Opinion

What are Mennonites talking about? As a national publication, Canadian Mennonite pays attention to the issues that matter to readers far and near. Here are some topics that... Read More
January 16, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Editorializing, apology weaken abuse survivor’s statement Re: “ Decades-old sexual abuse comes to light ,” Sept. 10, 2018, page 13. It seems to me that Canadian Mennonite and Dave... Read More
January 16, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
I often have the same thought when visiting a first-generation Canadian congregation: I wish my home congregation of Rockway Mennonite could see this! Invariably, when I visit a... Read More
January 16, 2019 | Opinion | Brent Charette
As the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, staff at the state archives in Odessa, Ukraine, worked diligently to microfilm Russian Mennonite documents in its possession. Collected... Read More
January 16, 2019 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
I have friends who live in Fond du Lac, a small, isolated community in northern Saskatchewan on the shore of Lake Athabasca, near the border with the Northwest Territories. A... Read More
January 16, 2019 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
In The Pastor-Congregation Duet , Gary Harder weaves together his love of pastoral ministry and his love of music. It is clear from the outset, that his call to ministry ran deep... Read More
January 16, 2019 | Opinion | Marilyn Rudy-Froese
J. Lawrence Burkholder’s experiences as a relief worker in China in 1947 caused him to think about the nature of power. His dissertation, “The problem of social responsibility... Read More
January 16, 2019 | Opinion | Maxwell Kennel
In this first issue of 2019, you’ll notice some things are different on the pages of this magazine. There are changes in the design, thanks to the creative work of designer Betty... Read More
December 31, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
‘There needs to be understanding’ Re : “ Worship happened ,” Nov. 5, 2018, page 8. Ed Olfert’s column left me in tears. I facilitate many Kairos blanket exercises, where I act out... Read More
December 31, 2018 | Opinion | Various Contributors
“Igniting the imagination of the church.” That’s the theme of Mennonite Church Canada’s Gathering 2019, to be held from June 28 to July 1 in Abbotsford, B.C. Powerful words, those... Read More
December 31, 2018 | Opinion | Henry Paetkau
Over the course of our lives, we likely offer many prayers in a variety of ways. Some are formal, memorized prayers said for specific occasions. A family table grace recited... Read More
December 31, 2018 | Opinion | Melissa Miller
When our family lived in the Philippines from 2012 to 2018, we hosted our Peace Church community in our home every weekend and opened our doors to countless friends throughout the... Read More
December 31, 2018 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
I believe every human being has a divine call. This divine call is more explicit than the generic “call to ministry” associated with the clergy. It’s a specific expectation God... Read More
December 31, 2018 | Opinion | Troy Watson
The August sky was an eerie brownish-orange as the morning news warned Edmontonians not to exert themselves outside. Thick smoke smelling of charred forests blanketed the city,... Read More
December 31, 2018 | Opinion | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Leah is a lifer, and I like her. She is middle-aged and is at the beginning of her sentence. She is educated and insightful, and has a good sense of humour. But what I am... Read More
December 31, 2018 | Opinion | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
During the Second World War, Canadian conscientious objectors (COs) planted 17 million trees in British Columbia between 1942 and1944. Some COs questioned the use of working in... Read More
December 31, 2018 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
Every year on the Sunday closest to January 21, Mennonite World Conference (MWC) invites its 107 member churches to join in a celebration of World Fellowship Sunday. ( See the... Read More
December 31, 2018 | Web First - Opinion | John Roth
He’s our resident ranter, our pigpen pundit. Canadian Mennonite writer Will Braun rants around the barn on his southern Manitoba farmyard. This time he’s got opinions on how... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Web First - Opinion | Will Braun
In the past few weeks, a theme has emerged in my Advent singing and Scripture reading: fear. Fear is all around us. A recent book about a fearmongering president is on the... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Kudos for ‘apologetic’ column Re: “ ‘I’m sorry’: Apologies and abuse ” column by Carol Penner, Nov. 5, page 11. Thanks for some very good thoughts about how apologies can make... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
We are uniquely created in God’s image. The key phrase for me is that we are unique, and with the uniqueness comes a journey that is all our own. Our journey may look vaguely... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Viewpoints | Janette Thiessen
At 9:30 a.m., the church door opens. A young woman, a girl really, slips in quietly. She asks quickly, “Can I use the washroom?” My reply is to the already closed bathroom door... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ed Olfert
To encourage women to enter church-related work, the General Conference Mennonite Church began the “Women in Church Vocations” program in 1957. Pictured, Elmer Ediger discusses... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. Everyone is so joyful! We get excited for tree decorating, Christmas shopping, starting our Christmas baking while playing... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Viewpoints | Mel Harms
Since 1939, Mennonite women in British Columbia have been gathering each spring for a day of spiritual encouragement and fellowship. But this year, as the planned date approached... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler

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