Opinion

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

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