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Rad and Pat Houmphan, centre, have a long history of working in the Mennonite church. When they came to Canada as refugees in 1979, Otto and Florence Driedger of Regina, far left... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
Transition is something that we all face! From the time we are born until we breathe our last breath, we are transitioning from one stage of life to another. Some of these... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Viewpoints | Liz Koop
It’s been a couple years now, but the experience stands out in my mind as if it were yesterday. Engin Sezen, executive director of the Waterloo, Ont., Intercultural Dialogue... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Dealing with mental illness is ‘hard enough already’ Thank you for the recent special issue of Canadian Mennonite on “mental health.” It is an important topic if we are to love... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Viewpoints |
In October 2014, Wame Chiepe invited us to dream. Wame lives near an abandoned park in Gaborone, Botswana. Young children play on a rusty, broken-down slide. Surrounded by... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Viewpoints | Daniel Horne
It’s an exciting time for many people in my extended family. Three nieces are university students, preparing for careers in education or medicine. One niece, with BA newly in hand... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Mennonite Foundation of Canada (MFC) is about to make a big change. In October, we will become Abundance Canada. This decision did not come easily. Our process was both cautious... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Viewpoints | Darren Pries-Klassen
In John 14:6, Jesus claims that he is the truth. What does this mean? I used to think that the truth of Christ was a set of doctrines I needed to believe in, but I’ve become... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
I was grateful for the opportunity to attend your biennial meeting in Saskatoon in early July. As always, I was impressed by the creativity expressed in your worship services and... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Viewpoints | Ervin R. Stutzman
When Mennonites came to Ontario and western Canada in the 1920s, they were helped by the “Swiss” Mennonites, such as those from The First Mennonite Church in Vineland, Ont. The... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz / Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies
In reflecting on Assembly 2016 in Saskatoon, one thing is certain: We are entering a period of uncertainty in the life of Mennonite Church Canada and its area churches. The most... Read More
August 10, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
What about the pastors who are forced to refrain from moonlighting? Re: “ Meet the pastors who moonlight ,” June 20, page 4. The flip side of the scenarios presented in this... Read More
August 10, 2016 | Viewpoints |
After nine years of working together on the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) process, by an 85 percent majority, delegates at Assenbly 2016 in Saskatoon approved the BFC7... Read More
August 10, 2016 | Viewpoints | Ryan Siemens
We have abandoned the battleground. In a hope-desiring but hope-diminishing article, columnist Robyn Urbeck asks: “How do we know when to stop praying for Orlando and Texas, and... Read More
August 10, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Helen Warkentin was a long-term missionary to India from 1920 to 1957, and took many orphans ‘under her wing.’ She received support from family and friends back in Winkler, Man... Read More
August 10, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
“ By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps ” (Psalm 137: 1-2). These familiar words from the Psalmist, cited by... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Use land for food production, not burying the dead For some time, I have wondered whether we are good stewards when we use precious real estate to bury our dead. I do not now own... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Viewpoints |
In a much-anticipated assembly, delegates have clearly spoken on behalf of Mennonite Church Canada. After an eight-year Being a Faithful Church (BFC) process, delegates approved... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Viewpoints | Willard Metzger
“What does a healthy congregation look like?” I asked a pastor friend recently. He responded by telling a story of how he had led his congregation through a contentious issue. In... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
In my childhood home, we had a unique red velveteen bag. When you pressed on the bag in the right place, you heard the sound of someone laughing, really guffawing. The recording... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Viewpoints | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen
American architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “The truth is more important than the facts.” I agree, although I’m not sure that I could explain why. What is the difference between... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
An Old Order Mennonite farmer in Waterloo Region, Ont., works the fields by horsepower in 1950, much as his 19th-century counterparts would have done. We take the cycle of the... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
What will be the tenor of the conversation at Assembly 2016 in Saskatoon? Writing this 12 days before more than 500 delegates and denominational leaders gather to consider... Read More
June 28, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
‘Testing,’ ‘nudging’ on sexual issues has already occurred The Being a Faithful Church document being presented at the Mennonite Church Canada assembly recognizes that “we differ... Read More
June 28, 2016 | Viewpoints |
What direction will Mennonite Church Canada and its area churches be going into the future after the assembly in Saskatoon? Will we become a more faithful church? Crucial to our... Read More
June 28, 2016 | Viewpoints | Peter Rempel

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