Opinion

No matter how many times you visit India, the overcrowded cities, hazy air and animal-people-vehicle-jammed streets of this country with more than 1.3 billion people are an... Read More
July 3, 2019 | Opinion | Paul Phinehas
Gathering 2019 starts next week. From June 28 to July 1, several hundred attendees from across Canada will meet in Abbotsford, B.C., for the first major event since the re-... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Where is the ‘just and redemptive path forward’ for Dalton Jantzi? Re: “ MC Eastern Canada apologizes for causing pain to abuse survivors ,” May 13, page 16. It appears to me that... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
CommonWord is just over four years old. In that short time we have doubled our sales (reaching more than 10,000 retail customers last year), more than doubled the number of... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Arlyn Friesen Epp
From halfway across the world, a loyal MAID watcher noticed an error. This was not the Rainham church in 1965, as originally labelled by the photographer, but South Cayuga... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
My pastor husband co-preached about living a front-yard life at a large joint worship service at the park last weekend. With three churches gathered together and probably half of... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
Some years ago, I screwed up my courage and sent off an email to the editor of Canadian Mennonite . I offered to write a column on family relationships. Proposing the column was... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Melissa Miller
A recent CBC news article projected that 9,000 Canadian churches will close over the next 10 years. That’s approximately one-third of Canadian churches gone in a decade. It’s not... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Troy Watson
“Yet we Christians have also been called to take a good hard look at ourselves. To reflect on our Christian beliefs, to scrutinize our missional practices. And to decolonize. It’s... Read More
June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Charity Nonkes
On the last week of May, season 2 of the crime show, Pure , started airing on the Super Channel. The show’s promotional material shows women in conservative Mennonite dress... Read More
June 5, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Carbon answers Re: “ Carbon questions ” letter, April 29, page 8. Carbon is created in stars and distributed through the universe as dust, which, in turn, forms the next... Read More
June 5, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
You are what you eat, or can it be said you are who you work with? There’s also the phrase, “two peas in a pod,” but this time there’s three of us. On the surface, it could be... Read More
June 5, 2019 | Opinion | Janette Thiessen
A farmer cuts wheat on a farm in Namaka, Alta., in the 1920s. Food and its production continues to be a central driving force in society, affecting our health, quality of life and... Read More
June 5, 2019 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
My friend Blake Rooks died in early May. He was large, unkempt, unhealthy, opinionated and occasionally rude. He was an atheist. His kidneys didn’t work. He loved people. He... Read More
June 5, 2019 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
A mentor once told me that, in her view, a female preacher should wear “straight lines” behind the pulpit. That is, a suit. Straight lines command greater authority, which means... Read More
June 5, 2019 | Opinion | Carmen Brubacher
Jean Vanier, who died on May 7 at age 90, was a spiritual leader who shared the gospel in a way few, if any, had before. Born into near-aristocracy—his dad became Governor General... Read More
June 5, 2019 | Opinion | Will Braun
Two hours into a conversation that I deeply regretted starting, the man seated next to me said, “Most people on this airplane are probably not Christian. If this flight starts to... Read More
May 22, 2019 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
Easy to sympathize about abortion, but hard to rationalize it Re: “ Can we talk about abortion? ” April 29, page 10. In reading Melissa Miller’s column, it is easy to sympathize... Read More
May 22, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
I was recently invited with a handful of other clergypersons to lunch at a local seniors home. Between the main course and dessert, the conversation turned, predictably, to the... Read More
May 22, 2019 | Opinion | Ryan Dueck
Streetscape of Nipawin, Sask., in the 1920s. Mennonites first began moving to Lost River in the Rural Municipality of Nipawin in the early 1900s. By 1906, they were meeting in... Read More
May 22, 2019 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
Nearly 20 years ago, my husband accepted a job offer in Winnipeg that resulted in our family’s move from Ontario, a place we had called home for 22 years. While I appreciated his... Read More
May 22, 2019 | Opinion | Melissa Miller
It was at the baseball diamond on my 36th birthday that I stumbled upon a breaking point. It came as a deep gut conviction, a weary heartfelt and tear-filled prayer, and a holy... Read More
May 22, 2019 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
When you live on the west side of the Rocky Mountains and sometimes feel isolated from the rest of the country, what does it mean to be part of our nationwide family of faith?... Read More
May 22, 2019 | Opinion | Lee Dyck
As the saying goes, “Confession is good for the soul but bad for the reputation.” Have you ever wondered what Jesus thought about his reputation? Word around town alleged he was... Read More
May 22, 2019 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Timothy King found himself addicted to opioids when complications after surgery led to intense pain and serious illness. In Addiction Nation , he describes what it feels like to... Read More
May 22, 2019 | Opinion | Barb Draper

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