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Columns

Column

September 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘The working poor are the major philanthropists of our society.’

Column

September 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Exploring our stories — and God’s

Column

September 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Jesus told parables, and ministers give sermons. Now secular storytellers are drawing the crowds.

Column

July 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Do medicine and theology mix?

Column

July 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers.’

Column

July 2016

Spirit Story

By John Pentland

Generosity that humbles

Column

July 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For the non-religious, silence is still golden

Column

June 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Ersatz sermons

Column

June 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Does God prefer the powerless?

Column

June 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Justice is to sort out what belongs to whom, and to return it to them.’

Column

June 2016

Spirit Story

By Nancy Loucks-McSloy

Each patch tells a story

Column

May 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’

Column

May 2016

Spirit Story

By Robert Lawson

Finding a common thread

Column

May 2016

Spiritual but Secular

By Anne Bokma

Why non-believers still come to church on Sunday

Column

April 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Is God beyond reason?

Column

April 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday.’

Column

April 2016

Spirit Story

By Paul Knowles

Old sites, living faith

Column

April 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

From ‘first blood’ ceremonies to croning rituals, some mark life’s passages in their own way

Column

March 2016

Spiritual but Secular

By Anne Bokma

Young people are leaving the church in droves. But they haven’t necessarily rejected spirituality.

Column

February 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Where is God?

Column

February 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Blow upon my garden that its fragrance may be wafted abroad.’

Feature

February 2016

Spirit Story

By Debbie McMillan

A light in the darkness

Column

February 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Sanctuaries for skeptics

Column

January 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Is it wrong to want stuff?

Column

January 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use.’

Column

January 2016

Spirit Story

By Denise Moore

Soup kitchen connections

Column

January 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

The God-in-the-sunsets crowd is often the object of ridicule. What’s so wrong with sunsets?

Blog Entry

December 2015

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) — Final Day

By Mardi Tindal

Universal agreement gives reason for hope — and for action

Blog Entry

December 2015

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) — Week Two

By Mardi Tindal

A cooperative Canada is 'breathtaking and disorienting'

Blog Entry

December 2015

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21)

By Mardi Tindal

Trust-building is both an encouragement and a challenge

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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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