Opinion

In my work with single, high-risk mothers and women who experience abuse in intimate relationships, many conversations about forgiveness have arisen. I recently shared about... Read More
November 20, 2019 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
It was Sunday morning on a Mennonite Church Canada Joint Council meeting weekend. We divided up into three groups to visit three different congregations and then we regrouped over... Read More
November 20, 2019 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
“Christianese” is what some people call insider jargon Christians use to talk about God and faith. One of the primary problems with Christianese is that it doesn’t make sense to... Read More
November 20, 2019 | Opinion | Troy Watson
If you have been paying attention to what the regional churches are up to recently, you may have noticed a common question and a common longing. A question expressed at both... Read More
November 6, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
‘This is our church’ Re: “ How to talk about money at your church ,” Sept. 30, page 10. I read this Viewpoint piece, which I thought may give me insight into the responsible use... Read More
November 6, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
There’s canola in my bed and it makes me smile. Perhaps I should explain. Currently, harvest is in full gear. I see my husband at mealtimes (maybe), and when he crawls into bed... Read More
November 6, 2019 | Opinion | Kirsten Hamm-Epp
Readers raised on fruit farms—including this archivist—may remember the high-pitched whine of an orchard pesticide sprayer in action. Pictured , Peter J. Sawatzky of Ruthven, Ont... Read More
November 6, 2019 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
My good memories of Thanksgiving 2019 will be focused on children. On Oct. 13, I preached a sermon at Grace Mennonite in Prince Albert. Church culture has me arriving an hour... Read More
November 6, 2019 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
It’s been a month since Greta Thunberg—the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden—came to my town for a climate rally. The Edmonton reception was decidedly mixed. One reception... Read More
November 6, 2019 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
The name Arab Christians use for the Bible translates literally as “The Holy Book,” and they often shorten it to “The Book.” Article 4 of the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite... Read More
October 23, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Point:Counterpoint—Differing views on AMBS hiring Re: “ Boshart next AMBS president despite expressed concerns ,” Sept. 30, page 27. Thanks to Canadian Mennonite for covering the... Read More
October 23, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
In the mid-1960s, Peter Berger and Thomas Luckman coined the phrase “the social construction of reality.” The phrase emphasizes that the world of power and meaning is created... Read More
October 23, 2019 | Opinion | Ken Warkentin
Can you help identify these three men at Bethel Bible Institute (BBI)? Is John Poettcker in the centre? The formation of Bethel in Abbotsford, B.C., was proposed in 1937 at the... Read More
October 23, 2019 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
My two-year-old has developed a habit of throwing his bowl across the kitchen when he’s finished his food. Sometimes it clears the dining area and we find it in the playroom with... Read More
October 23, 2019 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
Who is a Canadian Mennonite? I stood in line for supper at the start of a church convention this summer, and looked at my turquoise toenails, a splurge in the airport during a two... Read More
October 23, 2019 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
When we first started telling people we were going to hike the Masar Ibrahim Trail in the West Bank, Palestine, they were incredulous. “You’re going where? You’re doing what?”... Read More
October 23, 2019 | Opinion | Marlene Friesen
This past summer I attended an event focused on Mary Magdalene , at which guest speaker Amanda Witmer reviewed what scholars know about this early follower of Jesus—not very much... Read More
October 9, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Queer hymns cause deep concern for Ontario churchgoers Re: “ Queer hymns now online ,” Aug. 19, page 35. The undersigned from St. Catharines (Ont.) United Mennonite Church are... Read More
October 9, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
We live in a fearful world. People persecute, slander, ignore, bully and oppress other people. It can be depressing catching the news of yet another hate crime, whether it’s on... Read More
October 9, 2019 | Opinion | Brian Bauman
According to CBC, Canadian households buy four times as much clothing as they did 30 years ago, and throw away 46 kilograms of clothing per year, of which 85 percent ends up in... Read More
October 9, 2019 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
In Elise Epp’s “ Clothes to match your values ,” she pointed out the ecological harm posed by the overuse of highly processed leather products. I immediately felt warm . . . and... Read More
October 9, 2019 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
A man saw the title of the book I was reading with my morning coffee. It was something religious-sounding, so he engaged me about faith. Eventually he asked what I did, and I said... Read More
October 9, 2019 | Opinion | Randy Haluza-DeLay
A group of men and women travelled the dusty roads, meeting people, eating together, hearing stories, pondering deep sayings, seeing miracles and conversing with their leader... Read More
September 25, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Senior aches over ‘what the issue of LGBTQ+ has done’ Re: “ Queer hymns now online ,” Aug. 19, page 35. This, as I remember it, is my second letter to Canadian Mennonite over the... Read More
September 25, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors

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