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Columns

Column

May 2017

Conundrums

By Antonio Gualtieri

Is believing what religious people do?

Column

May 2017

Spirit Story

By Christina Paradela

Naked truths

Column

April 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Non-churchgoers who fast say that depriving the body feeds the soul

Column

April 2017

Conundrums

By Jane Dawson

Is Easter Saturday just a day off?

Column

April 2017

Spirit Story

By Gary Saunders

Not-so-silent meditation

Column

March 2017

Spirit Story

By Alicia von Stamwitz

Hope in a hardware store

Column

March 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Some in the political world are daring to admit that they aren’t a part of any religion

Column

March 2017

Conundrums

By James Christie

What is progressive Christianity?

Column

February 2017

Conundrums

By Nancy Steeves

Are post-theistic congregations any different than service clubs?

Column

February 2017

Spirit Story

By Sheima Benembarek

A shoulder to lean on

Column

February 2017

To the point: A Christian critique of current affairs

By Michael Coren

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

Column

February 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

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

Column

January 2017

To the Point: A Christian critique of current affairs

By Michael Coren

Middle East: 5 things we can (maybe) all agree on

Column

January 2017

Conundrums

By Christopher Levan

Why pray?

Column

January 2017

Spirit Story

By Linda Yates

Answering the call of duty

Column

January 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For non-churchgoers, home altars bring spirituality as close as the kitchen table

Feature

December 2016

Spirit Story

By Martha ter Kuile

A Christmas vigil

Column

December 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Is there God after God?

Column

December 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Each of us carries a piece of God’s heart within us.’

Column

December 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Tarot, oracle and angel cards help SBNRs ‘listen to the voice within’

Feature

December 2016

To the point: A Christian critique of current affairs

By Michael Coren

Swimming against the tide

Column

November 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Did Jesus challenge gender norms?

Column

November 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.’

Column

November 2016

Spirit Story

By Sharon Elliott

On the bus, with God

Column

November 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Forest bathing is a full immersion in nature that heals the body and cleanses the spirit

Column

October 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Do we need faith statements?

Column

October 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘To be complex does not mean to be fragmented.’

Column

October 2016

Spirit Story

By Paul Knowles

Singing with all our hearts

Column

October 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

A new social movement seeks to transform death from taboo to a normal part of life

Column

September 2016

Spirit Story

By Monica Plant

Moments with Mom

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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.

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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.

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.

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