Opinion

I am pondering yet again the “Mennonite” label, and what it means for us today in Canada. There are three things that recently provoked these questions. First, Mennonite Central... Read More
October 20, 2021 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
Tomorrow I’m driving to a log cabin in remote northern Quebec to spend a month in the woods by myself. That said, I’m not exactly roughing it. The cabin has electricity, a kitchen... Read More
October 20, 2021 | Opinion | Troy Watson
I’ve been pondering the learning experiences of Jesus’ disciples as told in the Gospels. Jesus’ vision of God’s reign was so different from the reality they were used to, and they... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Idea of defunding the police based on false premises Re: “ Defund the Police? ”, Sept. 27, page 4. This response is not addressed to the generalizations made in this article (... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Opinion |
No one would dispute that our world has become intercultural. Culture meets culture and languages are exchanged randomly on streets, in restaurants, in classrooms and even during... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Opinion | Joon Park
Women at Grace Lao Mennonite Church sing at a “ladies’ revival” in 1999. This was an important year for the congregation of about 90 people, as they also dedicated their own... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Someone suggested I apply for a pastoral position in a church in a large Canadian city. My ego liked that quite a lot. Then I gave it some thought. The whimsical welding project... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
Learning happens because learners do something, not because teachers teach. Education is not about teaching—it is about learning. Of course, we should value teachers! The best... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
Three years after graduating from Bible college on the prairies, I returned for a one-week complimentary alumni seminary course. I was excited to be back in the classroom again,... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
For 45 years, the More-with-Less Cookbook has been a beacon of the Mennonite legacy of simple living. The popular, and much more recent, cookbook, Mennonite Girls Can Cook , is... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Opinion | Will Braun
Traditionally, Mennonite churches have recognized the special times of the church year: Christmas (along with the season of Advent and Epiphany) and Easter (with the season of... Read More
September 22, 2021 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
What if there had been no war in Afghanistan? While it is water under the bridge, it is still worth pondering what would have happened if the United States and allies had not gone... Read More
September 22, 2021 | Opinion |
When I was director of Person-to-Person, a prison visitation program started by Mennonite Church Saskatchewan in the early 1970s, the V&C Room (Visitors and Correspondence... Read More
September 22, 2021 | Opinion | Ryan Siemens
On the heels of the Second World War, the General Conference Mennonite Church and the Mennonite Church were concerned about scouting programs that promoted patriotism to boys and... Read More
September 22, 2021 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
Long ago I studied both sociology and theology, and I remain intrigued by the relationships between culture and faith. We can’t have one without the other. Which influences the... Read More
September 22, 2021 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
Being authentic has always been important to me. However, what authenticity means or looks like isn’t always as straightforward as I’d like. Especially as a pastor. One of the... Read More
September 22, 2021 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Going right back to Menno himself, Mennonites have valued simplicity. But to what extent has this ethos survived the age of gadget-saturation, relentless advertising and soul-... Read More
September 22, 2021 | Opinion | Will Braun
How can Mennonite historical sites become sites of decolonization and reconciliation? This question has challenged and inspired my husband Joshua and me for the past four years,... Read More
September 22, 2021 | Opinion | Laura Enns
Nonviolence is the greatest ideal and goal Re: “ Finding a balance between pacifism and reality ” letter, Aug. 16, page 8. Like the letter writer, for much of my life I found... Read More
September 8, 2021 | Opinion |
Winston Churchill, Great Britain’s Second-World-War-era prime minister, famously said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Or maybe it was Rahm Emanuel, former White House... Read More
September 8, 2021 | Opinion | Michael Pahl
David Hunsberger’s photos are normally more well-composed. But it appears he saw the expression of expectation and joy on the face of music teacher Doris Moyer and he couldn’t... Read More
September 8, 2021 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
On my mantel stands a pack of smokes. It’s in a place of honour. It’s probably been 50 years since I last purchased cigarettes for my own use. It’s a phase that came and went... Read More
September 8, 2021 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
“Who says they have enough money? We’ve never heard such a thing!” blurted the students at a Christian college at which I used to teach. I had just told them that I was going on... Read More
September 8, 2021 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
Occasionally, if my wife Rebecca doesn’t get home when I was expecting her, my mind will become morbidly creative. I mustn’t be the only one who has “daymares” of their spouse... Read More
September 8, 2021 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold

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