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Columns

February 2018

Spiritual But Secular

by Anne Bokma

Today’s SBNRs are mostly female. Could that be why they aren’t taken seriously?

Columns

February 2018

Conundrums

by Sara Jewell

Christian or Jesus follower?

Columns

January 2018

Spirit Story

by Kathryn Belicki

A warm memory, a heart made lighter

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My Year of Living Spiritually

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Marked forever by ‘My Year of Living Spiritually’

by Anne Bokma

‘I spent most of the last 12 months with my head in the clouds. And I’m not sure I’m ready to come back down to earth.’

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Retrospect

Martin Luther King Jr. in 1958. Photo by Grey Villet/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Segregation in the South

by Martin Luther King Jr.

Black Americans have passed a point of no return in their non-violent struggle against oppression — February 1958

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Video

ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

To the Point

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Campus censorship is a false monster

by Michael Coren

A Christian critique of current affairs

Short List

January 2018

Five ways to die with more than just 'dignity'

by Pieta Woolley

Short List

December 2017

Five New Year’s resolutions for the end times

by Pieta Woolley

Short List

November 2017

Five women who said the ‘wrong thing’ post-Weinstein

by Pieta Woolley

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Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Culture

In 'The Shape of Water,' Sally Hawkins (left) plays a non-verbal cleaner at a top-secret research facility. In this scene, she is with her co-worker portrayed by Octavia Spencer. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Dear Hollywood: Enough with the disability clichés

by Chelsea Temple Jones

Filmmakers have long used stale disability narratives to nab awards. Recent films hint at more complexity.

Faith

July 2017

2016 Press Awards

by Observer Staff

Six different organizations have honoured The United Church Observer with awards for editorial excellence this year. Here are some of the highlights.

World

June 2017

Resisting genocide

by Sally Armstrong

In August 2014, ISIS attacked Iraq’s Yazidis, slaughtering thousands and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. Today, the survivors are fighting for their ancient way of life.

Justice

April 2016

Hell and high water

by Josiah Neufeld

The writer visits the shifting shorelines of Bangladesh and discovers tens of millions of people on the brink of climate disaster

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