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Columns

Column

July 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Peter Wyatt

What is the point of prayer?

Column

June 2009

Generations

By Brian Platt

United Church camps attract those with little or no interest in faith. And that's a good thing.

Column

June 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Thomas Reynolds

What is conscience?

Column

May 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Ken Gallinger

How much do you have to believe to be a Christian?

Column

May 2009

Generations

By Patricia Clarke

Octogenarian love isn't for the faint of heart

Column

April 2009

Generations

By Larry Krotz

Shedding some light on the art of journal keeping

Column

April 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Therese DesCamp

Why did God forsake Jesus on the cross?

Column

March 2009

Generations

By Karen Stiller

Turning middle-age is a chance to look inside oneself

Column

March 2009

Living in faith

By Keith Howard

Truth is what moves us from a platitude to the profound

Column

February 2009

Generations

By Brian Platt

We live in one world, and we must show solidarity with the oppressed

Column

February 2009

At Issue

By Connie denBok

A surprising number of new Canadians are open to a community of faith, and many are looking for ways to connect beyond their ethnic enclave

Column

January 2009

Restless soul

By Sara Jewell

Restless no more, a veteran columnist bids readers farewell and prepares to head in a new direction

Column

January 2009

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

The true test for President Obama will be bringing about a new world of peace and prosperity without disturbing the current standards of living

Column

December 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

The United Church's Emerging Spirit Campaign begs some hard questions about money and faith

Column

December 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

Work is a blessing, it’s what keeps you alive. So why should I retire?

Column

November 2008

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

Living risk-free begins as a means to preserve life but ends up confining it

Column

November 2008

Restless Soul

By Sara Jewell

We're at a crossroads regarding the way we celebrate Christmas

Column

October 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

Making a will forces us to imagine the world without us but also gives us a say in that world

Column

October 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

Have our best efforts to eliminate sexism and racism morphed into new exclusions?

Column

September 2008

Rites of Passage

By Michael Webster

Running at 60

Column

September 2008

Rites of Passage

By Drew Halfnight

Old man from Guatemala shows kernels of honesty, fields of truth

Column

September 2008

Decoding the Bible

By Sandra Beardsall

The terrible things people do begs the question: Are all humans “essentially good?”

Column

September 2008

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

Awareness of awe provides the soil in which spirituality takes root

Column

July 2008

Rites of Passage

By Allan Reeve

Out of my head, into the wild

Column

July 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

The warranty has ended on my parents' generation

Column

July 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

It's now time for the 40-plussers to scramble

Column

June 2008

Rites of Passage

By Barbara McIntyre

A body fallen ill, a soul gone searching

Column

June 2008

Restless Soul

By Sara Jewell

Turn off the cell phone. Put away the iPod. Your language skills are suffering.

Column

June 2008

Living in faith

By Keith Howard

Discipleship that leaves a mark

Column

May 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

Every generation needs to confront the reality of economic disparity

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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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