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Faith

Feature

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

Feature

October 2015

Prairie populist

By David Wilson

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

Feature

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

Feature

October 2015

Verbatim

By Alanna Mitchell

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

Feature

October 2015

‘God bless you’

By Nancy Fornasiero

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

Feature

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.

Feature

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

Feature

September 2015

Essential expectations

By Mike Milne

A compromise that facilitated the creation of the United Church 90 years ago is at the crux of a debate on what ministers are supposed to believe today

Feature

August 2015

Day Six

By Mike Milne

Decision on new-look church goes down to the wire

Feature

August 2015

Day Four

By Trisha Elliott

Hump day at the 42nd General Council

Feature

August 2015

Day Three

By Trisha Elliott

Commissioners urge United Church to divest from fossil fuels and Goldcorp

Feature

August 2015

Day Three

By Mike Milne

Support for Mideast peace, but no demand for divestment

Feature

August 2015

42nd General Council coverage

By Observer Staff

Feature

August 2015

Day Two

By Mike Milne

Massive structural changes may be too much to handle in just one week

Feature

August 2015

Day One

By David Wilson

Reform recommendations coming . . . but not quite yet

Feature

July 2015

Day Five

By David Wilson

Saskatchewan minister Rev. Jordan Cantwell elected as 42nd moderator

Feature

July 2015

United Church at a crossroads

By Mike Milne

Some are calling the August meeting of the General Council one of the most critical since church union. At stake is how the denomination works — and possibly its future.

Feature

July 2015

‘We’ll be a spiritual presence.’

By Erica Lenti

With the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games starting July 10, Metropolitan United’s Rev. John Joseph Mastandrea worked alongside other religious leaders to develop a multifaith centre in the Pan Am Village, where they’ll serve competing athletes.

Feature

July 2015

Atheist minister faces Conference review

By Mike Milne

Rev. Gretta Vosper, minister of West Hill United in Toronto and a self-declared atheist, faces a church trial on her suitability for ministry in The United Church of Canada.

Feature

July 2015

Final decisions

By Various Writers

Dying used to be so simple. New laws and changing customs make for a more complicated exit.

Feature

July 2015

The end of Aramaic

By Tali Folkins

Descended from the tongue spoken by Jesus, an ancient language faces extinction as ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria

Feature

July 2015

Amusing grace

By Trisha Elliott

Tales of worship gone awry

Feature

June 2015

'Do we still believe that something vital is in the making?'

By Phyllis Airhart

The United Church of Canada at 90

Feature

June 2015

Divorce in a fishbowl

By Trisha Elliott

Ending a marriage is tough. Imagine what it’s like when you’re a minister.

Feature

May 2015

Confronting the unbelievers

By Mike Milne

Reaction against a minister who came out as an atheist was swift and blunt. But questions persist about how to deal with clergy who no longer believe.

Feature

May 2015

A wretch like me

By Trisha Elliott

We all feel shame. Instead of running from it, maybe we should take a cue from the Bible and face up to our flaws and frailties.

Feature

April 2015

Moncton minister's Twitter following grows to 30,000

By Rhonda Herrington Bulmer

Feature

April 2015

Strangers in our midst

By Mario Toneguzzi

What did a Calgary church do when two Congolese refugees — a couple expecting a baby — were dropped on their doorstep? Welcome them, wholeheartedly.

Feature

April 2015

Losing Mom

By Tim Johnson

A travel writer's personal journey through grief — and how it was vastly different from everything he’d been told to expect

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Global famine in the Trump era

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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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Justice

May 2017

Stolen mothers

by Kristy Woudstra

Almost 90 percent of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women were parents. With the national inquiry hearings set to begin, we talk to five daughters who were left behind.

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

Justice

May 2017

Stolen mothers

by Kristy Woudstra

Almost 90 percent of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women were parents. With the national inquiry hearings set to begin, we talk to five daughters who were left behind.

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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