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Editorials

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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

Column

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

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New editor named

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Observations

by David Wilson

A perfect send-off

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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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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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