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Editorials

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November 2011

‘There’s nothing like it anywhere’

By David Wilson

Torontonians are feeling a little unsure of themselves right now, but their big city is much greater than the sum of its annoyances

Column

October 2011

The culture of debt

By David Wilson

Today, our children have to work — and borrow — to keep pace with our standard of living

Column

September 2011

The greater good

By David Wilson

Our views on taxation say much about the values that underpin society

Column

July 2011

A Pastoral Letter

By Mardi Tindal

Our church needs healthy leaders

Column

July 2011

Home is where the soul is

By David Wilson

The church's national office should be an expression of who we are

Column

June 2011

Dying with dignity

By David Wilson

Physician-assisted suicide demands no less than a national debate

Column

May 2011

Onward and upward

By David Wilson

Despite tough economic times, the next generation will find its own answers

Column

April 2011

Poles in peril

By David Wilson

The Arctic and Antarctica spell out the hard truths about the health of our planet

Column

March 2011

Believers versus non-believers

By David Wilson

Secularization does not mean the end of religion. It means better conversations about faith.

Column

February 2011

Considering post-theistic churches

By David Wilson

A debate over God’s place in 21st-century Christianity can’t be avoided

Column

January 2011

The stakes are high

By David Wilson

With poker becoming ever more present in Canadian culture, it's time for the United Church to speak out against gambling

Column

December 2010

An undercurrent of fear

By David Wilson

Anti-Islamic sentiment is on the rise almost everywhere. Canadians need to be on the lookout for signs of it here.

Column

November 2010

Hot under the collar

By David Wilson

There are plenty of reasons to feel anger today, but it's what we do with it that counts

Column

October 2010

Land of plenty

By David Wilson

Canada is the place where my neighbour and I want to be

Column

September 2010

'Churchman' in the best sense of the word

By David Wilson

The late Rev. Albion Wright believed in an inclusive church and an independent Observer

Column

July 2010

Making the perfect minister

By David Wilson

Survey reveals what congregations really want in a church leader

Column

June 2010

Letting old ways die

By David Wilson

The church’s anniversary is the prime time to ask, 'How could we be more alive?'

Column

May 2010

The story of Site 41

By David Wilson

Small church, big win for creation

Column

April 2010

Better lines of communication

By David Wilson

Make no mistake: dialogue between the United Church and Canadian Jewish groups can't be confined to the boardroom.

Column

March 2010

Let the healing and rebuilding begin

By David Wilson

The suffering in Haiti forces us to face the world's inequities

Column

February 2010

A closer look at the stars

By David Wilson

The more we learn about the universe, the more the mystery deepens

Column

January 2010

Justice for Canada's Aboriginals

By David Wilson

In honour of former editor Hugh McCullum, The Observer investigates the state of education on Canada’s First Nations reserves

Column

December 2009

A sense of history

By David Wilson

Understanding the church's past is critical for moving purposefully into the future

Column

November 2009

Moment of silence

By David Wilson

By rejecting our elders, we are losing our connection to a truly great generation

Column

October 2009

Reflecting on the 40th General Council

By David Wilson

Commissioners have confessed to the church’s brokenness and embraced the inevitability of real change

Column

September 2009

Tar sands or oil sands?

By David Wilson

You’re either passionately for energy megaprojects or against them. The divisions are as basic as the terminology.

Column

July 2009

Survey says

By David Wilson

Where the United Church's course will lead remains to be seen, but this much is certain: there will be no going back to the church of our forebears

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June 2009

Triumph of the human spirit

By David Wilson

Singing sensation Susan Boyle reminds us that we are all people of spirit, whether or not we call ourselves spiritual

Column

May 2009

Betting the farm

By David Wilson

The collapsing economy has exposed failures almost too monumental to comprehend

Column

April 2009

Setting the table; not serving the meal

By David Wilson

Thanks to the Emerging Spirit campaign, Canadians have come to expect the unexpected from the United Church

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Observations

by David Wilson

Enclaves of the elderly

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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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