New CommonWord website launched

From Our Leaders

June 17, 2020 | Opinion | Volume 24 Issue 13
Arlyn Friesen Epp | Mennonite Church Canada
CommonWord's new website is easily searchable and beautifully designed.

On June 1, CommonWord launched a new website at that is mobile-friendly, easily searchable and beautifully designed. Our goal is to make Anabaptist and related resources easily found for the pastor and the parishioner, the student and the casual reader, and have them available in multiple forms to buy, borrow or access online. 

Start with a keyword search. A scripture text. A name. A theme. Like Google, our enhanced indexing system will suggest subjects, titles and spelling corrections to prompt you further into the collection.

Our materials are classified with multiple tags so you can quickly filter your results. Focus on a topic, like racism, COVID-19 or climate change. Browse by genre, like curricula or parts of worship. Limit your findings by expressions of music or drama. Sift by video, audio or print. Narrow your search by event, like communion or anointing. Or restrict your findings by language (e.g. French).

Mix and match your search results, and quickly find that online Advent “Call to Worship” based on Isaiah 9. Or a children’s picture book about death and dying. Or Mennonite Church Canada’s Joint Council minutes.

There is a breadth of curated material at your fingertips.

Herald Press publishes books on reconciliation, community, discipleship, mission, spirituality and theology. We have them all available to buy or borrow.

Mennonite Heritage Archives collects, preserves and interprets the history of the Mennonite people. We list all their retail titles online.

We value the educational and advocacy resources that Mennonite Central Committee produces for North American congregations and offer these materials to borrow or access digitally. 

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) represents most of the global Anabaptist family. Its work, in part, is the resourcing of the global church. We are pleased to offer MWC’s worship and education resources online.

Canadian Mennonite University and MC Canada are our founding and governing partners, and their resources—from university public forums to International Witness and Indigenous-Settler Relations materials—are easily accessible. 

Additionally, when we launched our website, we celebrated our new partnership with Together in Worship, a binational Mennonite curation team committed to providing Anabaptist worship materials for free online. On June 1, more than 1,100 such items became available through CommonWord. Many more, including video, audio and visual resources, are forthcoming. Together in Worship will launch its parallel site later this fall.

And, as always, we are here personally to help link you to materials. If you’re not finding what you’re after online, or may not be certain what you’re looking for, please contact us at

Arlyn Friesen Epp is the director of CommonWord, a national bookstore and resource centre of Mennonite Church Canada and Canadian Mennonite University.

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CommonWord's new website is easily searchable and beautifully designed.

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