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Opinion

Feature

September 2018

Should we apologize for the hurt surrounding the 1988 decision?

By Jocelyn Bell

The groundbreaking United Church vote on gay and lesbian ministers has transformed the denomination in the years since, but there's still work left to do.

Feature

July 2018

Observations: The rewards of letting go

By Jocelyn Bell

Editor Jocelyn Bell reflects on the upcoming changes for The United Church of Canada, the magazine and in her own life.

Feature

June 2018

Trinity Western ruling does not discriminate against evangelicals

By Stephen Berg

A writer argues that the recent Supreme Court decision actually reaffirms and protects the rights of the LGBTQ community.

Feature

June 2018

Alberta’s Sixties Scoop apology was just empty words

By Freda Ballantyne

A Nehiyawak Iskwewak woman who was forcibly taken from her family as an infant reflects on what it felt like to hear Premier Rachel Notley say “I’m sorry” in the Legislature.

Feature

June 2018

Why C.S. Lewis is still relevant today

By Michael Coren

In fact, the academic and author, who died in 1963, is arguably more popular and influential now than during his lifetime. But why?

Column

April 2018

Observations: Our magazine's plastic problem

By Jocelyn Bell

"While I can easily defend the use of a polybag on financial grounds, it would be unconscionable to deliver a cover story about plastics . . . in plastic."

Feature

November 2016

Observations

By David Wilson

Birds of a feather

Column

October 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Do we need faith statements?

Column

October 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘To be complex does not mean to be fragmented.’

Column

October 2016

Spirit Story

By Paul Knowles

Singing with all our hearts

Column

October 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

A new social movement seeks to transform death from taboo to a normal part of life

Column

July 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Do medicine and theology mix?

Column

July 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers.’

Column

July 2016

Spirit Story

By John Pentland

Generosity that humbles

Column

July 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For the non-religious, silence is still golden

Column

June 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Ersatz sermons

Column

June 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Does God prefer the powerless?

Column

June 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Justice is to sort out what belongs to whom, and to return it to them.’

Column

June 2016

Spirit Story

By Nancy Loucks-McSloy

Each patch tells a story

Column

May 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’

Column

May 2016

Spirit Story

By Robert Lawson

Finding a common thread

Column

May 2016

Spiritual but Secular

By Anne Bokma

Why non-believers still come to church on Sunday

Column

April 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday.’

Column

March 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Why did Jesus die?

Column

March 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Violence arises when we do not know what else to do with our suffering’

Feature

November 2015

Spirit Story

By Jay P. Olson

The compassion of strangers

Column

November 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Non-religious parents yearn to foster that sense of awe in their kids — but they’re skipping the dogma

Column

November 2015

Observations

By David Wilson

Feeling squeamish?

Column

September 2015

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Do not depend on the hope of results.’ — Thomas Merton

Column

September 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Good vibrations help drummers tap into the rhythms of the universe

Editorials

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Editorials

The Observer has a bright future ahead

by Jocelyn Bell

Change is as vital to the publication's history as our founding Christian values are to our future, says editor and publisher Jocelyn Bell.

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Video

Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

They're a fixture of Kirk United Church Centre in Edmonton.

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Ethics

January 2019

Where to donate your unwanted stuff so it actually goes to those who need it

by Glynis Ratcliffe

It may be tempting when you declutter to just drop off all your items at Value Village, but sticking with local organizations is a better option.

Faith

January 2019

Former fundamentalists describe the trauma of leaving their faith

by Anne Bokma

At a weekend retreat, participants find the strength to reclaim their lives.

Columns

January 2019

I worry the United Church doesn't want evangelicals like me

by Marilyn Myhre

While the church community says it accepts everyone, one woman wonders if that is still true.

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