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Faith

Feature

January 2017

Do they like it here? In a word: yes.

By May Tartoussy

For Syrian refugees, adapting to Canadian culture is hard. We asked a Syrian-born Arabic-speaking journalist to interview some of the United Church-sponsored newcomers about learning to live in a new land

Feature

January 2017

Achievements and challenges

By Colin Maclean

Last year, more than 35,000 Syrian refugees — many United Church-sponsored — began their adjustment to life in Canada. The Observer checks in on their progress.

Feature

January 2017

Verbatim

By Katie Ingram

‘The women who came forward’

Feature

January 2017

Roads to Reconciliation

By Meg Illman-White

When an Indigenous teen disappeared in Kenora, Ont., Knox United provided a space to gather — and to grieve

Feature

January 2017

The platitude trap

By Jonathan Orbell

Faced with senseless tragedy, many of us cling to religious clichés. But there's a different path.

Feature

January 2017

Biblical proportions

By Anne Bokma

Feature

December 2016

The Nativity re-imagined

By Trisha Elliott

Eight contemporary Canadian artists. Eight compelling views of Christmas.

Feature

December 2016

Holy doodles

By Sara Jewell

Scribbling in church isn’t always rude. It could be the key to a deeper spiritual experience.

Feature

December 2016

A story still unfolding

By Jordan Cantwell

The 2,000-year-old Nativity narrative reveals God’s continual rebirth among us. A Christmas message from the United Church moderator.

Feature

December 2016

Verbatim

By Pieta Woolley

Feature

December 2016

Pokemon Go craze sends gamers to church

By Noah Richardson

Feature

December 2016

Missing, murdered women

By Elena Gritzan

Kairos creates online hub for national inquiry

Special Feature

November 2016

‘Mystical Landscapes’

By Trisha Elliott

Feature

November 2016

Executive rejects bid to delay Vosper proceedings

By Mike Milne

Feature

November 2016

'Unsuitable'

By Mike Milne

Atheist minister Gretta Vosper is audacious, passionate and polarizing. She tested the limits of United Church tolerance and found little institutional appetite for her brand of unbelieving.

Feature

November 2016

Sidebar: Theologians respond

By Elena Gritzan

Feature

November 2016

A French malaise

By Tim Johnson

The writer returns to France after a 13-year hiatus and discovers a country increasingly uneasy about its growing multiculturalism

Feature

November 2016

That evangelical sizzle

By Christopher White

Their beliefs are clear, their style is hip — and they seem to be exactly what new Canadians are looking for. What makes evangelicals so damned appealing?

Feature

November 2016

Interview with Thomas Krattenmaker

By Katie Toth

The USA Today columnist talks about how Jesus’ life can act as an ethical compass today — a theme he explores in his new book, ’Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower’

Feature

November 2016

What’s killing church camps?

By Pieta Woolley

Church-run summer camps are in serious decline. Marketers hired to troubleshoot the problem wonder if religion is a deterrent.

Feature

November 2016

Verbatim

By Paul Russell

‘It quickly became evident that this ship might be lost.’

Feature

November 2016

Q&A with Rev. Ted Kersey

By Nancy Fornasiero

Feature

November 2016

Excerpts from Conference Interview Committee report

By Elena Gritzan

Feature

November 2016

Quotes from Gretta Vosper’s written submission

By Elena Gritzan

Feature

October 2016

A distorted view

By Anne Bokma

For the first time, Ontario’s Six Nations council is allowing the windows of its historic Mohawk Chapel to be photographed for national publication —controversy and all

Feature

October 2016

Stories in the glass

By Anne Bokma

Special Feature

October 2016

Ghost whisperers

By Elena Gritzan

Do the dead remain among us? Paranormal investigators are determined to prove what science rejects, Christianity scorns — and half of Canadians believe.

Feature

October 2016

Verbatim

By Nancy Loucks-McSloy

‘My determination is tested in daily training when I push myself to the limit.’

Feature

October 2016

Highway to healing

By Tim Johnson

In search of adventure and solace after the death of his mother, travel writer Tim Johnson rekindles his family’s road trip tradition

Feature

October 2016

The gratitude effect

By Trisha Elliott

We all know that giving thanks is integral to Christianity. But new science reveals the far-reaching benefits of expressing appreciation.

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

A world turned upside down

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Video

Merle Robillard

ObserverDocs: Out of Syria

by Observer Staff

For nearly half a century, the Elnabrees family has fled one war after another: Palestine, Kuwait, Iraq and, more recently, Syria. This year, they arrived as refugees in Canada, sponsored by relatives and United churches. Ayman Elshafiy, his wife, Sonia, their two daughters, his sister and mother, were among them.

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Society

June 2016

All the lonely people

by André Picard

An estimated six million Canadians live in isolation. Social researchers are now calling it a hidden epidemic.

Society

May 2016

Are vegans right?

by David Macfarlane

The writer is in the midst of a radical six-month change of diet. He’s discovering that no cheeseburger tastes as good as being ethical feels.

Faith

November 2016

Executive rejects bid to delay Vosper proceedings

by Mike Milne

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.

Society

January 2017

From kennel to courtroom

by Kat Eschner

A legal bid to save 21 former fighting dogs from being euthanized is part of a growing movement to grant animals some of the same rights as humans

Faith

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff

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