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Observations

by David Wilson

Enclaves of the elderly

Columns

March 2017

Spiritual But Secular

by Anne Bokma

Some in the political world are daring to admit that they aren’t a part of any religion

Columns

March 2017

Spirit Story

by Alicia von Stamwitz

Hope in a hardware store

Columns

March 2017

Conundrums

by James Christie

What is progressive Christianity?

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My Year of Living Spiritually

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Marking a (mostly) booze-free Lent

by Anne Bokma

‘Jesus spent 40 days wandering in the Judean desert. . . . Surely, I could spend 40 days drying out.’

Faith

January 2017

Presbytery turns down bid to halt Vosper hearing

by Mike Milne

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

Society

February 2017

An anatomy of hate

by Douglas Tindal

It’s on the rise everywhere. The writer explores our most troubling emotion and asks how we might overcome it.

Culture

WATCH LIST: March 2017

by Observer Staff

Camino de Cancer

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Thanksgiving 2015

by David Giuliano

Meal tray communion

Video

ObserverDocs: A shoulder to lean on

by Observer Staff

Sheima Benembarek was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Morocco and moved to Canada in 2005. In 2015, she relocated to Toronto. At first, the city seemed so much bigger, impersonal — and even threatening — until a fateful encounter in the subway one day.

World

A chest X-ray shows the effects of a tuberculosis infection in the left upper lung. Photo by Puwadol Jaturawutthichai/Shutterstock.com

Breathing uneasily

by Vivien Fellegi

To the Point

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Economic justice is a core Christian value

by Michael Coren

A Christian critique of current affairs

Short List

March 2017

Five modern distractions that are leading us to our doom

by Pieta Woolley

Short List

March 2017

Five hipster teachings for a fresh Lenten practice

by Pieta Woolley

Short List

February 2017

Five governments that have imposed contracts on their workers

by Pieta Woolley

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Sightings

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Supporting Standing Rock

by Carolyn Pogue

Although the resistance camps have been dismantled, the struggle isn't over for one pair of activists — and many others like them

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

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.

Faith

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff

Culture

Colour me sedated

by Pieta Woolley

Global issues? Too stressful! Why think outside the box when it’s so soothing to stay inside the lines?

Common Good

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Populists and ‘wannabe demagogues’

by Dennis Gruending

In choosing their next leader, the Conservatives may turn to the self-described outsider


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

March 2016

The Holland I never knew

by Anne Bokma

A first-generation Dutch Canadian wrestles with her religious history in the land of her ancestors

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.

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