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Opinion

Column

April 2010

Generations

By Karen Stiller

The very best years are not behind us

Column

April 2010

Better lines of communication

By David Wilson

Make no mistake: dialogue between the United Church and Canadian Jewish groups can't be confined to the boardroom.

Debate

April 2010

To give, or not to give

By Lee Simpson and Kevin Little

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?

Column

March 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Therese DesCamp

Should we be fruitful and multiply?

Column

March 2010

Generations

By Brian Platt

Climate change is about saving human beings — plain and simple

Column

March 2010

Let the healing and rebuilding begin

By David Wilson

The suffering in Haiti forces us to face the world's inequities

Column

March 2010

My View

By Scaachi Koul

Token Indian girl

Debate

March 2010

Do you break the silence?

By Connie denBok and Bob Giuliano

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?

Column

February 2010

Generations

By Patricia Clarke

The class of 1944

Column

February 2010

A closer look at the stars

By David Wilson

The more we learn about the universe, the more the mystery deepens

Column

January 2010

Decoding the Bible

By James Christie

Do Earthlings have a special claim on God?

Column

January 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Orville James

Can we proclaim Jesus in a multi-faith world?

Column

January 2010

Generations

By Larry Krotz

Attending funerals of contemporaries is a wake-up call

Column

January 2010

Justice for Canada's Aboriginals

By David Wilson

In honour of former editor Hugh McCullum, The Observer investigates the state of education on Canada’s First Nations reserves

Debate

January 2010

Do you pay your son's mortgage?

By Lee Simpson and Kevin Little

Your adult son has a history of being careless with money. Despite your urging to buy something more modest, he and his spouse bought a house they couldn’t afford. Now they’re having trouble paying the mortgage. You recently came into some money. Do you help them out, or should they learn from their mistake?

Column

December 2009

At Issue

By Michael Webster

Human rights, by their very nature, are doomed to be taken for granted

Column

December 2009

A sense of history

By David Wilson

Understanding the church's past is critical for moving purposefully into the future

Debate

December 2009

Do you take your atheist grandchildren to church?

By Connie denBok and Bob Giuliano

You’re a lifelong churchgoer; your daughter and son-in-law are atheists. Three days before Christmas, they must leave town to be with his father, who is gravely ill. They leave their two school-age children with you. You always attend Christmas Eve services. Do you bring your grandchildren with you?

Column

November 2009

A season for stories

By Mardi Tindal

A message for Christmas from the moderator

Column

November 2009

Generations

By Brian Platt

Debate about God is a good thing when done intelligently

Column

November 2009

At Issue

By Connie denBok

We mustn't ignore the conflict that pushed oppression so far beyond our borders

Column

November 2009

Moment of silence

By David Wilson

By rejecting our elders, we are losing our connection to a truly great generation

Debate

November 2009

Do you help your grandson sneak into university?

By Ken Gallinger and Ruth McQuirter Scott

Your grandson has applied to a prestigious university, and his marks are just shy of the admission cut-off. You know he would have sailed through had he not missed so many classes in his last term due to his parents’ messy breakup. The dean of the college is an old friend. Do you call in a favour?

Column

October 2009

Living in faith

By Keith Howard

It's possible to find God even in a frayed moment

Column

October 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Trisha Elliott

What does God do?

Debate

October 2009

Little requests; big time commitment

By Lee Simpson and Kevin Little

You began by helping an elderly neighbour with her lawn. Then you agreed to buy a few groceries, fix her cabinets and clean her eaves. Now she phones twice daily, and her “little requests” take a lot of your time. She has no family and no one else to support her. What do you do?

Column

October 2009

Reflecting on the 40th General Council

By David Wilson

Commissioners have confessed to the church’s brokenness and embraced the inevitability of real change

Column

September 2009

Generations

By Larry Krotz

It’s encouraging to think that in the bleakness of disappointment, any of us can reinvent ourselves in mid-life

Column

September 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Sandra Beardsall

Did Jesus make mistakes?

Column

September 2009

Tar sands or oil sands?

By David Wilson

You’re either passionately for energy megaprojects or against them. The divisions are as basic as the terminology.

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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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