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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

A world turned upside down

Columns

January 2017

To the Point: A Christian critique of current affairs

by Michael Coren

Middle East: 5 things we can (maybe) all agree on

Columns

January 2017

Spiritual But Secular

by Anne Bokma

For non-churchgoers, home altars bring spirituality as close as the kitchen table

Columns

January 2017

Conundrums

by Christopher Levan

Why pray?

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Society

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.

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.

Faith

November 2016

Executive rejects bid to delay Vosper proceedings

by Mike Milne

Culture

WATCHLIST: January 2017

by Observer Staff

Camino de Cancer

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Thanksgiving 2015

by David Giuliano

Meal tray communion

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.

Interviews

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Interview with Wendell Berry

by Murray MacAdam

The acclaimed author of award-winning poetry, social criticism and novels talks about his faith and the call to resist consumer culture

Common Good

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The haystack and the needle

by Dennis Gruending

Invasive surveillance continues in our increasingly illiberal democracy

Short List

January 2017

Five foods you’d think we could produce enough of in Canada

by Pieta Woolley

Short List

December 2016

Five conundrums about the coming pipeline war

by Pieta Woolley

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Sightings

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Remembering Flowers, Buckets and Peadbody

by Carolyn Pogue

The old women I have known brought me perspective, light and joy

Society

January 2017

The new agrarians

by Lois Ross

In the next 15 years, almost half of Canadian farms will change hands. Meet seven millennials who view agriculture as a career — and moral calling.

Society

January 2017

From kennel to courtroom

by Kat Eschner

A legal bid to save 21 former fighting dogs from being euthanized is part of a growing movement to grant animals some of the same rights as humans

Faith

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff

Culture

Richard Wagamese, author of Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations. Copyright Queen’s University/Garrett Elliott Photography

Break with tradition

by Julie McGonegal

New Indigenous spirituality books challenge the notion that sacred teachings should only be passed down orally

My Year of Living Spiritually

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Dancing naked under a full moon

by Anne Bokma

‘The time seems right to dig deep and till the soul’

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

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.

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