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Faith

Feature

July 2010

Survey: The new recruits

By Richard Wright

There’s no doubt about it. We need preachers in pulpits. But whose job is it to pull them in?

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July 2010

Survey: In search of Reverend Right

By Kylie Taggart

Educated, ordained and caring: Are the ministers we want the ministers we’ve got?

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July 2010

A home here is possible

By Miriam Spies

Twelve years ago, the author felt excluded at church because of her cerebral palsy. By speaking out, she helped her church become more accessible for all.

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July 2010

The forgotten children

By Mike Milne

Researchers scour church archives to find records of students who died at Indian residential schools

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June 2010

The pleasures of thrift

By Anne Bokma

Brown-bag your lunch, shop second-hand and discover the joys of a simpler lifestyle

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June 2010

Interview with Lois Wilson

By Ken Gallinger

Former United Church moderator and Canadian senator talks about the state of the union on the occasion of the United Church’s 85th anniversary

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June 2010

Feature: Reborn green

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Three years after being destroyed by a monster tornado, a small town in rural Kansas is setting a global standard for sustainable living.

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June 2010

The gospel of sobriety

By Jasmine Budak

Times have changed since Alcoholics Anonymous was formed 75 years ago. While surrendering to a higher power remains part of its official creed, AA insists it is not religious.

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April 2010

The paradox of Easter

By Mardi Tindal

It is through the brokenness of the cross that God reveals the way to wholeness. A message from the moderator.

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April 2010

Back from the brink

By Caley Moore

Relations between the United Church and Canada’s main Jewish organization hit a low last year. A truce has been reached, but what will it take to make it last?

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April 2010

Hardwired for worship

By Alanna Mitchell

Recent advances in brain imaging suggest we are more receptive to certain styles of worship than others.

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March 2010

Interview with Cheri DiNovo

By Ken Gallinger

An Ontario MPP and United Church minister, who authored the book Qu(e)erying Evangelism, says the United Church has lost its political edge

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March 2010

Interview with Jim Hodgson

By Richard Wright

Shortly after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the United Church’s co-ordinator of Caribbean, Central America and Colombia partnerships talks about the church’s response

Feature

March 2010

From rugged cross to flaming chalice

By Anne Bokma

Many former United Church members drift toward Unitarian Universalism. So what’s the attraction?

Debate

February 2010

Friend or spouse?

By Ruth McQuirter Scott and Ken Gallinger

Your marriage has been under stress, and your husband has planned a second honeymoon for Valentine's. Just before your departure, your best friend calls. It is the first anniversary of her spouse's death, and she says she really needs company. What do you do?

Feature

February 2010

Reality cheque

By Richard Wright

Does the money you spend reflect the values you hold? At tax time, life’s balance sheet is revealed.

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February 2010

Hope for the heartland

By Frank Dabbs

Rural Canada is in the midst of changes that will transform it forever. In many places, the local church is the glue that holds communities together.

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February 2010

Infinite sanctuary

By Kevin Spurgaitis

As our knowledge of the universe expands, will our understanding of God keep pace?

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January 2010

Interview with John Shelby Spong

By Ken Gallinger

An American Episcopalian bishop, known for his radical interpretation of Christianity, talks about death, the afterlife and where to find God

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December 2009

Interview with Rev. Stan Lucyk

By Noelle Boughton

A retired United Church minister who has led pilgrimages to the Holy Land for 30 years explains why Canadian Christians should make the journey

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November 2009

Interview with Marie Wilson

By Mike Milne

One of three commissioners appointed to examine the legacy of the Indian residential school system talks about the monumental task ahead for the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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November 2009

The fence-sitters: How real is the hope?

By Richard Wright

Conventional wisdom suggests that the folks who show up for church only at Christmas and Easter might be persuaded to come more often. But a new study says, don't hold your breath.

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November 2009

Rescuing Darwin

By Paul Fayter

Ever since the Origin of Species was first published 150 years ago, scientists and creationists have tried to spin the religious views of Charles Darwin their way.

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October 2009

The R word

By Chantal Braganza

Regionalized churches may be the way of the future. So why does the idea make everyone squeamish?

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October 2009

Three lies and a half-truth

By Therese DesCamp

When it comes to understanding meditation, Christianity and neuroscience are closer than you might imagine

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October 2009

Meet Doreth Brown

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Single. Mother of three. Determined to do more than just get by.

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October 2009

Interview with Mardi Tindal

By David Wilson

Mardi Tindal, the 40th moderator of The United Church of Canada, discusses the state of the United Church today

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October 2009

Boycott bid defeated amid fierce lobbying

By Mike Milne

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September 2009

Faithful to the cause

By Chantal Braganza

For almost 90 years, the Student Christian Movement has been a force for social justice. How much longer can it continue?

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September 2009

Hungry for the Word

By Ross Lockhart

How preaching lost its lustre, and how we can get it back

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

If statues could talk

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Video

ObserverDocs: Stolen Mother

by Observer Staff

The daughter and adoptive mother of one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women share their story

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Society

July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots

World

June 2017

A suitcase for Cuba

by Christopher Levan

You’ll find more than giveaway toiletries and hand-me-downs in the writer's luggage. Each carefully chosen gift offers a glimpse into the lives of Cubans today.

Justice

June 2017

Undocumented

by Kristy Woudstra

Up to half a million people are living in Canada without official status. The ‘sanctuary city’ movement is growing, but the fear of deportation persists.

World

June 2017

Resisting genocide

by Sally Armstrong

In August 2014, ISIS attacked Iraq’s Yazidis, slaughtering thousands and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. Today, the survivors are fighting for their ancient way of life.

Society

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

Society

March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

Liberal Christians in the United States test their faith against a demagogue

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