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Interviews

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January 2015

Interview with Katharine Hayhoe

By Alex Newman

The Toronto native is a well-known climate scientist and evangelical Christian who directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Last April, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

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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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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

Interview with Andrew Bennett

By Mike Milne

The career civil servant and academic talks about being named Canada's ambassador for religious freedom

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July 2014

Interview with Lori Triano-Antidormi

By Patricia Clarke

Psychologist talks about being an advocate for victims of crime and losing her own son to an attack by a mentally ill woman in 1997

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June 2014

Interview with Peter J. Schwartz

By David Wilson

Journalist, lecturer and the co-author of the bestselling book 'Baseball as a Road to God' talks about the theology of the game

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May 2014

Interview with Reza Aslan

By Julie McGonegal

The religion scholar and New York Times bestselling author talks about his new book, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth."

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April 2014

Interview with Heather Eaton

By Trisha Elliott

The author of "Introducing Ecofeminist Theologies" and professor at Ottawa's Saint Paul University talks about religion and ecology

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March 2014

Interview with Irene Champagne

By Kate Spencer

The United Church’s mobile counsellor, Irene Champagne, talks about residential school survivors and their families

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February 2014

Interview with Stephen Prothero

By Martha Martin

The author and popular commentator talks about religion and the media in America

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January 2014

Interview with Tex Sample

By Ken Gallinger

Author and professor emeritus at the Saint Paul School of Theology near Kansas City, Miss. talks about blue-collar ministry

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December 2013

Interview with Barbara Marx Hubbard

By Karen Hilfman Millson

The futurist thinker talks about conscious evolution and the spiritual potential of humanity

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October 2013

Interview with Jean Vanier

By Alicia von Stamwitz

The Canadian philosopher and founder of the L’Arche community for people with intellectual disabilities talks about faith, disability and God’s tenderness for humanity

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October 2013

Interview with Kevin Flatt

By Ken Gallinger

The professor of church history at Hamilton's Redeemer University College talks about his book, 'After Evangelicalism: The Sixties and the United Church of Canada'

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September 2013

Interview with Michael Dowd

By Ambury Stuart

The American evolutionary apostle talks about his science-based spirituality

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July 2013

Interview with Kathleen Wynne

By Mardi Tindal

Ontario’s first female premier and Canada’s first openly gay provincial leader talks about faith, politics and community

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June 2013

Interview with Gordon Lightfoot

By Karen Hilfman Millson

Canadian musical icon and former choirboy talks about his beginnings, faith and activism in conversation at St. Paul's United in Orillia, Ont.

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May 2013

Interview with Chris Stedman

By Katie Toth

Harvard University's humanist chaplain talks about atheists, Christians — and how the two can set aside their differences to work together

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April 2013

Interview with Ron Klusmeier

By Ken Gallinger

Pioneering composer talks about contemporary church music and his ongoing "Tour of a Lifetime"

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March 2013

Interview with Charles Taylor

By Liette Michaud

Internationally acclaimed Canadian philosopher talks about building bridges between different cultures and faiths

Arts Feature

February 2013

Interview with John Swinton

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Scottish theologian and former mental health chaplain John Swinton talks about disability and dementia — and why churches have got this “inclusion” thing all wrong

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Outrage is the new normal

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Video

ObserverDocs: A Tale of Two Cancers

by Observer Staff

Catherine Gordon's October 2017 feature for The Observer, 'A tale of two cancers,' recently caught the eye of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and his Washington, D.C.-based team, and inspired a short documentary. Gordon talks about the experience of writing the article and participating in the film.

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Profiles

October 2017

Fall from grace

by Justin Dallaire

Don Hume was a United Church minister nearing retirement. Then he tried crack cocaine.

Faith

September 2017

Yearning

by Jane Dawson

Restless longing is at the core of the human condition, urging us onward through life. What happens when it veers off course?

Society

July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots

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.

World

June 2017

Resisting genocide

by Sally Armstrong

In August 2014, ISIS attacked Iraq’s Yazidis, slaughtering thousands and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. Today, the survivors are fighting for their ancient way of life.

Society

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

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