Opinion

In the past few weeks, a theme has emerged in my Advent singing and Scripture reading: fear. Fear is all around us. A recent book about a fearmongering president is on the... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Kudos for ‘apologetic’ column Re: “ ‘I’m sorry’: Apologies and abuse ” column by Carol Penner, Nov. 5, page 11. Thanks for some very good thoughts about how apologies can make... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
We are uniquely created in God’s image. The key phrase for me is that we are unique, and with the uniqueness comes a journey that is all our own. Our journey may look vaguely... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Viewpoints | Janette Thiessen
At 9:30 a.m., the church door opens. A young woman, a girl really, slips in quietly. She asks quickly, “Can I use the washroom?” My reply is to the already closed bathroom door... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ed Olfert
To encourage women to enter church-related work, the General Conference Mennonite Church began the “Women in Church Vocations” program in 1957. Pictured, Elmer Ediger discusses... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. Everyone is so joyful! We get excited for tree decorating, Christmas shopping, starting our Christmas baking while playing... Read More
December 12, 2018 | Viewpoints | Mel Harms
Since 1939, Mennonite women in British Columbia have been gathering each spring for a day of spiritual encouragement and fellowship. But this year, as the planned date approached... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
CM photo collection at Mennonite Archives of Ontario website Re: “ A united witness ,” Oct. 8, page 4. The Canadian Mennonite photograph collection lives on through the Mennonite... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
Creating space for important cross-cultural discussion is crucial work for the church today. Our paths for the coming year have merged at Foothills Mennonite Church, where Lindo... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Lontfobeko (Lindo) Manana and Brenda Tiessen-Wiens
“In the midst of life, we are surrounded by death.” These words are often spoken by a pastor during a graveside service at which loved ones gather to bury the deceased. They are... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
The gift-giving season is upon us, and with it comes Christmas shopping for our loved ones. We all know people who will be running around the mall five minutes before closing time... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Marlow Gingerich
Did your summer include a bicycle trip? In 1891, 19-year-old Fred Coffman, far left, his brother William, and their friends Abram and Aaron Kolb biked more than 700 kilometres... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Advent means arrival. During Advent we contemplate and celebrate the arrival of our Messiah. However, the purpose of Advent for Spirit-filled followers of Christ is not to pretend... Read More
November 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
The young couple was living far from home, juggling college studies and part-time work, in preparation for overseas missionary work. Their first child was due and then... Read More
October 31, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Story on Manitoba prison ministry lauded Re: “ Paying attention to the invisible ,” Sept. 10, page 17. Many thanks for the fine article about our prison ministry program. On Oct... Read More
October 31, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
Recently, I heard a story about a young prince named Hullabaloo. He lived in a land where everyone and everything was noisy. When people talked, they shouted at each other. When... Read More
October 31, 2018 | Viewpoints | Claire Ewert Fisher
This recipe for Pfeffernusse (peppernuts) is from my Oma (grandmother) Maria (Wiebe) Kroeger and my mother Helen. (See more at “ Family tradition goes back 500 years .”)... Read More
October 31, 2018 | Viewpoints | Dave Toews
The small church where I pastor, Grace Mennonite Church in Prince Albert, Sask., is probably not often accused of being “high church.” A few weeks ago, the service began with a... Read More
October 31, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ed Olfert
What role do apologies play in healing from abuse? We may feel that we can’t go wrong by offering an apology. We encourage people to apologize to each other in church... Read More
October 31, 2018 | Viewpoints | Carol Penner
“ Pfeffernusse ,” Dora repeated after me in amazement! She couldn’t believe that my Christmas treats were the same as hers. It was Nov. 7, 2002, and we were sitting around the... Read More
October 31, 2018 | Viewpoints | Dave Toews
Johnny Kehler, left, with his plane and George Groening, at Matheson Island, Man. Groening grew up near Lowe Farm, Man., and served the Mennonite church community for decades. As... Read More
October 31, 2018 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
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
Malcolm 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
Growing up in a Mennonite home, I cherished baking and cooking as integral parts of my life. As a young girl, I was often surrounded by the smells of delicious homemade baked... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Diana Shaw
Diana Shaw grew up watching her mother express love and caring by preparing and sharing food. Diana says, “This recipe from my mother is easy to make; it can be frozen, thaws... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Diana Shaw
George Neufeld worked in England, France and Germany after the Second World War, from 1946 to 1948. He wrote in his diary on Monday, Jan 7, 1946: “Received letter from Helene... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
“Wait watchfully,” wrote Rainer Maria Rilke in a prose poem he penned around 1895, which my husband and I read on an autumn morning during our quiet time a couple of years ago... Read More
September 5, 2018 | Viewpoints | Leona Dueck Penner
The church’s primary job is growing relationships with God, says Dave Rogalsky in the feature, “ Experiencing the good news ,” on page 4. He encourages faith communities to be “... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
It’s important for a pastor to be married, not just living with a partner Re: “ Introducing Dave Rogalsky, Eastern Canada correspondent ,” June 18, page 2. Are we so proper now... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
When my youngest son “graduated” from Grade 5 in June 2000, his class took a special year-end trip to Toronto. I was working as a school bus driver at the time—we lived in Ontario... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | Sharon Schultz
Swirling around with ideas of strategy, focus, and “We used to do it this way,” change is messy. Grappling with the in-between is messy. Living in the liminal space between what... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | June Miller
Are you finding yourself divided from loved ones in your family, church or neighbourhood on any number of challenging issues? Are you finding fewer opportunities to talk with... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Back in 1988, my wife and I chaperoned 17 high school students on a trip to visit refugee camps in Thailand. We thought the students would learn about missions and life outside of... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | Brad Friesen
This is a photo of the dormitory duplex at Sexsmith Bible Institute in Alberta. The building used to function as the meeting house of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren at Bear Lake... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
Growing up, I never wanted to be a farmer. It seemed like farm machinery always had precedence over a new couch, curtains or nice shoes. Then I met my husband Bob at Rosthern... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | Kate Janzen
A peculiar thing happened to me last Sunday while I was on holidays. I felt a strong desire to attend a church service. Curious, to say the least. You see, by the time summer... Read More
August 22, 2018 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
“I enjoy the magazine very much. Will you keep printing it? I don’t have a computer,” wrote a reader in British Columbia this June. She was responding to our spring fundraising... Read More
July 18, 2018 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
Calling suicide selfish is uncharitable Re: “ Suicide may not be painless, but it is selfish ,” July 2, 2018, page 7. Victor Huebert writes that suicide “is a very selfish act and... Read More
July 18, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
I’m more and more dismayed by the regionalizing trajectory we seem to be on. From national and international politics to neighbourhoods and churches, it feels like we are... Read More
July 18, 2018 | Viewpoints | Darryl Neustaedter Barg
Like many women I know, my mother carries a deeply ingrained impulse to feed others. Once I watched her tend Penguin, her black and white tuxedo cat, clucking and fussing as she... Read More
July 18, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
I recently told someone that our family holiday plans this summer included tenting for 10 days in northern Ontario. They replied, “Why on earth would you do that? That sounds... Read More
July 18, 2018 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
In her article “From belief to belonging” (July 2, 2018, page 4), Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe describes how open communion is on the rise in Mennonite Church Canada congregations due... Read More
July 18, 2018 | Viewpoints | John D. Rempel
George Bryant (standing) was a long way from the home of his birth when he posed with the Katie and Christian Bender family in about 1917. George was a British home child who... Read More
July 18, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
It is June 20, World Refugee Day. Near the Mexico-U.S. border, thousands of people are waiting. Fleeing conflict and violence in their own countries, they are seeking safety... Read More
June 27, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Suicide may not be painless, but it is selfish Re: “ Suicide isn’t painless ,” May 21, page 16. I sympathize deeply with the Brandt/Penner family. My cousin used a gun to end his... Read More
June 27, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
I have been thinking a lot about transition. Since early 2017, transition has been the theme of my life. When the expiry date of my work visa in the U.S. was nearing, and there... Read More
June 27, 2018 | Viewpoints | Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Recently I spent a weekend at a discipleship retreat with a team of seven others from my church. It was great fun! As we learned and prayed, our inspiration for making disciples... Read More
June 27, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
Cooking for one or two people can be a challenge, but Betty Ann Martin found that taking Food Fit courses at the Local Community Food Centre in Stratford, Ont., expanded her food... Read More
June 27, 2018 | Viewpoints | Barb Draper
Breakfast should be interesting, not boring! Betty Ann Martin expanded her food repertoire and gained new ideas for breakfast menus through her involvement with the Local... Read More
June 27, 2018 | Viewpoints | Betty Ann Martin
Old black and white photos often leave us with the impression that past generations were dour, ridged, thought in terms of black and white, and had no fun. But the technology of... Read More
June 27, 2018 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
The May 7 and 21 issues of Canadian Mennonite deal in part with protests regarding the construction of pipelines. The editorial from May 21, “ Questions of conscience ,” asks us... Read More
June 27, 2018 | Viewpoints | Helmut Lemke
The concept is simple. In a public place, an older adult sits on a green bench that is marked with the hashtag #ElderWisdom. Community members are invited to sit and engage in... Read More
June 13, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Unity starts with the fruit of the Spirit Re: “ Ethics not the basis for Christian unity ” letter, April 23, page 10. Walter Klassen states in his letter, “No matter how... Read More
June 13, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
Here are five ways to remain connected with CommonWord in our new regional church model: 1. Keep reading Many of us love a leisurely read on a summer beach blanket or in a hammock... Read More
June 13, 2018 | Viewpoints | Arlyn Friesen Epp
Like more than 51 percent of all Canadian adults, Roger (a pseudonym) did not have a will. As a child, he had been adopted into a wealthy family and, although he loved them deeply... Read More
