Opinion

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
CM photo collection at Mennonite Archives of Ontario website Re: “ A united witness ,” Oct. 8, page 4. The Canadian Mennonite photograph collection lives on through the Mennonite... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
Creating space for important cross-cultural discussion is crucial work for the church today. Our paths for the coming year have merged at Foothills Mennonite Church, where Lindo... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Lontfobeko (Lindo) Manana and Brenda Tiessen-Wiens
“In the midst of life, we are surrounded by death.” These words are often spoken by a pastor during a graveside service at which loved ones gather to bury the deceased. They are... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
The gift-giving season is upon us, and with it comes Christmas shopping for our loved ones. We all know people who will be running around the mall five minutes before closing time... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Marlow Gingerich
Did your summer include a bicycle trip? In 1891, 19-year-old Fred Coffman, far left, his brother William, and their friends Abram and Aaron Kolb biked more than 700 kilometres... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Advent means arrival. During Advent we contemplate and celebrate the arrival of our Messiah. However, the purpose of Advent for Spirit-filled followers of Christ is not to pretend... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
The young couple was living far from home, juggling college studies and part-time work, in preparation for overseas missionary work. Their first child was due and then... Read More
October 31, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler

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