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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

Street survivors

By Jocelyn Bell

Still a bastion of colonial civility, balmy Victoria is also a haven for the homeless. Newly opened, church-supported Our Place is part of the city’s response.

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May 2008

Your boomerang children

By Karen Stiller

When adult kids move back home, all the rules change. Here’s how to cope with a household of grown-ups.

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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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May 2008

On the worthy cause beat

By Paul Waldie

A veteran business reporter discovered that the philanthropic spirit is thriving in Canada today

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May 2008

Reconciled to hard truths

By Mike Milne

Rebuffing accusations of genocide, churches join Aboriginal groups and Ottawa in an effort to account for children who died in residential schools

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April 2008

Helping kids cope with life’s letdowns

By Laurie McBurney

Sooner or later, children will face failure

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April 2008

To dream, perchance to sleep

By Kevin Spurgaitis

For some, insomnia is a recurring nightmare. Others find it gives them a chance to reach deep into their souls.

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April 2008

Fewer givers, bigger gifts

By Larry Krotz

Social shifts are transforming the way we support worthy causes

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April 2008

Eating ethically

By Trisha Elliott

Is it possible to shrink our ecological footprint by changing the way we fill our bellies?

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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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March 2008

The new kid in the coffee aisle

By Mike Milne

A two-part series on coffee and global justice concludes with a look at the impact of fair trade on Canadian consumers

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March 2008

'All they want is a home'

By Sarah Boesveld

Think adoption and babies come to mind. What about the 8,500 other Canadian children over the age of three who need a family?

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February 2008

Coffee with a conscience

By Mike Milne

How the fairness gets into fair trade coffee

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February 2008

When Mom or Dad moves into your home

By Karen Stiller

Start laying the groundwork in advance

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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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December 2007

Christmas as others see it

By Rose Tekel

Rose Tekel is one of five non-Christian Canadians who describe how Christmas appears to them

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December 2007

What would Jesus drive?

By Mike Milne

U.S. evangelicals have jumped on the Earth-friendly bandwagon and transformed the political landscape

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December 2007

From Harare to Hamilton

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Once a high-ranking official in Zimbabwe, refugee Chris Mazhandu hopes to become a United Church minister and a force for change back home

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November 2007

Identity crisis

By Mike Milne

Cutbacks to United Church justice programs spark protest

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November 2007

A change of body, mind and soul

By Jocelyn Bell

Transgendered people seek nothing more from churches than a genuine welcome

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October 2007

Sex and spirituality

By Trisha Elliott

Physical and spiritual fulfillment are more entwined than you might imagine

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October 2007

An ethical enigma called Afghanistan

By Mike Milne

It used to be that the United Church was almost automatically anti-war. Times have changed.

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October 2007

The shadow side of nuclear energy

By Mike Milne

Nuclear energy promises lots of electricity with minimal greenhouse gases. Its waste `footprint' is a different matter, though.

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September 2007

Changing priorities lead to big job cuts

By Mike Milne

Increased emphasis on congregations comes at the expense of justice work, critics say

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September 2007

Unsealing hard secrets

By Trisha Elliott

New rules make it easier for birth parents and the children they gave up for adoption to connect. The hard part may come afterward.

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July 2007

Broken City

By David Wilson

What the tragedy of New Orleans teaches us about cities everywhere

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July 2007

A too-quiet diplomacy

By Gary Kenny

As Zimbabwe spirals deeper and deeper into crisis, churches have begun to stand up to Robert Mugabe

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

New editor named

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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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