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February 2015

With this ring, I thee divorce

By Anne Bokma

Separation doesn't have to be adversarial. Some couples are seeking more meaningful ways to untie the knot.

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February 2015

Little bundles of good

By Drew Halfnight

New research suggests that infants are ethical right from the cradle

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February 2015

Interview with Moderator Rt. Rev. Gary Paterson

By Chelsea Temple Jones

The United Church head talks about end-of-life ethics, where the personal, the political and the spiritual collide

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January 2015

Extracting justice

By May Warren

Can Canadian mining companies be held accountable for alleged human rights abuses in Guatemala?

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January 2015

Stubborn streak

By Rob Thomas

Cindy Blackstock is a relentless campaigner for the rights of First Nations children. If you want her to do something, just tell her she can’t.

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January 2015

A family like any other

By Sonya Corbin Dwyer

Author Sonya Corbin Dwyer is as much a mother to her daughters as any biological parent. So why do people keep asking, ‘Where are they from?’

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January 2015

Small print, big stakes

By Luc Rinaldi

Here’s one lesson they’re not teaching in Ontario’s Catholic secondary schools: The law says you don’t actually have to study religion

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January 2015

Unravelling the mysteries of prayer

By Trisha Elliott

New research suggests that praying really can transform you — starting with your brain

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December 2014

Away in a manger

By Anne Bokma

The enduring appeal of the Christmas crèche

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December 2014

Encountering the Messiah

By Paul Knowles

Every December, the writer and chorister performs Handel’s most famous work. This year, he asks himself and other musicians: is it worship or entertainment?

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December 2014

The outer edges of Islam

By Amir Hussain

Groups like ISIS pose a genuine threat to the West. But the bigger war is being waged within Islam itself.

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December 2014

Canada’s hidden literacy crisis

By Krystina Mierins

A recent study revealed that almost half of Canadian adults don’t read very well. So why has the federal government cut its support for literacy organizations?

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December 2014

A season of song

By Gary Paterson

A message for Christmas from Moderator Rt. Rev. Gary Paterson

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December 2014

Interview with Bishop Dieudonné Mbaya Tshiakany

By Chantal Braganza

The head of the Church of Christ in Congo talks about his country’s road to healing after years of conflict

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November 2014

Interview issue: Noah Richardson

By Sara Jewell

Self-described church 'geek’ and student leader

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November 2014

Interview issue: Evan Smith

By Richard Wright

Urban Aboriginal ministries worker

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November 2014

Interview issue: John Suk

By Anne Bokma

Christian Reformer turned United Church minister

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November 2014

Interview issue: Chris Ferguson

By Luc Rinaldi

Global ambassador for the United Church

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November 2014

Interview issue: Florence Kaefer

By Pieta Woolley

Reconciliation pioneer

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November 2014

Interview issue: Moley Mangana

By Mike Milne

United Church military chaplain

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November 2014

Interview issue: Jim and Eva Manly

By Pieta Woolley

Campaigners for Palestinians

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November 2014

Interview issue: Ginny Shrivastava

By David Evans

Advocate for separated and widowed women in India

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November 2014

Interview issue: Simon LeSieur

By Alison Shouldice

Youth minister and ‘love bomber’

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November 2014

Interview issue: Kathryn Anderson

By Mike Milne

Crusader for human rights in Guatemala

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October 2014

Breaking bread in a hungry world

By Various Writers

Eight stories that will give you food for thought

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October 2014

In pursuit of happiness

By Tim Johnson

The small kingdom of Bhutan promotes itself as the most blissful place on Earth. The writer ventures there to see if the joy is genuine.

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October 2014

Exodus

By Vidya Kauri

Civilians fleeing the war in Syria make up the largest refugee population in the world. As the conflict rages on, aid agencies are stretched to the limit.

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October 2014

Interview with Donald B. Smith

By Richard Wright

The writer and professor emeritus of history at the University of Calgary talks about Ojibwa and Methodist interactions in the 19th century

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September 2014

Observer Survey 2014 : Part Two

By Samantha Rideout

Canadians don't know much about The United Church of Canada, according to our survey results.

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September 2014

Sore point

By Alison Shouldice

Despite doctors’ urgings, growing numbers of Canadian parents refuse to vaccinate their children. Who should be calling the shots?

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New Observer editor and CEO, Jocelyn Bell. Photo by Lindsay Palmer

New editor named

by Observer Staff

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Observations

by David Wilson

A perfect send-off

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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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Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

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.

Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

November 2017

Grey matter

by Trisha Elliott

Is consciousness just a function of the brain — or something more?

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