Opinion

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Viewpoints | By Ev Buhr
As I began writing this, my Twitter and Facebook feeds reported news about a gun attack on an Egyptian bus carrying Coptic Christians. The world gasped and wept—once again. The... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Only one person voted against the Mennonite Church Canada Resolution on Palestine and Israe l , but we all know the matter is more complex than that. Some Mennonites and others... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
In April 2017, more than 1,600 Palestinian political prisoners went on a hunger strike. As I write this article, strikers have refused food and have been drinking only salt water... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Viewpoints | Rachelle Friesen
Random thoughts from a reader As I was reading “Be a CO at tax time,” April 10, page 4, I was a little confused. Is Mary Groh encouraging breaking the law in not paying taxes? I... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Viewpoints |
In many busy Canadian families, parents and siblings interrupt each other in mid-conversation. We want to get our point across quickly and efficiently. We want to get stuff done... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Viewpoints | Tim Froese
The irony wasn’t lost on me, or on others. At last summer’s Mennonite Church Canada assembly, people discussed, debated and discerned holy sexuality. Specifically, they considered... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
My father is a very innovative man. Thirty-three years ago, he started a silo repair business. One of the reasons he is a successful entrepreneur is that he finds solutions to his... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Viewpoints | Wendy Helgerman
The Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church in Rabbit Lake, Sask., 1938. In 1941, 87 percent of Mennonites were rural dwellers. By 1971, the number crashed to 53 percent and has... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
For centuries, people who questioned the church and its dogma were silenced and at times persecuted. The church coerced the masses to acquiesce to its doctrine by shaming sceptics... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Millennials, born between 1981 and 2001, are known to be the first generation contending with technology and social media in our personal, professional and relational lives from... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Editorial |
What does—and doesn’t—define us Sometimes I think most of our Mennonite lay people, like myself, don’t realize how serious the Future Directions endeavour is that is going on... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints |
“We aren’t going to lose youth because we haven’t entertained them. We’ll lose them because we haven’t trusted or challenged them.” I heard this quote from Shane Claiborne at a... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints | Liz Weber
An idea mixed with passion and solid financial support were the ingredients that combined for a great accomplishment. In 1977 and ’78, young Bill Reimer from Winnipeg set out with... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
I’ll never forget the moment that Bill came to sit with me in the penalty box. I was rather embarrassed. It was a Bible college intramural hockey game. I had been a little chippy... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
Hearing each other well is essential for being church. This is a delicate theme, because we aren’t doing it well. The effects of distance—both geographical and theological—are... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints | Jonas Cornelsen
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.—Various attributions According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20 percent of all Canadians will personally... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Alberta is an example to us all Re: “ A season of change and a search for vitality ,” April 10, page 16. I would like to commend Mennonite Church Alberta, the Calgary Chinese and... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints |
I grew up with a prairie view of wide open sky and grain fields dotted with cattle. In the living room, however, hung a painting of fishermen hurriedly pulling their boat to shore... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints | Karen Martens Zimmerly
Walking to my conversational Spanish class, I rehearsed phrases in my head, hoping practice would strengthen my fledgling skills. In spite of my efforts, I knew I would stumble to... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
How often have you heard the question, “Will you sponsor me?” I’m sure you’ve heard it many times, from a family member, a colleague or someone in your church. For many charitable... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints | Pamela Miles
Doubt has a good public relations manager these days. The world seems awash with books, articles, sermons, even a few TED talks, praising its beneficial goodness. I too have tried... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
The Isaac S. Wiens real estate office in Herbert, Sask., is pictured in 1911. Wiens (1874-1958), left, was born in Russia and came to Canada as an infant. His family became part... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
Years ago, I needed some practical help. A person close to me—someone who had the ability to lend a hand—saw my need and said repeatedly, “I wish I could help, but I can’t. I feel... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
An appeal from MennoMedia’s Canadian board members At our most recent MennoMedia board meeting, executive director Russ Eanes predicted that our organization is at the forefront... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints |

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