June 13, 2018 | Viewpoints | Peter Dryden
What is flirting anyway? When is it a problem? When is it a delightful social interaction? I’ve been pondering these questions for years since a friend surprised me with the words... Read More
June 13, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
The Epp Garage in Fiske, Sask., suffered a devastating fire. When material, like this photograph, comes to the archives with little or no information, we can often learn about it... Read More
June 13, 2018 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
It seems the majority of political, social and religious discourse today consists of knee-jerk reactions to the perceived agendas, biases, foolishness and dangerous “isms” of the... Read More
June 13, 2018 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
In April 2018, two U.S.-based Mennonite publications— The Mennonite and Mennonite World Review —announced plans to merge by 2019. The merger is the result of talks that started in... Read More
May 30, 2018 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
It’s not easy being single in the church There were never many girls my age at the Mennonite church in Scarborough, Ont., prior to my adolescent years, nor did my becoming a... Read More
May 30, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
In these recent years of walking with our Indigenous neighbours, I have been both blessed and intrigued by the words of encouragement often expressed at the end of a talk: “All my... Read More
May 30, 2018 | Viewpoints | Garry Janzen
Mountaintop experiences. Those moments where God is undeniably present. When he shows up in power and glory. We are left riding high on a spiritual wave, convinced that God is at... Read More
May 30, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
Tea is served on the front porch of Brubacher House Museum at its opening in 1979. The University of Waterloo, Ont., acquired the house and land to expand its campus. In 1968, the... Read More
May 30, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
I have a few observations to make about the open letter from the Mennonite Church Canada network of regional working groups on Palestine and Israel (“ MC Canada working groups... Read More
May 30, 2018 | Viewpoints | Russel Snyder-Penner
Five years ago I set out on a journey with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), providing international accompaniment to human rights defenders in Colombia. (See “Levelling the... Read More
May 30, 2018 | Viewpoints | Hannah Redekop
Last month, a Canadian Mennonite was arrested—for following his conscience. In the tradition of our 16th-century Anabaptist ancestors, civil disobedience was an expected path. But... Read More
May 16, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
‘Just one more example of a privileged western interpretation’ R e: “ A peace that ignores Jesus’ atoning work ” review of A Palestinian Theology of Liberation, April 9, page 24... Read More
May 16, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
I like to think Canada is a progressive country, and discrimination is on the decline, but I’ve had a reality check. Recently, a group home caregiver, a Liberian woman, told me of... Read More
May 16, 2018 | Viewpoints | Donna Entz
I recently visited with my mother in the small room that is now her home. After travelling hours by airplane and car, my foot was swollen and sore. Having few options for relief,... Read More
May 16, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
I am so glad that summer is on the horizon. Spending time outdoors was a huge part of my childhood. My family shared many weekends at a small one-room cabin on a river, fishing,... Read More
May 16, 2018 | Viewpoints | Pamela Miles
This is the view that greeted Amish Mennonite farm boys Dan and Willie Brenneman when they were apprehended by military police and detained at the Carling Heights Military Camp in... Read More
May 16, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
I often hear people describe the church as being behind the times. What this means is that by the time the church addresses issues that were important to society last year, or... Read More
May 16, 2018 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Recently, my husband and I sat with friends at a table in an Ethiopian restaurant. As we dipped pieces of injera (sourdough flatbread) into the tasty sauces, we reported on our... Read More
May 2, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Resurrection feature re-opens old wounds Re: “ Is belief in Jesus’ resurrection necessary? ” feature, March 12, page 4. The final sentence in Michael Pahl’s feature... Read More
May 2, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
This past weekend, I was invited to one of our small rural congregations to help it discern the future. The concern, as expressed by the congregation, is that if the status quo... Read More
May 2, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ryan Siemens
It is truly remarkable that through hell and high water, the good news of Jesus has arrived to me, today, in 2018, in Canada. This is a miracle of God. Through persecution, the... Read More
May 2, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
Pancakes played a role in the story told in “ Mennonites connect over pancakes .” Here is a tasty recipe. In various Mennonite recipe books, this traditional “Russian Mennonite”... Read More
May 2, 2018 | Viewpoints | Barb Draper
It was more than 20 years ago when two Mennonites from Germany travelled to Ethiopia to explore the possibility of doing mission work with the Mennonite church there. After two... Read More
May 2, 2018 | Viewpoints | Adapted from an article by Carl Hansen
Under the watchful eye of a Kitchener, Ont., store owner, a teenager browses the record collection. Shortly, she will slip one into her bag, and the owner will catch her in the... Read More
May 2, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
In the first week I started in this role, a former reader told me she didn’t read Canadian Mennonite anymore because it didn’t have enough joy. Ouch! We Mennonites do take... Read More
April 18, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Spiritual directors thanked for their Lenten prayer guide Re: “ Lenten prayer sheet reflects Lululemon spirituality ” letter, March 12, page 7. The references to the Lenten prayer... Read More
April 18, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
At our annual Mennonite Church Manitoba delegates meeting in Winnipeg in March, I concluded my time as a member of the regional church board. I served on this board as a rep from... Read More
April 18, 2018 | Viewpoints | Virginia Gerbrandt Richert
Many years ago, a boyfriend who subsequently became my husband gave me a book about touch and its essential place in human well-being. At the time, touch was a delightful dynamic... Read More
April 18, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Many of us have experienced the way generosity seems to grow when we pay it forward. This phenomenon is even backed up by scientific research, which suggests that just witnessing... Read More
April 18, 2018 | Viewpoints | Kevin Davidson
After years of my gym membership not bearing fruit, I switched to a gym where a fitness coach leads each workout. It’s been a little over a year now, and I’m in better shape than... Read More
April 18, 2018 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
I don’t like the cover of today’s issue. I don’t want to see it lying on my coffee table. You probably don’t either. At the top, a large uniformed man wields a whip, as armed... Read More
April 4, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Feature writer breaks faith with Paul’s word to the Corinthians Re: “ Unity of the Spirit ,” Feb. 26, page 4. I found the adapted presentation of Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld... Read More
April 4, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various contributors
How comfortable are you with change? Change seems to be the most consistent “unchanging” reality of our lives. We are always experiencing change. Thankfully many, or even most, of... Read More
April 4, 2018 | Viewpoints | Norm Dyck
I’ve had a bit of a road rage problem. It peeves me when I need to throw on the brakes because another vehicle pulled out in front of me. Sadly, too often my reaction has been to... Read More
April 4, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
Families of the Kitchener-Waterloo House Churches sing hymns around a piano in 1974. This particular house church began services in 1969. North American Mennonites rediscovered... Read More
April 4, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
From time immemorial—as the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi illustrates—developing friendships and tending relationships have often been a woman’s “go-to, our have-to, our live... Read More
April 4, 2018 | Viewpoints | Elsie Rempel
I like to attend congregational business meetings. Yes, that includes reading my congregation’s annual report booklet. Although I’ve never been a delegate at a churchwide... Read More
March 21, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
It’s important to listen well Re: “ The skill and soul of listening ,” and “ What kind of Mennonite? ” (Feb. 12, pages 16 and 2, respectively). The Bible refers often to listening... Read More
March 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
More than a decade ago, my family and I were privileged to serve as church planters in southern Italy. We were Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers seconded to what is now... Read More
March 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Jason Martin
In a phone conversation with a friend, she reveals her struggle with an event she is planning. Given that the gathering will be held in a small space, there are a limited number... Read More
March 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Lately, I have had several conversations with people about downsizing or simplifying their estates. Some talk about rearranging their financial affairs to make life easier for... Read More
March 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Harold Penner
Mennonites learned how to harness the wind while in the Netherlands, and used this knowledge in the 16th and 17th centuries in Prussia, where wind-powered mills were primarily... Read More
March 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
“Sorry” is a very Canadian expression, but what does it mean? To the more than 200 Sixties Scoop survivors gathered at the Amiskwaciy Academy in Edmonton on March 1, 2018, the... Read More
March 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
When I first heard that Easter falls on April Fools’ Day this year, my mind immediately thought about how many people think I’m a fool for believing in the Easter story. I can... Read More
March 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Here are some things you may not know about Canadian Mennonite : • It takes a while The print magazine goes through a production schedule that includes the writing, editing,... Read More
March 7, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Lenten prayer sheet reflects Lululemon spirituality A friend recently sent me the new “Lenten Guided Prayer Experience,” issued by the Mennonite Spiritual Directors of Eastern... Read More
March 7, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
What is our baseline for unity in the church? The most basic shared reality is that the church is a community of people who follow and walk faithfully with Jesus Christ. In order... Read More
March 7, 2018 | Viewpoints | Garry Janzen
There was an intense, seemingly overwhelming ache in my heart. Separated by 2,500 kilometres for our third school year apart, I longed for my sweetheart. I read her letters over... Read More
March 7, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
Last fall when Erin Froese and her household received the gift of many large squash they had trouble using it all up. They made a couple large pots of Butternut bisque and invited... Read More
March 7, 2018 | Viewpoints | Barb Draper
When a friend asked me last spring if I would like to live with nine other people for the following school year, my initial reaction was a firm no. I couldn’t imagine figuring out... Read More
March 7, 2018 | Viewpoints | Erin Froese
This image of a Passover meal appears next to Exodus 12 in a Bible published in Zurich in 1531. The idea of owning a family Bible, especially in one’s own language, was very new... Read More
March 7, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Although many brave young people have spoken up in the aftermath of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., to advocate for tighter gun regulations in the U.S., it’s words... Read More
