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Opinion

Column

February 2013

Finish This Sentence

By Patricia Clarke

“The church should stay out of politics unless . . . it wants to be faithful. Not to mention relevant.”

Column

February 2013

A curious lack of wonder

By David Wilson

Technology is advancing at an unimaginable pace, yet we’ve become remarkably blasé about it

Column

January 2013

Spirit Story

By Debbie Cowling

Alone in the operating room

Column

January 2013

The Big Question

By James Christie

Why is the universe so big?

Column

January 2013

Finish This Sentence

By Michael Webster

“When people ask me what I do for a living . . . I tell them.”

Column

January 2013

Hope's second chance

By David Wilson

The full extent of Obama's quiet revolution became apparent this past November

Column

December 2012

Spirit Story

By Winston Lindsay

Back door

Column

December 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Connie denBok

If the United Church is serious about attracting more young people . . . we might start by asking why we want them

Column

December 2012

The Big Question

By Orville James

Is it okay to ask God for material things?

Column

December 2012

An old column’s next chapter

By David Wilson

The range of acceptable questions are still as limitless as readers' curiosity

Column

November 2012

Spirit Story

By John Prochaska

The small, sweet fruits of a life’s late harvest

Column

November 2012

The Big Question

By Lee Simpson

Who would Jesus see in the mirror today?

Column

November 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Brian Platt

In this age of social media, local churches . . . should take full advantage of it, reasonably and intelligently.

Column

November 2012

Letters from a young soldier

By David Wilson

Missives from the past make Remembrance Day less of a struggle

Column

October 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Patricia Clarke

Growth in the United Church is . . . a false God.

Column

October 2012

The Big Question

By Sandra Beardsall

Did Christianity borrow from pagan mythology?

Column

October 2012

Spirit Story

By Sheryl Spencer

Friendship comes with open arms

Column

October 2012

The United Church still matters

By David Wilson

Symbolic decisions marked the 41st General Council

Column

September 2012

The Big Question

By Janet Silman

Can you question the divinity of Jesus and still be a Christian?

Column

September 2012

Spirit Story

By Keith Reynolds

On the wings of a heron

Column

September 2012

Hidden history

By David Wilson

When we eradicate a people’s history, we devalue the people themselves

Column

July 2012

Spirit Story

By Alicia von Stamwitz

A lesson in human kindness

Column

July 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Michael Webster

In today’s church, the terms ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ . . . get thrown around way too much.

Column

July 2012

The Big Question

By Ross Lockhart

Why become a Christian today?

Column

July 2012

Yesterday's crusaders

By David Wilson

Anti-gay posturing of the far right may not factor into upcoming U.S. elections

Column

June 2012

Spirit Story

By Emily Kierstead

Her death was a resurrection

Column

June 2012

Finish this sentence

By Connie denBok

"Sunday school today is ... an exercise in nostalgia"

Column

June 2012

Bridges of tears

By David Wilson

There was plenty of truth-telling in Victoria recently, but not nearly enough reconciliation

Column

May 2012

Spirit Story

By Shelly Manley-Tannis

Forever my mother, always my inspiration

Column

May 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Brian Platt

When I hear, 'I'm spritual but not religious' ... I take it to mean, 'I believe in God, but I'm not a big fan of the Bible.'

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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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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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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