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Columns

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

Column

December 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Are we what we eat?

Column

December 2015

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘What is God already doing, and how can we co-operate?’

Column

December 2015

Spirit Story

By Geegee Mills

Christmas Eve, disrupted

Column

December 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

More and more retailers feature merchandise with a metaphysical twist

Column

November 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Are all religions inherently the same?

Column

November 2015

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘No law or set of laws can bring peace to a world of grabbers. ’

Feature

November 2015

Spirit Story

By Jay P. Olson

The compassion of strangers

Column

October 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Should church and state mix?

Column

October 2015

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘What is the real breath of a man — the breathing out or the breathing in?’

Column

October 2015

Spirit Story

By Keith Reynolds

Surrounded by song

Column

October 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For the non-religious, giving thanks without God has merit. It’s the attitude of gratitude that counts.

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

A perfect send-off

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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.

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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.

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?

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