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Faith

Feature

March 2017

When neurons meet prayer

By Trisha Elliott

The writer volunteers for a study exploring how a week of spiritual contemplation alters the brain

Feature

March 2017

An enduring dialogue

By Mike Milne

Despite their failed merger in 1975, the United and Anglican churches are still keen to co-operate. Two small congregations in rural Quebec are proving it can be done.

Feature

February 2017

Old library, new look

By Sheima Benembarek

Feature

February 2017

Verbatim

By Donald Grayston

‘The body has dementia, but the soul doesn’t.’

Feature

February 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Erin DeBooy

A travelling exhibit of images from the former residential school in Brandon, Man., is designed to educate and unite

Feature

February 2017

Emission control

By Mike Milne

United Church buildings produce as much carbon dioxide as 30,000 cars. Why are so few congregations cleaning up their act?

Feature

January 2017

Presbytery turns down bid to halt Vosper hearing

By Mike Milne

Feature

January 2017

Do they like it here? In a word: yes.

By May Tartoussy

For Syrian refugees, adapting to Canadian culture is hard. We asked a Syrian-born Arabic-speaking journalist to interview some of the United Church-sponsored newcomers about learning to live in a new land

Feature

January 2017

Achievements and challenges

By Colin Maclean

Last year, more than 35,000 Syrian refugees — many United Church-sponsored — began their adjustment to life in Canada. The Observer checks in on their progress.

Feature

January 2017

Verbatim

By Katie Ingram

‘The women who came forward’

Feature

January 2017

Roads to Reconciliation

By Meg Illman-White

When an Indigenous teen disappeared in Kenora, Ont., Knox United provided a space to gather — and to grieve

Feature

January 2017

The platitude trap

By Jonathan Orbell

Faced with senseless tragedy, many of us cling to religious clichés. But there's a different path.

Feature

January 2017

Biblical proportions

By Anne Bokma

Feature

December 2016

The Nativity re-imagined

By Trisha Elliott

Eight contemporary Canadian artists. Eight compelling views of Christmas.

Feature

December 2016

Holy doodles

By Sara Jewell

Scribbling in church isn’t always rude. It could be the key to a deeper spiritual experience.

Feature

December 2016

A story still unfolding

By Jordan Cantwell

The 2,000-year-old Nativity narrative reveals God’s continual rebirth among us. A Christmas message from the United Church moderator.

Feature

December 2016

Verbatim

By Pieta Woolley

Feature

December 2016

Pokemon Go craze sends gamers to church

By Noah Richardson

Feature

December 2016

Missing, murdered women

By Elena Gritzan

Kairos creates online hub for national inquiry

Special Feature

November 2016

‘Mystical Landscapes’

By Trisha Elliott

Feature

November 2016

Executive rejects bid to delay Vosper proceedings

By Mike Milne

Feature

November 2016

'Unsuitable'

By Mike Milne

Atheist minister Gretta Vosper is audacious, passionate and polarizing. She tested the limits of United Church tolerance and found little institutional appetite for her brand of unbelieving.

Feature

November 2016

Sidebar: Theologians respond

By Elena Gritzan

Feature

November 2016

A French malaise

By Tim Johnson

The writer returns to France after a 13-year hiatus and discovers a country increasingly uneasy about its growing multiculturalism

Feature

November 2016

That evangelical sizzle

By Christopher White

Their beliefs are clear, their style is hip — and they seem to be exactly what new Canadians are looking for. What makes evangelicals so damned appealing?

Feature

November 2016

Interview with Thomas Krattenmaker

By Katie Toth

The USA Today columnist talks about how Jesus’ life can act as an ethical compass today — a theme he explores in his new book, ’Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower’

Feature

November 2016

What’s killing church camps?

By Pieta Woolley

Church-run summer camps are in serious decline. Marketers hired to troubleshoot the problem wonder if religion is a deterrent.

Feature

November 2016

Verbatim

By Paul Russell

‘It quickly became evident that this ship might be lost.’

Feature

November 2016

Q&A with Rev. Ted Kersey

By Nancy Fornasiero

Feature

November 2016

Excerpts from Conference Interview Committee report

By Elena Gritzan

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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