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Faith

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August 2012

Day Three

By David Wilson

Moderator nominees make their pitches to commissioners

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August 2012

Day Two

By David Wilson and Mike Milne

Commissioners vote to change church crest and update doctrinal statements

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August 2012

Day One

By Mike Milne

All eyes on Israel-Palestine report as commissioners descend on Ottawa

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August 2012

41st General Council Coverage

By Observer Staff

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July 2012

Rights and wrongs at the edges of life

By Observer Staff

The 2012 Observer survey on life and death decisions reveals startling gaps between the views of churchgoers, the general public and the law

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July 2012

Unpacking compassion

By Trisha Elliott

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July 2012

Choosing a better death

By Richard Wright

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July 2012

Little lives, big questions

By Pieta Woolley

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July 2012

General Council in focus

By Mike Milne

A report on the Middle East has been generating controversy ahead of the church’s national gathering

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July 2012

Another side of paradise

By Lisa Van de Ven

Two centuries ago, Rev. John Stephenson fought racism in Bermuda’s churches and paid for it with his freedom. The struggle for racial equality continues today.

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June 2012

How green is thy faith?

By Pieta Woolley

Since taking root half a century ago, ecotheology has cultivated a fresh understanding of scripture. For a new generation of Christians, it’s now second nature.

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June 2012

Side by side in Kathmandu

By Tim Johnson

Two of the world’s great faiths live harmoniously in the shadow of the Himalayas

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May 2012

Your View: Rebirth

By Ann Belanger

Since nesting here a few years ago, a mother robin has been living in the crabapple tree in the corner of our backyard deck. Until recently, she was much too nervous to allow photos of her babies. Then, last spring, she cheerily chirped as I snapped away. Trust needs to be earned.

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May 2012

The 7 Deadly Sins

By Various Writers

Greed, lust, envy, wrath, gluttony, pride, sloth: let our writers tempt you with their contemporary takes on the seven notorious no-nos.

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May 2012

Compassion for the persecuted?

By Mike Milne

Canada's new Office of Religious Freedom seems like a great idea. If only we knew what it was going to do.

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April 2012

Gratitude and reverence

By Mardi Tindal

More than 2,000 years later, the risen Christ remains the beating heart of Easter. A message from the moderator.

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April 2012

The crosses we bear

By Trisha Elliott

An Easter reflection on caregiving

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March 2012

‘We’re your family now’

By Martha Martin

A Halifax minister left her familiar life behind to spend three months at Corrymeela in Northern Ireland. What she discovered was an abiding sense of community.

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March 2012

First United’s time of trial

By Pieta Woolley

Resignations, looming funding cuts and bad press have forced a historic United Church mission to rethink its role in Canada’s poorest neighbourhood

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March 2012

Dementia Sidebar: A light in the fog

By Trisha Elliott

Underneath the pain of dementia, faith runs deep

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March 2012

The silent epidemic

By Kylie Taggart

In Canada today, a new case of dementia is diagnosed every five minutes. In 25 years, it will be one every two minutes. Are churches ready for a full-blown pastoral crisis?

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February 2012

Collared

By Michael Webster

Is a clerical collar still a meaningful symbol or just a pain in the neck? Michael Webster wore one every day for a month to find out.

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February 2012

Caught in the bottleneck

By Carolyn Morris

New limits on refugee applications are meant to relieve a backlog of unprocessed claims. Churches fear the cap will undo the sponsorship program that has helped thousands flee to safety in Canada.

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January 2012

Back to the garden

By Margaret Atwood

Theology and ecology were once interconnected, but two millennia of Christianity have steered us away from nature. Can religion recover its roots?

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January 2012

El Salvador’s journey of redemption

By Tim Johnson

Two decades ago, civil war raged in Central America’s smallest country. Visitors today will discover that while the scars remain, the healing power of peace is stronger.

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December 2011

Interview with Rev. Brent Hawkes

By Ken Gallinger

The minister of Toronto’s Metropolitan Community Church presided over the state funeral for Jack Layton last summer. He recently spoke to The Observer.

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December 2011

Christmas in the Holy Land

By Sherry Ann Chapman

An Alberta woman encounters inspiration, heartbreak and the odd Santa during an Advent season in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

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December 2011

Is the end really nigh?

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Though every doomsday prediction to date has proven false, they’re still hard to ignore

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December 2011

Risking the birth of love

By Mardi Tindal

Christmas reminds us to rise to the challenge of hope

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November 2011

Interview with Mary Hynes

By Cory Ruf

The host of CBC Radio’s “Tapestry” program often engages in wide-ranging discussions with the most interesting thinkers on faith and spirituality. She recently talked to The Observer.

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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