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August 2009

Substitute anti-discrimination proposal preserves congregations’ authority to decide on same-sex marriage (Thursday, Aug.13, 2009)

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August 2009

Commissioners asked to spread word of B.C. Conference apology over post-war sale of Japanese church (Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009)

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August 2009

Moderator candidates share their visions for the church (Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009)

By Jocelyn Bell

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August 2009

Debate begins on controversial Middle East peace proposals (Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009)

By Mike Milne

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August 2009

Truth and reconciliation take centre-stage on day two of General Council (Monday, Aug.10, 2009)

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August 2009

General Council hits a bump as business gets under way in Kelowna, B.C. (Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009)

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August 2009

And then there were eight: two more moderator nominees (Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009)

By Mike Milne

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August 2009

40th General Council Coverage

By Observer Staff

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August 2009

Smoke from B.C. fires and controversy over boycott proposal loom over start of General Council (Friday, Aug.7, 2009)

By Mike Milne

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July 2009

Reader survey: I love my minister . . .

By Jocelyn Bell

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July 2009

A few hundred facts about you

By Observer Staff

Our 2009 readership survey results paint a surprising picture of the United Church today

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July 2009

Reader survey: The problem with ministers today is . . .

By Observer Staff

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July 2009

Reader survey: The ideal minister is . . .

By Observer Staff

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July 2009

Reader survey: If I were moderator, my priorities would be . . .

By Observer Staff

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July 2009

Head coach

By Jennifer McPhee

There was a time when people relied on their ministers to help them through adversity. Nowadays, they’re calling upon a life coach.

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July 2009

Aid under fire

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Mounting dangers are forcing humanitarian workers to rethink the way they deliver relief

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June 2009

Growing food security

By Katrina Simmons

How that patch of earth outside your church can be part of a more equitable food system

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June 2009

Seven myths about John Calvin

By Peter Wyatt

The 500th anniversary of the theologian's birth is a good time to set the record straight

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June 2009

‘I’m not religious. I’m spiritual.’

By Trisha Elliott

Spirituality is on the rise, yet religion is on the wane. Are we living in a paradox, or in the midst of seismic cultural change?

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May 2009

‘I remember you. You were my teacher.’

By Richard Wright

They hadn’t seen each other since he was a student at a residential school in Manitoba and she was a teacher. A chance reunion started a remarkable journey of healing.

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May 2009

Windows on the Divine

By Cindy Bisaillon

Art can take us into the realm of the infinite. Poet and singer Leonard Cohen is just one Canadian artist opening the way.

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May 2009

On a wing and a prayer

By Lee Simpson

Faith-based tourism is becoming an industry unto itself. Some of the travel options are downright kooky, while others have the potential to bring a fractious world closer together.

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May 2009

Pain and possibility

By Larry Krotz

Our economy was sick before the recession took hold. The crisis presents a chance to imagine a healthier and more sustainable future.

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April 2009

So, how was your trip?

By Karen Stiller

How to share your life-changing travel tales without boring your listeners

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April 2009

Miracle or dilemma?

By Richard Wright

Tens of thousands of people are living testimony to the benefits of harvesting vital organs from the dead. Yet the ethics of organ donation are surprisingly complex.

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April 2009

Into the city with Jesus

By Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

In his last week, Jesus rode into Jerusalem amid waving palms while Caesar’s army approached from the other direction. A clash of values was inevitable and still resounds today.

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March 2009

Photo Essay: Lost and Found in Guatemala

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Central America’s biggest city is home to some of the region’s poorest people. But a church-supported project is offering hope to children living in appalling squalor.

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March 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Orville James

Does Christianity need churches?

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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

Announcement

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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