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Effective June 27, 2016, the offices of The Observer will be located at Suite 304, 177 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2.

Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

The one and only

Opinion

June 2016

Spiritual But Secular

by Anne Bokma

Ersatz sermons

Opinion

June 2016

Quote Unquote

by David Giuliano

‘Justice is to sort out what belongs to whom, and to return it to them.’

Opinion

June 2016

Spirit Story

by Nancy Loucks-McSloy

Each patch tells a story

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Society

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.

Ethics

May 2016

Spare the rod, protect the child

by John Barber

With the Trudeau government on the verge of banning spanking, critics ask: why has it taken Canada so long?

Society

May 2016

Special report: Syrian refugees

by Various Writers

More than 300 congregations mobilized to help Syrian refugees. A sampling follows.

Culture

A scene from the 2016 film

WATCH LIST: June 2016

by Observer Staff

Video

Merle Robillard

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.

Faith

Jonathan Orbell. Photo by Jill Orbell

My messy vocation

by Jonathan Orbell

No amount of schooling prepares you for everything you’ll encounter as a minister. Most of the learning happens on the run.

Common Good

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Sowing doubt and muddying the waters

by Dennis Gruending

Climate change deniers continue their political games

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Sightings

Carolyn Pogue%

A weekend with the Angel of Death

by Carolyn Pogue

If we lived in a death-denying society before, avoidance is more difficult now

Faith

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff

Justice

April 2016

Hell and high water

by Josiah Neufeld

The writer visits the shifting shorelines of Bangladesh and discovers tens of millions of people on the brink of climate disaster

Society

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.

Culture

Disney's 2016 feature animation film

Cartoons with IQs

by Simon Lewsen

Recent animated features edify as well as entertain. The young people in your life might enjoy them too.

Columns

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) — Final Day

by Mardi Tindal

Universal agreement only gives reason for hope — and for action

Faith

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.

Justice

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.

Faith

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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