March 7, 2018 | Viewpoints | Aaron Epp
Over the past few months I have had the privilege of seeing a whole new side of camps, and this experience has only confirmed and strengthened my belief in the importance of a... Read More
February 21, 2018 | Editorial | Kirsten Hamm-Epp
God’s graciousness is ‘prior to our faith and love’ Re: “ We know who we are ,” Jan. 1, 2018, page 8. I find myself agreeing with Willard Metzger but wishing he had said more. I... Read More
February 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various contributors
“Changes coming upon us / It keeps moving, moving around us. / Got to keep singing, knowing he loves us; / Got to keep joy in our hearts.” Those words from the song “Changes” by... Read More
February 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ed Kaufman
It was a tender time. Our 86-year-old mother had fallen ill and was hospitalized. Family members who lived nearby were keeping vigil at the hospital, consulting with doctors and... Read More
February 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
It wasn’t really a bad day, but there had been enough inconveniences to put me in a bad mood. I tripped and bruised my knee. The milk was sour, a fact I only discovered after it... Read More
February 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz
It was my first day on the job as associate pastor. I enthusiastically unlocked the door to my new office and was taken aback by the writing on the wall. Literally. There was a... Read More
February 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
“In the spring of 1928, not quite 15 years after the settlement had begun, Jake Funk opened the new red-brick store on a prominent corner of Main Street in Blaine Lake, Sask. It... Read More
February 21, 2018 | Viewpoints | Jon Isaak
Farmers with Firearms are flexing on Facebook. Indigenous activists are indignant. Justin Trudeau is straining to hit all the enlightened notes, as usual. And Murray Sinclair is... Read More
February 16, 2018 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
In recent months there has been unprecedented exposure of sexually predatory men in high places, as well as unprecedented violence perpetrated by solitary men with little or no... Read More
February 16, 2018 | Viewpoints |
In January 2017, a TV show drew attention to Mennonites in Canada. The CBC crime series Pure portrayed fictional Mennonite communities in Ontario and Mexico that were running a... Read More
February 7, 2018 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Anabaptist Essentials ‘a quintessential travesty’ The following letter was abridged from one originally sent to Herald Press, the publisher of Palmer Becker’s Anabaptist... Read More
February 7, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various contributors
The tale “The Christmas Guest,” as told by Johnny Cash on his album Christmas with Johnny Cash , is a fable about an old man, Conrad, who receives a message from an angel that the... Read More
February 7, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ryan Siemens
I love doing funerals. As a young pastor, I now have nine under my belt. It seems I enjoy them more with each one. To be honest, I haven’t had any difficult funerals to do yet. No... Read More
February 7, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
‘The Ecstasy of St. Francis of Assisi,’ by Blas Muñoz, painted circa 1683-86. (Google Art project photo) I wouldn’t normally invite a stranger to stay in our house, but there was... Read More
February 7, 2018 | Viewpoints | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
It takes me a long time to learn a lesson. The book Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst was required reading when I was in seminary, and my lasting impression of its message was... Read More
February 7, 2018 | Viewpoints | Carmen Brubacher
In February 1928, the first trainload of Mennonite farmers from the Prairies arrived in Yarrow, British Columbia, with prospects of farming the newly accessible land in the Fraser... Read More
February 7, 2018 | Viewpoints | Jon Isaak
With a nod to Ranting Rick Mercer, senior writer Will Braun steps into the mess that is the church’s disagreement over same-sex inclusion. The Maple View insert appeared in the... Read More
February 3, 2018 | Opinion | Will Braun
In the days immediately following our publication of the sexuality statement by Maple View Mennonite Church, several people wrote letters in outrage. Two cancelled their... Read More
January 24, 2018 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
When community discernment leads to a golden calf Re: “ Recognizing potential in an uncertain future ,” Dec. 11, 2017. When I read , at the very end of the article, that “the... Read More
January 24, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various contributors
Sometimes when I am very tired or discouraged, or both, I have trouble trusting God. I read the lovely promises that Paul writes to the church in Corinth and I wonder. I read Paul... Read More
January 24, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ken Warkentin
A year ago, a friend issued a challenge. He urged me to select one word as the word for me in 2017. A word on which to focus and meditate. A word of (at least hoped for)... Read More
January 24, 2018 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
In the early years of our marriage, my wife Sharon and I often sat through our pastor’s annual sermon on tithing consumed by the feeling that we should do more. A serious... Read More
January 24, 2018 | Viewpoints | David Barker
Does loving people and things as they are mean accepting them as they are? If so, what are we to do with the call to join the Spirit’s transformative work of making all people,... Read More
January 24, 2018 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Many years ago, our archives first described this photograph as “School children at Bloodvein Reserve, ca. 1956.” The subject heading included the phrase, “Indians of North... Read More
January 24, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Early last year I decided to give a few dollars to any panhandler I encountered. I made sure to keep loonies, toonies and quarters in my car in case someone approached me while I... Read More
January 10, 2018 | Editorial | Aaron Epp
The incredible wave of disclosure around sexual abuse has dominated the front pages of our newspapers and our news feeds these past months. Women, in particular, are saying, “It’s... Read More
January 10, 2018 | Viewpoints | David Martin
‘Come to the table . . . and meet Jesus’ Re: “ A memorable remembrance , ” Nov. 20, 2017, page 12. I want to affirm Troy Watson’s assertion that our communion services should “... Read More
January 10, 2018 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
“Ah, sorry about all the cussing! I’ll be sure to watch my language around you from now on.” I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard an embarrassing apology of this sort when... Read More
January 10, 2018 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
The L’Arche Collective Kitchen in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, provides opportunities for people with and without disabilities to share life together. (See more of the story at “... Read More
January 10, 2018 | Viewpoints | Krista Loewen and Nancy Kube
The act of eating and preparing food is my greatest joy. Creating the dance of different flavours upon my palate is a spiritual experience. Robert Farror Capon writes in The... Read More
January 10, 2018 | Viewpoints | Krista Loewen
The phrase “singing off the wall,” referring to singing from projected words rather than a hymn book, first appeared in Canadian Mennonite in 2010. This image shows that the... Read More
January 10, 2018 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who... Read More
January 10, 2018 | Viewpoints | Caleb Ratzlaff
A relative of mine sometimes starts out a funny story with the line, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” Ah, yes, how things can turn from well-intentioned to humorous! Or... Read More
December 20, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
More responses to Maple View’s paid supplement on sexuality Re: “Honour God with Your Bodies” insert, Sept. 25, 2017. Thank you, Maple View! I have waited for years to see a... Read More
December 20, 2017 | Viewpoints | Various contributors
Common knowledge helps to form our identity. It creates the basis from which to describe ourselves and helps us to understand others. Change can create a crisis of identity. When... Read More
December 20, 2017 | Viewpoints | Willard Metzger
“Believe the best about each other.” When delegates met for the Mennonite Church Canada assembly this past fall, there were swirls of questions, confusion, caution and qualms... Read More
December 20, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
In the last few weeks, most of us have encountered some version of A Christmas Carol , Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. In the initial run-up to Christmas, I... Read More
December 20, 2017 | Viewpoints | Darren Pries-Klassen
On the evening of Oct. 29, 2017, I found myself in Lubyanka Square by happenstance. This square stands in front of the Lubyanka Building. The vibrant yellow facade, delightful... Read More
December 20, 2017 | Viewpoints | Aileen Friesen
In Luke 10:40, Martha complains to Jesus about having to do all the kitchen work by herself. Jesus responds. “Martha, you’re distracted by many things, but only one thing is... Read More
December 20, 2017 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
At the 1979 Conference of Mennonites in Canada (CMC) delegate sessions, David P. Neufeld, left, welcomed three new congregations into the conference by asking several doctrinal... Read More
December 20, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
In this inaugural edition of "Once Round the Barn," Braun unravels the less-with-more choice of a downtown Radisson as the venue for the 2017 Mennonite Church Canada Special... Read More
December 14, 2017 | Opinion | Will Braun
What are the significant stories in this issue? When I asked this question in the office, the answer came back: “They’re all significant.” This, our Christmas issue, is chock-full... Read More
December 6, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
More responses to Maple View’s paid supplement on sexuality Re: "Honour God with Your Bodies” insert, Sept. 25. As an advocate for respect, diversity and equality, I am deeply... Read More
December 6, 2017 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
“All you gotta do is . . . .” How often have we in the church uttered these words? We petition new committee prospects with this blasé plea. We invite people to faith in Christ... Read More
December 6, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
“You can’t really talk about mission without talking about the End.” This was a conclusion that a colleague and I came to after reflecting on Bible verses that hold these two... Read More
December 6, 2017 | Viewpoints | Dorothy Fontaine
When Abraham Dick broke his back in 1938, the family struggled to keep up with the work on their farm near St. Agatha, Ont. Then one day in early November, they were surprised to... Read More
December 6, 2017 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Almost 13 years ago my family said our final goodbye to my mother. Grace Magdalene Bender Schwartzentruber lived a full life on two continents, always actively participating in... Read More
November 15, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
More responses to Maple View’s paid supplement on sexuality Re: “ Honour God with Your Bodies ” insert, Sept. 25. I find myself in the awkward position of defending my theological... Read More
November 15, 2017 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
Last weekend, I attended a wedding. The bride and groom asked their guests to register by highlighting their favourite verse in a Bible that they will carry into their new, shared... Read More
November 15, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Although it is only November, my community is starting to put up festive decorations and the blank spaces on my calendar are filling up quickly. A list of gifts for family and... Read More
November 15, 2017 | Viewpoints | Marlow Gingerich
It took me a while to find my poppy and peace button this year. I couldn’t remember where I’d stored them last November. “I guess I don’t have very good ‘remembrance,’ ” I joked... Read More
November 15, 2017 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Pondering on the dock at Camp Moose Lake. After years of soul searching, Mennonite Church Manitoba has sold its Camp Moose Lake property located in the southeastern corner of the... Read More
