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Faith

Feature

June 2017

Verbatim

By Sheima Benembarek

‘All of us have a responsibility to look after Creation.’

Feature

May 2017

Verbatim

By Michelle Sparrow

‘We told him we loved him and would support him.’

Feature

May 2017

In search of Rachel

By Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Approaching a biblical holy site on foot becomes a journey through the tangled reality of Israel and the occupied territories today

Feature

May 2017

The sound of silence

By Bertrand Marotte

Once a fixture of the aural landscape, the pealing of church bells may soon be a distant memory

Special Feature

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

By Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

Feature

April 2017

The fight for Qat’muk

By Pieta Woolley

A Supreme Court of Canada case pits a resort developer against B.C.’s Ktunaxa First Nation. At issue: does the development infringe on religious freedom?

Feature

April 2017

‘Grizzlies not gondolas’

By Pieta Woolley

Feature

April 2017

Encounters with grace

By Jordan Cantwell

A message for Easter from the moderator

Feature

April 2017

Good eggs

By Elena Gritzan

Feature

March 2017

When neurons meet prayer

By Trisha Elliott

The writer volunteers for a study exploring how a week of spiritual contemplation alters the brain

Feature

March 2017

An enduring dialogue

By Mike Milne

Despite their failed merger in 1975, the United and Anglican churches are still keen to co-operate. Two small congregations in rural Quebec are proving it can be done.

Feature

February 2017

Old library, new look

By Sheima Benembarek

Feature

February 2017

Verbatim

By Donald Grayston

‘The body has dementia, but the soul doesn’t.’

Feature

February 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Erin DeBooy

A travelling exhibit of images from the former residential school in Brandon, Man., is designed to educate and unite

Feature

February 2017

Emission control

By Mike Milne

United Church buildings produce as much carbon dioxide as 30,000 cars. Why are so few congregations cleaning up their act?

Feature

January 2017

Presbytery turns down bid to halt Vosper hearing

By Mike Milne

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

Announcement

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

New editor named

by Observer Staff

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Editorials

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Observations

by Jocelyn Bell

We’ll miss you, David Wilson

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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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