Opinion

Halloween is a few weeks away, and I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to watch some horror movies to get into the spirit. I just stopped and re-read that first sentence and... Read More
September 23, 2020 | Editorial | Aaron Epp
Pandemic provides ‘extra bonuses’ for elderly congregant Re: “ In a time of uncertainty: COVID-19 prompts churches to rethink gatherings ,” March 30, page 15. The Japanese... Read More
September 23, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
In my work with high-risk single mothers, I’ve been meeting one-on-one this summer with women, as our weekly group program was put on hold due to the pandemic. Over and over, I’ve... Read More
September 23, 2020 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
In early August, I heard about the devastating impact of floods and a landside on a Mennonite congregation in Kerala in southern India, with mud covering the building and many... Read More
September 23, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
This summer, our neighbours had a total of four trees taken down that bordered either side of our property. I really miss those big, beautiful trees. One tree was at least 50... Read More
September 23, 2020 | Opinion | Troy Watson
I sit in my backyard watching my dog as he rolls in the grass, pressing his back as deeply into the ground as he can. He moves freely, alternating his rolling with digging into... Read More
September 22, 2020 | Web First - Opinion | Heather Block
‘Better stories’ needed for ‘future inventories’ Re: “A Black/Menno inventory,” June 22, page 13. I deeply appreciate this column. While I am sure that there is much more history... Read More
September 9, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
“Find us empty and wandering . . . find us in the wilderness, and fill us with your feast.” This lyric by Phil Campbell-Enns, pastor of Home Street Mennonite Church in Winnipeg,... Read More
September 9, 2020 | Opinion | Doug Klassen
In Saskatoon, at the 1975 Conference of Mennonites in Canada annual conference, the Canadian Mennonite Bible College (CMBC) board, “long embarrassed about faculty salaries,” asked... Read More
September 9, 2020 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
A story in Genesis 28 describes the patriarch Jacob stopping for the night while on a journey. His sleep includes a dream of a visit from God. In the morning, Jacob awakes and... Read More
September 9, 2020 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
Because of my Christian friends I’m taking a hiatus from social media. One has repeatedly posted a meme of Jesus with an AK-47 assault rifle. I tried hard to explain in detail why... Read More
September 9, 2020 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
“ Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God” (Hosea 14:1). In this final chapter of Hosea, God bids the Israelites return to God and acknowledge their waywardness, but also to be... Read More
September 9, 2020 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
The Mennonite church has the opportunity to become a dependable partner in the work of dismantling racism. The church as a whole has a record of racism—both overt and covert—that... Read More
September 9, 2020 | Opinion | Tobin Miller Shearer
What follows is a companion piece to "White Mennonite static" by American scholar Tobin Miller Shearer. To read Mennonite Church Canada offers several resources, through its... Read More
September 9, 2020 | Opinion | Virginia A. Hostetler
The last time my church sang together was March 8, the second Sunday in Lent. Since then, my singing has consisted of one backyard, physically distant, “Happy Birthday” and my... Read More
August 26, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
My kids are old enough to start playing ball, and weekly practices and physically distanced games are a regular part of the Barkman routine. In high school, I was a catcher, and... Read More
August 26, 2020 | Opinion | Darnell Barkman
Since I was a young boy, I’ve been fascinated by words, stories and ideas. So when I heard that I had an opportunity to be a regional representative for Alberta on the Canadian... Read More
August 26, 2020 | Opinion | Art Koop
Every year around this time, the congregation I belong to makes plans for Gathering Sunday. After a summer of sparser attendance at worship services, our gathering on the first... Read More
August 12, 2020 | Opinion | Virginia A. Hostetler
Dandelion cover inspires flower arranger Re: Dandelion front cover , June 8. I laughed out loud when I saw the dandelion on the cover. Growing up on the farm in Virgil, Ont., we... Read More
August 12, 2020 | Opinion | Various Contributors
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: A time to born and a time to die . . . .” (Ecclesiastes 2:1-2). Over the years, I have come to refer... Read More
August 12, 2020 | Opinion | Anna-Lisa Salo
The Conference of Mennonites in Canada annual session was held in July 1975, in Swift Current, Sask. Hot weather put participants’ “cool” to the test. The assembly was not only... Read More
August 12, 2020 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
I’ve been asked recently why my column is called “Third Way Family.” The question has prompted me to share my reasoning behind choosing this title and what it means to me. I first... Read More
August 12, 2020 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
I am listening these days to stories of how people and their churches are responding to the physical and emotional needs around them due to COVID-19. Every congregation is finding... Read More
August 12, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
The past few months have awakened us to our fragility as individuals, communities and nation states. We’ve observed the fragility of our health-care system, food-supply chain,... Read More
August 12, 2020 | Opinion | Troy Watson

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