Opinion

I remember the feeling with such clarity: that furious, terrified, sick-to-your-stomach despair one feels when you are numerous pages into writing an academic paper and the... Read More
March 11, 2020 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
When Luke Gascho and Jennifer Schrock of Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center invited me to help lead efforts to engage Mennonite churches on climate change,... Read More
March 11, 2020 | Opinion | Douglas Kaufman
On Feb. 22, L’Arche International released a summary report of the abuse investigation of their deceased founder, Jean Vanier. It concluded he had sexually abused six women over a... Read More
March 4, 2020 | Web First - Opinion | Carol Penner
In 2012, I spent two memorable hours in Smithers, B.C., with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Na’Moks (John Ridsdale), one of the chiefs at the centre of the Coastal GasLink crisis... Read More
March 3, 2020 | Web First - Opinion | Will Braun
After Gathering 2019 last summer, Doug Klassen, then newly hired as executive minister of Mennonite Church Canada, sat down with me for a chat in the Abbotsford, B.C., airport... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Virginia A. Hostetler
Reader pans new Trumpian Middle East peace plan, favours ‘one state’ solution Having worked in the private agriculture sector with various Middle East countries, including Israel... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
There are many changes in Canadian society today that compel us to be trained in “diversity and inclusion.” As Christians, what direction do we find in our own biblical texts?... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Donna Entz
In this scene from Twilight Auction by John L. Ruth, young Harvard-educated Sam confronts his traditional Mennonite family’s willingness to sell treasured family heirlooms. Doug... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
I read the note from my son’s teacher and my heart sank. As the kids unpacked their backpacks and had a snack, I stood still in the kitchen feeling disappointed, sad and perplexed... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
Strange, I know, but I like to read financial statements. I remember, in my early 20s, listening to the treasurer in our Toronto congregation explain how to understand financial... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
The snowball effect refers to a situation in which something starts off small or insignificant and increases in size or importance at an accelerating rate. Like when you roll a... Read More
February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Troy Watson
“The congregation is the foundational unit and expression of God’s work in the world.” That was a key affirmation in the Future Directions process that led to the 2017 re-... Read More
February 12, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Church press seeks to report ‘in an honest, balanced fashion’ Re: “ Freedom of speech for Christian media? ” Dec. 9, 2019, page 9. Putting aside for the moment a rather odd... Read More
February 12, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
In 2018, Mennonite Church Saskatchewan began a three-year journey called “Deepening our walk.” In year one, we opened ourselves to encounters with God’s presence by “Deepening our... Read More
February 12, 2020 | Opinion | Ryan Siemens
You can find all kinds of things in the archives, including humour. In a report dated Jan. 25, 1963, Rev. David P. Neufeld wrote, “During the course of the last year I have come... Read More
February 12, 2020 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
On Feb. 2, I attended a worship service that mattered. It was an ecumenical service, held as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Here in Laird, Sask., population... Read More
February 12, 2020 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
One of the most profound experiences of my life was when I bought a bicycle at the police auction at the precise midpoint of my two-year term of service with Mennonite Central... Read More
February 12, 2020 | Opinion | Randy Haluza-DeLay
My best friend, Mike, is a potter. Our friendship has afforded me the occasional opportunity to sit at his wheel and try my hand at pottery. I’ve learned that it isn’t easy. Mike... Read More
February 12, 2020 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
Because we live in a time of change and upheaval in our culture, Anthony G. Siegrist argues that the church needs to improve its biblical and theological literacy, writing, “It’s... Read More
February 11, 2020 | Web First - Opinion | Barb Draper
I had other plans for this space; this is not the editorial I was intending to write. But, reading over this issue’s proof pages, I saw some unexpected themes emerging. Several... Read More
January 29, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Old photo brings back ‘fond memories’ Re: “ Moment from yesterday ” photo of the Rosengart church in Poland. The picture brought fond memories back. It was my home church. I was... Read More
January 29, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
Over the years, I’ve attended many youth gatherings, even organized a few. But none were like the one I attended on Sept. 20, 2019, when the Manitoba Youth for Climate Action... Read More
January 29, 2020 | Opinion | Kathy Giesbrecht
In 1944, Cornelius Penner was separated from his wife and four children in Poland. He was sent to a German work camp while the rest of the family was taken to Siberia and later... Read More
January 29, 2020 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
I didn’t make New Year’s resolutions this year but I definitely jumped into this new decade with a challenge to choose what matters most to our family. My husband and I came... Read More
January 29, 2020 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
In early December, I received an email from Jeremiah Choi, our Mennonite World Conference (MWC) regional representative for Northeast Asia, about the situation in Hong Kong, where... Read More
January 29, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen

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