Opinion

What is a faithful response to the news in the world around us? Canadian Mennonite posed this question in our annual spring fundraising appeal. Each year CM needs to raise $150,... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
Point: When words don’t make sense, conversation is at risk Re: “ God didn’t create you wrong ” feature, Feb. 21, page 4. The only challenge I have with the gender-identity... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Opinion |
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it” (Psalm 24:1). It all begins here. We have four grandchildren at various stages of life. The... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Opinion | Claire Ewert Fisher
The Ontario Mennonite businessman Jacob Y. Shantz established rough housing for newcomers and promoted immigration to a place he called Didsbury, N.W.T., in 1893. In the following... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
A busy weekend at the end of May resulted in some reflections on family. In this case, the family referenced is “the George and Helens” (the Olferts that include my siblings and... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
Even if Gandhi is reputed to have said, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” it is clear he did not mean to stop at personal change! Read most histories of this quote,... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
History really is unfair to the common people. In a previous column (“ Becoming the enemy you hate ,” April 18, page 13), I noted that Solomon essentially enslaved 153,600 men in... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
I didn’t realize what I was signing up for when I agreed to write about Indigenous-Mennonite Encounters in Time and Place, a conference held at Conrad Grebel University College in... Read More
June 8, 2022 | Opinion | Scott Morton Ninomiya
When you hear the words “church,” the first thing that pops into your head is probably not “tech team.” And yet, as we’ve lived through two years of pandemic worship, those folks... Read More
May 25, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Creation-care article praised by reader Re: “ ‘ All of a sudden there’s buds on the trees ,’ ” May 2, page 16. This insightful article reveals a truth that has become increasingly... Read More
May 25, 2022 | Opinion |
Life is complicated. And this means “issues” are complicated. The Bible doesn’t give us as “black and white” a picture of life and faith as some of us might wish. In fact, that’s... Read More
May 25, 2022 | Opinion | Michael Pahl
In 1966, Christianity Today magazine sponsored the World Congress on Evangelism, held in West Berlin from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4. It brought together 12,000 invited delegates from a... Read More
May 25, 2022 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
My father cleaned out his bookshelves recently, and I acquired some more books about Mennonite history. One is a book I read with great interest when it came out in 1988, Why I Am... Read More
May 25, 2022 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
With the new Mennonite hymnal Voices Together (VT) recently released, many are eager to learn about the context of pieces within the collection. This column will tell the stories... Read More
May 25, 2022 | Opinion | Anneli Loepp Thiessen
“Godfidence” is trusting God is in control and that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Godfidence is trusting that all things, even difficult and painful... Read More
May 25, 2022 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Queerness and theology do not always play well together. Ever since the word “homosexual” entered the English-language Bible (1946, RSV,) many of our own local, western Christian... Read More
May 25, 2022 | Opinion | Joya van der Meulen
This editorial is not about abortion. Or maybe it is. I write this on the day after Mother's Day, at a time when conversations are intense about the rightness or wrongness of... Read More
May 11, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
What to do about Vladimir Putin? Re: “ Becoming the enemy you hate ” column, April 18, page 13. The topic that Joshua Penfold highlights is at the very heart of the Anabaptist... Read More
May 11, 2022 | Opinion |
I have lived with depression for most of my adult life. When I began my role as a minister, I realized that, while I could mostly hold my depression at bay while I carried out my... Read More
May 11, 2022 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
Once upon a time I hitchhiked to a park visitors centre nestled beneath Wyoming’s Grand Tetons. Next to other quotes by famous American wilderness gurus were the words of a far-... Read More
May 11, 2022 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
Most of the time I can’t stand typos. They bug me. If I’m completely honest, I’m internally judgmental of people who don’t catch their typos, myself included. I love words, I love... Read More
May 11, 2022 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
1. Grace There is more grace in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. That does not let anyone off the hook; it promises that we can face the grim fate of the Earth and the... Read More
May 11, 2022 | Opinion | Will Braun
“How do we speak of our faith in a society of many faiths and no faith, a society that has seen all too well the harm the church can inflict in the name of Jesus?” This is one of... Read More
April 27, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Ottawa citizen offers different view of life under the ‘freedom convoy’ Re: First letter of “ Two views on the ‘freedom convoy ,’ ” April 4, page 7. The letter from a Bible study... Read More
April 27, 2022 | Opinion |
The horrific images from Ukraine jolt me from my comfort and I reflect on air-raid sirens, bunkers, explosions, refugees, civilian and military casualties. Historical connections... Read More
April 27, 2022 | Opinion | Arlyn Friesen Epp

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