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Interviews

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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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November 2014

Interview issue: Jim and Eva Manly

By Pieta Woolley

Campaigners for Palestinians

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November 2014

Interview issue: Ginny Shrivastava

By David Evans

Advocate for separated and widowed women in India

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November 2014

Interview issue: Simon LeSieur

By Alison Shouldice

Youth minister and ‘love bomber’

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October 2014

Interview with Donald B. Smith

By Richard Wright

The writer and professor emeritus of history at the University of Calgary talks about Ojibwa and Methodist interactions in the 19th century

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September 2014

Interview with Andrew Bennett

By Mike Milne

The career civil servant and academic talks about being named Canada's ambassador for religious freedom

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July 2014

Interview with Lori Triano-Antidormi

By Patricia Clarke

Psychologist talks about being an advocate for victims of crime and losing her own son to an attack by a mentally ill woman in 1997

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June 2014

Interview with Peter J. Schwartz

By David Wilson

Journalist, lecturer and the co-author of the bestselling book 'Baseball as a Road to God' talks about the theology of the game

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May 2014

Interview with Reza Aslan

By Julie McGonegal

The religion scholar and New York Times bestselling author talks about his new book, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth."

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April 2014

Interview with Heather Eaton

By Trisha Elliott

The author of "Introducing Ecofeminist Theologies" and professor at Ottawa's Saint Paul University talks about religion and ecology

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March 2014

Interview with Irene Champagne

By Kate Spencer

The United Church’s mobile counsellor, Irene Champagne, talks about residential school survivors and their families

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February 2014

Interview with Stephen Prothero

By Martha Martin

The author and popular commentator talks about religion and the media in America

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January 2014

Interview with Tex Sample

By Ken Gallinger

Author and professor emeritus at the Saint Paul School of Theology near Kansas City, Miss. talks about blue-collar ministry

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December 2013

Interview with Barbara Marx Hubbard

By Karen Hilfman Millson

The futurist thinker talks about conscious evolution and the spiritual potential of humanity

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October 2013

Interview with Jean Vanier

By Alicia von Stamwitz

The Canadian philosopher and founder of the L’Arche community for people with intellectual disabilities talks about faith, disability and God’s tenderness for humanity

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October 2013

Interview with Kevin Flatt

By Ken Gallinger

The professor of church history at Hamilton's Redeemer University College talks about his book, 'After Evangelicalism: The Sixties and the United Church of Canada'

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September 2013

Interview with Michael Dowd

By Ambury Stuart

The American evolutionary apostle talks about his science-based spirituality

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July 2013

Interview with Kathleen Wynne

By Mardi Tindal

Ontario’s first female premier and Canada’s first openly gay provincial leader talks about faith, politics and community

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June 2013

Interview with Gordon Lightfoot

By Karen Hilfman Millson

Canadian musical icon and former choirboy talks about his beginnings, faith and activism in conversation at St. Paul's United in Orillia, Ont.

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May 2013

Interview with Chris Stedman

By Katie Toth

Harvard University's humanist chaplain talks about atheists, Christians — and how the two can set aside their differences to work together

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April 2013

Interview with Ron Klusmeier

By Ken Gallinger

Pioneering composer talks about contemporary church music and his ongoing "Tour of a Lifetime"

Announcement

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

New editor named

by Observer Staff

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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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