Opinion

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
My pastor husband co-preached about living a front-yard life at a large joint worship service at the park last weekend. With three churches gathered together and probably half of... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
Some years ago, I screwed up my courage and sent off an email to the editor of Canadian Mennonite . I offered to write a column on family relationships. Proposing the column was... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Melissa Miller
A recent CBC news article projected that 9,000 Canadian churches will close over the next 10 years. That’s approximately one-third of Canadian churches gone in a decade. It’s not... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Troy Watson
“Yet we Christians have also been called to take a good hard look at ourselves. To reflect on our Christian beliefs, to scrutinize our missional practices. And to decolonize. It’s... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Charity Nonkes
On the last week of May, season 2 of the crime show, Pure , started airing on the Super Channel. The show’s promotional material shows women in conservative Mennonite dress... Read More
June 5, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Carbon answers Re: “ Carbon questions ” letter, April 29, page 8. Carbon is created in stars and distributed through the universe as dust, which, in turn, forms the next... Read More
June 5, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
You are what you eat, or can it be said you are who you work with? There’s also the phrase, “two peas in a pod,” but this time there’s three of us. On the surface, it could be... Read More
June 5, 2019 | Opinion | Janette Thiessen

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