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‘Canada’s church’

Phyllis D. Airhart, author of
A new book by Phyllis D. Airhart charts the rise, fall and remaking of The United Church of Canada

WATCH LIST: April 2014

A brown bear feasts at a salmon run. Photo ©Disneynature

April 2014

 
 

The many faces of Jesus

“Crucified Woman” by Almuth Lütkenhaus-Lackey (Photo by A. Dittwald)
“Crucified Woman” by Almuth Lütkenhaus-Lackey (Photo by A. Dittwald)
Good shepherd. Revolutionary. Cherished friend. Messiah. The images we create of Christ tell as much about ourselves as they do about the man who lived 2,000 years ago. By Trisha Elliott

The superpope

Pope Francis arrives to his inauguration mass at the Vatican in March 2013. Photo by Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo/CP Images
Pope Francis arrives to his inauguration mass at the Vatican in March 2013. Photo by Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo/CP Images
He champions the marginalized, enchants the media and tweets to millions. Pope Francis is trying to embrace the 21st century. Is the Catholic establishment ready to follow him? By Alicia von Stamwitz

Can you save your marriage in a weekend?

Kino Brod/Illustration Source
Kino Brod/Illustration Source
Friday: Marriage in crisis. Saturday: Attend couples workshops. Sunday: Back in love By Anne Bokma

Decoding a world of religion

The KPMG Tower stands behind the Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal. Photo by meunierd/Shutterstock.com
The KPMG Tower stands behind the Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal. Photo by meunierd/Shutterstock.com
What role does faith play in the rise and fall of civilizations? A major study led by two British Columbia universities aims to find out. By Cory Ruf

Destination: dilemma

Tourists photograph a local monk at prayer in Yangon, Burma. Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Tourists photograph a local monk at prayer in Yangon, Burma. Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Travelling to countries that flout human rights is ethically precarious. But it doesn't mean we should simply stay home. By Tim Johnson

‘Nothing can separate us from God’s love’

Irina Volkova/Shutterstock
Irina Volkova/Shutterstock
A year after his mother’s death, the United Church moderator finds new meaning in Easter By Gary Paterson
Blog

My Year of Buying Nothing

That time everyone was staring
By Lee Simpson
The Common Good

All we are saying

Giving nonviolence, spirituality and social transformation a chance
By Dennis Gruending
The Pogue Blog

The truth will set you free

Listening to learn; learning to listen
By Carolyn Pogue
Column

Observations

Two media, same message
By David Wilson
Column

The Big Question

What does it mean that Jesus rose on the third day?
By David Ewart
Column

Soul Work

The Invitation: Show children what we mean by our baptismal vows
By Mardi Tindal
Column

Reality Check

Generation iPad
By David Ewart




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