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Faith

Feature

June 2010

Interview with Lois Wilson

By Ken Gallinger

Former United Church moderator and Canadian senator talks about the state of the union on the occasion of the United Church’s 85th anniversary

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June 2010

Feature: Reborn green

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Three years after being destroyed by a monster tornado, a small town in rural Kansas is setting a global standard for sustainable living.

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June 2010

The gospel of sobriety

By Jasmine Budak

Times have changed since Alcoholics Anonymous was formed 75 years ago. While surrendering to a higher power remains part of its official creed, AA insists it is not religious.

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April 2010

The paradox of Easter

By Mardi Tindal

It is through the brokenness of the cross that God reveals the way to wholeness. A message from the moderator.

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April 2010

Back from the brink

By Caley Moore

Relations between the United Church and Canada’s main Jewish organization hit a low last year. A truce has been reached, but what will it take to make it last?

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April 2010

Hardwired for worship

By Alanna Mitchell

Recent advances in brain imaging suggest we are more receptive to certain styles of worship than others.

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March 2010

Interview with Cheri DiNovo

By Ken Gallinger

An Ontario MPP and United Church minister, who authored the book Qu(e)erying Evangelism, says the United Church has lost its political edge

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March 2010

Interview with Jim Hodgson

By Richard Wright

Shortly after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the United Church’s co-ordinator of Caribbean, Central America and Colombia partnerships talks about the church’s response

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March 2010

From rugged cross to flaming chalice

By Anne Bokma

Many former United Church members drift toward Unitarian Universalism. So what’s the attraction?

Debate

February 2010

Friend or spouse?

By Ruth McQuirter Scott and Ken Gallinger

Your marriage has been under stress, and your husband has planned a second honeymoon for Valentine's. Just before your departure, your best friend calls. It is the first anniversary of her spouse's death, and she says she really needs company. What do you do?

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February 2010

Reality cheque

By Richard Wright

Does the money you spend reflect the values you hold? At tax time, life’s balance sheet is revealed.

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February 2010

Hope for the heartland

By Frank Dabbs

Rural Canada is in the midst of changes that will transform it forever. In many places, the local church is the glue that holds communities together.

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February 2010

Infinite sanctuary

By Kevin Spurgaitis

As our knowledge of the universe expands, will our understanding of God keep pace?

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January 2010

Interview with John Shelby Spong

By Ken Gallinger

An American Episcopalian bishop, known for his radical interpretation of Christianity, talks about death, the afterlife and where to find God

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December 2009

Interview with Rev. Stan Lucyk

By Noelle Boughton

A retired United Church minister who has led pilgrimages to the Holy Land for 30 years explains why Canadian Christians should make the journey

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November 2009

Interview with Marie Wilson

By Mike Milne

One of three commissioners appointed to examine the legacy of the Indian residential school system talks about the monumental task ahead for the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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November 2009

The fence-sitters: How real is the hope?

By Richard Wright

Conventional wisdom suggests that the folks who show up for church only at Christmas and Easter might be persuaded to come more often. But a new study says, don't hold your breath.

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November 2009

Rescuing Darwin

By Paul Fayter

Ever since the Origin of Species was first published 150 years ago, scientists and creationists have tried to spin the religious views of Charles Darwin their way.

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October 2009

The R word

By Chantal Braganza

Regionalized churches may be the way of the future. So why does the idea make everyone squeamish?

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October 2009

Three lies and a half-truth

By Therese DesCamp

When it comes to understanding meditation, Christianity and neuroscience are closer than you might imagine

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October 2009

Meet Doreth Brown

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Single. Mother of three. Determined to do more than just get by.

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October 2009

Interview with Mardi Tindal

By David Wilson

Mardi Tindal, the 40th moderator of The United Church of Canada, discusses the state of the United Church today

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October 2009

Boycott bid defeated amid fierce lobbying

By Mike Milne

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September 2009

Faithful to the cause

By Chantal Braganza

For almost 90 years, the Student Christian Movement has been a force for social justice. How much longer can it continue?

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September 2009

Hungry for the Word

By Ross Lockhart

How preaching lost its lustre, and how we can get it back

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August 2009

Mardi Tindal elected new United Church moderator (Friday, Aug. 14, 2009)

By Mike Milne

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August 2009

Church backs away from Israel boycott (Thursday, Aug.13, 2009)

By Mike Milne

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August 2009

Substitute anti-discrimination proposal preserves congregations’ authority to decide on same-sex marriage (Thursday, Aug.13, 2009)

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August 2009

Commissioners asked to spread word of B.C. Conference apology over post-war sale of Japanese church (Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009)

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August 2009

Moderator candidates share their visions for the church (Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009)

By Jocelyn Bell

Interviews

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Why this woman is leaving the Catholic Church in her 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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Editorials

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Observations: It’s a long road toward full equality for women

by Jocelyn Bell

'It’s a wonder that we continue to see male ministers as normative and attach shame to female ministers’ biology and sexuality.'

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Video

ObserverDocs: Playing by Heart

by Observer Staff

United Church music director Kara Shaw was born prematurely, became almost totally blind and was later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Today, the 28-year-old showcases her unique musical ability, performing piano on local and national stages.

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Faith

May 2018

Toronto church builds interfaith friendship

by Vivien Fellegi

Faith

May 2018

This parent found no support for her autistic daughter — and decided to change that

by Kieran Delamont

Suzanne Allen talks about raising a daughter on the autism spectrum and bringing all autistic girls together

Faith

May 2018

Church retreat helps first responders with PTSD

by Joe Martelle

Interviews

May 2018

Why this woman is leaving the Catholic Church in her 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.

Ethics

May 2018

Pregnant in the pulpit

by Trisha Elliott

Ministers who take a maternity leave still face discrimination in their own congregations

Interviews

May 2018

The two words Rev. Cheri DiNovo wants to hear from the United Church

by Alex Mlynek

The Toronto minister talks about her disappointment over the church’s silence when she officiated the country’s first legalized same-sex marriage 17 years ago – and why she wants an apology.

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