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Columns

Feature

June 2018

Is the Bible true?

By Jane Dawson

There are many rewarding ways of thinking about the truths of the Bible.

Feature

June 2018

What I learned while caring for the dying

By Colleen Friesen

There is an idea in Celtic Christianity called “thin place,” when the membrane between this world and whatever lies beyond is an almost transparent veil.

Feature

May 2018

On grief and the healing power of gardening

By Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.

Column

May 2018

Wrestling and other amazing ways to repurpose your church

By Pieta Woolley

Some church buildings go to sleep from Monday to Friday. But elsewhere, the steepled husks moonlight as kooky and political community hubs. Here are our favourite ideas.

Feature

May 2018

How a church-goer with schizophrenia gave this minister an unexpected gift

By Sue Campbell

Column

April 2018

Christians need to take risks and ‘be the church’

By Shawn Ankenmann

Column

April 2018

Humboldt: Brody Hinz's life taught us important lessons

By Deanna Robertson

Column

April 2018

Why Canada needs a free-range parenting law

By Pieta Woolley

Blog Entry

April 2018

Don’t be too quick to dismiss Fair Trade

By Shawn Ankenmann

Skeptical about Fair Trade? A coffee shop owner explains why it’s so important.

Feature

April 2018

Yes, a swan parade actually exists

By Keith Reynolds

For 28 years in Stratford, Ont., swans have paraded through the streets on the first weekend of April, waddling from their winter pens to the banks of the Avon River.

Feature

April 2018

Why inaction is the devil we should actually fear

By Christopher Levan

"We miss the fact that the real devil in our society is how so many allow evil to happen. The devil is not in our action but in our inaction."

Feature

April 2018

Float tank benefits: Does this therapy actually help?

By Anne Bokma

Flotation tanks cut off the outside world and offer an inner immersion.

Feature

March 2018

My transcendent Easter experience singing along to Jesus Christ Super Star

By Christina Paradela

Singing the lyrics of songs that profoundly matter to me, not knowing if they mattered to the people beside me, was a bit unsettling.

Column

March 2018

The real reason church camps are doomed

By Pieta Woolley

It’s not a lack of faith that’s killing Christian overnight camps. The actual problem is much more pedestrian – and completely fixable.

Column

March 2018

Mindful travel is the hottest tourism trend

By Anne Bokma

Find out why travellers are replacing “sun, sand and sex” with “serenity, sustainability and spirituality.”

Feature

February 2018

‘Thoughts and prayers’ now have a bad rap, thanks to U.S. politicians

By Jackie Gillard

Column

February 2018

Men, this common reaction to sexual assault actually makes things worse

By Michael Sholars

Column

February 2018

Gerald Stanley trial proves Canadians still fear 'Indians'

By Robert Jago

Column

February 2018

Conundrums

By Sara Jewell

Christian or Jesus follower?

Column

February 2018

Sexism and the spiritual but not religious movement

By Anne Bokma

Today’s SBNRs are mostly female. Could that be why they aren’t taken seriously?

Blog Entry

January 2018

Powerful Ursula K. Le Guin speech remains relevant 35 years later

By Ursula K. Le Guin

Blog Entry

January 2018

What is the purpose of baptism?

By Jackie Gillard

With no strong ties to a particular religion or church, one mom explains why she still decided to have her daughter baptized

Column

January 2018

Tim Hortons protest: It's time to ditch the 'double-double'

By Shawn Ankenmann

A small coffee shop owner explains why Timmies is not a Canadian icon

Column

January 2018

Conundrums

By Harold Wells

Does it really matter what we believe?

Column

January 2018

Spirit Story

By Kathryn Belicki

A warm memory, a heart made lighter

Column

January 2018

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Pretty stones are making a pretty penny. Whether their beauty heals is in the eye of the beholder.

Column

December 2017

Conundrums

By Christopher Levan

What does assisted dying say about how we live?

Column

December 2017

Spirit Story

By Alicia von Stamwitz

Something lost, something gained

Column

December 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

The SBNR version of the 10 Commandments stresses positives rather than proscriptions

Column

November 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Sober, spiritual – and so much fun

Society

Sandy and Allan Wilson.

“Thank you for being my dopted parents”

by Allan Wilson

Eighteen years after his teen son died of cancer, this writer celebrates a new type of fatherhood when he becomes legal guardian of a man with disabilities.

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Editorials

The United Church Observer's editor and publisher, Jocelyn Bell. Photo: Lindsay Palmer

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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Video

ObserverDocs: Playing by Heart

by Observer Staff

United Church music director Kara Shaw was born prematurely, became almost totally blind and was later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Today, the 28-year-old showcases her unique musical ability, performing piano on local and national stages.

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Society

June 2018

Why some women of colour are hesitant to say #MeToo

by Jacky Habib

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.

Environment

May 2018

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

On April 28, 2018, faith leaders from many traditions, including the United Church, stood in solidarity with Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C.. Kimiko Karpoff captured the day in pictures.

Faith

June 2018

After 93 years, this will be the United Church's last General Council meeting

by Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Justice

June 2018

#MeToo in the United Church

by Trisha Elliott

9 women share their stories of harassment and sexual assault in the United Church.

Columns

May 2018

On grief and the healing power of gardening

by Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.

Editorials

June 2018

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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