June is the month when we honour fathers. My pa was George, born in 1921, died in ’94. Pa loomed large. I spent childhood years believing that I was a disappointment to him. The... Read More
June 3, 2020 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
Probably no father should risk writing a Father’s Day column. Obviously, one’s family is the first to say “Dad’s not perfect.” I hope I’ve been good enough. Parenting is a lesson... Read More
June 3, 2020 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
I’m reading through the Chronicles of Narnia with my girls at bedtime. We recently finished Prince Caspian and then watched the movie. Narnia has definitely influenced my... Read More
June 3, 2020 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
Mother’s Day is past, and Pentecost and Father’s Day are still ahead. In this in-between time, I’ve been considering the ways in which we describe God. Humans long to know, to... Read More
May 20, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
CM writers are fitting followers of innovators in religious toleration Re: “ Out of holy weakness, mysterious power arises ,” March 2, page 4, and “ Making things right ,” March 2... Read More
May 20, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
If you’ve travelled in central or eastern Europe, you may have come across a plague column holding a prominent place in a town square. Plague columns were constructed in the 17th... Read More
May 20, 2020 | Opinion | Brenda Tiessen-Wiens
J.J. Thiessen of Saskatoon served in many leadership roles at the congregational, provincial, national, and binational levels most of his adult life. He is quoted in A Leader for... Read More
May 20, 2020 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
Church is about to start and the Zoom link doesn’t work! For some reason it keeps sending me to a YouTube video of “Seek Ye First,” and I can’t find my church! I quickly text my... Read More
May 20, 2020 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
These are days of information overload. There is so much news to follow! Local, regional, national, international, from this part of the country and from that part of the world... Read More
May 20, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
In 1993, my friend Myron Penner introduced me to Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. I haven’t been the same since. Kierkegaard enlightened me to the power of paradox. At that... Read More
May 20, 2020 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Does the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) mean the federal government is paying people to not work during the COVID-19 pandemic? Does this prove that a universal basic... Read More
May 13, 2020 | Web First - Opinion | Jonas Cornelsen
As this issue goes to press, much of Canada is still practising measures to hold COVID-19 at bay. Fatigue has set in; we’re tired of thinking about it, talking about it and... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Don’t confuse a thrift-store receipt with a charitable receipt Re: “ Thrift shopper, peacebuilder ,” March 30, page 11. This column raises a number of concerns in regards to how... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
Although our world is facing the challenge of COVID-19, I am so glad for the parts of life that remain unchanged. Every day brings press conferences with appalling numbers of the... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Opinion | Andrea Enns-Gooding
The Canadian Foodgrains Bank had its beginnings in 1975 as the Mennonite Central Committee Food Bank. In November 1982, representatives of 10 Christian denominations met to... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Opinion | Robb Nickel
In late January, Eric Harder died at age 74. He was my friend. I became acquainted with Eric 25 years ago, when I moved to Prince Albert to begin my ministry work. Both he and... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
We were in the midst of the Christian season of Lent as I wrote this. Shortly after Lent ended and Easter came, Muslims began the season of Ramadan. The month-long period of daily... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
Dear God: I’m really not sure what to pray or how to feel these days. I’ve become a strange blend of anxious and relaxed, concerned and content, grateful and restless, ambitious... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
More than a month into physical distancing in Canada, and the church seems to be flourishing. Does it seem that way to you? Having been forced to disrupt our usual worship... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
Let Wet’suwet’en exercise their right to self-determination Re: “ Who do you support when a community is divided? ” Feb. 17, page 20. I appreciate Canadian Mennonite opening up... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
There is a post-resurrection story that I find helpful this Easter as I contemplate the changing world around me. It is found in the Gospel of John, where we read that Jesus... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Opinion | Ken Warkentin
Conscientious objectors (COs) played an important role on the Canadian volunteer scene during the Second World War. Among the assignments was work in the forests around Banff,... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Opinion | Robb Nickel
As our life has quite abruptly and drastically shifted, along with everyone’s around the globe, I have been reflecting on our daily rhythm and working at reorganizing our schedule... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
These weeks of physical distancing, including Easter, have forced us to think more about what it means to be the church. We appreciate the phrase “the church has left the building... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
Christianity is rooted in paradox. A paradox is when two or more incompatible truths are held together to reveal a deeper hidden truth. An example of a paradox in Christianity is... Read More
April 22, 2020 | Opinion | Troy Watson