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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

Fighting a new battle

By Larry Krotz

Soldiers wounded in Afghanistan face a different kind of adversity when they return home and try to restart their lives

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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

Kicking the oil habit

By Lisa Van de Ven

Sooner or later, plentiful oil will be a thing of the past. Transition Towns are starting now to prepare for the future.

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January 2010

A sanctuary for conscience

By Brian Platt

U.S. war resister Rodney Watson asked a Vancouver United church to shelter him after exhausting his refugee-claim options

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January 2010

'Fighting to be our daughter’s parents'

By Trisha Elliott

Born with severe cerebral palsy, Daria Gallinger needs 24-hour care. Now her parents face a cruel choice: keep her at home and accept financial ruin, or give her up so she qualifies for the help she needs.

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January 2010

‘We have to turn the page on the past'

By Richard Wright

As a girl, Elsie Robinson attended a United Church-run residential school in Ahousaht on Vancouver Island. Her grandson is Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations and a strong advocate of better education for First Nations children. Last October, one day before she died unexpectedly near Nanaimo, B.C., she spoke with Richard Wright.

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January 2010

A national disgrace

By Richard Wright

Sixty percent of children living on First Nations reserves do not graduate from high school. Aboriginal leaders and educators agree: something must be done to fix Native schooling

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day Twelve

By David MacDonald

They have looked into the abyss

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day Eleven

By David MacDonald

Nowhere else to go

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day Ten

By David MacDonald

A question of power

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day Nine

By David MacDonald

'What on earth has the Gospel got to do with climate change?'

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day Eight

By David MacDonald

A unique Canadian contribution

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December 2009

Copenhagen Days Six and Seven

By David MacDonald

Thinking the unthinkable

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December 2009

Copenhagen Days Four and Five

By David MacDonald

'This is about more than climate change'

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day Three

By David MacDonald

Two solitudes

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day Two:

By David MacDonald

From Rio to Copenhagen: not a good trip for Canada

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day One

By David MacDonald

Now that it has started, where is it going to go?

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December 2009

United Nations Climate Change Conference

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December 2009

Green your Christmas

By Jennifer McPhee

Tips for a more eco-friendly holiday

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December 2009

Kyoto’s ghost

By David G. Hallman

Twelve years ago, it appeared the tide had turned on climate change. It hasn’t. Can Copenhagen accomplish what Kyoto couldn’t?

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December 2009

Front page challenge

By David Hayes

The United Church found itself in the media crosshairs this past fall, wondering how — or whether — to respond to a spate of negative news stories

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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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November 2009

When green isn't green enough

By Lisa Van de Ven

Think you’re doing your bit for the environment? Here’s the deal: you’re just getting started.

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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

Boycott bid defeated amid fierce lobbying

By Mike Milne

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

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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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