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Columns

Column

October 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Non-believers may have rejected doctrine, but they still gather together in community

Column

September 2017

Conundrums

By Christopher Levan

Can forgiveness be forced?

Column

September 2017

Spirit Story

By Sheri Clipperton

A quiet companion

Column

September 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

The drug ayahuasca is risky and illegal, but disciples swear by its spiritual powers

Column

August 2017

Rendez-Vous 2017 — Day Two

By Aidan Legault

‘Be the church’

Column

August 2017

Rendez-Vous 2017 — Day One

By Aidan Legault

‘We are part of a united — and uniting — community that we call church’

Column

July 2017

Conundrums

By Jane Dawson

Does the church really need to attract millennials?

Column

July 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

10 books to help you understand the habits and drives of the ‘spiritual but not religious’

Column

June 2017

Spirit Story

By Thérèse Samuel

O Canada!

Column

June 2017

Conundrums

By John H. Young

What does it mean to be ‘in essential agreement’?

Column

June 2017

Spirit Story

By Sara Jewell

Fleeting moments of grace

Column

June 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Will deleting God entice unbelievers to join a faith community?

Column

May 2017

Conundrums

By Antonio Gualtieri

Is believing what religious people do?

Column

May 2017

Spirit Story

By Christina Paradela

Naked truths

Column

April 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Non-churchgoers who fast say that depriving the body feeds the soul

Column

April 2017

Conundrums

By Jane Dawson

Is Easter Saturday just a day off?

Column

April 2017

Spirit Story

By Gary Saunders

Not-so-silent meditation

Column

March 2017

Spirit Story

By Alicia von Stamwitz

Hope in a hardware store

Column

March 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Some in the political world are daring to admit that they aren’t a part of any religion

Column

March 2017

Conundrums

By James Christie

What is progressive Christianity?

Column

February 2017

Conundrums

By Nancy Steeves

Are post-theistic congregations any different than service clubs?

Column

February 2017

Spirit Story

By Sheima Benembarek

A shoulder to lean on

Column

February 2017

To the point: A Christian critique of current affairs

By Michael Coren

OMG: What it really means to take God’s name in vain

Column

February 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Whether they’re into chakras or shamanism, SBNRs find their flock through Meetup groups

Column

January 2017

To the Point: A Christian critique of current affairs

By Michael Coren

Middle East: 5 things we can (maybe) all agree on

Column

January 2017

Conundrums

By Christopher Levan

Why pray?

Column

January 2017

Spirit Story

By Linda Yates

Answering the call of duty

Column

January 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For non-churchgoers, home altars bring spirituality as close as the kitchen table

Feature

December 2016

Spirit Story

By Martha ter Kuile

A Christmas vigil

Column

December 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Is there God after God?

Interviews

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Why this woman is leaving the Catholic Church in her 60s

by Angela Mombourquette

After a lifetime devoted to Catholicism, a Nova Scotia teacher is settling in with the United Church of Canada. Here, she explains why.

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Editorials

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Observations: It’s a long road toward full equality for women

by Jocelyn Bell

'It’s a wonder that we continue to see male ministers as normative and attach shame to female ministers’ biology and sexuality.'

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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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Faith

May 2018

Toronto church builds interfaith friendship

by Vivien Fellegi

Faith

May 2018

This parent found no support for her autistic daughter — and decided to change that

by Kieran Delamont

Suzanne Allen talks about raising a daughter on the autism spectrum and bringing all autistic girls together

Faith

May 2018

Church retreat helps first responders with PTSD

by Joe Martelle

Interviews

May 2018

Why this woman is leaving the Catholic Church in her 60s

by Angela Mombourquette

After a lifetime devoted to Catholicism, a Nova Scotia teacher is settling in with the United Church of Canada. Here, she explains why.

Ethics

May 2018

Pregnant in the pulpit

by Trisha Elliott

Ministers who take a maternity leave still face discrimination in their own congregations

Interviews

May 2018

The two words Rev. Cheri DiNovo wants to hear from the United Church

by Alex Mlynek

The Toronto minister talks about her disappointment over the church’s silence when she officiated the country’s first legalized same-sex marriage 17 years ago – and why she wants an apology.

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