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Faith

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March 2009

In the footsteps of Paul

By Cindy Bisaillon

Retracing the apostle’s ancient journeys illuminates timeless spiritual truths

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March 2009

One day

By Various Writers

Six writers describe what they would do today if they knew they had run out of tomorrows

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February 2009

True unbelievers

By Jocelyn Bell

Organized atheism is on the rise and growing more vocal. Can believers and non-believers co-exist respectfully?

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February 2009

More than roses

By Karen Stiller

Flowers are nice, but it’s emotional presence that makes couples’ hearts grow fonder

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February 2009

The memory wall

By Sara Jewell

Alzheimer’s may have stolen Reg Jewell's memories, but his loved ones are certain the Divine has not forgotten him

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January 2009

Divine chemistry

By Therese DesCamp

Neuroscience can tell us a lot about what happens in our brains when we experience God. But it still isn’t able to tell us why.

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January 2009

Out of the box

By Sara Jewell

A New Brunswick congregation proves that a little creative thinking can lead to new energy and hope

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December 2008

The ringmaster

By Jennifer McPhee

Sixteen years ago, Gerald Martindale fell under the spell of the carillon. His passion still peals out over the country’s largest city.

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December 2008

Behold, the unexpected star

By Laurelle Callaghan

Sometimes, the grace of Christmas is still revealed where you least expect it

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December 2008

Our place in the pageant

By Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

More than just bathrobes and broomstick donkeys, the re-enactment of the Nativity stories help us reopen doors to Jesus

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November 2008

Interview with Tim O’Neill

By Kenneth Bagnell

A former Bank of Montreal chief economist and longtime United Church member discusses his economic views

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November 2008

A son rises

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Jay Bakker spent years in the shadow of his televangelist parents, Jim and Tammy Faye. Now he's resurfaced with a new style of ministry for disillusioned Christians.

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November 2008

Ancient tongues, new respect

By Richard Wright

The Bible was once a tool for diminishing Aboriginal culture. Now new translations are seeking to redress an old wrong.

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October 2008

Hugh McCullum 1931 - 2008

By Observer Staff

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October 2008

Wayfaring spirit

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Bruce Cockburn’s musical career spans 40 years and 26 albums. But his quest for deeper meaning is lifelong.

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October 2008

Pathways to prayer

By Gretta Vosper

There are as many prayer styles as there are people who pray. Here is one approach to connecting with God.

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September 2008

Their time is now

By Jennifer McPhee

Meet seven United Church young people who are rising to the challenge of leadership

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September 2008

Interview with Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

By David Wilson

Two-thirds of the way through his term, Moderator Rt. Rev. David Giuliano sat down with David Wilson to talk about leadership, trust and a personal journey of healing

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July 2008

Interview with James Loney

By David Wilson

Former Iraq hostage James Loney talks with David Wilson about how captivity tested his faith and raised his profile as an activist

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July 2008

Summer humour: youth group merriment

By Brian Platt

An expert reveals how ratty couches, embarrassing games and over-spiced food will draw youth to church

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June 2008

Designing sacred spaces

By Lorna Day

Sacred space can elevate our understanding of each other and the world we share

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June 2008

The problem with perfect

By Susan McCaslin

There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in

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June 2008

A way out of no way

By Paul Wilson

Win or lose, Barack Obama is helping to reshape American politics. His now-famous church did a lot to shape him.

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May 2008

Interview with Rev. Ambury Stuart

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Toronto minister Rev. Ambury Stuart has a doctorate in atmospheric physics and has been a respected climate change scientist for two decades. He talks to Lee Simpson about the convergence of faith and science.

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May 2008

Hijacking religion

By Trisha Elliott

Suicide terrorism is a weapon of choice for groups with economic and political aims. Too often, it’s sold as religion.

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April 2008

Interview with Lloyd Axworthy

By David Wilson

Nobel Peace Prize nominee, former Liberal foreign affairs minister and lifelong United Church member talks to David Wilson

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March 2008

An Easter people

By Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

New life is possible. But the path often winds through the valley of death.

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January 2008

The gospel according to Al Gore

By Larry Krotz

Al Gore's climate change campaign has more to do with old-time religion than you might imagine

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January 2008

A Muslim house divided

By Sabitri Ghosh

Canadian Muslim organizations are anything but unified -- something the United Church must face

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January 2008

Two faiths, one family

By Karen Stiller

Raising kids in an interfaith marriage has its challenges and rewards

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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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