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Editorials

Column

June 2014

Observations

By David Wilson

Trashing the global ocean

Column

May 2014

Observations

By David Wilson

Eulogy for a closed church

Column

April 2014

Observations

By David Wilson

Two media, same message

Column

March 2014

Caught between two Koreas

By David Wilson

With North Koreans now recognized as South Korean nationals, those living in asylum now face deportation

Column

February 2014

Good mourning

By David Wilson

People of faith should celebrate, not belittle, mega-funerals

Column

January 2014

The sober side of Rob Ford

By David Wilson

The debacle involving Toronto's mayor was a reminder that democracy begins, not ends, with elections

Column

December 2013

The intern economy

By David Wilson

Full-time salaried jobs continue to be a scarcity

Column

October 2013

Polar opposites, common ground

By David Wilson

There's a growing appetite for discussions about faith — including a lack of it

Column

October 2013

Reaching the age of surveillance

By David Wilson

The digital revolution has dazzled us so much that we haven’t considered its downside

Column

September 2013

The spirit of independence

By David Wilson

Though an arm’s length apart, The Observer and the United Church are probably closer than ever before

Column

July 2013

The legacy of ’88

By David Wilson

Like it or not, the great sexuality debate was the most significant turning point in the church’s history

Column

June 2013

The real cost of gold

By David Wilson

A surge in new mining ventures has triggered an upswing in activism

Column

May 2013

Far away but close to home

By David Wilson

Why should we care about an endangered bird in Argentina? The answer is easy: the extinction of one species is a tragedy that extends across the whole of Creation

Column

April 2013

Church beyond the borders

By David Wilson

Are we ready to consider new visions and the big changes that go along with them?

Column

March 2013

An oldster among hipsters

By David Wilson

We're finding new ways to connect with people beyond the traditional boundaries of church

Column

February 2013

A curious lack of wonder

By David Wilson

Technology is advancing at an unimaginable pace, yet we’ve become remarkably blasé about it

Column

January 2013

Hope's second chance

By David Wilson

The full extent of Obama's quiet revolution became apparent this past November

Column

December 2012

An old column’s next chapter

By David Wilson

The range of acceptable questions are still as limitless as readers' curiosity

Column

November 2012

Letters from a young soldier

By David Wilson

Missives from the past make Remembrance Day less of a struggle

Column

October 2012

The United Church still matters

By David Wilson

Symbolic decisions marked the 41st General Council

Column

September 2012

Hidden history

By David Wilson

When we eradicate a people’s history, we devalue the people themselves

Feature

July 2012

Editorial: The case for compassion

By David Wilson

Column

July 2012

Yesterday's crusaders

By David Wilson

Anti-gay posturing of the far right may not factor into upcoming U.S. elections

Column

June 2012

Bridges of tears

By David Wilson

There was plenty of truth-telling in Victoria recently, but not nearly enough reconciliation

Column

May 2012

Losing our civility

By David Wilson

Let's face it: rudeness is becoming the new normal

Column

April 2012

The new look of discontent

By David Wilson

Young people drove the 1960s counterculture, and they're the backbone of the Occupy movement. But the similarities end there.

Column

March 2012

Down but not out at First United

By David Wilson

Helping marginalized people in the country's poorest neighbourhood is messy at the best of times

Column

February 2012

Stereotyping’s the thing

By David Wilson

Antipathy toward clergy runs pretty deep in a post-religious society

Column

January 2012

A new look for new times

By David Wilson

Denominational magazines must move forward or fall behind

Column

December 2011

The Christmas Can

By David Wilson

Something ordinary often means much more during the holidays

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Observations

by David Wilson

Enclaves of the elderly

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Video

ObserverDocs: A shoulder to lean on

by Observer Staff

Sheima Benembarek was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Morocco and moved to Canada in 2005. In 2015, she relocated to Toronto. At first, the city seemed so much bigger, impersonal — and even threatening — until a fateful encounter in the subway one day.

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Faith

January 2017

Presbytery turns down bid to halt Vosper hearing

by Mike Milne

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

Society

February 2017

An anatomy of hate

by Douglas Tindal

It’s on the rise everywhere. The writer explores our most troubling emotion and asks how we might overcome it.

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

Society

January 2017

The new agrarians

by Lois Ross

In the next 15 years, almost half of Canadian farms will change hands. Meet seven millennials who view agriculture as a career — and moral calling.

Faith

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff

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