Opinion

I have so inextricably linked Psalm 22 to the words of Jesus on the cross that I don’t think I have ever really read the Psalm in its own light before. Yes, Jesus quoted “My God,... Read More
March 23, 2023 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
“Are we too progressive for our own good?” That was the title of an online panel discussion Canadian Mennonite hosted on March 8 . More than 70 people tuned in to hear from the... Read More
March 23, 2023 | Opinion | Aaron Epp
In our feature article , Carol Ann Weaver tells of two Mennonite evangelists who imposed a ban on musical instruments decades ago. It’s tempting to marvel at how utterly... Read More
March 8, 2023 | Editorial | Will Braun
Convenient pacifism In response to “ Conscientious ” (Jan. 30): Wherever religious Mennonites locate in the world, security is usually provided mostly by others. Others suffer and... Read More
March 8, 2023 | Opinion |
A few weeks ago I sent a text to a friend who I hadn’t seen for quite some time. Although we’d been in touch several times throughout the pandemic, we were long overdue for a face... Read More
March 8, 2023 | Opinion | Brenda Tiessen-Wiens
“How did the North become the North?” asks historian Gerald Friesen. By the Second World War northern Canada was experiencing an influx of “new technology, money and people.”... Read More
March 8, 2023 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
I remember a difficult church meeting at my fiancé’s congregation when I was an active participant in the young adult group. I don’t recall the topic, but I do recall that I did... Read More
March 8, 2023 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
It’s no secret that there are gaps in our congregational song. In particular, gaps in the kinds of words we have available for moments of crisis, despair and loss. Voices Together... Read More
March 8, 2023 | Opinion | Anneli Loepp Thiessen
Some have described history as a series of pendulum swings, oscillating from one extreme to the other, between tyranny and freedom, conservatism and liberalism, progress and... Read More
March 8, 2023 | Opinion | Troy Watson
“I refuse to be your model minority,” Simu Liu tweeted. Liu played Jung Kim on the award-winning Canadian sitcom, Kim’s Convenience . This drama portrays a Korean immigrant family... Read More
March 8, 2023 | Opinion | Joon Park
At first I thought cancel culture was a good idea. The phenomenon, which emerged a handful of years ago, refers to “ending (or attempting to end) an individual’s career or... Read More
March 8, 2023 | Opinion | Emma Siemens
Who wants to talk about sin? Not me, that’s for sure. Most people I know are pretty stressed out; they want good news, not something that makes them feel worse. As I write this my... Read More
March 8, 2023 | Opinion | Carol Penner
I prefer books and sky to screens and Hollywood, but the fact that kerchief-clad colony women will appear on-screen at Hollywood’s biggest event creates a moment of opportunity... Read More
February 22, 2023 | Editorial | Will Braun
Complexities of pacifism Below are four responses to “ Conscientious ” (Jan. 30), which critiqued the Canadian government purchase of fighter jets. Horrors in Ukraine If countries... Read More
February 22, 2023 | Opinion |
The smell of pancakes on the griddle, the roar of laughter while trying new activities, and the joyful noise of campfire singing are forever etched in my heart. Summer camps and... Read More
February 22, 2023 | Opinion | Christine M. Epp
The Konferenz der Mennoniten in Canada—now Mennonite Church Canada—was formed in 1902. In 1928, the conference started publishing an official Jahrbuch (yearbook) which documented... Read More
February 22, 2023 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
In this new-ish year, I find myself searching out new-ish challenges. My youngest brother and I have been trading off shifts driving a dump truck in Saskatoon, which is still... Read More
February 22, 2023 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
The fellows at the next table were running on and on about refugees. So many false statements! I gritted my teeth as I sipped my coffee that morning. “No!” I wanted to holler,... Read More
February 22, 2023 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
What keeps you up at night? Do the anxieties of your day taunt you as you lay awake? I don’t usually have much trouble falling asleep—my wife can attest to that—but sometimes if I... Read More
February 22, 2023 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
Two readers recently wrote to me with concerns. “Over the years that we have received [ CM ],” wrote a Manitoba couple, “we have detected a constant shift toward liberal theology... Read More
February 8, 2023 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
Making God manageable I really appreciate what Ryan Dueck is trying to get at, as well as the powerful responses (“ To set a soul aflame ,” Jan. 30). When Karl Barth visited... Read More
February 8, 2023 | Opinion |
Reflecting and reshaping is what I have been witnessing congregations doing in the ministries of formation. Across the board, in ministries that engage adults, youth, seniors and... Read More
February 8, 2023 | Opinion | Kathy Giesbrecht
Henry Gerbrandt (far right) in Mexico ca. 1947. Henry and Susan Gerbrandt began their mission work with the fledgling Mennonite Pioneer Mission, arriving in northern Mexico on Dec... Read More
February 8, 2023 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
It is the time of year when churches—whether local, regional or nation-wide—set their annual budgets. I’ve had interesting conversations in this process. Many churches are... Read More
February 8, 2023 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
“When we gather for worship, we bring all of ourselves, though some experiences or emotions might feel harder to name. Or maybe we feel pressure to keep them tidied away,”... Read More
February 8, 2023 | Opinion | Anneli Loepp Thiessen

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