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Opinion

Column

October 2011

The Big Question

By James Christie

Does God need to be thanked?

Column

October 2011

My View

By Christopher White

Words to brand by

Column

October 2011

The culture of debt

By David Wilson

Today, our children have to work — and borrow — to keep pace with our standard of living

Column

September 2011

My View

By Kelly Salter

God and Google

Debate

September 2011

Do you support an impractical dream?

By Kevin Little and Lee Simpson

Your 30-something son works a stable job in insurance. Ecstatic, he calls up to announce he’s quit work to pursue his new-found dream of becoming a musical theatre actor. You fear his stage talents are mediocre at best and worry this foray into theatre will leave him broke and directionless.

Column

September 2011

The Big Question

By Orville James

Does Christian faith make believers happier?

Column

September 2011

Generations

By Brian Platt

Loosen up a little

Column

September 2011

The greater good

By David Wilson

Our views on taxation say much about the values that underpin society

Column

July 2011

The Big Question

By Bruce Sanguin

Does God evolve?

Column

July 2011

A Pastoral Letter

By Mardi Tindal

Our church needs healthy leaders

Column

July 2011

Home is where the soul is

By David Wilson

The church's national office should be an expression of who we are

Debate

July 2011

Do you put faith in a faith healer?

By Bob Giuliano and Connie denBok

You are a minister. A parishioner who suffers from physical ailments and depression comes to you with joyous news about how a local faith healer has miraculously cured some of her symptoms. You have deep suspicions about the faith healer and fear the parishioner’s long-term well-being is at risk. What do you do?

Column

June 2011

My View

By Eugenia Coates

Save the Memorial Library at Mount Allison University

Column

June 2011

The Big Question

By Janet Silman

Would Jesus approve of inclusive language?

Column

June 2011

Dying with dignity

By David Wilson

Physician-assisted suicide demands no less than a national debate

Debate

June 2011

Make or break client confidentiality?

By Ruth McQuirter Scott and Ken Gallinger

You run the only substance abuse clinic in your region. One day a new client arrives. He’s your wife’s boss, whose erratic ways have been making her life so miserable that she’s decided to quit her job at the end of the month. Is this a case for breaking client confidentiality?

Column

May 2011

Generations

By Karen Stiller

Protecting our kids

Column

May 2011

The Big Question

By Harold Wells

Is God really all-powerful?

Column

May 2011

Onward and upward

By David Wilson

Despite tough economic times, the next generation will find its own answers

Debate

May 2011

Step in or turn a blind eye?

By Kevin Little and Lee Simpson

With the encouragement of your spouses, you and your best friend decide to vacation in Cuba together. One night at a salsa club, your friend meets an attractive local and the sparks begin to fly. You can see where this might lead and how you might be caught in the middle. Do you intervene?

Column

April 2011

The Big Question

By Sandra Beardsall

Why did Jesus die?

Column

April 2011

Spirit Story

By Anne Hines

The last class settled

Column

April 2011

Poles in peril

By David Wilson

The Arctic and Antarctica spell out the hard truths about the health of our planet

Debate

April 2011

Prodigal son or astounding opportunist?

By Bob Giuliano and Connie denBok

Your widowed and ailing mother is thinking about selling her house and moving into a seniors’ complex. Suddenly your wayward 45-year-old brother shows up. Mom is overjoyed that he’s come home to care for her, but you suspect the motive is really money and real estate. What do you do?

Column

March 2011

The Big Question

By Nancy Steeves

What is the real power of prayer?

Column

March 2011

My View

By Sheila Noyes

The right to die

Column

March 2011

Believers versus non-believers

By David Wilson

Secularization does not mean the end of religion. It means better conversations about faith.

Debate

March 2011

Plan a memorial or mind your own business?

By Ken Gallinger and Ruth McQuirter Scott

Your childhood best friend from next door has died of a drug overdose on the streets of a faraway city. Her estranged brother, who still lives next door, is her only surviving relative. He cut ties with her long ago and won’t consider a proper funeral. You feel she deserves one. Do you arrange it anyway?

Column

February 2011

The Big Question

By John McTavish

How do we know Jesus wasn’t just a myth?

Column

February 2011

Generations

By Larry Krotz

Kick the bucket list

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: Two nurses tackle Vancouver's opioid crisis

Richard Moore is a resident of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In this poignant interview, he explains the important work of nurses Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles.

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Faith

July 2018

250 United Church leaders have a message for Doug Ford

by Emma Prestwich

They're urging the new Ontario premier to remember those in need as he carries out promised economic reform.

Culture

July 2018

Tracing Nelson Mandela’s path a century after his birth

by Tim Johnson

A travel writer visits some of the places that shaped the anti-apartheid icon’s life.

Interviews

July 2018

Jamil Jivani sheds light on why young men radicalize

by Suzanne Bowness

In his book 'Why Young Men,' Jamil Jivani talks about his own experience as a troubled youth.

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