November 15, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
On the weekend of Oct. 13 to 15, Mennonite church delegates and others took part in Special Assembly 2017 in Winnipeg. More than 400 of us gathered from across the country to... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Manitoba church celebrates pastoral couple’s retirement Carman Mennonite Church celebrated a retirement party on Aug. 27, in honour of Bob and Martha Pauls, who had served our... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
Last week, Makai started Kindergarten at the same school in Metro Manilla as his older brother, Cody, who is now in his second year. Although we are very happy with the school—and... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Viewpoints | Christina Bartel Barkman
I wasn’t too sure about this idea of moving into a city. It didn’t seem much like the utopia I dreamed of. I’m a country kid. I grew up on a farm, where we had room to roam... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
There is no other food from our years in Africa that symbolizes community quite like injera , a type of flatbread. The most authentic way to serve it is on a large shared platter... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ardith Frey
Tsar Nicholas II, seated on a chair at centre of this photograph, is surrounded by patients, Red Cross workers and other staff at a hospital for wounded men in Ekaterinoslav,... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Do you remember any of the stories your grandma told you when you were little? I’m not referring to Bible stories, fairytales or super-hero stories, but stories about her life or... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Viewpoints | Waltrude Gortzen
A formative experience for my childhood faith was the reading of C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series. Set in the fictional land of Narnia, the seven books tell stories of... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
‘Shared land’ event deserved front-page coverage Re: “Shared land’ event photo, Aug. 28, back cover. I was rather set back by the minimal attention you gave to an event at Ancient... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
The Sept. 25 print issue of Canadian Mennonite contained an insert from Maple View Mennonite Church entitled “Honour God with Your Bodies.” Some readers have asked about the... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | Tobi Thiessen
For Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers and national office staff, preparations for restructuring have created challenges over the past few years. Reality hit home as beloved... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | Deborah Froese
In a previous Family Ties column on sexual ethics (June 19, 2017), I wondered, “Where does the Bible help us [in this regard]? And where is it limited?” As I wrote, I imagined... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
When I was a very young girl, I realized that the coloured papers in my mother’s purse could get you things. That was my intro­duction to money. Growing up, I remained fascinated... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz
Jesus and his disciples were invited to Martha’s house for dinner. Martha was toiling away in the kitchen by herself while everyone else, including her sister Mary, was in the... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Cooperatives allow community members to pool their economic resources and were quickly adopted in many Mennonite communities as a continuation of the Mennonite mutual-aid... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
In the Future Directions conversations, many people expressed a lingering concern that the proposed regional network forming Mennonite Church Canada could cause us, as a church... Read More
October 4, 2017 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
Kudos to ‘Shared land’ organizers and participants Re: “Shared land” photo, Aug. 28, back cover. My husband and I attended and appreciated the focus on learning about and... Read More
October 4, 2017 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
Introduction A couple of Mennonite Church British Columbia pastors have been given sabbaticals this year. I would encourage all of our congregations to find a way to give their... Read More
October 4, 2017 | Viewpoints | Introduction by Garry Janzen, Reflection by Aaron Roorda
She sat on the sidewalk of the busy street corner, five months pregnant and without a place to call home. We sat there with her on the cold concrete, listening to her story of... Read More
October 4, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
Jacob Y. Shantz (1822-1909) of Berlin, Ont., (now Kitchener), with his family. Shantz was involved in fruit growing and maple-sugar production. He was a building contractor and... Read More
October 4, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
Fourteen months have gone by since the conclusion of the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) process and the decision congregational delegates made at Assembly 2016. At the end of that... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Watson’s wisdom is ‘a pernicious fable’ Re: “Wisdom, where art thou?" (Pt. 10) , July 24, page 13. After reading Troy Watson’s column, I’m inclined to wonder if we’ve gone... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
It’s a big year for Lutherans—the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. So it struck me as significant that I was invited to present a sermon and serve communion alongside a synod... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Viewpoints | Willard Metzger
To celebrate our wedding anniversary, my husband and I canoed on our neighborhood river. Due to extremely low water levels, the first stretch was quite challenging, not unlike... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Do you recognize this “Mennonite centre”? Mary Ann Cressman, second from left, her husband Menno C., and others stand outside the family’s dry goods store at 82 King Street East,... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
A few weeks ago, we welcomed our first grandchild into the world. Amid my great joy, I have recently found myself reflecting on the incredible responsibility of raising children... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Viewpoints | Brad Friesen
I have a nagging thought as I sit down to write this article. It’s this: I have no idea what state our world will be in when you read this in a few weeks. Who knows what will... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Many of the stories in the pages of this magazine reflect the dreams of the people in our church family. There are stories of successful ministries, families reunited, young... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Editorial | Willard Metzger
Why aren’t Mennonites holding federal Liberal government to account? I have been waiting for the deluge of reader letters and opinion columns expressing shock and disappointment... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
I am soon transitioning out of a leadership role with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Alberta. Before this, I was a country rep in Bolivia, and before that a director with... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Viewpoints | Abe Janzen
Five hundred years ago, our spiritual ancestors were on the cusp of an extended bloodbath of religious violence. In marked contrast, I just enjoyed a three-hour conversation over... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
The intercultural migration of foods is very interesting. My mother-in-law, Helen (Faul) Fadenrecht, who lived in North Dakota, regularly made a recipe she called Bean Sprouts,... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ken Reddig
Bill Koop sits on a stack of Mennonite history books, leaning against the Fort Garry (Man.) Mennonite Brethren Church sign. Recently deceased Canadian storyteller and broadcaster... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
Have you ever wondered about your family traditions? What are they and when did they come to be? That’s been me this summer. Every summer we have our “must do” plans, and my girls... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Viewpoints | Mel Harms
National church needs to continue leading the way to reconciliation The following letter was originally written to Mennonite Church Canada’s Interim Council and is reprinted at... Read More
August 23, 2017 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
On my bookshelf sit 19 bound volumes of Canadian Mennonite. I’m looking at Vol. 1, No. 1, published on Sept. 15, 1997. Yes, that means that, come Sept. 15, we will celebrate 20... Read More
August 23, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight” (Proverbs 3:5). “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1... Read More
August 23, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ryan Siemens
While training as a family therapist, I learned the term “emotional cut-off.” It was not a dynamic I was personally familiar with; my particular family tends to be on the opposite... Read More
August 23, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
For many years my wife and I raised our family in an older community with many beautiful boulevard trees but very few young families. Despite our best efforts, our neighbours were... Read More
August 23, 2017 | Viewpoints | Kevin Davidson
Who are these five women from Siegburg, Germany, in 1919? We don’t know for certain, but on Jan. 13, soldier Gordon Eby wrote that he and an army buddy “called at the home of the... Read More
August 23, 2017 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Catching up on Witness worker reports, I came across an update from Mary Raber, who teaches at the Odessa Theological Seminary in Ukraine, a country continuing to experience... Read More
August 23, 2017 | Viewpoints | Dan Dyck
Our family was fortunate enough to see an iceberg this summer near Twillingate, N.L. It was a surreal experience for me. Everything around me paused for a brief transcendent... Read More
August 23, 2017 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about missions. The feature in this issue is Part 2 in a series focussing on partnerships between congregations and Witness workers. These workers... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Millennial wants to sing a variety of music in church Re: “What music rankles you?” column, March 13, page 8. I couldn’t agree with this article more. As a millennial teenager, I... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
One late Friday afternoon when the office was nearly empty, two clean-cut young men showed up at the Mennonite Church Canada reception desk to inquire about pension benefits for... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | Coreena Stewart
A year ago, I said goodbye to my job and stepped into an unknown future. In truth, the future is always unknown, or beyond certainty, as my father would qualify when he spoke of... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
With the arrival of summer, my wife and I have been enjoying more time outside. Our yard contains many different fruit trees, shrubs and grapevines that provide shade, beauty, and... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | Harold Penner
Edward Beatty, front row right, and John Dennis, behind him, speak with Mennonite girls. Dennis was a young man in 1874 who witnessed the Mennonite immigration to Manitoba. Over... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
Someone once said to me, “The problem with Christians is they are all mental!” As I reflected on his disparaging comment, I realized he had a point. Not the point he was trying to... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
If I were to give a 14-minute TED Talk in our church context before the restructuring assembly for Mennonite Church Canada and its area churches in October, this is the gist of... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Viewpoints | John H. Neufeld
Recently I sat in an audience of several hundred Christian communicators and watched the feature film, Silence , by accomplished American director Martin Scorsese. The movie was... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Speaker sets the record straight on the Ziffernsystem Re: “Singing by the numbers,” May 22, page 32. It was good to see a report on my participation in the annual meeting of the... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Viewpoints |
