Opinion

“It was help from heaven. When I talk about it, I want to cry. Nobody has ever helped me like this. They are like angels.” That’s what a homeowner in Grand Forks, B.C., said in... Read More
November 10, 2023 | Web First - Opinion | John Longhurst
The day before writing this marked three years since my sister died of cancer. We gathered as a family at her grave to mark the occasion. We talked about the day she died, things... Read More
November 2, 2023 | Editorial | Will Braun
These men visited an alternative service camp in 1942. From left: D.P. Reimer (EMC, Steinbach), Jacob F. Barkman (Holdeman minister, Manitoba), David Schulz (Bergthaler bishop,... Read More
November 2, 2023 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
Gratitude for foyer discussions Today I got my COVID booster. Other than a barely perceptible soreness in my arm, I have never experienced side effects from these vaccinations... Read More
November 2, 2023 | Opinion |
On a Wednesday in mid-October, I’m at the auto shop for winter tires; a TV on the wall flashes tanks, rubble and protests alongside talking heads. On social media, I can’t look... Read More
November 2, 2023 | Opinion | Josh Wallace
I like paying attention to structures and policies. My attention was caught on Sunday when the visiting preacher, Fanosie Legesse of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, said that... Read More
November 2, 2023 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
At WBUR, Boston’s National Public Radio station, a very interesting testimony appeared three years ago titled “A Dual Degree from Oxford. A Medical Degree from Harvard. Neither... Read More
November 2, 2023 | Opinion | Joon Park
Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities nearly 200 years ago. His opening lines describe our world today, as aptly as anything published in recent years. He writes: “It was the... Read More
November 2, 2023 | Opinion | Troy Watson
This six-part series draws on Kara Carter’s PhD studies, for which she conducted five focus groups with Mennonite Church Eastern Canada pastors. For periods of time during the... Read More
November 2, 2023 | Opinion | Kara Carter
“My children decided it’s time for me to move out of my house and join a retirement community. I don’t agree. I feel like I have no say anymore. I can still think, but they are... Read More
November 2, 2023 | Opinion | Cathrin van Sintern-Dick
As we prepare to send this peace-themed issue of the magazine to press, all eyes are on Gaza. Israeli tanks sit poised at its northern border, ready to invade. Long lines of... Read More
October 19, 2023 | Editorial | Will Braun
Pay attention to artists Thanks for your willingness to address tough issues facing the church and other institutions in our society. I appreciate your attempt at enlarging the... Read More
October 19, 2023 | Opinion |
This photograph shows Wanner Mennonite Church at worship in July 1950. In the mid-20th century, it was a new pattern for many Ontario Mennonite congregations to have men and women... Read More
October 19, 2023 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
In Joshua 5, we come across one of those wonderfully strange biblical stories that shakes our preconceptions and leaves us with more questions than answers. Israel is encamped at... Read More
October 19, 2023 | Opinion | Michael Pahl
A good friend, Wes Neepin, died this past week. I’ve written columns about Wes in the past but used a pseudonym, because I never got around to asking permission to tell his... Read More
October 19, 2023 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
At this time of year, I begin to rummage through the various drawers of miscellany in search of those red Mennonite Central Committee buttons that say, “To remember is to work for... Read More
October 19, 2023 | Opinion | Randy Haluza-DeLay
Dear Psalmists, Sometimes I delight in your comforting words of God’s grace and compassion. You paint an alluring and alleviating picture of a loving, caring and ever-present... Read More
October 19, 2023 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
Why cut what can be untied? This wise, old saying can apply to family conflicts. Some of our family ties are threadbare and frail; there is strain, and there is underlying... Read More
October 19, 2023 | Opinion | Cathrin van Sintern-Dick
How does your faith community answer these questions: Who are we? Who are we becoming? Who does God say we are? These questions can serve to guide a process to uncover and/or... Read More
October 19, 2023 | Opinion | Kara Carter
Interactive theatre requires audience participation, explained Cedric Martin as he introduced “I Love You and It Hurts,” a Theatre of the Beat performance held at the Kitchener... Read More
October 19, 2023 | Opinion | Barb Draper
At times, it’s shocking, violent and gory. It’s also one of the most compelling pop culture depictions of Christian faith and religion in recent memory. Midnight Mass , a limited... Read More
October 5, 2023 | Editorial | Aaron Epp
Thank you for this excellent, nuanced article (“ The gift of life, the question of death ,” September 22). Clearly, patients have always made private, off-the-books decisions with... Read More
October 5, 2023 | Opinion |
David Klassen of Rosenfeld, Manitoba, age 83, poses for an informal portrait at a family reunion. The photo is from a 1955 article in The Canadian Mennonite , which frequently... Read More
October 5, 2023 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
As a child, I was vaguely envious of others who had deep connections in Canada. In my family, that was not the case. My parents are from the UK and we spent our vacations going... Read More
October 5, 2023 | Opinion | Ben Cassels
My 88-year-old father often asks why churches push out people who don’t 100 percent agree with their theology. “Why can’t they all just get along?” He is worried about the... Read More
October 5, 2023 | Opinion | Arli Klassen

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