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Observations

by David Wilson

A perfect send-off

Columns

December 2017

Spiritual But Secular

by Anne Bokma

The SBNR version of the 10 Commandments stresses positives rather than proscriptions

Columns

December 2017

Spirit Story

by Alicia von Stamwitz

Something lost, something gained

Columns

December 2017

Conundrums

by Christopher Levan

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My Year of Living Spiritually

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Why I still go to church

by Anne Bokma

‘I don’t believe in God. And I don’t believe in heaven or hell. But I do believe in people.’

Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

October 2017

A tale of two cancers

by Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.

Culture

WATCH LIST: December 2017

by Observer Staff

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Video

ObserverDocs: A Tale of Two Cancers

by Observer Staff

Catherine Gordon's October 2017 feature for The Observer, 'A tale of two cancers,' recently caught the eye of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and his Washington, D.C.-based team, and inspired a short documentary. Gordon talks about the experience of writing the article and participating in the film.

Announcement

New Observer editor and CEO, Jocelyn Bell. Photo by Lindsay Palmer

New editor named

by Observer Staff

To the Point

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A Christian college’s unchristian posturing

by Michael Coren

A Christian critique of current affairs

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Sightings

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Dear Grandmother Anne

by Carolyn Pogue

‘How do we parents say farewell to our beloved children?’

Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

November 2017

Grey matter

by Trisha Elliott

Is consciousness just a function of the brain — or something more?

Culture

Pentatonix performs for a Christmas TV special in 2016. From left, Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Scott Hoying and Avi Kaplan. Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC

Sing, choirs of angels

by Paul Knowles

Christmas music gets a bad rap, often for good reason. But done right, it can be joyful, soaring, even ethereal.

Common Good

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Ticking down to midnight

by Dennis Gruending

Canada backpedals on a nuclear weapons ban 

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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