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by David Wilson

Paralyzed by helplessness


February 2017

Spiritual But Secular

by Anne Bokma

Whether they’re into chakras or shamanism, SBNRs find their flock through Meetup groups


February 2017

Spirit Story

by Sheima Benembarek

A shoulder to lean on


February 2017


by Nancy Steeves

Are post-theistic congregations any different than service clubs?

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My Year of Living Spiritually

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All about the Buddha bling

by Anne Bokma

‘It’s now time to make up for divine deprivation’


January 2017

Presbytery turns down bid to halt Vosper hearing

by Mike Milne


June 2016

All the lonely people

by André Picard

An estimated six million Canadians live in isolation. Social researchers are now calling it a hidden epidemic.


May 2016

Are vegans right?

by David Macfarlane

The writer is in the midst of a radical six-month change of diet. He’s discovering that no cheeseburger tastes as good as being ethical feels.


A scene from the 2014 space-travel film Interstellar. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

In awe of the cosmos

by Kevin Spurgaitis

New astronomical discoveries are inspiring movie directors to boldly go where no filmmaker has gone before

Camino de Cancer

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Thanksgiving 2015

by David Giuliano

Meal tray communion


ObserverDocs: A shoulder to lean on

by Observer Staff

Sheima Benembarek was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Morocco and moved to Canada in 2005. In 2015, she relocated to Toronto. At first, the city seemed so much bigger, impersonal — and even threatening — until a fateful encounter in the subway one day.


More than a half a million people take part in the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. Photo courtesy of Mark Dixon/Wikimedia Commons

‘Love Trumps Hate’

by Denise Davy

A Canadian woman marches on Washington and sees a generation of feminists ready to take on the world

To the Point

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OMG: What it really means to take God’s name in vain

by Michael Coren

A Christian critique of current affairs

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‘Feast for the Common Good’

by Carolyn Pogue

Subversive gatherings are good for the body, mind and soul


January 2017

The new agrarians

by Lois Ross

In the next 15 years, almost half of Canadian farms will change hands. Meet seven millennials who view agriculture as a career — and moral calling.


January 2017

From kennel to courtroom

by Kat Eschner

A legal bid to save 21 former fighting dogs from being euthanized is part of a growing movement to grant animals some of the same rights as humans


March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff


Al-Qarawiyyin mosque and university in Fez, Morocco. Photo by Izzet Keribar/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images

Old library, new look

by Sheima Benembarek

Common Good

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The push and the pull

by Dennis Gruending

We must think differently about people forced from their homelands


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


March 2016

The Holland I never knew

by Anne Bokma

A first-generation Dutch Canadian wrestles with her religious history in the land of her ancestors


May 2016

2015 Press Awards

by Observer Staff

The Observer won 41 church press awards and has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards for work published in 2015. The winners’ list included First Place for denominational magazines in the U.S.-based Associate Church Press competition. It was the third year in a row that The Observer was named the ACP’s best magazine.

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