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Columns

Column

March 2009

Generations

By Karen Stiller

Turning middle-age is a chance to look inside oneself

Column

March 2009

Living in faith

By Keith Howard

Truth is what moves us from a platitude to the profound

Column

February 2009

Generations

By Brian Platt

We live in one world, and we must show solidarity with the oppressed

Column

February 2009

At Issue

By Connie denBok

A surprising number of new Canadians are open to a community of faith, and many are looking for ways to connect beyond their ethnic enclave

Column

January 2009

Restless soul

By Sara Jewell

Restless no more, a veteran columnist bids readers farewell and prepares to head in a new direction

Column

January 2009

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

The true test for President Obama will be bringing about a new world of peace and prosperity without disturbing the current standards of living

Column

December 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

The United Church's Emerging Spirit Campaign begs some hard questions about money and faith

Column

December 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

Work is a blessing, it’s what keeps you alive. So why should I retire?

Column

November 2008

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

Living risk-free begins as a means to preserve life but ends up confining it

Column

November 2008

Restless Soul

By Sara Jewell

We're at a crossroads regarding the way we celebrate Christmas

Column

October 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

Making a will forces us to imagine the world without us but also gives us a say in that world

Column

October 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

Have our best efforts to eliminate sexism and racism morphed into new exclusions?

Column

September 2008

Rites of Passage

By Michael Webster

Running at 60

Column

September 2008

Rites of Passage

By Drew Halfnight

Old man from Guatemala shows kernels of honesty, fields of truth

Column

September 2008

Decoding the Bible

By Sandra Beardsall

The terrible things people do begs the question: Are all humans “essentially good?”

Column

September 2008

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

Awareness of awe provides the soil in which spirituality takes root

Column

July 2008

Rites of Passage

By Allan Reeve

Out of my head, into the wild

Column

July 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

The warranty has ended on my parents' generation

Column

July 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

It's now time for the 40-plussers to scramble

Column

June 2008

Rites of Passage

By Barbara McIntyre

A body fallen ill, a soul gone searching

Column

June 2008

Restless Soul

By Sara Jewell

Turn off the cell phone. Put away the iPod. Your language skills are suffering.

Column

June 2008

Living in faith

By Keith Howard

Discipleship that leaves a mark

Column

May 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

Every generation needs to confront the reality of economic disparity

Column

May 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

Can a national church still capture the essence of what it means to be Christian?

Arts Feature

May 2008

Rites of Passage

By Doug Charrett

Down paths of rediscovery

Column

April 2008

Rites of Passage

By Allan Wilson

Wonder at the upper edges of life

Column

April 2008

Restless Soul

By Sara Jewell

Surviving on faith

Column

April 2008

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

A time of terror and amazement

Column

April 2008

At Issue

By Michael Webster

Gambling: You bet it’s fun

Feature

March 2006

Living the Faith

By Carolyn Pogue

Sometimes it's in the emptiness of our deserts that we see the signs that bring hope and peace

Faith

The author is baptized at Central United in Calgary. (Photo courtesy of Al Coe)

Why I got baptized in a United Church at the age of 42

by Jacqueline Mercer-Livesey

"I told myself that I didn’t need to go to church to believe in God. I found peace and the Holy Spirit in the things that surrounded me. But still, there was a nagging sense of something missing."

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Observations

Editor/Publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Observations: The rewards of letting go

by Jocelyn Bell

Editor Jocelyn Bell reflects on the upcoming changes for The United Church of Canada, the magazine and in her own life.

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Video

ObserverDocs: Two nurses tackle Vancouver's opioid crisis

Richard Moore is a resident of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In this poignant interview, he explains the important work of nurses Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles.

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Faith

July 2018

250 United Church leaders have a message for Doug Ford

by Emma Prestwich

They're urging the new Ontario premier to remember those in need as he carries out promised economic reform.

Culture

July 2018

Tracing Nelson Mandela’s path a century after his birth

by Tim Johnson

A travel writer visits some of the places that shaped the anti-apartheid icon’s life.

Interviews

July 2018

Jamil Jivani sheds light on why young men radicalize

by Suzanne Bowness

In his book 'Why Young Men,' Jamil Jivani talks about his own experience as a troubled youth.

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