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Opinion

Column

April 2012

Finish this sentence

By Patricia Clarke

The relationship between congregations and the General Council is . . . frayed

Column

April 2012

The new look of discontent

By David Wilson

Young people drove the 1960s counterculture, and they're the backbone of the Occupy movement. But the similarities end there.

Column

March 2012

Finish this sentence

By Michael Webster

The absence of religious studies programs in most Canadian schools is ... depriving our young people of a proper education.

Column

March 2012

The Big Question

By Janet Silman

What did Jesus mean by 'No one comes to the Father except through me'?

Column

March 2012

Spirit Story

By Donna Sinclair

'Getting arrested is not what I do’

Column

March 2012

Down but not out at First United

By David Wilson

Helping marginalized people in the country's poorest neighbourhood is messy at the best of times

Column

February 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Connie denBok

The one thing the United Church does really well right now . . .

Column

February 2012

The Big Question

By Trisha Elliott

What is the Kingdom?

Column

February 2012

Spirit Story

By Keith Reynolds

An encounter with hope in Honduras

Column

February 2012

Stereotyping’s the thing

By David Wilson

Antipathy toward clergy runs pretty deep in a post-religious society

Column

January 2012

Spirit Story

By Leslie Sinclair

A Hindu practice, a Christian awakening

Column

January 2012

The Big Question

By Ross Lockhart

What does it mean that Jesus saves

Column

January 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Brian Platt

The reason evangelical churches grow while mainline denominations decline is . . .

Column

January 2012

A new look for new times

By David Wilson

Denominational magazines must move forward or fall behind

Blog Entry

December 2011

Deal reached in Durban

By Alanna Mitchell

Hailed as a ‘breakthrough’ the new agreement fails to deliver a real solution to climate change

Debate

December 2011

Keep it confidential or tell the boss?

By Kevin Little and Lee Simpson

You’re an IT specialist working under strict confidentiality rules. During routine spam maintenance, you stumble upon an e-mail that suggests your company is in secret merger talks and hints that unspecified supervisory jobs will be eliminated. Your supervisor and longtime mentor is about to begin a major home renovation. Do you tell her?

Column

December 2011

The Christmas Can

By David Wilson

Something ordinary often means much more during the holidays

Column

December 2011

Generations

By Patricia Clarke

End-of-life choices

Column

December 2011

The Big Question

By John McTavish

Was God ever born?

Column

December 2011

At Issue

By Michael Webster

When to 'Fa-la-la'

Column

November 2011

My View

By

Are we relevant?

Debate

November 2011

Honour veterans or promote peace?

By Connie denBok and Orville James

Every year on Remembrance Sunday, the church where you minister holds a ceremony to honour the congregation’s veterans and to remember their fallen comrades. The congregation’s peace committee complains that the practice glorifies war and promotes nationalism. They’ve asked you to put a stop to it. How do you handle this?

Column

November 2011

Generations

By Larry Krotz

Baffled by gizmos

Column

November 2011

The Big Question

By Wayne Hilliker

Does God test us?

Column

November 2011

‘There’s nothing like it anywhere’

By David Wilson

Torontonians are feeling a little unsure of themselves right now, but their big city is much greater than the sum of its annoyances

Column

October 2011

The Big Question

By James Christie

Does God need to be thanked?

Column

October 2011

My View

By Christopher White

Words to brand by

Column

October 2011

The culture of debt

By David Wilson

Today, our children have to work — and borrow — to keep pace with our standard of living

Column

September 2011

My View

By Kelly Salter

God and Google

Debate

September 2011

Do you support an impractical dream?

By Kevin Little and Lee Simpson

Your 30-something son works a stable job in insurance. Ecstatic, he calls up to announce he’s quit work to pursue his new-found dream of becoming a musical theatre actor. You fear his stage talents are mediocre at best and worry this foray into theatre will leave him broke and directionless.

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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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Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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