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October 2007

Sex and spirituality

By Trisha Elliott

Physical and spiritual fulfillment are more entwined than you might imagine

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October 2007

An ethical enigma called Afghanistan

By Mike Milne

It used to be that the United Church was almost automatically anti-war. Times have changed.

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October 2007

The shadow side of nuclear energy

By Mike Milne

Nuclear energy promises lots of electricity with minimal greenhouse gases. Its waste `footprint' is a different matter, though.

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September 2007

Changing priorities lead to big job cuts

By Mike Milne

Increased emphasis on congregations comes at the expense of justice work, critics say

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September 2007

Unsealing hard secrets

By Trisha Elliott

New rules make it easier for birth parents and the children they gave up for adoption to connect. The hard part may come afterward.

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July 2007

Broken City

By David Wilson

What the tragedy of New Orleans teaches us about cities everywhere

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July 2007

A too-quiet diplomacy

By Gary Kenny

As Zimbabwe spirals deeper and deeper into crisis, churches have begun to stand up to Robert Mugabe

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July 2007

When kids say no to church

By Marcia Porter

Sooner or later, your children are going to balk at going to church

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June 2007

Where the guys aren't

By

Why are men vanishing from the pews and pulpits?

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May 2007

Death by design

By Larry Krotz

We enjoy unprecedented control over how we live. Should we also control the way we die?

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May 2007

The forgiveness myth

By Trisha Elliott

The act of forgiving isn't always as tidy as we might imagine

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May 2007

A family for Idah

By Jocelyn Bell

After battling the international adoption system for four years, a United Church family welcomes an orphan from Malawi into their lives

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April 2007

Raising the rainbow-coloured flag

By Mike Milne

The movement to welcome people of all sexual orientations into the United Church hits the quarter-century mark this year. While its numbers remain low, its influence is growing

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April 2007

Generation Craig

By Jocelyn Bell

Free the Children founder Craig Kielburger has inspired thousands of children to become social activists. As more and more kids get involved, our very notions of childhood are changing.

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April 2007

Eco-ethics and the winds of change

By Larry Krotz

The fierce debate over an Ontario wind-energy project signals a looming ethical storm

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March 2007

Aches, pangs and humility

By Lee Simpson

Living with pain provides the opportunity to rise above it, to walk more closely with God

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March 2007

A time for truth-telling:?

By Jocelyn Bell

Will the commission looking into the wrongs of the Indian residential school system finally lead to awareness, healing and forgiveness?

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February 2007

Building hope in Sudan

By Andrea Huncar

From London, Ont., to southern Sudan David Tennant went to Africa to prove a point. Now he's building hope in a place that needs it badly

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January 2007

Inside Big Willow

By Mike Milne

Can liberal churches learn from the mother of all U.S. megachurches?

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January 2007

Andrew's story

By Donna Sinclair

When love is the best medicine

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January 2007

We're all panhandlers here

By Allen Tysick

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December 2006

New Christmas fiction

By Doug Norris

"Gold I Bring"

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December 2006

"Don't be afraid"

By Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

A 2006 Christmas message from the moderator

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December 2006

Making new memories

By Sara Jewell

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November 2006

Native spirituality and Christian faith

By Donna Sinclair

beyond two solitudes

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November 2006

When war in not an option

By Jennifer McPhee

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November 2006

It's time to go now

By Trisha Elliott

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October 2006

When a marriage is no more

By Marcia Porter

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October 2006

Paddling toward a deeper faith

By Lois Wilson

Very Rev. Lois Wilson has always been a canoeist. In this excerpt from her recent book Streams of Faith -- which examines the spiritual lives of a group of women with whom she paddled years ago -- the former United Church moderator (1980-82) and retired senator describes the summers of her childhood in which water, Scripture and paddling made a powerful spiritual mix.

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September 2006

Suicide

By P.Bonny Ball

breaking the silence

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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