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Faith

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April 2016

What their tats tell

By Trisha Elliott

You’d be surprised by the number of United Church ministers with tattoos these days. Here's the meaning behind all that ink.

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March 2016

Our national folly

By Trisha Elliott

Canada endeavours to be secular and multicultural at the same time. Who are we trying to kid?

Feature

March 2016

The Holland I never knew

By Anne Bokma

A first-generation Dutch Canadian wrestles with her religious history in the land of her ancestors

Feature

March 2016

Risking resurrection

By Jordan Cantwell

The promise of Easter has a price. A message from Moderator

Feature

March 2016

Commemoration

By Nancy Fornasiero

Minister, war vet awarded France’s top honour

Feature

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

By Observer Staff

Special Feature

February 2016

Interlove

By Colin Boyd Shafer

An intimate portrait series documents love between partners of different faiths

Feature

February 2016

When values collide

By John Barber

Should faith and tradition trump comprehensive sexual education?

Feature

February 2016

An unsuitable saint

By Donald Grayston

The recent canonization of an 18th-century Spanish colonizer has incensed Indigenous North Americans. What was Pope Francis thinking?

Feature

January 2016

Interview with Rob Bell

By Tim Johnson

Former megachurch pastor and bestselling author talks about faith, God and Oprah

Feature

January 2016

In Mom's Footsteps

By Alison Brooks-Starks

With a handwritten journal as her guide, Alison Brooks-Starks retraced her late mother’s coming-of-age journey to the Holy Land

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January 2016

A complicated love story

By Alanna Mitchell

After the death of her alcoholic ex-husband, Alanna Mitchell confronts a terrible question: could she have done more to save him?

Feature

January 2016

The divestment iceberg

By Mike Milne

The General Council just sold $6 million in fossil fuel shares from its treasury fund. Will the United Church’s pension fund, foundation and congregations follow suit?

Feature

December 2015

Their first Noel

By Various Writers

Six newcomers share their introductions to Christmas in Canada

Feature

December 2015

Renewing wonder

By Jordan Cantwell

Disenchanted with Christmas consumerism, the United Church moderator and her family found new ways to reconnect to the spirit of the season

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December 2015

Bible backlash

By Anne Bokma

Under threat from rising secularism, the iconic Gideon Bible is disappearing from classrooms and hotel nightstands. So the Gideons are devising new ways to spread the Word.

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December 2015

5 Gideons facts

By Anne Bokma

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December 2015

A road to freedom

By Susan Peters

United churches in Manitoba and northern Ontario call for a road to be built to an isolated First Nation

Feature

December 2015

Atheist minister review on hold

By Mike Milne

Feature

November 2015

Photo Essay: The Hillhurst effect

By Lyle Aspinall

Inside a United Church success story

Special Feature

November 2015

The topic churches won't touch

By Erica Lenti

Online erotica is booming, and so are porn addictions. But mainline churches seem all too content to look away.

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November 2015

The conversion of Michael Coren

By Jeff Mahoney

Canada’s most strident Christian conservative has had a change of heart

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November 2015

‘It’s like a death in the family’

By Chantal Braganza

A Toronto church that welcomed 50 North Korean refugees speaks out against the mass deportation of their new friends

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October 2015

Prairie populist

By David Wilson

New moderator Jordan Cantwell combines an unorthodox style with a passion for justice

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October 2015

Navigating the fault lines

By Trisha Elliott

The 42nd General Council showed that polarities, not creaky structures, are the United Church’s real challenge

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October 2015

Verbatim

By Alanna Mitchell

'What if we talked about cancer as a dance instead of a war?'

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October 2015

‘God bless you’

By Nancy Fornasiero

The words come easily after a sneeze. Why do we choke on them in other situations?

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September 2015

Campus clergy

By Samantha Rideout

The need is great, but the budgets are small. Some days, university chaplains feel like they’re spinning their wheels.

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September 2015

Unholy allies

By Donald Grayston

Christian Zionists are among Israel’s most ardent supporters. But their apocalyptic theology comes with dangerous strings attached.

Arts Feature

September 2015

Interview with Karen Stiller

By Christopher White

The senior editor at Faith Today magazine and the author of ‘Shifting Stats: Shaking the Church,’ co-written with Patricia Paddey, talks about how churches are responding to upheavals in Canadian society

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Enclaves of the elderly

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Video

ObserverDocs: A shoulder to lean on

by Observer Staff

Sheima Benembarek was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Morocco and moved to Canada in 2005. In 2015, she relocated to Toronto. At first, the city seemed so much bigger, impersonal — and even threatening — until a fateful encounter in the subway one day.

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Faith

January 2017

Presbytery turns down bid to halt Vosper hearing

by Mike Milne

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

Society

February 2017

An anatomy of hate

by Douglas Tindal

It’s on the rise everywhere. The writer explores our most troubling emotion and asks how we might overcome it.

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

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.

Faith

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff

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