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Editorials

Column

May 2010

The story of Site 41

By David Wilson

Small church, big win for creation

Column

April 2010

Better lines of communication

By David Wilson

Make no mistake: dialogue between the United Church and Canadian Jewish groups can't be confined to the boardroom.

Column

March 2010

Let the healing and rebuilding begin

By David Wilson

The suffering in Haiti forces us to face the world's inequities

Column

February 2010

A closer look at the stars

By David Wilson

The more we learn about the universe, the more the mystery deepens

Column

January 2010

Justice for Canada's Aboriginals

By David Wilson

In honour of former editor Hugh McCullum, The Observer investigates the state of education on Canada’s First Nations reserves

Column

December 2009

A sense of history

By David Wilson

Understanding the church's past is critical for moving purposefully into the future

Column

November 2009

Moment of silence

By David Wilson

By rejecting our elders, we are losing our connection to a truly great generation

Column

October 2009

Reflecting on the 40th General Council

By David Wilson

Commissioners have confessed to the church’s brokenness and embraced the inevitability of real change

Column

September 2009

Tar sands or oil sands?

By David Wilson

You’re either passionately for energy megaprojects or against them. The divisions are as basic as the terminology.

Column

July 2009

Survey says

By David Wilson

Where the United Church's course will lead remains to be seen, but this much is certain: there will be no going back to the church of our forebears

Column

June 2009

Triumph of the human spirit

By David Wilson

Singing sensation Susan Boyle reminds us that we are all people of spirit, whether or not we call ourselves spiritual

Column

May 2009

Betting the farm

By David Wilson

The collapsing economy has exposed failures almost too monumental to comprehend

Column

April 2009

Setting the table; not serving the meal

By David Wilson

Thanks to the Emerging Spirit campaign, Canadians have come to expect the unexpected from the United Church

Column

March 2009

Tell us about the things that matter

By David Wilson

In a survey-weary world, it's still important to contribute to the ongoing conversation about your church’s future

Column

February 2009

The new militancy

By David Wilson

To the most strident of atheists, religion is not simply a different way of seeing things; it is the enemy

Column

January 2009

Happy Birthday, Observer

By David Wilson

As The Observer begins its 180th anniversary, we look back at the narratives that tell us who we are and where we come from

Column

December 2008

Remembering Hugh McCullum

By David Wilson

Former Observer editor was a story in and of himself — a densely packed narrative with many twists and turns

Column

December 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

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

Column

October 2008

Climate is what you expect; weather is what you get

By David Wilson

Keeping climate change on the radar may demand newer theologies

Column

September 2008

Summer doesn't last forever

By David Wilson

We know our world is changing and most of us still carry on as usual. But we're not sure what usual is anymore.

Column

July 2008

Cause for celebration?

By David Wilson

It's been 20 years since the United Church's decision to admit gays and lesbians into ministry. But the anniversary is a non-event for young people.

Column

June 2008

Emerging Spirit: The Boomer Edition?

By David Wilson

The United Church's multi-million campaign to engage non-churchgoers seems to have excluded the 45-plussers

Column

April 2008

The evangelical vote

By David Wilson

The Christian Right is now a permanent force in U.S. politics

Column

April 2008

The evangelical vote

By David Wilson

Column

March 2008

An elephant in the room

By David Wilson

Column

February 2008

Words and numbers

By David Wilson

Column

January 2008

Environmental evangelism

By David Wilson

Column

December 2007

Not silent but Holy

By David Wilson

Column

November 2007

An image problem

By David Wilson

Column

October 2007

The Afghanistan enigma

By David Wilson

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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