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Talking Theology
Welcome to the United Church Observer's roundup of interviews with today's leading thinkers on religion and spirituality. (Click here)


Observer Culture

Climate revolution

Author and social activist Naomi Klein. Photo by Ed Kashi
Naomi Klein’s new book calls for a seismic shift in the global economy. Our survival as a civilization depends on it.

WATCH LIST: December 2014

Christian Bale plays Moses in the new film adaptation of the Exodus story. Photo by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

December 2014

 
 

Interview with Bishop Dieudonné Mbaya Tshiakany

Photo by Merle Robillard
Photo by Merle Robillard
The head of the Church of Christ in Congo talks about his country’s road to healing after years of conflict By Chantal Braganza

ObserverDocs: New Hope for Congo

Photo by Merle Robillard
Photo by Merle Robillard
Bishop Dieudonné Mbaya Tshiakany talks about conflict and recovery in Congo By Observer Staff

The outer edges of Islam

An ISIS member waves the organization's flag in Raqqa, Syria, last June. Photo by Stringer/Reuters/Corbis
An ISIS member waves the organization's flag in Raqqa, Syria, last June. Photo by Stringer/Reuters/Corbis
Groups like ISIS pose a genuine threat to the West. But the bigger war is being waged within Islam itself. By Amir Hussain

Canada’s hidden literacy crisis

Bruno Budrovic/Illustration Source
Bruno Budrovic/Illustration Source
A recent study revealed that almost half of Canadian adults don’t read very well. So why has the federal government cut its support for literacy organizations? By Krystina Mierins

Away in a manger

Topher Seguin
Topher Seguin
The enduring appeal of the Christmas crèche By Anne Bokma

Encountering the Messiah

Ivars Taurins, dressed as Handel, conducts the audience during the Tafelmusik baroque orchestra's singalong 'Messiah' in Toronto. Photo by Gary Beechey
Ivars Taurins, dressed as Handel, conducts the audience during the Tafelmusik baroque orchestra's singalong 'Messiah' in Toronto. Photo by Gary Beechey
Every December, the writer and chorister performs Handel’s most famous work. This year, he asks himself and other musicians: is it worship or entertainment? By Paul Knowles


The Observer marks its 185th year with more awards than ever before

We are pleased to announce a series of commendations for editorial excellence in 2013. Click here to read more. 

Blog

My Year of Buying Nothing

That time I saved money while saving myself
By Lee Simpson
The Common Good

Light for Lima

Canadian faith groups call for more action on climate change
By Dennis Gruending
The Pogue Blog

Call for the midwives

Justice cries in the birthing rooms  
By Carolyn Pogue
Blog Entry

‘My stomach hurt; I felt beaten up. What had I done to bring this on?’

In the wake of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, many brave women have shared stories of sexual violence. I’ve decided it’s finally time to tell my own. And it involves a colleague in United Church ministry.
By Anne Simmonds
Column

Observations

Truth-telling on the fringes
By David Wilson
Column

The Big Question

Why is Christmas still such a big deal?
By James Christie
Column

Spirit Story

The last pageant
By Bill Millar
Column

Soul Work

Sing we joyous
By Mardi Tindal
Column

Reality Check

Giving as God gives
By David Ewart




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