Opinion

Reader objects to terms used in Canadian Mennonite In the last few years there has been a marked increase of “coded language” in Canadian Mennonite . By this I mean terms which... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Opinion |
In a few months Garry Janzen, the executive minister of Mennonite Church B.C. will retire. He’s served MC B.C. for 14 years in that role. When he informed MC B.C. leadership about... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Opinion | Darnell Barkman
What would you carry if you emigrated to another country? Twenty-three-year-old Anna Neufeld wore this locket in 1917 when her fiancé, Cornelius Tiessen, left, and brother Peter,... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
I continue to wander roads surrounding Laird, Sask., with my faithful hound, Bran. These spring days, as the snow slowly recedes, I have discovered a bonanza. Cans and bottles... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
Since this is the Spring Books and Resources issue of Canadian Mennonite , let me recommend a book that speaks directly to some of the headline news of the past few weeks. No, it’... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
The story of Israel warns us of how easily we can become the very thing we hate. The Hebrews were slaves in Egypt, oppressed by Pharaoh and forced into slave labour to perpetuate... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
I have a vivid childhood memory of hearing my mother read C.S. Lewis’s book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe . Chapters 14 and 15 tell the story of the battle between life... Read More
March 30, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Marriage is a spiritual union of soulmates Re: “ God didn’t create you wrong ,” Feb. 21, page 4. Nicolien Klassen Wiebe shows how Mennonite churches have been struggling with... Read More
March 30, 2022 | Opinion |
Our new Voices Together hymnal invites us to expand our circle. This involves getting to know people with different abilities, cultural ways, histories, faiths and stories that... Read More
March 30, 2022 | Opinion | Suzanne Gross
Spring! A time to shake off the cold and grey, decorate the church auditorium with quilts and share lunch and spiritual sustenance. This is the annual spring meeting and lunch of... Read More
March 30, 2022 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
War seems close to home for many of us when it hits Ukraine. My paternal grandparents (and my husband’s) fled Crimea as refugees nearly 100 years ago, getting married in Kitchener... Read More
March 30, 2022 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
Can you believe that I proposed to my wife in a cemetery? It wasn’t premeditated. We went for a walk and ended up there. That’s when it felt right. I got down on one knee like a... Read More
March 30, 2022 | Opinion | Troy Watson
My grandfather, Harry Giesbrecht, referred to the country, language and people of Ukraine as his “beating heart.” The many trips back “home” breathed life into his aging lungs... Read More
March 30, 2022 | Opinion | Michael Wilms
As I write, the horrific attacks on the people of Ukraine continue, but recently I witnessed a sign of beauty amidst the chaos . Standing in a grey bomb shelter, with pipes... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
A pastoral letter regarding Ukraine Beloved sisters and brothers in Ukraine: Today, war has come to your homeland. We grieve the danger, death and destruction that this plague... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion |
“Life can be real / on a snowmobile,” croons Canadian music legend Stompin’ Tom Connors in one of his many songs about Canadian life and culture. As someone who occasionally... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion | Curtis Wiens
Mennonite Publishing House occupies a corner in the Kitchener (Ont.) Auditorium with its bookstand at the Mennonite World Conference assembly in 1962. Three women in the... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
In my federal voting life, I have voted only for the Liberal party. When I suggested that as the opening sentence for my next Canadian Mennonite column, my two eldest... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
The very day that Russia sent tanks across the Ukrainian border, a book on nonviolence arrived at my door. Sometimes I wonder if God does that sort of thing intentionally. As an... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
As I read through long lists of descendants in the first chapters of First Chronicles, some names are familiar, like the sons of Jacob and other names I’ve encountered in Matthew’... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
What would you do if you heard that all life on earth was about to end? This is the premise behind Don’t Look Up , an Academy Awards best-picture nominee, released on Netflix in... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen
Since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic came into the lives of Canadians, this magazine has published many accounts of life in pandemic times. There have been reports on how... Read More
March 2, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Thank you for sharing Janzen tribute Re: “ Simple wonder, peculiar generosity ,” Jan. 24, page 4. I recall meeting Annie Janzen for the first time at an event hosted at/by... Read More
March 2, 2022 | Opinion |
After four decades of ministry primarily focused on youth, young adults and young leaders, I welcomed the invitation to become the director of congregational ministries within... Read More
March 2, 2022 | Opinion | Kathy Giesbrecht
At the 1970 Conference of Mennonites in Canada annual sessions in Winkler, Man., Waldemar Janzen, a Canadian Mennonite Bible College professor, gave a report on young people,... Read More
March 2, 2022 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz

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