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Editorials

Column

March 2007

For some, virtual communities are just as good as the real thing

By David Wilson

Column

February 2007

Alcohol at church

By David Wilson

the first step is admitting we have a problem

Column

January 2007

Funny? Ticket to hell?

By David Wilson

Whatever you think of the Emerging Spirit campaign, it's generating some badly needed buzz

Column

December 2006

Uncle Elmer's enduring lesson of joy

By David Wilson

Column

November 2006

Now that we're on the subject of apologies...

By David Wilson

Column

October 2006

New church music fills a niche, but its staying power is less certain

By David Wilson

Column

September 2006

One thing is certain about change: it will happen

By David Wilson

Column

June 2006

Blessing and promises in this season of leaving

By Muriel Duncan

Column

June 2006

One voice, above all others, demands our utmost attention

By Muriel Duncan

Column

May 2006

We caused global warming, and now it's time to turn our hands to healing

By Muriel Duncan

Column

April 2006

How a little patch of pasture became sacred ground on Earth Day

By Muriel Duncan

Column

March 2006

The "cartoon crisis" has shown that in today's world, when you embrace absolutes you invite conflict

By Muriel Duncan

Column

February 2006

Apologies not only help right past wrongs; they can also open a window on the injustices of today

By Muriel Duncan

Column

December 2005

It's a holly, jolly time, but is it Christmas?

By Muriel Duncan

Column

November 2005

It's possible that newcomers to our pews will actually want something new

By Muriel Duncan

Column

October 2005

One faith, many shades of meaning

By Donna Sinclair

Column

September 2004

The refugee on your doorstep is really your neighbour, and deserves to be treated as one

By Muriel Duncan

Column

June 2004

It's up to us to make clear that not all Christians are cut from the same cloth

By Muriel Duncan

Column

June 2004

This church is great at blue-skying. It's our follow-through that we need to work on.

By Muriel Duncan

Column

May 2004

Rivalry spreads like weeds when two churches try to out-garden each other

By Muriel Duncan

Column

April 2004

In a culture that shouts, choosing to turn down the volume is a prophetic act

By Muriel Duncan

Column

March 2004

Whether we eat to live or live to eat, we need to keep food in perspective

By Muriel Duncan

Column

February 2004

Here and around the world, grandparents remain a cherished part of family life

By Muriel Duncan

Column

January 2004

Lively debate is a staple of our letters section because it's a staple of the United Church

By Muriel Duncan

Column

January 2004

It's going to be a busy year for justice-seeking churches

By Muriel Duncan

Column

December 2003

All Millie wanted for Christmas was peace and quiet. What she got was rather different.

By Muriel Duncan

Announcement

New Observer editor and CEO, Jocelyn Bell. Photo by Lindsay Palmer

New editor named

by Observer Staff

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Observations

by David Wilson

A perfect send-off

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Video

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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