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Opinion

Column

October 2013

Spirit Story

By Anne Bokma

Feasts of the heart

Column

October 2013

Reaching the age of surveillance

By David Wilson

The digital revolution has dazzled us so much that we haven’t considered its downside

Column

September 2013

Finish This Sentence

By Michael Webster

Ministers who don’t retire at 65 . . . are smarter than I thought

Column

September 2013

Spirit Story

By Kate Spencer

Slowing to a still

Column

September 2013

The Big Question

By Ross Lockhart

Why do we need to read the Bible?

Column

September 2013

The spirit of independence

By David Wilson

Though an arm’s length apart, The Observer and the United Church are probably closer than ever before

Column

July 2013

Spirit Story

By Kim Sedore

Dip, dip and swing

Column

July 2013

The Big Question

By James Christie

What is Armageddon?

Column

July 2013

The legacy of ’88

By David Wilson

Like it or not, the great sexuality debate was the most significant turning point in the church’s history

Column

June 2013

Spirit Story

By Keith Reynolds

A guiding light

Column

June 2013

Finish This Sentence

By Connie denBok

“Congregations talk about being welcoming, but . . . welcoming is more like bringing home a newborn than hosting a guest.”

Column

June 2013

The Big Question

By Bruce Sanguin

Does human life have a purpose?

Column

June 2013

The real cost of gold

By David Wilson

A surge in new mining ventures has triggered an upswing in activism

Column

May 2013

The Big Question

By Sandra Beardsall

Why bother with the Ascension?

Column

May 2013

Spirit Story

By Alison Brooks-Starks

Message in a labyrinth

Column

May 2013

Far away but close to home

By David Wilson

Why should we care about an endangered bird in Argentina? The answer is easy: the extinction of one species is a tragedy that extends across the whole of Creation

Column

April 2013

Finish This Sentence

By Brian Platt

“In a secular society, churches are . . . a choice. And that’s a good thing.”

Column

April 2013

The Big Question

By Janet Silman

Will science eventually explain everything?

Column

April 2013

Spirit Story

By Karen Hilfman Millson

A world transformed

Column

April 2013

Church beyond the borders

By David Wilson

Are we ready to consider new visions and the big changes that go along with them?

Column

March 2013

Spirit Story

By John Pentland

Om and Amen

Column

March 2013

The Big Question

By Ross Lockhart

What’s so ‘good’ about Good Friday?

Column

March 2013

An oldster among hipsters

By David Wilson

We're finding new ways to connect with people beyond the traditional boundaries of church

Column

February 2013

Spirit Story

By David Giuliano

From the ashes

Column

February 2013

The Big Question

By Wayne Hilliker

Are good deeds rewarded?

Column

February 2013

Finish This Sentence

By Patricia Clarke

“The church should stay out of politics unless . . . it wants to be faithful. Not to mention relevant.”

Column

February 2013

A curious lack of wonder

By David Wilson

Technology is advancing at an unimaginable pace, yet we’ve become remarkably blasé about it

Column

January 2013

Spirit Story

By Debbie Cowling

Alone in the operating room

Column

January 2013

The Big Question

By James Christie

Why is the universe so big?

Column

January 2013

Finish This Sentence

By Michael Webster

“When people ask me what I do for a living . . . I tell them.”

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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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Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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