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March 2009

When will you bring food?

By Gary Kenny

With Zimbabwe lurching toward famine, the United Church responds with its biggest food-aid partnership ever

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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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February 2009

AIDS enters adulthood

By Larry Krotz

Twenty-five years on, HIV/AIDS continues to wreak tragedy upon vast swaths of the developing world. The rest of us are getting used to it.

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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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January 2009

Condition critical

By Kevin Spurgaitis

As strains on the public health-care system mount, so does the clamour for more competition from the private sector

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December 2008

Golden years, anxious times

By Mike Milne

A clergy-driven survey discovers that many ministers struggle with finances in retirement

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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

The trouble with Angel

By Lee Simpson

She is the street person I’ve chosen to “adopt.” I give her money, food and companionship. She personifies questions I cannot answer.

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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

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

Sprawl: Living in a mega-city world

By Larry Krotz

The global population shift raises profound ethical challenges for cities already straining at the seams

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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

If the spirits move you

By Caley Moore

More and more churches permit alcohol use. Here’s how to make a dry church occasionally wet.

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October 2008

An epidemic of hunger

By Mike Milne

How to feed a world threatened by mass starvation? Those who have suffered the most may have the best answers.

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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

Northern Ireland’s troubled generation

By Kevin Spurgaitis

A decade of peace has coincided with a disturbing spike in suicides among Catholic and Protestant youth

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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

Where’s Darwin?

By Drew Halfnight

Nearly half of Canadians believe that dinosaurs and humans co-existed. Is there a missing link in our education system?

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July 2008

A road map for healing

By Andrea Davis

How congregations can engage Aboriginal neighbours as part of the national journey toward justice

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July 2008

Vacation survival strategies

By Karen Stiller

Holidays with your loved ones should be memorable for the right reasons. These tips will help you get real about family vacations.

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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

Youth mission trips, 21st-century style

By Caley Moore

Exposure visits, as they’re now called, can open young people’s eyes and change their view of the world. Here’s how to do them right.

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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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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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