Opinion

What will the Mennonite church in North America look like in the next 30 years? No one has a crystal ball, but one group of forward-thinking people is helping us imagine how we... Read More
October 17, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Differing responses to Steve Heinrichs’s ‘green gospel’ column Re: “ Peter’s Letter to Canadian Christians ,” Sept. 24, page 7. I don’t object to anyone taking a passionate stance... Read More
October 17, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
Aug. 15 marked the end of my three-month sabbatical and my return to the office at Mennonite Church Manitoba. Time took on a special meaning during this leave as I took the... Read More
October 17, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ken Warkentin
“Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.” These Old Testament words resonated with me this past summer as part of my extended family gathered at our church camp. We... Read More
October 17, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Do you understand how money is made, spent and saved? It sounds simple, but it’s no secret that the need for financial literacy is as high as ever. The federal government has... Read More
October 17, 2018 | Viewpoints | Darren Pries-Klassen
“Why should I participate in church? What does the church offer that I can’t find elsewhere?” Before I could respond, my friend proceeded to explain how he has experienced God,... Read More
October 17, 2018 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Malcom and Esther Wenger moved to the town of Selkirk, Man., in 1979. Malcolm worked for the Conference of Mennonites in Canada’s Native Ministries program and pastored the small... Read More
October 17, 2018 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
Five months ago, when we were packing up our lives in Manila, I wanted so badly to just stay. I didn't think I could handle any more tearful farewells and I felt horrible tearing... Read More
October 17, 2018 | Viewpoints | Christina Barkman
Some churches have a mirror in their cloak rooms. You might want to check your reflection before going in to worship. In older, more formal times, you might have combed your hair... Read More
October 3, 2018 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
A call for more conscientious coverage of abuse disclosures Re: “ Decades-old sexual abuse comes to light ,” Sept. 10, page 13. It is with concern and disappointment that we write... Read More
October 3, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
What do you do when you’re not sure what to do? This was the topic of conversation as a friend and I met around his table this summer. He was talking about his children who were... Read More
October 3, 2018 | Viewpoints | Al Rempel
My name is Ed Olfert. I live in Laird, Sask., and currently serve as part-time minister of Grace Mennonite Church in Prince Albert. Some time ago I critiqued Canadian Mennonite ... Read More
October 3, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ed Olfert
Some years ago, a seed was planted in my heart to take a group of intergenerational North American Mennonite women to share faith and life stories with other Mennonite women in an... Read More
October 3, 2018 | Viewpoints | Shirley Redekop
“Groups keep pleading for Peace Factory,” said a Mennonite Central Committee memo in 1996. An interactive exhibit, Peace Factory was a cooperative Mennonite project. Its goal was... Read More
October 3, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
In a recent adult Sunday school class, a member of my church spoke about her quarter-century journey of relating to Indigenous people. Twenty-five years and still learning, she... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Supporters of Ruth-Ann Klassen Shantz speak out on her behalf Re: “ Decades-old sexual abuse comes to light ,” Sept. 10, page 13. We have known Ruth-Ann Klassen Shantz for 20... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
To the friends living in the colonized lands of the Salish, Mi’kmaq and Innu. This is Peter, follower of the poor Christ, in prison on the West Coast. I write because the time is... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Viewpoints | Steve Heinrichs
Some years ago, when Canada was in the midst of a federal election, my husband proposed that our church “talk politics.” Specifically, that we set aside time in the adult Sunday... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
From the time we are young, most of us are taught that decisions about money are not to be taken lightly. Through experiences like saving up to buy a new bike, purchasing our... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz
A lonely bridge over a creek near Winkler, Man., in 1907. A humble structure, but so very important. Bridges connected farmers to markets, children to schools, families to church... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
In II Corinthians 12:9, Paul shares a message he received from God in response to his personal struggles: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”... Read More
September 19, 2018 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
The allegation of sexual abuse at a church camp (on page 13) reminds us of the sad reality that sexual abuse touches the church community in profound ways. The example of Christ... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Carbon tax more effective than pipeline protest in curtailing oil use I have to admit that my initial reaction to the news of the arrest of Steve Heinrichs was negative (“... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
The church in North America is shrinking. We see signs of it everywhere. God is pruning back his church. We have a choice to frantically hold on to all that is dying or to pay... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Kevin Barkowsky
“When you’re lonely, Jesus rescues!” our kids cried out in enthusiastic unison. Spurred on by a pair of gregarious and silly characters trapped on a deserted island, the children... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi

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