Opinion

My name is Ed Olfert. I live in Laird, Sask., and currently serve as part-time minister of Grace Mennonite Church in Prince Albert. Some time ago I critiqued Canadian Mennonite ... Read More
October 3, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ed Olfert
Some years ago, a seed was planted in my heart to take a group of intergenerational North American Mennonite women to share faith and life stories with other Mennonite women in an... Read More
October 3, 2018 | Viewpoints | Shirley Redekop
“Groups keep pleading for Peace Factory,” said a Mennonite Central Committee memo in 1996. An interactive exhibit, Peace Factory was a cooperative Mennonite project. Its goal was... Read More
October 3, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
In a recent adult Sunday school class, a member of my church spoke about her quarter-century journey of relating to Indigenous people. Twenty-five years and still learning, she... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Supporters of Ruth-Ann Klassen Shantz speak out on her behalf Re: “ Decades-old sexual abuse comes to light ,” Sept. 10, page 13. We have known Ruth-Ann Klassen Shantz for 20... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
To the friends living in the colonized lands of the Salish, Mi’kmaq and Innu. This is Peter, follower of the poor Christ, in prison on the West Coast. I write because the time is... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Viewpoints | Steve Heinrichs
Some years ago, when Canada was in the midst of a federal election, my husband proposed that our church “talk politics.” Specifically, that we set aside time in the adult Sunday... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
From the time we are young, most of us are taught that decisions about money are not to be taken lightly. Through experiences like saving up to buy a new bike, purchasing our... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz
A lonely bridge over a creek near Winkler, Man., in 1907. A humble structure, but so very important. Bridges connected farmers to markets, children to schools, families to church... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
In II Corinthians 12:9, Paul shares a message he received from God in response to his personal struggles: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
The allegation of sexual abuse at a church camp (on page 13) reminds us of the sad reality that sexual abuse touches the church community in profound ways. The example of Christ... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Carbon tax more effective than pipeline protest in curtailing oil use I have to admit that my initial reaction to the news of the arrest of Steve Heinrichs was negative (“... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
The church in North America is shrinking. We see signs of it everywhere. God is pruning back his church. We have a choice to frantically hold on to all that is dying or to pay... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Kevin Barkowsky
“When you’re lonely, Jesus rescues!” our kids cried out in enthusiastic unison. Spurred on by a pair of gregarious and silly characters trapped on a deserted island, the children... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
Growing up in a Mennonite home, I cherished baking and cooking as integral parts of my life. As a young girl, I was often surrounded by the smells of delicious homemade baked... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Diana Shaw
Diana Shaw grew up watching her mother express love and caring by preparing and sharing food. Diana says, “This recipe from my mother is easy to make; it can be frozen, thaws... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Diana Shaw
George Neufeld worked in England, France and Germany after the Second World War, from 1946 to 1948. He wrote in his diary on Monday, Jan 7, 1946: “Received letter from Helene... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
“Wait watchfully,” wrote Rainer Maria Rilke in a prose poem he penned around 1895, which my husband and I read on an autumn morning during our quiet time a couple of years ago... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Leona Dueck Penner
The church’s primary job is growing relationships with God, says Dave Rogalsky in the feature, “ Experiencing the good news ,” on page 4. He encourages faith communities to be “... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
It’s important for a pastor to be married, not just living with a partner Re: “ Introducing Dave Rogalsky, Eastern Canada correspondent ,” June 18, page 2. Are we so proper now... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
When my youngest son “graduated” from Grade 5 in June 2000, his class took a special year-end trip to Toronto. I was working as a school bus driver at the time—we lived in Ontario... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | Sharon Schultz
Swirling around with ideas of strategy, focus, and “We used to do it this way,” change is messy. Grappling with the in-between is messy. Living in the liminal space between what... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | June Miller
Are you finding yourself divided from loved ones in your family, church or neighbourhood on any number of challenging issues? Are you finding fewer opportunities to talk with... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Back in 1988, my wife and I chaperoned 17 high school students on a trip to visit refugee camps in Thailand. We thought the students would learn about missions and life outside of... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | Brad Friesen
This is a photo of the dormitory duplex at Sexsmith Bible Institute in Alberta. The building used to function as the meeting house of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren at Bear Lake... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz

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