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December 2014

‘My stomach hurt; I felt beaten up. What had I done to bring this on?’

By Anne Simmonds

In the wake of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, many brave women have shared stories of sexual violence. I’ve decided it’s finally time to tell my own. And it involves a colleague in United Church ministry.

Column

December 2014

Reality Check

By David Ewart

Giving as God gives

Column

December 2014

Soul Work

By Mardi Tindal

Sing we joyous

Column

December 2014

The Big Question

By James Christie

Why is Christmas still such a big deal?

Column

December 2014

Spirit Story

By Bill Millar

The last pageant

Column

December 2014

Observations

By David Wilson

Truth-telling on the fringes

Column

November 2014

Reality Check

By David Ewart

Showing our age

Column

November 2014

Soul Work

By Mardi Tindal

The Invitation: Release your hold on things holding you

Column

November 2014

The Big Question

By John McTavish

Are we faithful by nature or nurture?

Column

November 2014

Spirit Story

By Angela Bailey

Conversations with Edith

Column

November 2014

Observations

By David Wilson

The outlaws of cyberspace

Column

October 2014

Reality Check

By David Ewart

The cash-flow crutch

Column

October 2014

Soul Work

By Mardi Tindal

The Invitation: How do you sustain an attitude of gratitude?

Column

October 2014

The Big Question

By Ross Lockhart

Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

Column

October 2014

Spirit Story

By Carol Scott

Iona blessing

Column

October 2014

Observations

By David Wilson

What health care really means

Column

September 2014

Reality Check

By David Ewart

Missing children

Column

September 2014

Soul Work

By Mardi Tindal

The Invitation: Pursue an area of study

Column

September 2014

Spirit Story

By Jocelyn Bell

The first shall be last

Column

September 2014

Observations

By David Wilson

Great mind, soulful yearnings

Column

July 2014

Spirit Story

By Sara Jewell

Best girl camper, 1977

Column

July 2014

Reality Check

By David Ewart

Women united

Column

July 2014

Soul Work

By Mardi Tindal

The invitation: Mark Sabbath in your life

Column

July 2014

The Big Question

By Peter Wyatt

Are Jesus and Christ one and the same?

Column

July 2014

Observations

By David Wilson

A labour of love

Column

June 2014

Reality Check

By David Ewart

Love and marriage

Column

June 2014

Soul Work

By Mardi Tindal

The invitation: Incorporate physical activity into your spiritual life

Column

June 2014

The Big Question

By Keith Reynolds

How much should I trust in God?

Column

June 2014

Spirit Story

By Monica Renée Duncan

Lost and found

Column

June 2014

Observations

By David Wilson

Trashing the global ocean

Faith

The author is baptized at Central United in Calgary. (Photo courtesy of Al Coe)

Why I got baptized in a United Church at the age of 42

by Jacqueline Mercer-Livesey

"I told myself that I didn’t need to go to church to believe in God. I found peace and the Holy Spirit in the things that surrounded me. But still, there was a nagging sense of something missing."

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Observations

Editor/Publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

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.

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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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Columns

June 2018

The moment the Pope asked me to pray for him

by Miriam Spies

A United Church minister on the impact of a simple gesture from a powerful man.

Society

July 2018

Best self-care tips for caregivers

by Kate Spencer

Counsellors, teachers and ministers share what it looks like for them.

Faith

July 2018

Meet your 2018 moderator nominees

by Mike Milne

Later this month, General Council commissioners will choose the United Church’s next moderator. As of press time, 10 leadership hopefuls had been announced. We asked each of them to sum up their pitch in a tweet.

Faith

July 2018

A fond farewell to presbyteries

by Steven Chambers

They will likely be eliminated this year as the United Church restructures. Steven Chambers celebrates the end of an era.

Society

July 2018

Instead of retirement, these two nurses are battling Vancouver's opioid crisis

by Roberta Staley

At age 71 and 65 respectively, Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles embrace their unconventional work in the Downtown Eastside.

Columns

June 2018

I hate you, Canada, for teaching people to treat me like this under your name

by Zach Running Coyote

A Cree actor says he blames our country for the racist comments recently directed at him in a McDonald's restaurant.

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