CommonWord connections

From Our Leaders

June 13, 2018 | Viewpoints | Volume 22 Issue 13
Arlyn Friesen Epp |

Here are five ways to remain connected with CommonWord in our new regional church model:

1. Keep reading

Many of us love a leisurely read on a summer beach blanket or in a hammock. Our 10th annual summer reading list might help you locate that perfect warm weather read.

Or if summer is your chance to think ahead to congregational responsibilities in the fall, CommonWord is glad to assist in directing you to appropriate materials. Worship planners will have special interest in our new Lectionary and Special Occasions Worship Calendars. Adult study leaders may peruse our new Adult Curriculum Guide for biblical or thematic ideas. Mennonite Church Canada’s Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization, would make for an important fall conversation.  

In all cases, our loan books ship free, both ways, anywhere in Canada. Sale items are at competitive prices. Digital resources are downloadable at no cost.

2. Share your recommendations

CommonWord’s mandate is to carefully select materials through an Anabaptist lens. We like to say that “Google can help you find a million books; CommonWord can help you find the right one.” For such curation to work, we depend on your recommendations. Please pass along your favourite books, blogs, videos, websites or podcasts. We’ll review and profile many of them.

3. Visit

Many of us find ourselves on the road during summer.  If you’re in Winnipeg, please come by! You may be surprised to learn what we offer in-store: a wider selection of retail books, Ten Thousand Villages products, frozen specialty foods and much more. We enjoy meeting folks from across Canada, and you’ll enjoy Folio Café’s coffee or gelato!

Of course, you may visit us online, at any time ( to access thousands of resources. Also follow us on Facebook to stay abreast of new and seasonal materials.

4. Share your original creations

Did you know that CommonWord is a repository for your congregational resources? If your church has something creative and original to share, including worship, study or leadership resources, please pass that along and we’ll post it for further distribution.

5. Host us locally

Many congregations have appreciated our Cheaper by the Dozen program, and have received, on an extended loan period, 12 different titles on a specific topic, to complement a worship or study series, or have chosen to regularly receive a dozen titles on a standing order (to augment their library offerings. It’s a simple and free way to host CommonWord in your congregation.

There are many other creative ways to remain connected. One individual chose to gift his spouse with a monthly book and package of coffee.

Arlyn Friesen Epp is director of CommonWord.

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