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Opinion

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

Debate

January 2011

Help or delete?

By Connie denBok and Bob Giuliano

A boyfriend from long ago finds you through Facebook. Despite memories of a bitter breakup, you decide to accept his request to be an online friend. After a while, his messages start to sound suicidal. You suspect he is toying with you, but you worry he may be serious. How do you handle this?

Column

December 2010

The Big Question

By Wayne Hilliker

Do I need to be certain about my faith?

Column

December 2010

Generations

By Brian Platt

No one's priority

Column

December 2010

An undercurrent of fear

By David Wilson

Anti-Islamic sentiment is on the rise almost everywhere. Canadians need to be on the lookout for signs of it here.

Debate

December 2010

Regift or donate?

By Ken Gallinger and Ruth McQuirter Scott

It’s the afternoon before Christmas and you are alone at the office, finishing some urgent work. A courier arrives with a gift basket. Normally your office donates gift baskets to the local food bank. But you haven't bought anything for your mother yet, and she would love this. Time is short. What do you do?

Debate

November 2010

Mercy or misery

By Kevin Little and Lee Simpson

Your elderly neighbour’s poodle is sick and suffering, and you can hear it whimpering in the backyard. You’ve asked him several times about whether he plans to put the dog out of its misery. But he lives alone and says he can’t bear to let go of his faithful companion. What do you do?

Column

November 2010

The Big Question

By Therese DesCamp

Can God’s existence be proved?

Column

November 2010

Generations

By Patricia Clarke

A woman's wrath

Column

November 2010

Hot under the collar

By David Wilson

There are plenty of reasons to feel anger today, but it's what we do with it that counts

Column

October 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Janet Silman

What was Jesus thankful for?

Column

October 2010

Generations

By Larry Krotz

The urge to exert

Column

October 2010

Land of plenty

By David Wilson

Canada is the place where my neighbour and I want to be

Debate

October 2010

Thanksgiving bust

By Bob Giuliano and Connie denBok

Your mother always hosts Thanksgiving dinner and insists on making everything herself. She considers this her “gift” to her children and grandchildren and is offended by offers to help. But last Thanksgiving, her increasing forgetfulness resulted in an unstuffed turkey, over-boiled veggies and a burnt pumpkin pie. Everyone went home hungry. Do you step in?

Debate

September 2010

Equipment or expertise?

By Ken Gallinger and Ruth McQuirter Scott

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?

Column

September 2010

Generations

By Karen Stiller

Bible study gone bad

Column

September 2010

'Churchman' in the best sense of the word

By David Wilson

The late Rev. Albion Wright believed in an inclusive church and an independent Observer

Debate

July 2010

Couples retreat

By Kevin Little and Lee Simpson

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?

Column

July 2010

Making the perfect minister

By David Wilson

Survey reveals what congregations really want in a church leader

Column

July 2010

Generations

By Brian Platt

Muddled thinking

Column

July 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Thomas Reynolds

What is heaven?

Column

June 2010

Generations

By Patricia Clarke

Old, but fully alive

Column

June 2010

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

Sparking sacred conversations

Column

June 2010

Letting old ways die

By David Wilson

The church’s anniversary is the prime time to ask, 'How could we be more alive?'

Debate

June 2010

Keep a secret or step in?

By Connie denBok and Bob Giuliano

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?

Column

May 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Trisha Elliott

What is ‘speaking in tongues’?

Column

May 2010

Generations

By Larry Krotz

A slice of serenity

Column

May 2010

The story of Site 41

By David Wilson

Small church, big win for creation

Debate

May 2010

Funny money or self-respect?

By Ruth McQuirter Scott and Ken Gallinger

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?

Column

April 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Sandra Beardsall

What makes Christians distinct?

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

If statues could talk

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Video

ObserverDocs: Stolen Mother

by Observer Staff

The daughter and adoptive mother of one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women share their story

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Society

July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots

World

June 2017

A suitcase for Cuba

by Christopher Levan

You’ll find more than giveaway toiletries and hand-me-downs in the writer's luggage. Each carefully chosen gift offers a glimpse into the lives of Cubans today.

Justice

June 2017

Undocumented

by Kristy Woudstra

Up to half a million people are living in Canada without official status. The ‘sanctuary city’ movement is growing, but the fear of deportation persists.

World

June 2017

Resisting genocide

by Sally Armstrong

In August 2014, ISIS attacked Iraq’s Yazidis, slaughtering thousands and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. Today, the survivors are fighting for their ancient way of life.

Society

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

Society

March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

Liberal Christians in the United States test their faith against a demagogue

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