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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

Black gold or green disaster?

By Larry Krotz

Governments see jobs. Oil companies see money. When it comes to debating Alberta’s oil sands, there’s no middle ground.

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September 2009

No place for a woman

By Trisha Elliott

Shelters across Canada have seen a dramatic rise in homelessness among women. What’s often hidden are the causes.

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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

Head coach

By Jennifer McPhee

There was a time when people relied on their ministers to help them through adversity. Nowadays, they’re calling upon a life coach.

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July 2009

Aid under fire

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Mounting dangers are forcing humanitarian workers to rethink the way they deliver relief

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June 2009

Growing food security

By Katrina Simmons

How that patch of earth outside your church can be part of a more equitable food system

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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

‘I remember you. You were my teacher.’

By Richard Wright

They hadn’t seen each other since he was a student at a residential school in Manitoba and she was a teacher. A chance reunion started a remarkable journey of healing.

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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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May 2009

Pain and possibility

By Larry Krotz

Our economy was sick before the recession took hold. The crisis presents a chance to imagine a healthier and more sustainable future.

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April 2009

So, how was your trip?

By Karen Stiller

How to share your life-changing travel tales without boring your listeners

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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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

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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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