Your church spent a year raising money to send a young MD in the congregation to volunteer abroad. But her destination hospital now asks to use the funds to buy equipment. The doctor argues the trip would be both spiritually rewarding and an opportunity to share her expertise. How will you spend the funds?
By Ken Gallinger and Ruth McQuirter Scott September 2010
Bible study gone bad
By Karen Stiller September 2010
The late Rev. Albion Wright believed in an inclusive church and an independent Observer
By David Wilson September 2010
Your best friend, a widower, has a new love in his life. You dated her for a couple of years before meeting your wife five years ago. Every summer, you host a couples’ spiritual retreat at your cottage. But your wife is uncomfortable with your ex being part of this year’s entourage. What do you do?
By Kevin Little and Lee Simpson July 2010
Survey reveals what congregations really want in a church leader
By David Wilson July 2010
By Brian Platt July 2010
What is heaven?
By Thomas Reynolds July 2010
Old, but fully alive
By Patricia Clarke June 2010
Sparking sacred conversations
By Keith Howard June 2010
The church’s anniversary is the prime time to ask, 'How could we be more alive?'
By David Wilson June 2010
Your sister-in-law lends you a novel she recently finished. Tucked inside, you find a business card she likely used as a bookmark. It’s for a divorce lawyer, and a date and time are written on the back. You didn’t know she and your brother were having problems. The appointment is tomorrow. What do you do?
By Connie denBok and Bob Giuliano June 2010
What is ‘speaking in tongues’?
By Trisha Elliott May 2010
A slice of serenity
By Larry Krotz May 2010
Small church, big win for creation
By David Wilson May 2010
You discover you’ve been passed a counterfeit $20 bill. You stuff it into your jacket and forget about it. One day, you’re jogging far from home when your cellphone rings. Your spouse has been rushed to hospital. You need a taxi fast but have no wallet. Do you use the fake bill?
By Ruth McQuirter Scott and Ken Gallinger May 2010
What makes Christians distinct?
By Sandra Beardsall April 2010
The very best years are not behind us
By Karen Stiller April 2010
Make no mistake: dialogue between the United Church and Canadian Jewish groups can't be confined to the boardroom.
By David Wilson April 2010
You have three high-school-aged grandchildren. The oldest is an excellent student and would go to university if his parents had enough money. The other two have no plans beyond high school other than buying motorcycles and having fun. You have $10,000 set aside for your grandchildren’s futures. Do you dole it out equally?
By Lee Simpson and Kevin Little April 2010
Should we be fruitful and multiply?
By Therese DesCamp March 2010
Climate change is about saving human beings — plain and simple
By Brian Platt March 2010
The suffering in Haiti forces us to face the world's inequities
By David Wilson March 2010
Token Indian girl
By Scaachi Koul March 2010
Your sister was addicted to alcohol and became pregnant in her teens. Her son, now 18, is in counselling for his own addiction problems. If he knew about his mother’s past, it might help him recover. But your sister, now a successful realtor, forbids any mention of it. Do you break the silence?
By Connie denBok and Bob Giuliano March 2010
The class of 1944
By Patricia Clarke February 2010
The more we learn about the universe, the more the mystery deepens
By David Wilson February 2010
Do Earthlings have a special claim on God?
By James Christie January 2010
Can we proclaim Jesus in a multi-faith world?
By Orville James January 2010
Attending funerals of contemporaries is a wake-up call
By Larry Krotz January 2010
In honour of former editor Hugh McCullum, The Observer investigates the state of education on Canada’s First Nations reserves
By David Wilson January 2010