I’m told that white-water rafting requires four simple considerations. They are simple but they are very important: Rest during the calm spots because there are always more rapids... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Viewpoints | By Ken Warkentin
How do we know when tradition is helpful or harmful? How do we know when tradition breathes life and hope into the people of God? Or when it becomes a barrier to the leading of... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Viewpoints | By Ryan Jantzi
Tim Sauer is known as the “pie man” because every now and then he shows up at places like the thrift shop or House of Friendship in Kitchener, Ont., with a pie for volunteers or... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Viewpoints | By Barb Draper
Tim Sauer, who is known as the “pie man,” bakes at least 200 pies a year that he gives away to encourage volunteers and those who work in church-related organizations. This is his... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Viewpoints | Barb Draper
The Voth family in the Steinbach, Manitoba, area on the farm with tractor and binder in the 1940s. August is a busy harvesting time for farmers and gardeners with eyes on the... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
“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 |
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his dream. His dream was that people would be judged by the content of their character and not the colour of their skin. His... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints | Garry Janzen
A bride walking down the aisle to meet her groom is always a moment of anticipation and honour. The groom beams with joy. Perhaps he gives her a wink or sheds a tear. The bride... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
Terry Martens believes that rice pudding is comfort food. It reminds her of her childhood when she would arrive home from school on winter afternoons to the smell of rice pudding... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints | Barb Draper
Terry Martens of Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church, Sask., volunteers with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) as a cook. She often uses this recipe when cooking for MDS volunteers... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints | Barb Draper
Mennonite Church Canada has created lasting relationships with indigenous communities such as Cross Lake, Man. In 1943, Henry Gerbrandt served the community in fulfilling his... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
The saying goes, “There are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots, the other is wings.” My husband and I encouraged our children to fly and prayed we gave them roots... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Viewpoints | Shirley Redekop
Anxiety about change abounds. It is a natural response to uncertainty, but I tire of reading about it. Newly taking up my role as publisher of this magazine, I would like to be... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
‘Apocalyptic threshold’ is more than a few degrees Re: “ Are we living in the last millennium ?” Dec. 12, 2016, page 8, Phil Wagler’s column is a reminder that apocalyptic... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Viewpoints |
The times we live in seem to change more rapidly with each passing day. In North America, Europe and elsewhere, protectionist sentiments, growing nationalism and increased border... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Viewpoints | Willard Metzger
“This isn’t really working out the way I imagined,” I mused, as my mother slept in her chair while I worked on her birthday dessert. I had just ended a phone call with my son, my... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Just imagine you are there, sitting on the hillside, listening to Jesus. It’s past mealtime and your stomach starts to rumble, but his words mesmerize you and you don’t want to... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz
Firefighting in British Columbia was one of the tasks assigned to Canadian conscientious objectors (COs) during the Second World War. They were ‘the best firefighters we ever had... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
So how does one enrol as an apprentice in the School of Divine Wisdom? The Bible tells us there are a few prerequisites. The first one is found in Proverbs 4:7: “The beginning of... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
My church experience has included at least 13 Mennonite churches, a Baptist church, an inter-denominational church and two Catholic schools. That represents more worship services... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
‘The faith of our fathers lives on’ There used to be a hymn we sang in our congregation: “Faith of our Fathers, Living Still.” As a person ages, one has more memories from the... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Viewpoints |
At my first Mennonite Church Alberta assembly as area church minister, one of my official tasks was to offer a prayer of release to Calgary Vietnamese Mennonite Church. It was one... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Viewpoints | Tim Wiebe-Neufeld
We must not hand them back. Others before us fought long and hard to get them back into our hands. Through blood, sweat and tears, they were returned to the rightful owners. And... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
Boys on horseback pose in front of the main entrance to the Ailsa Craig Boys Farm, a home for troubled boys, in the 1960s. The farm, begun in 1955, was the brainchild of Jack Wall... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
It’s been a good eight-year ride, my friends, with a few bumps along the way. I will miss this biweekly meeting with you on the second page of Canadian Mennonite . While it’s been... Read More
March 22, 2017 | Editorial | Dick Benner
That’s not who we are . . . as Mennonites or Muslims Re: “ A not-so-pure depiction of Mennonites ,” Feb. 13, page 20. I read with interest the various online responses by... Read More
March 22, 2017 | Viewpoints |
When communicating about the ministries of Mennonite Church Canada Witness, my former colleague Al Rempel used to tell me, “Help your listeners imagine the work that is being done... Read More
March 22, 2017 | Viewpoints | Tim Froese
One day my normally cheerful, no-nonsense coworker surprised, or I should say shocked, me. She suddenly and briefly opened the door to her past, a dangerous time of war and famine... Read More
March 22, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Does the headline for this article pique your curiosity or does it irritate you? The word “protest” often evokes strong positive or negative emotions. Like it or not, we seem to... Read More
March 22, 2017 | Viewpoints | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen
This photo of six nurses from Coaldale, Alta., and the surrounding area was taken in the 1950s. Pictured from left to right: M. Willms, H. Toews, M. Dick and H. Reimer of Coaldale... Read More
March 22, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
Fourteen years ago, I asked my handy friend, Carm, if I could hire him to do a flooring renovation. He said, “No. But I’ll teach you how to do it for free.” I laughed. The idea... Read More
March 22, 2017 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
“While Anabaptists affirm the inspiration and trustworthiness of Scripture, we are not strict literalists,” writes Palmer Becker in his just-released book, Anabaptist Essentials... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Editorial | Dick Benner
A holy challenge to become living bodies of Christ Re: “ A year of re-visioning ” editorial, Jan. 2, page 2. Thank you for challenging Mennonite Church Canada to give priority to... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Viewpoints |
What would the Apostle Paul say to leaders today? This was the question posed to participants at the recent Values-based Leadership Program that I attended. I offer one... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Viewpoints | Rick Neufeld
Do you ever have a Sunday when the church music stinks? In your opinion, at least? Well, that’s the way it should be from time to time. Even though I love singing old hymns, there... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
One of the privileges of living and travelling overseas is that you get to become a part of many different families. I’ve been fortunate to spend significant amounts of time with... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Viewpoints | Natasha Krahn
In her story about hospitality, “ Sharing food with my two families ,” Natasha Krahn describes being served a traditional Palestinian dish turned upside down on a large platter... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Viewpoints |
Staff outside the Bethesda Home in 1965 in Campden, Ont. Bethesda, the first Mennonite mental health facility in North America, was begun in the early 1930s by Henry and Maria... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
For the many years I worked as an educator in several Mennonite institutions, I did not participate in, nor identify with, organized activities of Mennonite Women Manitoba or the... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Viewpoints | Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel
“The times, they are a-changin,” belted out singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in the mid 1960s. While Dylan made the words a hum-them-all-day-long habit for many of his fans, those of... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Visit to the West Bank might enlighten letter writer Re: “ MC Canada should retract BDS resolution and apologize to Israel ” letter, Jan. 2, page 10. This letter is unfair and... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Viewpoints |
“[Y]ou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. . . . ‘You shall love your neighbour as... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Viewpoints | Deborah Froese
The subject of masks came up in the adult Sunday school class. Not literal ones, but the invisible ones we wear in an attempt to hide that which we don’t want to be seen. I... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Viewpoints | Marlow Gingerich
Elmer Martens, kneeling bottom left, was born in 1930 in Main Centre, Sask. He went on to become a leading authority on the Old Testament. His career was based at Mennonite... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
The king was looking for someone possessing great wisdom to join his council of advisors. So he contacted the elders of the 12 regions of his kingdom and asked them to send their... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
It is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank and recognize the generosity of the 835 donors, including 45 new ones, to our 2016 spring and fall fundraising drives that brought a... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Editorial | Dick Benner
How much have funding losses affected Future Directions? We have heard that the Future Directions process came primarily due to funding issues. We have also heard that it was not... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Viewpoints |
For once, I know what I’m giving up for Lent early this year: social media. I’m writing this column the Monday morning following the annual Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Viewpoints | Kirsten Hamm-Epp
It has been my experience that the church of Jesus Christ is chock-full of glorious stories of the power and presence of our Lord. It’s also my experience that many of these... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
This photo tells the story of a congregation’s diaspora. The last ältester (ordained elder) of the Chortitza Mennonite Church in Ukraine was Heinrich Winter. The church was the... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
The tension in the room was palpable. High winds and blizzard conditions outside kept some from attending the Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship meeting in Winnipeg (see “Let him... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Reader lauds ‘brilliant’ Christmas feature Re: “ Spirit-heat to thaw your freezing blood ” feature, Dec. 12, 2016, page 4. As my dental hygienist would say: “brilliant!” Thank you... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Viewpoints |
When we as a church agree to help those in need and place our trust in God, we should anticipate unexpected consequences. As we serve, we might make new friends, learn a new skill... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Viewpoints | Dan Dyck
