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by David Wilson

The Presbyterian Record folds


December 2016

To the point: A Christian critique of current affairs

by Michael Coren

Swimming against the tide


December 2016

Spirit Story

by Martha ter Kuile

A Christmas vigil


December 2016

Spiritual But Secular

by Anne Bokma

Tarot, oracle and angel cards help SBNRs ‘listen to the voice within’

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November 2016

Executive rejects bid to delay Vosper proceedings

by Mike Milne


December 2016

A black and white problem

by Anthony Bailey

Canadians are deceiving themselves if they think racism is only an American affliction. A recent deadly police beating casts our own prejudice in stark relief.


December 2016

The Nativity re-imagined

by Trisha Elliott

Eight contemporary Canadian artists. Eight compelling views of Christmas.


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Bad person, good art

by Lisa Van de Ven

Director Nate Parker is yet another artist accused of a crime. The question for audiences: do you see his movie?


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ObserverDocs: Out of Syria

by Observer Staff

For nearly half a century, the Elnabrees family has fled one war after another: Palestine, Kuwait, Iraq and, more recently, Syria. This year, they arrived as refugees in Canada, sponsored by relatives and United churches. Ayman Elshafiy, his wife, Sonia, their two daughters, his sister and mother, were among them.


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Interview with Rev. Walter Brueggemann

by Alicia von Stamwitz

The American theologian and United Church of Christ minister talks about political engagement, prophetic morality, biblical justice and his vision for a neighbourly economy.

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Rallying against hate

by Dennis Gruending

Canadians have no role to play in American politics. Still, we have our own debates on race to pursue.

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Getting ready for Advent

by Carolyn Pogue

Transformation is what we hope for in the darkness surrounding the magical story of Christmas


June 2016

All the lonely people

by André Picard

An estimated six million Canadians live in isolation. Social researchers are now calling it a hidden epidemic.


May 2016

Are vegans right?

by David Macfarlane

The writer is in the midst of a radical six-month change of diet. He’s discovering that no cheeseburger tastes as good as being ethical feels.


March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff


utside view of the Magdas Hotel in Vienna. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Room at the Inn

by Paul Knowles

Camino de Cancer

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Thanksgiving 2015

by David Giuliano

Meal tray communion


May 2016

2015 Press Awards

by Observer Staff

The Observer won 41 church press awards and has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards for work published in 2015. The winners’ list included First Place for denominational magazines in the U.S.-based Associate Church Press competition. It was the third year in a row that The Observer was named the ACP’s best magazine.


April 2015

Confronting the Sixties Scoop

by Anne Bokma

From the 1960s to the ’80s, some 20,000 Aboriginal children were removed from their homes and placed with non-Native families. Now adults, many want redress for the loss of cultural identity.


November 2015

The conversion of Michael Coren

by Jeff Mahoney

Canada’s most strident Christian conservative has had a change of heart

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