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Faith

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March 2012

Dementia Sidebar: A light in the fog

By Trisha Elliott

Underneath the pain of dementia, faith runs deep

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March 2012

The silent epidemic

By Kylie Taggart

In Canada today, a new case of dementia is diagnosed every five minutes. In 25 years, it will be one every two minutes. Are churches ready for a full-blown pastoral crisis?

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February 2012

Collared

By Michael Webster

Is a clerical collar still a meaningful symbol or just a pain in the neck? Michael Webster wore one every day for a month to find out.

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February 2012

Caught in the bottleneck

By Carolyn Morris

New limits on refugee applications are meant to relieve a backlog of unprocessed claims. Churches fear the cap will undo the sponsorship program that has helped thousands flee to safety in Canada.

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January 2012

Back to the garden

By Margaret Atwood

Theology and ecology were once interconnected, but two millennia of Christianity have steered us away from nature. Can religion recover its roots?

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January 2012

El Salvador’s journey of redemption

By Tim Johnson

Two decades ago, civil war raged in Central America’s smallest country. Visitors today will discover that while the scars remain, the healing power of peace is stronger.

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December 2011

Interview with Rev. Brent Hawkes

By Ken Gallinger

The minister of Toronto’s Metropolitan Community Church presided over the state funeral for Jack Layton last summer. He recently spoke to The Observer.

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December 2011

Christmas in the Holy Land

By Sherry Ann Chapman

An Alberta woman encounters inspiration, heartbreak and the odd Santa during an Advent season in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

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December 2011

Is the end really nigh?

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Though every doomsday prediction to date has proven false, they’re still hard to ignore

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December 2011

Risking the birth of love

By Mardi Tindal

Christmas reminds us to rise to the challenge of hope

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November 2011

Interview with Mary Hynes

By Cory Ruf

The host of CBC Radio’s “Tapestry” program often engages in wide-ranging discussions with the most interesting thinkers on faith and spirituality. She recently talked to The Observer.

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November 2011

An unremarkable reunion

By Trisha Elliott

One woman’s six-year journey to find her birth mother skips the Hollywood ending for something more complicated

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November 2011

The ultimate outsider

By Will Braun

The Bible tells us to love our neighbour, but what if he’s a pedophile?

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November 2011

‘An all-or-nothing guy’

By David Wilson

The United Church’s leading voice on evolutionary Christianity, Rev. Bruce Sanguin brings an athlete’s intensity to his spiritual questing

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October 2011

Giving thanks amid uncertainty

By Trisha Elliott

Thanking God is easy when things go right, but hardship can foster a more radical kind of gratitude

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October 2011

Lofty living

By Larry Krotz

Former church buildings spell opportunity for condo developers, who are discovering that buyers are drawn to more than the stained glass windows and cathedral ceilings

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September 2011

Revealing Jordan

By Jocelyn Bell

While other Middle Eastern countries convulse, this ancient kingdom offers an oasis of calm

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September 2011

Interview with Marcus Borg

By Therese DesCamp

American biblical scholar talks about his recent books — 'Putting Away Childish Things' and 'Speaking Christian' — and the importance of story and language

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August 2011

Photo Essay: Revealing Jordan

By Jocelyn Bell

Travel in Jordan is a fabulous mix of world-class archeological sites, biblical landmarks, diverse cities and eco-adventures

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July 2011

The essential question: Do you believe in God?

By

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July 2011

The last time I prayed, the focus of my prayer was

By Observer Staff

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July 2011

Non-conformists: 8 percent

By Samantha Rideout

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July 2011

What you believe

By Observer Staff

We asked you about your faith. You didn’t hold back. Now, the surprising results of The Observer’s 2011 survey.

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July 2011

Traditionalists: 13 percent

By Samantha Rideout

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July 2011

Intuitives: 35 percent

By Samantha Rideout

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July 2011

Mainliners: 44 percent

By Samantha Rideout

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July 2011

Q&A with Douglas John Hall

By Samantha Rideout

Rev. Douglas John Hall is a United Church minister and a professor emeritus of Christian theology at McGill University in Montreal. He told The Observer what he makes of the 2011 Faith Survey results.

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July 2011

Faith under construction

By Murray Malcolm

For decades, United Church member Murray Malcolm tried to build a solid theological foundation. He read dozens of books and attended church faithfully. Today, he’s still trying to fit the pieces together.

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July 2011

If I could send a Twitter message to Jesus, it would say

By Observer Staff

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July 2011

Would the discovery of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe impact your faith?

By Observer Staff

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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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