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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

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April 2009

Miracle or dilemma?

By Richard Wright

Tens of thousands of people are living testimony to the benefits of harvesting vital organs from the dead. Yet the ethics of organ donation are surprisingly complex.

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April 2009

Into the city with Jesus

By Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

In his last week, Jesus rode into Jerusalem amid waving palms while Caesar’s army approached from the other direction. A clash of values was inevitable and still resounds today.

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March 2009

Photo Essay: Lost and Found in Guatemala

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Central America’s biggest city is home to some of the region’s poorest people. But a church-supported project is offering hope to children living in appalling squalor.

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March 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Orville James

Does Christianity need churches?

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March 2009

In the footsteps of Paul

By Cindy Bisaillon

Retracing the apostle’s ancient journeys illuminates timeless spiritual truths

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March 2009

One day

By Various Writers

Six writers describe what they would do today if they knew they had run out of tomorrows

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March 2009

When will you bring food?

By Gary Kenny

With Zimbabwe lurching toward famine, the United Church responds with its biggest food-aid partnership ever

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February 2009

True unbelievers

By Jocelyn Bell

Organized atheism is on the rise and growing more vocal. Can believers and non-believers co-exist respectfully?

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February 2009

More than roses

By Karen Stiller

Flowers are nice, but it’s emotional presence that makes couples’ hearts grow fonder

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February 2009

The memory wall

By Sara Jewell

Alzheimer’s may have stolen Reg Jewell's memories, but his loved ones are certain the Divine has not forgotten him

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February 2009

AIDS enters adulthood

By Larry Krotz

Twenty-five years on, HIV/AIDS continues to wreak tragedy upon vast swaths of the developing world. The rest of us are getting used to it.

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January 2009

Divine chemistry

By Therese DesCamp

Neuroscience can tell us a lot about what happens in our brains when we experience God. But it still isn’t able to tell us why.

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January 2009

Out of the box

By Sara Jewell

A New Brunswick congregation proves that a little creative thinking can lead to new energy and hope

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January 2009

Condition critical

By Kevin Spurgaitis

As strains on the public health-care system mount, so does the clamour for more competition from the private sector

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December 2008

Golden years, anxious times

By Mike Milne

A clergy-driven survey discovers that many ministers struggle with finances in retirement

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December 2008

The ringmaster

By Jennifer McPhee

Sixteen years ago, Gerald Martindale fell under the spell of the carillon. His passion still peals out over the country’s largest city.

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December 2008

The trouble with Angel

By Lee Simpson

She is the street person I’ve chosen to “adopt.” I give her money, food and companionship. She personifies questions I cannot answer.

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December 2008

Behold, the unexpected star

By Laurelle Callaghan

Sometimes, the grace of Christmas is still revealed where you least expect it

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December 2008

Our place in the pageant

By Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

More than just bathrobes and broomstick donkeys, the re-enactment of the Nativity stories help us reopen doors to Jesus

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November 2008

A son rises

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Jay Bakker spent years in the shadow of his televangelist parents, Jim and Tammy Faye. Now he's resurfaced with a new style of ministry for disillusioned Christians.

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November 2008

Sprawl: Living in a mega-city world

By Larry Krotz

The global population shift raises profound ethical challenges for cities already straining at the seams

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November 2008

Ancient tongues, new respect

By Richard Wright

The Bible was once a tool for diminishing Aboriginal culture. Now new translations are seeking to redress an old wrong.

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October 2008

Hugh McCullum 1931 - 2008

By Observer Staff

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October 2008

If the spirits move you

By Caley Moore

More and more churches permit alcohol use. Here’s how to make a dry church occasionally wet.

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October 2008

An epidemic of hunger

By Mike Milne

How to feed a world threatened by mass starvation? Those who have suffered the most may have the best answers.

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October 2008

Wayfaring spirit

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Bruce Cockburn’s musical career spans 40 years and 26 albums. But his quest for deeper meaning is lifelong.

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October 2008

Pathways to prayer

By Gretta Vosper

There are as many prayer styles as there are people who pray. Here is one approach to connecting with God.

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September 2008

Northern Ireland’s troubled generation

By Kevin Spurgaitis

A decade of peace has coincided with a disturbing spike in suicides among Catholic and Protestant youth

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September 2008

Their time is now

By Jennifer McPhee

Meet seven United Church young people who are rising to the challenge of leadership

Society

Sandy and Allan Wilson.

“Thank you for being my dopted parents”

by Allan Wilson

Eighteen years after his teen son died of cancer, this writer celebrates a new type of fatherhood when he becomes legal guardian of a man with disabilities.

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Editorials

The United Church Observer's editor and publisher, Jocelyn Bell. Photo: Lindsay Palmer

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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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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Society

June 2018

Why some women of colour are hesitant to say #MeToo

by Jacky Habib

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.

Environment

May 2018

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

On April 28, 2018, faith leaders from many traditions, including the United Church, stood in solidarity with Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C.. Kimiko Karpoff captured the day in pictures.

Faith

June 2018

After 93 years, this will be the United Church's last General Council meeting

by Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Justice

June 2018

#MeToo in the United Church

by Trisha Elliott

9 women share their stories of harassment and sexual assault in the United Church.

Columns

May 2018

On grief and the healing power of gardening

by Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.

Editorials

June 2018

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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