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Faith

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September 2018

I learned to reconcile my Indigenous identity with my Christianity

By Zach Running Coyote

"I have met Jesus in the smoke of burning sage, the darkness and warmth of the sweat lodge, and the powwow drum, the heartbeat of Mother Earth."

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September 2018

As a progressive Christian, I choose to embrace discomfort

By Zak McDonald

For writer Zak McDonald, identifying with that label also means learning to understand those who think differently.

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September 2018

The healing power of a good cry

By Anne Simmonds

'Have you ever met an infant or a young child who does not cry? It is a normal, natural, pre-verbal response to discomfort, pain, sadness and anger. As we get older, we’re taught to mask our true feelings.'

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September 2018

A play-by-play of General Council 43

By Trisha Elliott

The 43rd national gathering restructured the United Church while reminding it that more change is needed.

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September 2018

These Edmonton church cats bring all the snuggles... unless you're a mouse

By Alison Brooks-Starks

The two take their jobs as hunters seriously.

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September 2018

How the United Church helped us settle in Canada

By Nancy Loucks-McSloy

Brooks Fully fled Liberia in 2012 and came to North America, eventually settling in Newfoundland. In 2017, his wife, Hawa, and children — Grace, 17, Evans, 12 and Courage, 8 — joined him in London, Ont., where the family now attends Trinity United Church Community Centre.

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September 2018

I send my kids to Catholic school, but I'm not Catholic

By Pieta Woolley

A lifelong United Church member explains why she's embracing lessons in reading, writing and rosaries.

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September 2018

Indigenous church cautiously optimistic about General Council changes

By Mike Milne

The United Church has voted to create a new National Indigenous Elders Council and a National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering, among other commitments.

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September 2018

Meet your new moderator: Rt. Rev. Richard Bott

By Christopher White

'He is one of the people who can actually build up a church.'

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September 2018

Presbyteries are gone. So now what?

By Mike Milne

Here's what the United Church's new three-court system will look like.

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September 2018

Mission & Service goes mobile

By United Church of Canada Foundation Staff

Now each giver can simply make their gift and it will be received, receipted and thanked within seconds right on their smartphone, tablet or laptop.

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August 2018

This fall, put giving at the heart of your congregation

By United Church of Canada Foundation Staff

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July 2018

For me, the landmark United Church vote on sexual orientation came at a high personal cost

By Don Collett

"Justice was served at General Council. Yes. And harm was also done," says Rev. Don Collett.

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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.

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July 2018

Is yoga a form of spiritual appropriation?

By Anne Bokma

From yoga to sweat lodges, many SBNR seekers are unwittingly engaging in spiritual appropriation

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July 2018

A fond farewell to presbyteries

By Steven Chambers

They will likely be eliminated this year as the United Church restructures. Steven Chambers celebrates the end of an era.

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July 2018

Meet your 2018 moderator nominees

By Mike Milne

Later this month, General Council commissioners will choose the United Church’s next moderator. As of press time, 10 leadership hopefuls had been announced. We asked each of them to sum up their pitch in a tweet.

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July 2018

Donna Runnalls, McGill’s first female dean, looks back on her groundbreaking career

By Amanda Stutt

Biblical scholar Donna Runnalls has lived and worked in South Korea, Israel and Indonesia. She is a member of University Hill United in Vancouver.

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July 2018

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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July 2018

How the United Church community can respond to the evils of the world

By Christopher White

Answers to your faith questions.

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June 2018

I regret my 100 Huntley Street book

By Paul Knowles

The evangelical history that Paul Knowles wrote 36 years ago haunts him to this day.

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June 2018

This Ontario church will soon be a homeless shelter

By Nancy Fornasiero

And the congregation of Knox United couldn't be happier.

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June 2018

Documentary looks at United Church's 1986 apology to Indigenous people

By Janice Leuschen

“The history of the present involves a thinking of how we’ve come to our point and reflect on it critically. It’s the history of the present that I’m interested in.”

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June 2018

Restoring Canada's oldest Methodist church won't be cheap

By Kate Spencer

Built in 1792, Old Hay Bay Church in Napanee, Ont., is over 225 years old and needs a bit of a facelift.

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June 2018

After 93 years, this could be the United Church's last General Council meeting

By Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Column

May 2018

Wrestling and other amazing ways to repurpose your church

By Pieta Woolley

Some church buildings go to sleep from Monday to Friday. But elsewhere, the steepled husks moonlight as kooky and political community hubs. Here are our favourite ideas.

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May 2018

Why I decided to leave the Catholic Church in my 60s

By Angela Mombourquette

After a lifetime devoted to Catholicism, a Nova Scotia teacher is settling in with the United Church of Canada. Here, she explains why.

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May 2018

These Canadian Muslims are tackling Islamophobia with kindness


By Sarah Treleaven

From free coffee to stand-up comedy, Muslims are finding creative ways to deal with stereotypes

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May 2018

How a South Korean dissident became a minister in northern Ontario

By Donna Sinclair

After being released from prison in his native South Korea in 1979, Jong Bok Kim made the long journey to Canada, where he is now a United Church minister.

Columns

Rev. Don Collett had a hand in writing the document that paved the way for the open ordination of LGBT folks in the United Church of Canada. (Credit: Bayne Stanley)

For me, the landmark United Church vote on sexual orientation came at a high personal cost

by Don Collett

"Justice was served at General Council. Yes. And harm was also done," says Rev. Don Collett.

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Observations

Editor/publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Should we apologize for the hurt surrounding the 1988 decision?

by Jocelyn Bell

The groundbreaking United Church vote on gay and lesbian ministers has transformed the denomination in the years since, but there's still work left to do.

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Video

Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

They're a fixture of Kirk United Church Centre in Edmonton.

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Society

September 2018

11 Ontarians share their opioid stories in this powerful project

by Mugoli Samba

The Opioid Chapters hopes to add nuance to the public discussion on opioids.

Society

September 2018

Do we face a future without Down syndrome?

by Kevin Spurgaitis

Advances in prenatal testing mean parents can detect the chromosomal difference earlier. What does this mean for the future of Down Syndrome?

Faith

September 2018

I send my kids to Catholic school, but I'm not Catholic

by Pieta Woolley

A lifelong United Church member explains why she's embracing lessons in reading, writing and rosaries.

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