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November 2011

Photo essay: After apartheid

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Twenty years after South Africa abolished its race laws, residents of its most populous township still struggle to get by in a deeply unequal society.

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November 2011

An unremarkable reunion

By Trisha Elliott

One woman’s six-year journey to find her birth mother skips the Hollywood ending for something more complicated

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November 2011

The ultimate outsider

By Will Braun

The Bible tells us to love our neighbour, but what if he’s a pedophile?

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November 2011

‘An all-or-nothing guy’

By David Wilson

The United Church’s leading voice on evolutionary Christianity, Rev. Bruce Sanguin brings an athlete’s intensity to his spiritual questing

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October 2011

Giving thanks amid uncertainty

By Trisha Elliott

Thanking God is easy when things go right, but hardship can foster a more radical kind of gratitude

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October 2011

Lofty living

By Larry Krotz

Former church buildings spell opportunity for condo developers, who are discovering that buyers are drawn to more than the stained glass windows and cathedral ceilings

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October 2011

Underemployed and overextended

By Pieta Woolley

For a generation of young adults, massive debt goes hand in hand with the middle-class dream. Some are determined to get by on less.

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October 2011

The fairest fowl

By Chantal Braganza

This Thanksgiving, breed goodwill with a pasture-raised turkey

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October 2011

Water for sale?

By Cory Ruf

Abundant fresh water is part of the Canadian identity. Prolonged drought is becoming part of the American reality. Are water exports far off?

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September 2011

Revealing Jordan

By Jocelyn Bell

While other Middle Eastern countries convulse, this ancient kingdom offers an oasis of calm

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September 2011

Pacifism in a post-9/11 world

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Does traditional pacifism still have a role in the 21st century?

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September 2011

Planting a better future

By Lisa Van de Ven

Detroit residents are reclaiming derelict urban spaces one garden at a time

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August 2011

Photo Essay: Revealing Jordan

By Jocelyn Bell

Travel in Jordan is a fabulous mix of world-class archeological sites, biblical landmarks, diverse cities and eco-adventures

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July 2011

The essential question: Do you believe in God?

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July 2011

Goodbye, Harry

By Lauren Bird

For a generation raised alongside author J.K. Rowling’s famous fictional wizard, the final movie marks the end of childhood

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July 2011

The last time I prayed, the focus of my prayer was

By Observer Staff

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July 2011

Non-conformists: 8 percent

By Samantha Rideout

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July 2011

What you believe

By Observer Staff

We asked you about your faith. You didn’t hold back. Now, the surprising results of The Observer’s 2011 survey.

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July 2011

Traditionalists: 13 percent

By Samantha Rideout

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July 2011

Intuitives: 35 percent

By Samantha Rideout

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July 2011

Mainliners: 44 percent

By Samantha Rideout

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July 2011

Q&A with Douglas John Hall

By Samantha Rideout

Rev. Douglas John Hall is a United Church minister and a professor emeritus of Christian theology at McGill University in Montreal. He told The Observer what he makes of the 2011 Faith Survey results.

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July 2011

Faith under construction

By Murray Malcolm

For decades, United Church member Murray Malcolm tried to build a solid theological foundation. He read dozens of books and attended church faithfully. Today, he’s still trying to fit the pieces together.

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July 2011

If I could send a Twitter message to Jesus, it would say

By Observer Staff

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July 2011

Would the discovery of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe impact your faith?

By Observer Staff

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July 2011

When I visualize God, I picture

By Observer Staff

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July 2011

25 theologians to help broaden your faith

By Observer Staff

We asked 30 United Church ministers from across Canada to tell us which authors and books they would recommend to people in the pews — besides the Bible, of course. Here are their top picks.

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July 2011

Location scouting

By Mike Milne

With its office lease about to expire, General Council is looking for a new space to call home

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June 2011

Clouds in my Cuban coffee

By Alicia von Stamwitz

The writer returns to the country of her birth, only to have her illusions met by hard reality

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June 2011

Give grief a chance

By Kenneth Bagnell

As traditional death rituals fall away, we risk losing touch with our need to mourn

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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