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Faith

Feature

February 2011

Artificial Intelligence

By Kevin Spurgaitis

In making machines that think like humans, are we creating an ethical monster?

Feature

February 2011

Sacred, yes. But is it church?

By Sarah Boesveld

Spirituality has overtaken God in a handful of United churches. While some people find hope in post-theism, others see it as a break with Christianity.

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January 2011

Secular shift

By Kenneth Bagnell

Mainstream denominations may be faltering, but don’t write off religion just yet. A new kind of liberal Christianity is emerging.

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January 2011

Into a spiritual wilderness

By Trisha Elliott

Ever had a faith crisis? You’re in good company. Working through the fog of doubt can take your faith to new horizons.

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December 2010

Symphony in the sanctuary

By Samantha Rideout

In Ottawa, Parkdale United Church Orchestra's passion for the classics keeps a vanishing tradition alive

Feature

December 2010

Sharing the season

By Mardi Tindal

The close bond between an imam and a minister makes Christmas more real and more miraculous

Feature

December 2010

Destination West Bank

By David Wilson

Palestinians are trying to profit from Holy Land tourism. But they face formidable challenges.

Feature

November 2010

What do we mean by God?

By Various Writers

Six contemporary thinkers reveal a surprising range of non-traditional views in the United Church today

Feature

November 2010

Interview with Jim Short

By Ken Gallinger

Reserve chaplain talks about his eight months with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan

Feature

November 2010

To the brink and back

By Alanna Mitchell

Research into near-death experiences sheds new light on the possibility of an afterlife. Will neuroscience prove what religion has claimed all along?

Feature

October 2010

Photo Essay: Global flair

By Samantha Rideout

Churches created by new Canadians are booming, differing dramatically from mainline denominations on the decline

Feature

October 2010

Spirit story

By Therese DesCamp

Sensible people do not name the chickens they will eat. But I knew it was her as soon as I pulled the bag out of the freezer. And I knew just because my heart told me: Gimpy.

Feature

October 2010

Interview with Preston Manning

By Frank Dabbs

The founder of the Reform and Canadian Alliance parties and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy talks about the centre’s faith-politics interface program and Christianity today.

Feature

October 2010

Feature: Global flair

By Samantha Rideout

New Canadians are planting churches at an astonishing rate. Can declining mainstream denominations take any cues from them?

Feature

October 2010

Surprise, you’re an elder

By Donna Sinclair

Becoming an elder is not just about reaching a certain age. It’s also about embracing new perceptions of yourself and your community.

Feature

September 2010

General Council lays off 16 staff

By Mike Milne

Youth and young adults portfolio is among the positions cut

Column

September 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Catherine MacLean

Does God have a hand in natural disasters?

Feature

September 2010

A study in diversity

By Drew Halfnight

A new Muslim studies program at the United Church's largest seminary pushes the envelope of theological education

Feature

July 2010

Survey quotes

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2010

The pulpit and the pew

By Observer Staff

The Observer's 2010 reader survey results reveal why ministers have their work cut out for them

Feature

July 2010

Survey: Overworked and underpaid

By Patricia Clarke

Most of the pressure to perform comes from ministers themselves

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July 2010

Survey: Predicting the future

By Mike Milne

Where will the church be in years to come? Depends who you ask.

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July 2010

Survey: The new recruits

By Richard Wright

There’s no doubt about it. We need preachers in pulpits. But whose job is it to pull them in?

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July 2010

Survey: In search of Reverend Right

By Kylie Taggart

Educated, ordained and caring: Are the ministers we want the ministers we’ve got?

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July 2010

A home here is possible

By Miriam Spies

Twelve years ago, the author felt excluded at church because of her cerebral palsy. By speaking out, she helped her church become more accessible for all.

Feature

July 2010

The forgotten children

By Mike Milne

Researchers scour church archives to find records of students who died at Indian residential schools

Feature

June 2010

The pleasures of thrift

By Anne Bokma

Brown-bag your lunch, shop second-hand and discover the joys of a simpler lifestyle

Feature

June 2010

Interview with Lois Wilson

By Ken Gallinger

Former United Church moderator and Canadian senator talks about the state of the union on the occasion of the United Church’s 85th anniversary

Feature

June 2010

Feature: Reborn green

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Three years after being destroyed by a monster tornado, a small town in rural Kansas is setting a global standard for sustainable living.

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June 2010

The gospel of sobriety

By Jasmine Budak

Times have changed since Alcoholics Anonymous was formed 75 years ago. While surrendering to a higher power remains part of its official creed, AA insists it is not religious.

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ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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