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Editorials

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

Column

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

Column

March 2009

Tell us about the things that matter

By David Wilson

In a survey-weary world, it's still important to contribute to the ongoing conversation about your church’s future

Column

February 2009

The new militancy

By David Wilson

To the most strident of atheists, religion is not simply a different way of seeing things; it is the enemy

Column

January 2009

Happy Birthday, Observer

By David Wilson

As The Observer begins its 180th anniversary, we look back at the narratives that tell us who we are and where we come from

Column

December 2008

Remembering Hugh McCullum

By David Wilson

Former Observer editor was a story in and of himself — a densely packed narrative with many twists and turns

Column

December 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

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

Column

October 2008

Climate is what you expect; weather is what you get

By David Wilson

Keeping climate change on the radar may demand newer theologies

Column

September 2008

Summer doesn't last forever

By David Wilson

We know our world is changing and most of us still carry on as usual. But we're not sure what usual is anymore.

Column

July 2008

Cause for celebration?

By David Wilson

It's been 20 years since the United Church's decision to admit gays and lesbians into ministry. But the anniversary is a non-event for young people.

Column

June 2008

Emerging Spirit: The Boomer Edition?

By David Wilson

The United Church's multi-million campaign to engage non-churchgoers seems to have excluded the 45-plussers

Column

April 2008

The evangelical vote

By David Wilson

The Christian Right is now a permanent force in U.S. politics

Column

April 2008

The evangelical vote

By David Wilson

Column

March 2008

An elephant in the room

By David Wilson

Column

February 2008

Words and numbers

By David Wilson

Column

January 2008

Environmental evangelism

By David Wilson

Column

December 2007

Not silent but Holy

By David Wilson

Column

November 2007

An image problem

By David Wilson

Column

October 2007

The Afghanistan enigma

By David Wilson

Column

September 2007

New all over again

By David Wilson

Column

July 2007

The moderator and the opposite of fear

By David Wilson

Column

June 2007

Evangelicals could be good eco-allies

By David Wilson

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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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