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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

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August 2009

Debate begins on controversial Middle East peace proposals (Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009)

By Mike Milne

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August 2009

Truth and reconciliation take centre-stage on day two of General Council (Monday, Aug.10, 2009)

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August 2009

General Council hits a bump as business gets under way in Kelowna, B.C. (Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009)

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August 2009

And then there were eight: two more moderator nominees (Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009)

By Mike Milne

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August 2009

40th General Council Coverage

By Observer Staff

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August 2009

Smoke from B.C. fires and controversy over boycott proposal loom over start of General Council (Friday, Aug.7, 2009)

By Mike Milne

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July 2009

Reader survey: I love my minister . . .

By Jocelyn Bell

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July 2009

A few hundred facts about you

By Observer Staff

Our 2009 readership survey results paint a surprising picture of the United Church today

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July 2009

Reader survey: The problem with ministers today is . . .

By Observer Staff

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July 2009

Reader survey: The ideal minister is . . .

By Observer Staff

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July 2009

Reader survey: If I were moderator, my priorities would be . . .

By Observer Staff

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July 2009

Interview with Nora Sanders

By David Wilson

United Church General Secretary Nora Sanders speaks about the church’s problems, priorities and possibilities

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June 2009

Interview with Mark Toulouse

By David Wilson

The first American principal of the United Church’s Emmanuel College talks about theological education in Canada and the United States

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June 2009

Seven myths about John Calvin

By Peter Wyatt

The 500th anniversary of the theologian's birth is a good time to set the record straight

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June 2009

‘I’m not religious. I’m spiritual.’

By Trisha Elliott

Spirituality is on the rise, yet religion is on the wane. Are we living in a paradox, or in the midst of seismic cultural change?

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May 2009

Windows on the Divine

By Cindy Bisaillon

Art can take us into the realm of the infinite. Poet and singer Leonard Cohen is just one Canadian artist opening the way.

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May 2009

On a wing and a prayer

By Lee Simpson

Faith-based tourism is becoming an industry unto itself. Some of the travel options are downright kooky, while others have the potential to bring a fractious world closer together.

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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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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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