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Interviews

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December 2015

Interview with Tim Flannery

By Mardi Tindal

The Australian scientist and leading writer on climate change talks about his new book, 'Atmosphere of Hope,' and the 2015 United Nations climate talks

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November 2015

Interview with Wab Kinew

By Julie McGonegal

The Winnipeg broadcaster and author of 'The Reason You Walk' talks about his father, forgiveness and spiritual rebirth

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October 2015

Interview with David Woods

By Erica Lenti

The managing director of Oikocredit, an international co-operative, talks about social investment around the world

Arts Feature

September 2015

Interview with Karen Stiller

By Christopher White

The senior editor at Faith Today magazine and the author of ‘Shifting Stats: Shaking the Church,’ co-written with Patricia Paddey, talks about how churches are responding to upheavals in Canadian society

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July 2015

Interview with Nafiya Naso

By Belle Jarniewski

The former religious refugee and leader in Winnipeg’s Yazidi community talks about the current threat to Iraq’s Yazidi population

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June 2015

Interview with Bruce Cockburn

By Mardi Tindal

The celebrated Canadian singer-songwriter talks about faith, activism and his recently released memoir, 'Rumours of Glory'

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May 2015

Interview with Marie Wilson

By David Wilson

Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Marie Wilson reflects on her experience and the ongoing work of healing the wounds of the residential school system

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April 2015

Interview with Mary Jo Leddy

By Mardi Tindal

The writer, theologian and founder of Toronto's Romero House for refugees talks about faith in the public square

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March 2015

Interview with Karen Armstrong

By John Suk

The former nun and author of more than 20 books on the world’s major faith traditions talks about the history of religion and violence

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February 2015

Interview with Moderator Rt. Rev. Gary Paterson

By Chelsea Temple Jones

The United Church head talks about end-of-life ethics, where the personal, the political and the spiritual collide

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January 2015

Interview with Katharine Hayhoe

By Alex Newman

The Toronto native is a well-known climate scientist and evangelical Christian who directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Last April, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

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December 2014

Interview with Bishop Dieudonné Mbaya Tshiakany

By Chantal Braganza

The head of the Church of Christ in Congo talks about his country’s road to healing after years of conflict

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November 2014

Interview issue: Noah Richardson

By Sara Jewell

Self-described church 'geek’ and student leader

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November 2014

Interview issue: Evan Smith

By Richard Wright

Urban Aboriginal ministries worker

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November 2014

Interview issue: John Suk

By Anne Bokma

Christian Reformer turned United Church minister

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November 2014

Interview issue: Chris Ferguson

By Luc Rinaldi

Global ambassador for the United Church

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November 2014

Interview issue: Florence Kaefer

By Pieta Woolley

Reconciliation pioneer

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November 2014

Interview issue: Moley Mangana

By Mike Milne

United Church military chaplain

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November 2014

Interview issue: Jim and Eva Manly

By Pieta Woolley

Campaigners for Palestinians

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November 2014

Interview issue: Ginny Shrivastava

By David Evans

Advocate for separated and widowed women in India

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November 2014

Interview issue: Simon LeSieur

By Alison Shouldice

Youth minister and ‘love bomber’

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October 2014

Interview with Donald B. Smith

By Richard Wright

The writer and professor emeritus of history at the University of Calgary talks about Ojibwa and Methodist interactions in the 19th century

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September 2014

Interview with Andrew Bennett

By Mike Milne

The career civil servant and academic talks about being named Canada's ambassador for religious freedom

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July 2014

Interview with Lori Triano-Antidormi

By Patricia Clarke

Psychologist talks about being an advocate for victims of crime and losing her own son to an attack by a mentally ill woman in 1997

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June 2014

Interview with Peter J. Schwartz

By David Wilson

Journalist, lecturer and the co-author of the bestselling book 'Baseball as a Road to God' talks about the theology of the game

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May 2014

Interview with Reza Aslan

By Julie McGonegal

The religion scholar and New York Times bestselling author talks about his new book, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth."

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April 2014

Interview with Heather Eaton

By Trisha Elliott

The author of "Introducing Ecofeminist Theologies" and professor at Ottawa's Saint Paul University talks about religion and ecology

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March 2014

Interview with Irene Champagne

By Kate Spencer

The United Church’s mobile counsellor, Irene Champagne, talks about residential school survivors and their families

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February 2014

Interview with Stephen Prothero

By Martha Martin

The author and popular commentator talks about religion and the media in America

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January 2014

Interview with Tex Sample

By Ken Gallinger

Author and professor emeritus at the Saint Paul School of Theology near Kansas City, Miss. talks about blue-collar ministry

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

Interviews

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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