I am in my 60s, as are many of my friends. Our parents, if they are living, are in their 80s and 90s, with the accompanying challenges and rewards of that season of life. The... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Many of us are familiar with the the Parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15. There are great lessons in this story about grace and forgiveness, but I’ve never heard it used in the... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Viewpoints | Mike Strathdee
For much of Mennonite history, leaders were called from within the group to serve. This was in addition to working on their own farm or business to pay the bills. One of the... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
How does one define wisdom? It’s difficult to put into words. Herman Hesse, in his classic novel, Siddhartha , writes: “Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
At the end of every year, I get together with a group of friends and we discuss our favourite music that came out in the previous 12 months. As a starting point for the discussion... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Editorial | Aaron Epp
Being pro-Palestinian is not being anti-Jewish Re: “ A better way than BDS? ” letter, Nov. 21, 2016, page 10. One distinction that is often forgotten in discussions about Israel-... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Viewpoints |
The timing was tight. I had made it to the airport parking lot and was then shuttled to Terminal 1 at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to catch my flight to Winnipeg for... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Viewpoints | David Martin
I wonder what it was like to be on the receiving end of those seven letters to the churches named in Revelation 2 and 3. The words of Jesus to fellowships in present-day western... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Frieda Woelk loves to bake. When she gets up in the morning, she thinks, “What can I bake today?” Although she is in her mid-80s and lives in a seniors apartment in the Leamington... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Viewpoints | Barb Draper
Cornelius R. Funk shows plant growth in his new home in Menno Colony, Paraguay. In 1926, Funk and 1,785 other Mennonites from Saskatchewan and Manitoba left for Paraguay because... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
We eyed each other’s books and wondered who would ask the “Mennonite” question first. Our names, Donita Wiebe-Neufeld and K.V. Doerksen, were emblazoned across our books ( Thirty... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Viewpoints | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
For some in Mennonite Church Canada, this might be a frightening time, as the denomination faces an uncertain future. It might be cold comfort, but you are not alone; most... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Viewpoints | John Longhurst
“Jesus calls us to life-long journeys of faith—shaped in part by our age and stage in life. Faith practices are deepest and richest when our Christian community embraces and... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Viewpoints | Shirley Stauffer Redekop
This year—2017—will bring changes for members of Mennonite Church Canada, a denominational entity to be reconfigured into a proposed structure of five area churches doing the work... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
‘A timely rebuke’ to MC B.C.’s ‘professional’ church leaders Re: “ No more closed doors ” editorial, Nov. 7, 2016, page 2. Dick Benner hit the nail on the head with that timely... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Viewpoints |
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Viewpoints | Calvin Quan
One of the sweetest phrases in the Bible, “The Word became flesh and lived among us” (John 1:14), is often heard at Christmas. With joy and gratitude, we celebrate the incarnation... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Superhero movies are all the rage. One website says it is the most popular movie genre around. We all want someone to put things right in turbulent times. Even Lego Batman might... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Viewpoints | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen
One of the most overlooked fruits borne in the life of someone who genuinely follows the way of Jesus and lives in the Spirit, is wisdom. If we put into practice what Jesus... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
George Wiebe conducts the Canadian Mennonite Bible College (CMBC) choir in an impromptu song on a B.C. ferry while on tour in May 1966. The choir gave 24 performances in 17 days,... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
If ever we needed to hear “Emmanuel” (God with us), it is during this Advent season as we wind up the year 2016. With violence prevailing in war-torn countries, and political... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Is the Doctrine of Discovery yesterday’s news? Re: “ Discovering humility ” column, Sept. 26, page 7. It seems Pope Paul III may have spoken to the Doctrine of Discovery already,... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Viewpoints |
For the past two months I have been living with post-concussion syndrome after an incident that involved a bear, a rock and the rain. The prognosis for me is very good... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Viewpoints | Ken Warkentin
No one would doubt that Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge University theoretical physicist and cosmologist, is one of the more brilliant minds of recent times. The guy forgets more... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Church of the Living Word in Ottawa became an emerging church in Mennonite Church Eastern Canada in 2009, although it was founded four years earlier. Church of the Living Word has... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Viewpoints | Dave Rogalsky
Officially, the resolution creating greater openness to LGBTQ people received 85 percent support at the Mennonite Church Canada assembly. That number is incomplete—more on that... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
These are two responses to Will Braun’s ‘ Understanding opponents of LGBTQ inclusion ’ column. No. 1: Seeking ways to move forward By Lois Epp I agree with Will that circumstances... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Viewpoints |
This classic baptism photo from Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church has been incorrectly dated as from the 1940s. Dedicated volunteers, who have a long-standing passion for the... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
When the diagnosis of dementia hits you up close and personal, as it has me with the decline of my spouse Marlene due to the disease, it sends you on a grief journey that clouds... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Reader supports Mennonite call to ‘speak up’ Re: “ Mennonites should speak up about Muslim head coverings ” letter, Oct. 10, page 10. This letter is right on. We have had a... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Viewpoints |
Hospitality makes my heart sing. Preparing a comfortable space, serving up new dishes, conversing with guests and attending to their individual needs: these are among my greatest... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Viewpoints | Coreena Stewart
My husband and I decided to live in the United States this fall. Flexible work made it possible to move temporarily to a small town near where we grew up, with a primary goal of... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
As our family sat around the Thanksgiving dinner table discussing our plans for Christmas and the virtue of giving gifts, someone piped up and said: “We already have too much... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Viewpoints | Marlow Gingerich
Gordon Eby captured the moment when families in Berlin, Ont., said goodbye to local troops at the start of the First World War in 1914. In 1916, concerned that its Germanic name... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
A school teacher asked her class of first graders, “What colour are apples?” Some children said “red!” Others exclaimed “green!” A few said “yellow.” Then one little boy raised... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
The pastors of Mennonite Church British Columbia got together recently in a closed meeting to discuss their response to the Being a Faithful Church 7 resolution passed at Assembly... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Philpott deserves better from us Re: “ Put not your trust in ‘princesses ’ ” letter, Sept. 26, page 10. I am irritated when the press and the public berate our government... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Viewpoints |
As a Mennonite baby boomer, going to church was family reunion, Christian faith and social life all rolled up into one tight-knit package. Floradale (Ont.) Mennonite Church was my... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Viewpoints | Brian Bauman
Our family was invited to an Indo-Canadian family birthday celebration. A one-year milestone, particularly for a son, is a monumental occasion in our friend’s culture. The... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Fred Redekop often reminded his congregation that preparing food for others who may be struggling with illness or a death in the family is a way of showing love and care. So when... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Viewpoints | Barb Draper
When Floradale Mennonite Church planned a farewell event for our pastor Fred Redekop, this is a recipe we prepared. (For the story that goes with this recipe, see “ Expressing... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Viewpoints | Barb Draper
A 1978 car wash at Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg, Man. Pictured, Don Wiens, right, soaks Adrienne Wiebe, left. Car washes, bake sales, quilt raffles, pie auctions,... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
Often in the morning as I awake, God gives me songs which become prayers. Usually, it’s just a phrase or tune that causes me to search out the rest of the song and leads to a time... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phyllis Ramer
Of all the current global conflicts, none seems as intractable as the Israeli-Palestinian one, pitting an occupier government against its occupied residents. The dire situation... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
‘Minister’s handbook to reproductive loss’ available online re: “ coping, grieving, remembering ,” Sept. 12, page 4. I’m writing to express my appreciation for Beth Downey... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Viewpoints |
In her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird , the late Harper Lee captures the complex reality of relationship: “You never really understand a person until you... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Viewpoints | Deborah Froese
“You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” Jesus’ oft-repeated axiom from John 8 lifts up the value of truth-telling. The living out of it, though, is not simple... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
A father often took his five-year-old son to the local minor hockey league games. Each time they went, they saw the same homeless man in the parking lot asking for donations. The... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Viewpoints | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen
This is no ordinary 1960s family reunion photo. Thousands of Mennonites fleeing the Soviet Union after the Second World War were forcibly repatriated. With the doors closed on... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
One of the devil’s tactics in the temptation of Jesus, recorded in Matthew 4 and Luke 4, intrigues me. In this story, Satan takes Jesus to the holy city of God, into the house of... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
We are pleased to announce that the family of the late Ted Friesen, the first publisher of The Canadian Mennonite , has agreed to set up—and seed with a $50,000 gift—a fundraising... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
‘Affluenza’ should trump ‘gender’ issue for Mennonites As community-oriented Anabaptists, we should be spending more time on “affluenza” than on the “gender” issue. Richard Rohr,... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Viewpoints |
You obey every day. You obey the legislations of government—even those you don’t agree with. You obey an employer, school teacher or parent. Some have to heed all three on the... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
When I reflect on how I became a Mennonite, I find myself agreeing with what a peasant once told an Irish priest. The priest, who approached the peasant praying by the roadside,... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Viewpoints | Patrick Kwame Kukanu
