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Announcement

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

New editor named

by Observer Staff

Editorials

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Observations

by Jocelyn Bell

We’ll miss you, David Wilson

Columns

January 2018

Spiritual But Secular

by Anne Bokma

Pretty stones are making a pretty penny. Whether their beauty heals is in the eye of the beholder.

Columns

January 2018

Conundrums

by Harold Wells

Does it really matter what we believe?

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.’

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.

Retrospect

Syncrude plant, 1978. Photo by Glenbow Archives (NA-5059-4)

Nobody’s hometown

by Larry Krotz

— January 1978

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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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Prayer as a distraction cheapens its real value

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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Sightings

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'Fare thee well'

by Carolyn Pogue

Let's meet again at the Loom and help weave a new world

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?

Blogs

Tim Hortons protest: It's time to ditch the 'double-double'

by Shawn Ankenmann

A small coffee shop owner explains why Timmies is not a Canadian icon

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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