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Editorials

Column

February 2007

Alcohol at church

By David Wilson

the first step is admitting we have a problem

Column

January 2007

Funny? Ticket to hell?

By David Wilson

Whatever you think of the Emerging Spirit campaign, it's generating some badly needed buzz

Column

December 2006

Uncle Elmer's enduring lesson of joy

By David Wilson

Column

November 2006

Now that we're on the subject of apologies...

By David Wilson

Column

October 2006

New church music fills a niche, but its staying power is less certain

By David Wilson

Column

September 2006

One thing is certain about change: it will happen

By David Wilson

Column

June 2006

Blessing and promises in this season of leaving

By Muriel Duncan

Column

June 2006

One voice, above all others, demands our utmost attention

By Muriel Duncan

Column

May 2006

We caused global warming, and now it's time to turn our hands to healing

By Muriel Duncan

Column

April 2006

How a little patch of pasture became sacred ground on Earth Day

By Muriel Duncan

Column

March 2006

The "cartoon crisis" has shown that in today's world, when you embrace absolutes you invite conflict

By Muriel Duncan

Column

February 2006

Apologies not only help right past wrongs; they can also open a window on the injustices of today

By Muriel Duncan

Column

December 2005

It's a holly, jolly time, but is it Christmas?

By Muriel Duncan

Column

November 2005

It's possible that newcomers to our pews will actually want something new

By Muriel Duncan

Column

October 2005

One faith, many shades of meaning

By Donna Sinclair

Column

September 2004

The refugee on your doorstep is really your neighbour, and deserves to be treated as one

By Muriel Duncan

Column

June 2004

It's up to us to make clear that not all Christians are cut from the same cloth

By Muriel Duncan

Column

June 2004

This church is great at blue-skying. It's our follow-through that we need to work on.

By Muriel Duncan

Column

May 2004

Rivalry spreads like weeds when two churches try to out-garden each other

By Muriel Duncan

Column

April 2004

In a culture that shouts, choosing to turn down the volume is a prophetic act

By Muriel Duncan

Column

March 2004

Whether we eat to live or live to eat, we need to keep food in perspective

By Muriel Duncan

Column

February 2004

Here and around the world, grandparents remain a cherished part of family life

By Muriel Duncan

Column

January 2004

Lively debate is a staple of our letters section because it's a staple of the United Church

By Muriel Duncan

Column

January 2004

It's going to be a busy year for justice-seeking churches

By Muriel Duncan

Column

December 2003

All Millie wanted for Christmas was peace and quiet. What she got was rather different.

By Muriel Duncan

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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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