Henry Neufeld, right, spent a lifetime building positive relationships among Mennonite and indigenous peoples. He is pictured standing beside Pastor Jeremiah Ross from Cross Lake... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
We will miss her and her passion for justice as a young mother trying to make sense of the complexities of our world in the 21st century. Katie Doke Sawatzky wrote her last New... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Braun criticized for using ‘the language of euthanasia proponents’ Re: “ The right to die and the art of suffering ,” Aug. 15, page 20. I deeply sympathize with author Will Braun... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Viewpoints |
It’s Sunday night, I’m in a coffee shop, and I’m soaking wet. Thirty minutes earlier I was at home reading about the Doctrine of Discovery and found the content so painful that I... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Viewpoints | Steve Heinrichs
As his seven-year-old daughter gambolled away, my nephew reflected on the negotiation that I had just witnessed, where she asked repeatedly for something to which he had each time... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
In our transformation from Mennonite Foundation of Canada to Abundance Canada, we have received several responses from our clients and constituency. While most of the feedback has... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Viewpoints | Darren Pries-Klassen
Consider the possibility that truth is not a thing or group of things (e.g. ideas, facts, doctrines, etc.) but a Spirit. This seems to be the apostle John’s understanding. For... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
The Fenian Invasions, in which Irish American Civil War veterans used raids into pre-Confederation Canada to further the cause of Irish independence, were launched in 1866... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
On his Aug. 11, 2016, podcast, journalist Malcolm Gladwell used the concept of “generous orthodoxy” to frame the story of Chester Wenger. It’s a positive approach to faith that is... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Editorial | Paul Schrag
Feature on seasonal workers ‘very timely’ Re: “ The lucky struggle ,” July 4, page 4. Will Braun’s feature article is very timely for us at the farm where I work, in that we have... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Viewpoints |
Assembly 2016 was an excellent example of a very integral aspect of the life of our national church, our area churches and our congregations. The process of discernment was on... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Viewpoints | Dan Jack
So, after 22-and-a-half years of marriage to an incredible woman and friend, I may finally be starting to get it. She is a treasure, but, truth be told, I don’t always treat her... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
The time has come. At the beginning of September, I began full-time journalism studies at the University of Regina. Our family moved back to Regina for this reason, and after a... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
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 |
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
The team I serve with is blessed by the presence of an 80-year-old saint. He has lived a full life, including serving in high levels of government, so he’s garnered significant... Read More
June 28, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
My son will be starting Kindergarten in the fall. Along with feelings of excitement and uncertainty over seeing him go to school, and the adjustment it’ll mean for our family,... Read More
June 28, 2016 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
Irene Klassen is pictured touring a sawmill at LaCrete, Alta., in September 2003, when the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta meeting was held in the northern Alberta town... Read More
June 28, 2016 | Viewpoints | Alice Unrau
When Susanna Toews arrived in Litzmannstadt, Poland, in 1944, she was already a member of the Nazi racial elite. Her native village in Ukraine had come under German occupation in... Read More
June 28, 2016 | Viewpoints | Ben Goossen
As parents, you hope that you have done all that you can to nurture and encourage your children on their faith journey, and yet there is that inner voice telling you that you... Read More
June 28, 2016 | Viewpoints | Ev Buhr
One thing became very clear during the Future Directions Task Force conversation: In the imagination of most of us, Mennonite Church Canada is an “it” or a “they.” Currently, we... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Viewpoints | Gerald Gerbrandt
I have always been part of the Mennonite world, having been called to Jesus Christ in my early years; active in the fellowship of the church throughout my youth; and trained by... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Viewpoints | Waldemar Regier
We expect a lot from our pastors, especially the part-time ones who are forced to be bi-vocational. They speak candidly about their roles and their congregation’s expectations in... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Reading the gospels led reader to ‘faith in a living Christ’ Re: “ The Bible is full of shortcomings and biases ” letter, May 9, page 10. As a Christian who is new to the... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Viewpoints |
In a recent Bible study, we were looking at John 20 where Jesus appeared to the disciples. Gathered behind locked doors, Jesus appeared in the midst of them and said, “Peace be... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Viewpoints | Willard Metzger
A long time ago, my high school physics teacher defined work as moving something from one place to another. “You could work all day trying to move a boulder,” he expanded, “and if... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Alexander Fast (1888-1942), front row right, and his second wife Selinde Fast (1894-1973) fled to Germany from Russia during the Russian Revolution and were immigrants to Canada... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
In an article entitled “Has militant atheism become a religion?” published on Salon.com (March 24, 2013), primatologist Frans de Waal writes, “In my interactions with religious... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Prospects for an intense conversation on several issues appear to be gaining traction for our upcoming assembly in Saskatoon in July. The agenda features the conclusion of the... Read More
June 1, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Recommendation of same-sex inclusion will lead to exodus Re: “ It could soon be ‘time to run’ ” letter, April 25, 2016, page 10. This letter refers to the upcoming Assembly 2016... Read More
June 1, 2016 | Viewpoints |
Mennonites are blessed with traditions and aspirations that many admire: nonviolent peacemaking, mutual aid, voluntarism, relief efforts, generosity and so on. But these values... Read More
June 1, 2016 | Viewpoints | Tim Froese
“Don’t cry over spilled milk.” This little English phrase must have been coined by a parent watching her child pour milk into a cup. When our emerging independence turns to “... Read More
June 1, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
In 1963, the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches held its annual convention in Herbert, Sask. Here, dishes were washed by hand and, of course, re-used as other... Read More
June 1, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
She is more than my spouse and partner of 54 years. She was my soul mate; the person whose love and devotion never faltered; the one to whom I turned for counsel, for wisdom and... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Intent of Star Wars review is to criticize culture of violence Re: “ Star Wars review promotes violence against women ,” April 11, page 11. Thank you to Bev Hunsberger for... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Viewpoints |
During the Second World War, guided by the leadership of Pastor André Trocmé, the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and surrounding regions hid Jews who were fleeing from the Nazis... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Viewpoints | Karen Martens Zimmerly
I am writing this column on Mother’s Day weekend. As I weed flowerbeds, memories of my hardworking mothers and their gardens dance in my head. Gram Miller—Anna Estelle—grew up in... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
May. It’s the time of year when many of us who have, or aspire to have, a green thumb turn our minds to gardening. Some may have already been nursing self-propagated seedlings for... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Viewpoints | Harold Penner
This is a photo of the privately run Mennonite school in Neu Kronsthal, Man. John Kroeker (1910-82) is front row far right, and his brother Klaas Kroeker (1907-92) stands behind... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
The first prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, once said, “I always tried to be correct, not politically correct.” Sometimes the pursuit of political correctness and the... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
The draw to our Anabaptist/Mennonite theology just keeps happening. First, it was Stuart Murray, the British-born Baptist who, with many in his network, found a “home” in the... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Tell the whole Mennonite story Re: “People of the plains,” March 14, page 12. “What is it with Mennonites and flat surroundings?” Bill Schroeder asks. But we also need to ask, “... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Viewpoints |
Bridges are an important part of life in British Columbia. Whether it is the new Port Mann Bridge or any other crossing of our many rivers, bridges are a part of our lives. In... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Viewpoints | Lee Dyck
How does the body of Christ maintain her mental health? We often think about the church as the body of Christ functioning like a human body. In I Corinthians 12, we consider what... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
I haven’t been to the dump before. The route is unfamiliar. My father-in-law and I drive east, now on the outskirts of Regina, and eventually pass the oil refinery, a mammoth mess... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
Naomi Martin holds a book belonging to her late husband, Bishop J.B. Martin, at the family home in 1975. Archivists Lorna Bergey and Sam Steiner look on as she prepares to donate... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
At the request of Elsie Wiebe of Mennonite Women in Manitoba, Mennonite Collegiate Institute graduating student Amelia Pahl interviewed Martha Epp, 77, of Morden, Man., who has... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Viewpoints |
Two articles in this issue point to a shift in our Anabaptist/Mennonite thinking about both our mission in international witness and our place in the government arena. “Toss aside... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
‘You betcha’ climate change is real Re: “ Is climate change real ?” by Will Braun, Feb. 29, page 17. Is climate change real? You betcha! Just ask northerners who are seeing their... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Viewpoints |
My exhibit of paintings, Along the Road to Freedom, remembers and honours the journeys of Russian Mennonite women who led their families to freedom in Canada, mostly in the 1920s... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Viewpoints | Ray Dirks
Recently the Listening Church video (listeningchurch.ca) was released, in which lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ) people speak of their experiences in Mennonite... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
There was an interesting scene on a recent courtroom drama in which a dying, wealthy woman had taken the time to place sticky notes on precious items around her home to indicate... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Viewpoints | Peter Dryden
In my experience, Mennonites live by the adages “Actions speak louder than words” and “Faith without works is dead.” One of the things that drew me to Anabaptism was its emphasis... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Banff, Alta., has hosted numerous Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren national youth gatherings. Pictured are youth “crowd surfing” at a 1995 Mennonite Brethren event in Banff... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
