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Opinion

Column

September 2011

The Big Question

By Orville James

Does Christian faith make believers happier?

Column

September 2011

Generations

By Brian Platt

Loosen up a little

Column

September 2011

The greater good

By David Wilson

Our views on taxation say much about the values that underpin society

Column

July 2011

The Big Question

By Bruce Sanguin

Does God evolve?

Column

July 2011

A Pastoral Letter

By Mardi Tindal

Our church needs healthy leaders

Column

July 2011

Home is where the soul is

By David Wilson

The church's national office should be an expression of who we are

Debate

July 2011

Do you put faith in a faith healer?

By Bob Giuliano and Connie denBok

You are a minister. A parishioner who suffers from physical ailments and depression comes to you with joyous news about how a local faith healer has miraculously cured some of her symptoms. You have deep suspicions about the faith healer and fear the parishioner’s long-term well-being is at risk. What do you do?

Column

June 2011

My View

By Eugenia Coates

Save the Memorial Library at Mount Allison University

Column

June 2011

The Big Question

By Janet Silman

Would Jesus approve of inclusive language?

Column

June 2011

Dying with dignity

By David Wilson

Physician-assisted suicide demands no less than a national debate

Debate

June 2011

Make or break client confidentiality?

By Ruth McQuirter Scott and Ken Gallinger

You run the only substance abuse clinic in your region. One day a new client arrives. He’s your wife’s boss, whose erratic ways have been making her life so miserable that she’s decided to quit her job at the end of the month. Is this a case for breaking client confidentiality?

Column

May 2011

Generations

By Karen Stiller

Protecting our kids

Column

May 2011

The Big Question

By Harold Wells

Is God really all-powerful?

Column

May 2011

Onward and upward

By David Wilson

Despite tough economic times, the next generation will find its own answers

Debate

May 2011

Step in or turn a blind eye?

By Kevin Little and Lee Simpson

With the encouragement of your spouses, you and your best friend decide to vacation in Cuba together. One night at a salsa club, your friend meets an attractive local and the sparks begin to fly. You can see where this might lead and how you might be caught in the middle. Do you intervene?

Column

April 2011

The Big Question

By Sandra Beardsall

Why did Jesus die?

Column

April 2011

Spirit Story

By Anne Hines

The last class settled

Column

April 2011

Poles in peril

By David Wilson

The Arctic and Antarctica spell out the hard truths about the health of our planet

Debate

April 2011

Prodigal son or astounding opportunist?

By Bob Giuliano and Connie denBok

Your widowed and ailing mother is thinking about selling her house and moving into a seniors’ complex. Suddenly your wayward 45-year-old brother shows up. Mom is overjoyed that he’s come home to care for her, but you suspect the motive is really money and real estate. What do you do?

Column

March 2011

The Big Question

By Nancy Steeves

What is the real power of prayer?

Column

March 2011

My View

By Sheila Noyes

The right to die

Column

March 2011

Believers versus non-believers

By David Wilson

Secularization does not mean the end of religion. It means better conversations about faith.

Debate

March 2011

Plan a memorial or mind your own business?

By Ken Gallinger and Ruth McQuirter Scott

Your childhood best friend from next door has died of a drug overdose on the streets of a faraway city. Her estranged brother, who still lives next door, is her only surviving relative. He cut ties with her long ago and won’t consider a proper funeral. You feel she deserves one. Do you arrange it anyway?

Column

February 2011

The Big Question

By John McTavish

How do we know Jesus wasn’t just a myth?

Column

February 2011

Generations

By Larry Krotz

Kick the bucket list

Column

February 2011

Considering post-theistic churches

By David Wilson

A debate over God’s place in 21st-century Christianity can’t be avoided

Debate

February 2011

Secrecy or broken trust?

By Kevin Little and Lee Simpson

Your 19-year-old son confides to you that his girlfriend is secretly bulimic. In sharing this news, he acknowledges he has broken a trust with his girlfriend and swears you to secrecy. You and the girlfriend’s mother have become good friends; you see each other at choir practice and at church on Sundays. What do you do?

Column

January 2011

The Big Question

By James Christie

Did Jesus intend to start Christianity?

Column

January 2011

Generations

By Karen Stiller

Childhood revisited

Column

January 2011

The stakes are high

By David Wilson

With poker becoming ever more present in Canadian culture, it's time for the United Church to speak out against gambling

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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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