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July 2007

When kids say no to church

By Marcia Porter

Sooner or later, your children are going to balk at going to church

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June 2007

Where the guys aren't

By

Why are men vanishing from the pews and pulpits?

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May 2007

Death by design

By Larry Krotz

We enjoy unprecedented control over how we live. Should we also control the way we die?

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May 2007

The forgiveness myth

By Trisha Elliott

The act of forgiving isn't always as tidy as we might imagine

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May 2007

A family for Idah

By Jocelyn Bell

After battling the international adoption system for four years, a United Church family welcomes an orphan from Malawi into their lives

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April 2007

Raising the rainbow-coloured flag

By Mike Milne

The movement to welcome people of all sexual orientations into the United Church hits the quarter-century mark this year. While its numbers remain low, its influence is growing

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April 2007

Generation Craig

By Jocelyn Bell

Free the Children founder Craig Kielburger has inspired thousands of children to become social activists. As more and more kids get involved, our very notions of childhood are changing.

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April 2007

Eco-ethics and the winds of change

By Larry Krotz

The fierce debate over an Ontario wind-energy project signals a looming ethical storm

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March 2007

Aches, pangs and humility

By Lee Simpson

Living with pain provides the opportunity to rise above it, to walk more closely with God

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March 2007

A time for truth-telling:?

By Jocelyn Bell

Will the commission looking into the wrongs of the Indian residential school system finally lead to awareness, healing and forgiveness?

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February 2007

Building hope in Sudan

By Andrea Huncar

From London, Ont., to southern Sudan David Tennant went to Africa to prove a point. Now he's building hope in a place that needs it badly

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January 2007

Inside Big Willow

By Mike Milne

Can liberal churches learn from the mother of all U.S. megachurches?

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January 2007

Andrew's story

By Donna Sinclair

When love is the best medicine

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January 2007

We're all panhandlers here

By Allen Tysick

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December 2006

New Christmas fiction

By Doug Norris

"Gold I Bring"

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December 2006

"Don't be afraid"

By Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

A 2006 Christmas message from the moderator

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December 2006

Making new memories

By Sara Jewell

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November 2006

Native spirituality and Christian faith

By Donna Sinclair

beyond two solitudes

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November 2006

When war in not an option

By Jennifer McPhee

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November 2006

It's time to go now

By Trisha Elliott

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October 2006

When a marriage is no more

By Marcia Porter

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October 2006

Paddling toward a deeper faith

By Lois Wilson

Very Rev. Lois Wilson has always been a canoeist. In this excerpt from her recent book Streams of Faith -- which examines the spiritual lives of a group of women with whom she paddled years ago -- the former United Church moderator (1980-82) and retired senator describes the summers of her childhood in which water, Scripture and paddling made a powerful spiritual mix.

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September 2006

Suicide

By P.Bonny Ball

breaking the silence

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July 2006

Summer books excerpt

By Trisha Elliott

Prophetic mirrors held passionately

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June 2006

From victim to victor

By Gary Kenny

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June 2006

My heart bleeds, my soul is torn

By Rod Carter

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April 2006

In the stillness of Holy Saturday

By Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

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April 2006

Easter Sunday is why we say, `Yes'

By Peter Short

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April 2006

'Christian unity is not just a dream, it's a duty'

By Hugh Mccullum

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April 2006

Living the Faith

By Keith Howard

If we are serious about transformation, we have to confront our fear factors

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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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