“Those of us who discovered Anabaptism experienced this encounter, as I did, as a homecoming,” wrote Stuart Murray in his now-famous book in our circles, The Naked Anabaptist (... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Jesus ‘affirms’ male-female marital unions Re: “ What is ‘good’ and ‘acceptable’ ?” feature, Feb. 15, page 4. We are greatly encouraged by Darrin W. Snyder Belousek’s scholarly... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Viewpoints |
It is said that change is inevitable. As true as that might be, it doesn’t have to leave us powerless, for we always have a choice of how we decide to respond to it. In the four... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Viewpoints | Ernie Engbrecht
In 2015, for the first time in nearly two centuries of publication, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary chose a suffix as its word of the year. That word was “ism.” To name its winner,... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Dianne Bailey, Mary Bechtel and Beth Good play Mennonite pioneer women in the 1970 production of Trail of the Conestoga . Several ambitious drama projects were undertaken by... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Perhaps the more pointed question should be: Do our readers and congregations of Mennonite Church Canada want us to survive? At the risk of this editorial sounding self-serving... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Mennonite histories ‘are not that different’ Re: Future Directions Task Force editorials in the Jan. 18 , Feb. 1 and 15 issues. The editor is to be thanked for wading into the... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Viewpoints |
One of the things I most admire about Scripture is the space it creates for the undominant voice, specifically the strange and suspect voice. For sure, the text is far from... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Viewpoints | Steve Heinrichs
“What this is about,” the counsellor said kindly, “is the end. How your mother faces the end—her dying—impacts everyone else in the family. How you and your siblings respond to... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
It’s time for “the talk.” You know, the one we’ve been putting off because it’s uncomfortable. That end-of-life conversation. There is, after all, a 100 percent certainty of our... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz
‘Braun, Harder, Andres with wives at Montreal River,’ read the caption on the back of this photo taken by conscientious objector Wes Brown in 1942. As luck would have it, I knew... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
The way many Canadians understand and talk about truth has changed. Some Christian thinkers believe the church needs to change how we understand and talk about truth as well, if... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
In a blog post a year ago, The Mennonite ’s Tim Nafziger references John Paul Lederach’s book The Moral Imagination , in which the author describes what he calls “paradoxical... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Church leaders thanked for naming Vernon Leis I want to publicly say thank you to Mennonite church leaders for speaking up against sexual misconduct in the case against Vernon... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Viewpoints |
Recently I discovered Apple Music. This is an amazing deal in which I give the good folks at Apple a few dollars every month and they give me access to more than 30 million songs... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Viewpoints | Ken Warkentin
The real driver of our lives—and even our churches—is whose voice we hear and obey. We make decisions to listen to and give authority somewhere. We quote, footnote and reference... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
On Feb. 27, 2016, I attended a talk given by Seth Klein, director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives B.C., about The Leap Manifesto, an initiative out of the This... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
Freeman Simard is pictured in traditional indigenous regalia in the front of a church in Manigotogan, Man., which is about 200 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. A small portable... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (I Peter 4:10 NIV). Many times over the years I... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Viewpoints | Waltrude Gortzen
“ Canadian Mennonite provides a vital service by keeping the congregations informed on church life issues and trends. It has a good balance on raising cutting edge questions.”... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Magazine should ‘continue to challenge and question’ Re: “ Do church and journalism mix? ” by Will Braun and “ Are congregations up to it? ” by Dick Benner, Feb. 1, pages 14 and 2... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Viewpoints |
Last summer, the Mennonite Heritage Centre was given a German language database of more than 110,000 family registries. We were ecstatic! With this new resource, we could... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Viewpoints | Korey Dyck
On a soft spring day, I looked out my window to see the neighbour’s mature crab tree in full bloom. Its tall, fully rounded shape was blanketed in a carpet of pink-lilac blossoms... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Viewpoints | Mike Strathdee
In the spring of 1948, First Mennonite Church in Greendale, B.C., was inundated with water. Dikes had been built along the rivers some 50 years earlier, but they had suffered from... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
I can’t imagine two scientists debating something of a scientific nature and concluding, “Well, you have your truth and I have mine.” Yet this attitude is quickly becoming the... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Come with us as we look into the future ten years from now (2026), if the recommendations of the Future Directions Task Forc e are followed in their present form. Regional... Read More
February 10, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Giving and receiving are complicated transactions Re: “ God loves a cheerful receiver ,” Jan. 4, page 9. When I receive a gift accompanied by a script dictating my response, I... Read More
February 10, 2016 | Viewpoints |
Summers in central Saskatchewan are short. Okay, they’re too short. And so when the snow finally melts, the ice disappears and the risk of frost is nearly non-existent, we clear... Read More
February 10, 2016 | Viewpoints | Ryan Siemens
What keeps you up at night? Your kids? Your bank account? Church problems? Your fears? Your enemies? Your self-justifications? Your habits? Your faults? Other people’s faults?... Read More
February 10, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
In 1980, Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church in St. Catharines, Ont., sponsored me to come to Canada. I had been living in a refugee camp in Nongkhai, Thailand, for a year after... Read More
February 10, 2016 | Viewpoints | Khamphong Phommaseng
Are you wondering where the good news is? It is in surprising and unexpected places. Before we get to that, I need to give some information up front. I have been pastoring for... Read More
February 10, 2016 | Viewpoints | Pieter Niemeyer
A camera captures the moment on July 19, 1924, when Mennonite immigrants from Russia met their “Swiss” Mennonite cousins in Ontario. The so-called Swiss Mennonites were the first... Read More
February 10, 2016 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
With the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) process, congregations across Canada were wisely and prudently given seven years to discern the important issues confronting them in an... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Evolutionary theory attacks Christianity Some time ago there was a letter to the editor promoting evolutionary theory as strengthening faith. This is not Christian or scriptural... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Viewpoints |
The word “saviour” doesn’t often come up in conversation. Could it be that we are not in need of saving? Perhaps we face no imminent danger. Or perhaps there is nothing in recent... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Viewpoints | Tim Froese
“I wonder where my wrapping paper is,” my mother mused. “I know I’m not supposed to go to the attic, but I did. Maybe it’s up there.” (The attic is a garage loft, accessible by a... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
There once was a congregation called Peach Blossom Community Church. It was approaching the end of the year with a significant financial shortfall, needing $60,000 to meet its... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Viewpoints | Darren Pries-Klassen
I’ve had a number of conversations recently where the topic of truth has come up. Without exception, someone inevitably says, “There is no truth with a capital T. You have your... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
This is a photo of Mennonite writer Katie Funk Wiebe and her family driving to church circa 1940. Katie’s father, Jacob J. Funk, took the picture in front of Eigenheim Mennonite... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Viewpoints | Jon Isaak
“We know that the North American context and culture, and Christianity within it, is in the midst of immense change. Conversations with and feedback from hundreds of our... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Are dreams and visions welcome in the Mennonite church? Re: “ Retreat sparks women’s spiritual gifts ,” Nov. 23, 2015, page 17. I saw the advertisements for the Mennonite women’s... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Viewpoints |
When I was a kid, I took great pride in taking the dimes that I earned from my paper route and placing them in the dime cards that we received from our denominational mission... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Viewpoints | David Martin
Just before midnight on Dec. 29, with our little ones nestled snug in their beds, the earth shook. While earthquakes happen all the time—there were more than 40 in Canada in the... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
I’ve written before about not driving to church and what this might mean for how we worship: planning a longer bike ride or walk each Sunday morning, trying out the church in our... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
Climate is back on the global agenda, but still not squarely on the Mennonite agenda. Following a period of major global attention that peaked around 2007—with heads of state,... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
The illustration in the children’s story book showed a wagon with three flower pots. My three-year old grandson counted four. I asked him to count them again. “I don’t need to,... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Viewpoints | Naomi Unger
Do you enjoy the TV show Star Trek ? If so, thank Allan Kroeker, who directed 39 episodes between 1996 and 2005. Kroeker continues to direct and this year is working on two... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
About a week after New Year’s Day 2014, my friend Keith asked me what resolutions I’d made. Keith is an insightful, non-conformist “Red Letter Christian” in his mid twenties. I... Read More
December 30, 2015 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
The year was 587 BC. Our spiritual ancestors, the Israelites, were deported to Babylon, where they felt like refugees in a foreign land. Their place of worship, the temple, had... Read More
December 23, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Lolita fashion article ‘marks a significant shift’ in church discussions Re: “Solace in a subculture,” Nov. 9, 2015, page 28. I want to express appreciation for Katrina Brooks’s... Read More
December 23, 2015 | Viewpoints |
Interviewing guests for more than 100 episodes of Mennonite Church Canada’s radio podcast, Church Matters , has blessed me with the opportunity to learn and grow from the stories... Read More
December 23, 2015 | Viewpoints | Dan Dyck
“It takes a village to raise a child,” we’ve often heard. Does it also take a village to grow old? I wondered after a phone call with a friend who is a generation older than me... Read More
December 23, 2015 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Most of us are not very good at receiving compliments. A friend had just delivered a fine sermon, so I gave him a heartfelt compliment. His deflective, “humble” response was to... Read More
December 23, 2015 | Viewpoints | Arnie Friesen
Second World War conscientious objectors (COs) were often sent to provincial parks for manual labour, as part of their alternative service assignments. This photo, taken between... Read More
December 23, 2015 | Viewpoints | Korey Dyck

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