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Columns

Column

January 2017

Spirit Story

By Linda Yates

Answering the call of duty

Column

January 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

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

Feature

December 2016

Spirit Story

By Martha ter Kuile

A Christmas vigil

Column

December 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Is there God after God?

Column

December 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Each of us carries a piece of God’s heart within us.’

Column

December 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Tarot, oracle and angel cards help SBNRs ‘listen to the voice within’

Feature

December 2016

To the point: A Christian critique of current affairs

By Michael Coren

Swimming against the tide

Column

November 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Did Jesus challenge gender norms?

Column

November 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.’

Column

November 2016

Spirit Story

By Sharon Elliott

On the bus, with God

Column

November 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Forest bathing is a full immersion in nature that heals the body and cleanses the spirit

Column

October 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Do we need faith statements?

Column

October 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘To be complex does not mean to be fragmented.’

Column

October 2016

Spirit Story

By Paul Knowles

Singing with all our hearts

Column

October 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

A new social movement seeks to transform death from taboo to a normal part of life

Column

September 2016

Spirit Story

By Monica Plant

Moments with Mom

Column

September 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘The working poor are the major philanthropists of our society.’

Column

September 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Exploring our stories — and God’s

Column

September 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Jesus told parables, and ministers give sermons. Now secular storytellers are drawing the crowds.

Column

July 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Do medicine and theology mix?

Column

July 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

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

Column

July 2016

Spirit Story

By John Pentland

Generosity that humbles

Column

July 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For the non-religious, silence is still golden

Column

June 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Ersatz sermons

Column

June 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Does God prefer the powerless?

Column

June 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Justice is to sort out what belongs to whom, and to return it to them.’

Column

June 2016

Spirit Story

By Nancy Loucks-McSloy

Each patch tells a story

Column

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.’

Column

May 2016

Spirit Story

By Robert Lawson

Finding a common thread

Column

May 2016

Spiritual but Secular

By Anne Bokma

Why non-believers still come to church on Sunday

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Outrage is the new normal

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Video

ObserverDocs: A Tale of Two Cancers

by Observer Staff

Catherine Gordon's October 2017 feature for The Observer, 'A tale of two cancers,' recently caught the eye of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and his Washington, D.C.-based team, and inspired a short documentary. Gordon talks about the experience of writing the article and participating in the film.

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Profiles

October 2017

Fall from grace

by Justin Dallaire

Don Hume was a United Church minister nearing retirement. Then he tried crack cocaine.

Faith

September 2017

Yearning

by Jane Dawson

Restless longing is at the core of the human condition, urging us onward through life. What happens when it veers off course?

Society

July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots

Faith

October 2017

A tale of two cancers

by Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.

World

June 2017

Resisting genocide

by Sally Armstrong

In August 2014, ISIS attacked Iraq’s Yazidis, slaughtering thousands and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. Today, the survivors are fighting for their ancient way of life.

Society

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

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