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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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May 2012

Handmaids no more

By Laurel Walton

We were young, unmarried and pregnant. They forced us to surrender our babies. Now we're older, braver and determined to change an adoption system that still favours the privileged.

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May 2012

The problem with Bountiful

By Brian Platt

A renegade Mormon sect in rural British Columbia has long flouted Canada's polygamy ban, citing religious freedom. Prosecutors have been stymied - until now

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May 2012

Miracle of the monarchs

By Anne Bokma

The annual migration of butterflies to remote Mexican mountaintops is one of Creation's most awe-inspiring mysteries

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April 2012

Reconciling to a Hard Truth

By Richard Wright

An adjudication process set up to compensate residential school survivors has been flooded with thousands of new claims. The numbers suggest that abuse was far more common than anyone imagined.

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April 2012

The plight of the honeybee

By Pieta Woolley

The bee population is plummeting, putting our food supply at risk

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April 2012

An ominous tide

By Raquel Fletcher

How a small coastal village in Ghana has become ground zero for global warming

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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

Seven innovations for a better world

By Karen Stiller

These clever fixes may not solve all of humanity’s problems, but they promise to improve the lives of millions

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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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March 2012

The locavore conundrum

By Larry Krotz

Buying locally sourced food seems like the right thing to do. But is it an ethical luxury that excludes the less fortunate?

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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

Without fail

By Anne Bokma

Everyone wants their kids to succeed. But we’re not doing them any favours by shielding them from life’s hard knocks.

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February 2012

Man of letters

By Karen Stiller

You may recognize Don Ewing’s name from his countless letters to the editor in this magazine and elsewhere. He's been living out his convictions for nearly a century.

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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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February 2012

Brave new babies

By Pieta Woolley

Is reproductive technology advancing faster than our ability to grasp the ethics of it?

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January 2012

Could Pathways work on reserves?

By Richard Wright

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January 2012

A planet’s progress

By Alanna Mitchell

Whether we recycle, use less gasoline or lobby politicians, most of us are taking action for the environment. Is it enough? Not yet. But the evidence shows we are making a difference.

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January 2012

Dropping in

By Richard Wright

Pathways to Education is a tutoring program that helps low-income students graduate from high school. Manitoba educators are hoping the innovative approach will also reduce dropout rates among First Nations students.

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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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January 2012

A taste of tolerance

By Cory Ruf

Fleeing persecution in Europe, Roma refugees are building new lives in Canada. But their welcome here is far from guaranteed.

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December 2011

‘Church is for everybody’

By Chelsea Temple Jones

To be genuinely welcoming, congregations need to treat people with intellectual disabilities as more than guests

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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

Journey of discovery in the Galapagos

By Tim Johnson

One man’s personal evolution meets Darwin’s famous theory

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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