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Opinion

Column

December 2008

Remembering Hugh McCullum

By David Wilson

Former Observer editor was a story in and of himself — a densely packed narrative with many twists and turns

Column

December 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

The United Church's Emerging Spirit Campaign begs some hard questions about money and faith

Column

December 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

Work is a blessing, it’s what keeps you alive. So why should I retire?

Column

November 2008

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

Living risk-free begins as a means to preserve life but ends up confining it

Column

November 2008

Restless Soul

By Sara Jewell

We're at a crossroads regarding the way we celebrate Christmas

Debate

November 2008

The toxic employee

By Bob Giuliano and Connie denBok

An employee in your small business is a capable worker but an increasingly toxic person. Terminating him promises to be a major headache. Then, a local charity calls saying he has applied for a staff position. They want a reference. What do you tell them?

Feature

November 2008

Conservative Christians in the U.S. still have muscle

By David Wilson

Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin may well represent the fullest flowering of the Christian right yet

Debate

October 2008

A racist boss

By Ken Gallinger and Ruth McQuirter Scott

You are new to a job you badly wanted and are still on probation. Your boss has been helpful and encouraging, but you’ve noticed he has a bad habit of cracking casually racist jokes. You find them offensive but your co-workers seem to put up with them. Do you confront him or keep quiet like the rest?

Column

October 2008

Climate is what you expect; weather is what you get

By David Wilson

Keeping climate change on the radar may demand newer theologies

Column

September 2008

Rites of Passage

By Drew Halfnight

Old man from Guatemala shows kernels of honesty, fields of truth

Column

September 2008

Summer doesn't last forever

By David Wilson

We know our world is changing and most of us still carry on as usual. But we're not sure what usual is anymore.

Column

September 2008

Decoding the Bible

By Sandra Beardsall

The terrible things people do begs the question: Are all humans “essentially good?”

Column

September 2008

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

Awareness of awe provides the soil in which spirituality takes root

Debate

September 2008

The value of a gift

By Lee Simpson and Kevin Little

You’ve been volunteering in a poor country. On departure day, a villager with whom you have worked gives you a piece of her jewelry as a gesture of enduring friendship. It’s important to her that you accept the gift, but you think it could be worth a lot of money. Should you accept it?

Column

July 2008

Rites of Passage

By Allan Reeve

Out of my head, into the wild

Debate

July 2008

A question of ethics

By Bob Giuliano and Connie denBok

Your church treasurer, who also happens to be an executive at a large accounting firm, serves your congregation faithfully and diligently. Then one day, a bombshell: his company faces criminal charges in connection with auditing irregularities. Should he continue to handle your church’s finances?

Column

July 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

The warranty has ended on my parents' generation

Column

July 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

It's now time for the 40-plussers to scramble

Column

July 2008

Cause for celebration?

By David Wilson

It's been 20 years since the United Church's decision to admit gays and lesbians into ministry. But the anniversary is a non-event for young people.

Column

June 2008

Rites of Passage

By Barbara McIntyre

A body fallen ill, a soul gone searching

Column

June 2008

Living in faith

By Keith Howard

Discipleship that leaves a mark

Column

June 2008

Emerging Spirit: The Boomer Edition?

By David Wilson

The United Church's multi-million campaign to engage non-churchgoers seems to have excluded the 45-plussers

Debate

May 2008

A dying wish

By Ken Gallinger and Ruth McQuirter Scott

You are a minister, and among your longtime parishioners is a gravely ill 19-year-old woman. In what amounts to a dying wish, she has asked you to marry her and a young man she had been dating casually before she took a turn for the worse. The young man is okay with the idea. Are you?

Column

May 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

Every generation needs to confront the reality of economic disparity

Debate

May 2008

A vacation or a chore?

By Lee Simpson and Kevin Little

An old friend has suffered through a messy divorce, her mother's death and job loss. She talks of nothing but herself and is beginning to try your patience. Then she suggests that the two of you take a long-talked-about vacation together. What do you do?

Column

May 2008

A natural selection

By David Wilson

Why a faith-based magazine feels it's important to sponsor a museum exhibit on Charles Darwin

Column

May 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

Can a national church still capture the essence of what it means to be Christian?

Column

April 2008

The evangelical vote

By David Wilson

The Christian Right is now a permanent force in U.S. politics

Column

April 2008

Rites of Passage

By Allan Wilson

Wonder at the upper edges of life

Column

April 2008

Restless Soul

By Sara Jewell

Surviving on faith

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

A perfect send-off

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Video

ObserverDocs: A Tale of Two Cancers

by Observer Staff

Catherine Gordon's October 2017 feature for The Observer, 'A tale of two cancers,' recently caught the eye of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and his Washington, D.C.-based team, and inspired a short documentary. Gordon talks about the experience of writing the article and participating in the film.

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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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