Opinion

As we launch into 2022, it’s helpful to reflect on the year that has passed. It’s also a time to consider what’s ahead. With a presence both in print and online, Canadian... Read More
January 5, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Thanks offered for ‘defunding police’ feature Re: “ Defund the police? ” feature, Sept. 27, 2021, page 4. Grateful to Aaron Epp and Canadian Mennonite for taking up this... Read More
January 5, 2022 | Opinion |
It was a lifelong dream coming true. In a crowded stairwell I inched toward what we had all come to see. Down in the basement, below street level, the room smelled of the smoke... Read More
January 5, 2022 | Opinion | Doug Klassen
Problems with dancing have been discussed at numerous times in many church settings. On July 3, 1951, the Northwest Mennonite Conference delegates discussed the Alberta education... Read More
January 5, 2022 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
As we move into 2022, many of us look back at our experience of church last year with dismay and we look forward with hope. Or do you look back with longing, and forward with... Read More
January 5, 2022 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
I’ve never seen mist move in so quickly. A multitude of mysterious wisps just appeared out of nowhere, advancing swiftly across the rolling hills before me like an army of ghosts... Read More
January 5, 2022 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Yet again, I read last month about another pastor, an Anabaptist leader at that, being accused of sexual misconduct. It was Bruxy Cavey, pastor of The Meeting House, a Be in... Read More
January 5, 2022 | Opinion | Andrea De Avila
Living in pandemic times, we have realized how important it is to stay connected with each other, as friends, in our own neighbourhoods and as church communities. We need contact... Read More
December 15, 2021 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
In warmer months, a circle of seven or so adults gathers in my backyard on Sunday afternoons. We earnestly discuss Scripture, share the highs and lows of our lives, ask what God... Read More
December 15, 2021 | Opinion | Josh Wallace
Barbara Nickel has done something very clever with her book Dear Peter, Dear Ulla . She brings Mennonite history to life as she presents the daily struggles of two related... Read More
December 15, 2021 | Opinion | Barb Draper
The recent floods in southern British Columbia have wreaked havoc in many ways, devastating towns and roads, and deeply impacting communities. In the face of this disaster, our... Read More
December 15, 2021 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
As the year 2021 winds down, this slightly distracted editor is trying to wrangle disparate ideas into a cohesive whole. What I offer here instead is a sort of patchwork quilt of... Read More
December 1, 2021 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
A very big community of not-very-close friends Re: “Weak ties matter,” Sept. 27, page 11. It’s been a long time since I have been impacted by a column like Arli Klassen’s. I don’t... Read More
December 1, 2021 | Opinion |
In 2015, some of the summer staff at Mennonite Church Manitoba’s Camps with Meaning wrote a song called “This Ground.” The song makes the simple observation that nature inspires... Read More
December 1, 2021 | Opinion | Dorothy Fontaine
Alternative service camps during the Second World War brought young men from various traditions and regions together. Pictured, Reverend David P. Reimer of Manitoba, centre, is... Read More
December 1, 2021 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
I was driving the night shift that week, hauling wood chips to the pulp mill in The Pas, Man. I pulled into the Esso C-Store in Nipawin, Sask., a little after 11 p.m., closing... Read More
December 1, 2021 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
A reader who comes from outside the religious community asked what I meant by the term “flourishing” when I used it last month. I had written that God desires the flourishing of... Read More
December 1, 2021 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
In Dr. Seuss’s book Oh the Places You’ll Go there is a section about “the waiting place.” It is depicted as an undesirable and useless place to be. I wonder if our Advent waiting... Read More
December 1, 2021 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
They can be necessary, but they are usually devastating. Church splits, in my experience, are not often talked about in Christian circles, yet they are not uncommon. Church splits... Read More
December 1, 2021 | Opinion | Grace Bruinooge
Recently, I found myself hungering for grace. With the world still entrenched in this pandemic, we witness the complexities around public safety, the angry words, the strained... Read More
November 17, 2021 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
‘We are in a climate emergency’: MC Canada Mennonite Church Canada leaders released the following statement on Nov. 4 during the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland: Climate... Read More
November 17, 2021 | Opinion |
The last time my in-laws came north to visit, they brought us a broken electric kettle. We had gifted it to them at a long-ago Christmas. Now, years later, it stopped working. It... Read More
November 17, 2021 | Opinion | Leah Reesor-Keller
Herb Wiebe, facing camera, visits with an inmate at the Oakalla Prison Farm in Burnaby, B.C., in 1970. A growing number of British Columbia Mennonite men volunteered to befriend... Read More
November 17, 2021 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
I expect everyone has forgotten what I had to say when I spoke at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate’s chapel a few years ago. But I know some remember that I asked students to read... Read More
November 17, 2021 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
After a month in the woods by myself, my sabbatical plan is to spend three months listening to people who aren’t a part of church culture, to see how they view church and... Read More
November 17, 2021 | Opinion | Troy Watson

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