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Observations

by David Wilson

The fire that scattered a flock

Opinion

July 2016

Spirit Story

by John Pentland

Generosity that humbles

Opinion

July 2016

Spiritual But Secular

by Anne Bokma

For the non-religious, silence is still golden

Opinion

July 2016

Quote Unquote

by Mardi Tindal

‘For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers.’

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Faith

July 2016

Mr. Trump comes to Cleveland

by Mark Giuliano

The eyes of the world will be focused on the Republican National Convention this month. A landmark church near the meeting site is offering a warm welcome while bracing for unrest.

Faith

July 2016

Does religion really make you happier?

by Samantha Rideout

The writer examines the popular theory that people with faith are more content than those without

Interviews

July 2016

Interview with Sister Helen Prejean

by Alicia von Stamwitz

The Roman Catholic nun, prominent American anti-death penalty activist and author of the bestselling 'Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate' talks about racism, human dignity and America’s broken criminal justice system

Culture

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

Photo by Alison Brooks-Starks

A river of one’s own

by Alison Brooks-Starks

The writer attempts a month-long solo paddle on the North Saskatchewan River and discovers the gift of intuition and the power of nature

Common Good

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A peaceable kingdom?

by Dennis Gruending

Celebrate Canadian democracy. But let’s not be complacent.

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Sightings

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A weekend with the Angel of Death

by Carolyn Pogue

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

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

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff

Culture

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Can gaming be good?

by Trisha Elliott

Video games are often cast as violent, sexist and addictive. But a new genre of virtual fun is serving a higher purpose.

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Late August 2015

by David Giuliano

Eli comes calling

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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