice them until they stop for a quick perch on the railing of my deck and I find... Read More
July 15, 2020 | Opinion | Rick Neufeld
Public school teachers Samuel B. Nafziger, Dick Neufeld, Sara (Lehn) Harder, Martin Goerzen, Grace Harder, John C. Harder and C. Boldt, are pictured in the most northerly... Read More
July 15, 2020 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
A recent article in Canadian Mennonite included a story of the closing of Superb Mennonite Church . Superb was my home. I was dedicated, married, baptized and raised a family... Read More
July 15, 2020 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
I am an immigrant. After serving with Mennonite Central Committee in Canada, I chose to stay in this amazing country. The Canadian way was closer to the “thousand points of light... Read More
July 15, 2020 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
It’s outlandish really, what God asks Hosea to do. To think that someone known for his holiness and intimate relationship with the divine would take up residence with a woman... Read More
July 15, 2020 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
When the conversation is lagging in social situations, one of my favourite questions to ask is, “What are you reading?” This inquiry often leads to an interesting interchange of... Read More
June 30, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Many years ago now—I’m getting a bit long in the tooth—I took what I thought would be a bird course in my second year at what was then known as Waterloo College. It turned out to... Read More
June 30, 2020 | Opinion | Art Sheil
Since the middle of March, when church buildings closed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, I’ve been visiting many churches. Not in person, of course, but on the internet... Read More
June 17, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
‘A wise investment’ in the future of church camps Re: “Testing the ties that bind,” April 27, page 2. It hit me when I read in the editorial that the financial fallout from COVID-... Read More
June 17, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
On June 1, CommonWord launched a new website at commonword.ca that is mobile-friendly, easily searchable and beautifully designed. Our goal is to make Anabaptist and related... Read More
June 17, 2020 | Opinion | Arlyn Friesen Epp
Len Bechtel, front, is pictured with a portable saw he and other conscientious objectors (COs) designed near Vancouver during the Second World War. As oil supplies dwindled due to... Read More
June 17, 2020 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
I was in Whistler, B.C., last week with my husband and kids, and we joined a Black Lives Matter protest in the village. My eight-year-old reminded us that we used to do this often... Read More
June 17, 2020 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
When I preach I often reference verses in the Bible that talk about God’s intention that all nations, languages and tribes are called to worship God through Jesus. The Book of... Read More
June 17, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
I was 7 when Rushi (a pseudonym) and his family moved into our neighbourhood. They were the first people of colour to move into the community, and nobody rolled out the welcome... Read More
June 17, 2020 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Following current physical-distance guidelines, the fifth annual Walk in the Spirit of Reconciliation was held in various parts of British Columbia over the final weekend of May... Read More
June 17, 2020 | Opinion | Marlene Friesen
At the end of May and into June, as news outlets reported on demonstrations in cities across North America, we witnessed something more powerful than tear gas hanging in the air... Read More
June 3, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler

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