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Interviews

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June 2012

Interview with Shane Claiborne

By Pieta Woolley

Theology-school dropout and author talks about environmentalism, anti-militarism and service to the poor.

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May 2012

Interview with Douglas Todd

By Pieta Woolley

The Vancouver Sun's religion reporter and 'The Search' blogger answers the deep questions

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April 2012

Interview with Kathleen Norris

By Alicia von Stamwitz

The American essayist, poet and bestselling author of "Dakota: A Spiritual Geography" and "The Cloister Walk" talks about writing, monastic spirituality and mysticism

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March 2012

Interview with Diana Butler Bass

By Pieta Woolley

The sociologist, author and theologian explains why North America’s largest religious group — mainline Protestantism — is struggling

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January 2012

Interview with Pamela Palmater

By Ken Gallinger

The head of Ryerson University's Centre for Indigenous Governance talks about the crisis in Attawapiskat and other First Nations reserves

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December 2011

Interview with Rev. Brent Hawkes

By Ken Gallinger

The minister of Toronto’s Metropolitan Community Church presided over the state funeral for Jack Layton last summer. He recently spoke to The Observer.

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November 2011

Interview with Mary Hynes

By Cory Ruf

The host of CBC Radio’s “Tapestry” program often engages in wide-ranging discussions with the most interesting thinkers on faith and spirituality. She recently talked to The Observer.

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October 2011

Interview with Linda McQuaig

By Mike Milne

Three years after the global financial meltdown, the co-author with Neil Brooks of “The Trouble with Billionaires” talks about how growing income inequality is changing Canada

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September 2011

Interview with Marcus Borg

By Therese DesCamp

American biblical scholar talks about his recent books — 'Putting Away Childish Things' and 'Speaking Christian' — and the importance of story and language

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July 2011

Interview with John Dominic Crossan

By Ken Gallinger

Jesus Seminar co-chair and author talks about Jesus and the Roman Empire

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June 2011

Interview with Tom Harpur

By Ken Gallinger

Anglican priest and author talks about his latest book, 'Born Again,' and his path of faith from childhood to age 82

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May 2011

Interview with Maude Barlow

By Frank Dabbs

Author and social justice advocate talks about the values that inform her work and the ideas that sustain her

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April 2011

Interview with David Hallman

By David Wilson

Author and former United Church program officer talks about his new memoir, August Farewell

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March 2011

Interview with Rev. Cindy Bourgeois

By Larke Turnbull

The first known transgendered person to be ordained in the United Church talks about her ministry at Central United in Stratford, Ont.

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November 2010

Interview with Jim Short

By Ken Gallinger

Reserve chaplain talks about his eight months with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan

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October 2010

Interview with Preston Manning

By Frank Dabbs

The founder of the Reform and Canadian Alliance parties and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy talks about the centre’s faith-politics interface program and Christianity today.

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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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May 2010

Interview with Amy-Jill Levine

By David Wilson

Vanderbilt University professor and one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars discusses the current state of Jewish-Christian relations

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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

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February 2010

Interview with Christian Schwarz

By Connie denBok

German researcher and author talks about the eight universal characteristics of what he calls 'Natural Church Development.'

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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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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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July 2009

Interview with Nora Sanders

By David Wilson

United Church General Secretary Nora Sanders speaks about the church’s problems, priorities and possibilities

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June 2009

Interview with Mark Toulouse

By David Wilson

The first American principal of the United Church’s Emmanuel College talks about theological education in Canada and the United States

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March 2009

Interview with Rev. Rob Oliphant

By Drew Halfnight

Rev. Rob Oliphant picked a tumultuous time to begin his first term as an MP. He spoke to Drew Halfnight about the transition from pulpit to Parliament.

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November 2008

Interview with Tim O’Neill

By Kenneth Bagnell

A former Bank of Montreal chief economist and longtime United Church member discusses his economic views

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September 2008

Interview with Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

By David Wilson

Two-thirds of the way through his term, Moderator Rt. Rev. David Giuliano sat down with David Wilson to talk about leadership, trust and a personal journey of healing

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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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