Features

Tony Deik experienced a dramatic return to faith when he was studying at Birzeit University in the Israeli-occupied territory of the West Bank. Raised Roman Catholic in Bethlehem... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Feature | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

‘In the last couple of years, I’ve been embarrassed to tell people that I went to church or was a Christian.’—Aaron Dawson (Photo courtesy of Angelika Dawson)

A lot has been said and written about millennials: What’s wrong with them? What’s influenced them? What does their future hold? Google “millennials and the church” and dozens of... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Feature | Angelika Dawson
Although I had biked 21 kilometres to work and spent the hot day bent over in a vegetable patch just south of Winnipeg, I was still pushing hard on my ride home. I loved passing... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Feature | Will Braun
In the opening half of Steven Ratzlaff’s play Reservations , first staged in Winnipeg in 2016, an Alberta Mennonite farmer informs his two children that he plans to give a section... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Feature | Roger Epp
When the water goes up behind the $8.7-billion Keeyask Dam in northern Manitoba, one family will lose more than any other. At a church-sponsored event in Winnipeg on March 18,... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Feature |
Several years ago, my Russian Mennonite grandmother told me a story about her childhood that I think about often. When she was just a young girl living somewhere southeast of... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Feature | Robert Zacharias
Religious wars raged in 16th-century Europe between Catholics and Protestants. In northern Holland, Jan Smit was captured by the Catholics and was being pressed into service as an... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Feature | Mary Groh
A Pharisee and a tax collector This parable of Jesus seems self-evident. It compares the attitude of two men’s prayers: a Pharisee and a tax collector. The Pharisee’s seems rather... Read More
March 22, 2017 | Feature | Dan Kehler
Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. I always love this joyful affirmation of life and hope on Easter morning. When it is still grey and cold outside, when the world news is so... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Feature | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Over the past while, a number of people have inquired about my thoughts on a recent “Theology matters” study conducted by Canadian scholar David Haskell that draws a strong... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Feature | Ryan Dueck
Why do you go to church? One of the main reasons is that there is something there that feeds your soul. If there was nothing nourishing there, you would find other things to do... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Feature | Carol Penner
The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. According to tradition, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on Oct. 31, 1517, thereby starting the chain of... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Feature | Troy Osborne
We asked and you responded. This past fall, Canadian Mennonite put out a call to readers. We wanted to hear about the young adults who are making a difference in your community—... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Feature | Aaron Epp
“It was here somewhere,” I said to my son Allan. “The Boese canning factory was over here, and over there was an orchard where we lived in our trailer until about 1962. It was... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Feature | Dave Rogalsky
“Good King Wenceslas” is not the most sing-able of carols and the lyrics are on the King James end of archaic. You may have assumed this 10th-century legend is about... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Feature | Layton Friesen
In the northern hemisphere, Advent comes to us in the darkest time of the year. Christmas is advertised and celebrated as the happiest time of the year, and for some it is just... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Feature | Carol Penner
At times we have been both inspired and overwhelmed by the parenting books that crowd bookstore and library shelves. We have also found useful advice, and a dauntingly high bar,... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Feature | Carmen Brubacher and Paul Heidebrecht
The Evansons were out of our league. We were a plain old missionary family coming from rural New Hamburg, Ont., and they were über-educated university professors from glamorous... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Feature | Michele Rizoli
"Why should young people from our congregations choose a Christian college or university like Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, B.C., Conrad Grebel University College in... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Feature | Terry Schellenberg
Many U.S. and Canadian Mennonites think of German-speaking Mennonites in Mexico as a backward people in a Wild West country. We read of Mennonites involved in drug trafficking and... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Feature | Edgar Stoesz
Holly (a pseudonym) began experiencing serial pregnancy loss several years ago, after the birth of her youngest son. In her mind, the words “church” and “support” don’t really go... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Feature | Beth Downey Sawatzky
“So this is how Mennonite Church Canada handles layoffs due to shrinking budgets. This was my mom’s experience today: show up to work; given the news; laptop taken away; password... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Feature | Henry Neufeld
Since I shared my husband’s painful job loss through no fault of his own, I’ve received many emails and other private messages from people who have also experienced difficult... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Feature | © April Yamasaki
Peach Blossom Church almost always meets its budget, although some years involve more drama than others. It still engages a full-time pastor, fixes the roof and supports mission... Read More
August 10, 2016 | Feature | Lori Guenther Reesor
“A season of change,” lament, fear, anxiety, confession, uncertainty, safe space, brave space . . . hope. Mennonite Church Canada, which held its biennial assembly, “God~Faith~... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Feature | Dave Rogalsky

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