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Interviews

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January 2017

Interview with Wendell Berry

By Murray MacAdam

The acclaimed author of award-winning poetry, social criticism and novels talks about his faith and the call to resist consumer culture

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December 2016

Interview with Rev. Walter Brueggemann

By Alicia von Stamwitz

The American theologian and United Church of Christ minister talks about political engagement, prophetic morality, biblical justice and his vision for a neighbourly economy.

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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’

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October 2016

Interview with Joan Chittister

By Nancy Fornasiero

The Benedictine nun, human rights advocate and co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women talks about her writing, the Catholic church and the current U.S. political climate

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September 2016

Interview with Scott Brison

By Trisha Elliott

The president of the Treasury Board and Liberal MP for Kings-Hants, N.S., talks about faith, equality of opportunity and what it means to be a good citizen

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July 2016

Interview with Sister Helen Prejean

By Alicia von Stamwitz

The Roman Catholic nun, prominent American anti-death penalty activist and author of the bestselling 'Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate' talks about racism, human dignity and America’s broken criminal justice system

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June 2016

Interview with Charlie Angus

By Rob Thomas

The NDP MP talks about the suicide crisis in Attawapiskat and his latest book, which details the troubled relations between Canada’s Indigenous and settler communities

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May 2016

Interview with Anthony Bailey

By Noah Richardson

The co-ordinating minister at Ottawa's Parkdale United Church talks about his congregation's commitment to love and tolerance in the face of a hate crime

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April 2016

Interview with Kaylie Tiessen

By Christopher White

An economist and researcher with Unifor and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives talks about decreasing income disparity

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March 2016

Interview with Bruce Sanguin

By Pieta Woolley

The evolutionary Christian spirituality thinker talks about the evolution of the soul, the limitations of the human experience and his new book.

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February 2016

Interview with Sally Armstrong

By Sheima Benembarek

Award-winning Canadian journalist and human rights activist talks about the realities of women in war zones

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January 2016

Interview with Rob Bell

By Tim Johnson

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

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December 2015

Interview with Tim Flannery

By Mardi Tindal

The Australian scientist and leading writer on climate change talks about his new book, 'Atmosphere of Hope,' and the 2015 United Nations climate talks

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November 2015

Interview with Wab Kinew

By Julie McGonegal

The Winnipeg broadcaster and author of 'The Reason You Walk' talks about his father, forgiveness and spiritual rebirth

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October 2015

Interview with David Woods

By Erica Lenti

The managing director of Oikocredit, an international co-operative, talks about social investment around the world

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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July 2015

Interview with Nafiya Naso

By Belle Jarniewski

The former religious refugee and leader in Winnipeg’s Yazidi community talks about the current threat to Iraq’s Yazidi population

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June 2015

Interview with Bruce Cockburn

By Mardi Tindal

The celebrated Canadian singer-songwriter talks about faith, activism and his recently released memoir, 'Rumours of Glory'

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May 2015

Interview with Marie Wilson

By David Wilson

Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Marie Wilson reflects on her experience and the ongoing work of healing the wounds of the residential school system

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April 2015

Interview with Mary Jo Leddy

By Mardi Tindal

The writer, theologian and founder of Toronto's Romero House for refugees talks about faith in the public square

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March 2015

Interview with Karen Armstrong

By John Suk

The former nun and author of more than 20 books on the world’s major faith traditions talks about the history of religion and violence

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February 2015

Interview with Moderator Rt. Rev. Gary Paterson

By Chelsea Temple Jones

The United Church head talks about end-of-life ethics, where the personal, the political and the spiritual collide

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January 2015

Interview with Katharine Hayhoe

By Alex Newman

The Toronto native is a well-known climate scientist and evangelical Christian who directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Last April, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

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December 2014

Interview with Bishop Dieudonné Mbaya Tshiakany

By Chantal Braganza

The head of the Church of Christ in Congo talks about his country’s road to healing after years of conflict

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November 2014

Interview issue: Noah Richardson

By Sara Jewell

Self-described church 'geek’ and student leader

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November 2014

Interview issue: Evan Smith

By Richard Wright

Urban Aboriginal ministries worker

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November 2014

Interview issue: John Suk

By Anne Bokma

Christian Reformer turned United Church minister

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November 2014

Interview issue: Chris Ferguson

By Luc Rinaldi

Global ambassador for the United Church

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November 2014

Interview issue: Florence Kaefer

By Pieta Woolley

Reconciliation pioneer

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November 2014

Interview issue: Moley Mangana

By Mike Milne

United Church military chaplain

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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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