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Observations

by David Wilson

My beef with veganism

Opinion

May 2016

Spiritual but Secular

by Anne Bokma

Why non-believers still come to church on Sunday

Opinion

May 2016

Quote Unquote

by Mardi Tindal

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’

Opinion

May 2016

Spirit Story

by Robert Lawson

Finding a common thread

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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.

Faith

Members of the Anglican Church march at World Pride 2014 in Toronto. Photo by Tom Evers/Courtesy of Proud Anglicans

Anglicans at a crossroads

by Michael Coren

They will vote on same-sex marriage at their General Synod in July. The consequences could be far-reaching.

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.

Society

Noah Jensen, 7, (foreground) plays with friends on the beach at Camp Caterpillar last August, following an activity in which the campers painted positive messages on their bodies. Photo by Alison Brooks-Starks

Out in the wilderness

by Alison Brooks-Starks

For one week last summer, a United Church camp in Saskatchewan welcomed transgender kids and their siblings

Common Good

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Where’s Stephen Harper?

by Dennis Gruending

The former PM may want to avoid being a distraction to Conservatives

Short List

April 2016

Five climate reality checks in Canadians’ own backyards

by Pieta Woolley

Short List

March 2016

Five Easter meats that you should think twice about

by Pieta Woolley

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Sightings

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Those who walk (Part Two)

by Carolyn Pogue

Re-entering the land is a Sacred Journey

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

Garrison Keillor, creator and host of 'A Prairie Home Companion.' Photo by Claudia Danielson

Lake Wobegon bids adieu

by Ray Ford

Radio host Garrison Keillor retires in July. His iconic brand of Christian-flavoured storytelling will be missed.

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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