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Columns

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 offeran 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

Americans want less declarations of sorrow and regret and more real change on gun control

Column

February 2018

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

By Michael Sholars

In the face of the #MeToo movement here are the dos and don'ts for the male ally

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

Does it really matter what we believe?

By Harold Wells

The author explores the relationship between faith and belief, and why actions speak louder than words

Column

January 2018

Spirit Story

By Kathryn Belicki

A warm memory, a heart made lighter

Column

January 2018

Crystals are hugely popular, but do they do anything?

By Anne Bokma

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

Column

December 2017

What does assisted dying say about how we live?

By Christopher Levan

"There is a rich melody in the rhythm of life and death — not always pleasant, but very real."

Column

December 2017

Spirit Story

By Alicia von Stamwitz

Something lost, something gained

Column

December 2017

This new version of the 10 Commandments stresses positives over proscriptions

By Anne Bokma

Strive to discover your own divinity, says this writer.

Column

November 2017

These spirit-boosting dance parties could change the way we party

By Anne Bokma

“The space people are coming into is sacred, and we are there to elevate our spirit through movement.”

Column

November 2017

Spirit Story

By Anne Simmonds

Remembrance revisited

Column

October 2017

What we really mean when we say "spiritual"

By Antonio Gualtieri

40% of Canadians consider themselves spiritual but not religious. Is the meaning of the word becoming distorted?

Column

October 2017

Spirit Story

By Mardi Tindal

Grateful to be here

Column

October 2017

Non-believers may reject doctrine, but they can still have community

By Anne Bokma

For the spiritual but not religious, gathering together as a community is still important

Column

September 2017

Conundrums

By Christopher Levan

Can forgiveness be forced?

Column

September 2017

How God sent me a stranger to help me grieve

By Sheri Clipperton

A quiet companion was all I needed the day I visited my brother's grave

Column

September 2017

Ayahuasca is risky and illegal, but disciples swear by its spiritual powers

By Anne Bokma

Some say the South American drug has changed their lives, but it's not without its dangers

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

Millennials cannot save the United Church, and we should stop trying to make them

By Jane Dawson

"Rather than trying to be something we’re not to attract young folks, perhaps the real invitation is for us to forthrightly and bravely claim who we are as old folks."

Faith

Chris Pratt's church, while claiming to accept everyone, states in its doctrine of faith that marriage should only be between one man and one woman. (Photo: Chris Pratt/Instagram)

Celebrity megachurches need to clarify LGBTQ acceptance: pastor

by Emma Prestwich

Zoe Church, where actor Chris Pratt worships, may not truly "open their doors" to everyone, like he claims.

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Editorials

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

'The Observer' will soon relaunch with a new name and design

by Jocelyn Bell

Our magazine will be going through some changes, but we see blue skies ahead

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Video

Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

They're a fixture of Kirk United Church Centre in Edmonton.

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Society

February 2019

Marriage problems: Is the ancient tradition worth saving?

by Pieta Woolley

Bitterness and boredom seem to define many mid-life marriages, but we might not have to settle for apathy ever after

Ethics

February 2019

A Yukon artist and a Tlingit trapper create this stunning jewelry

by Amy van den Berg

The fur jewelry in Whitehorse boutique store V. Ægirsdóttir is creating a new possibility for future partnerships with the region's trappers

Columns

February 2019

Why white people need to stop asking, 'where are you from?'

by Mike Sholars

"...For all intents and purposes, Canada is the only home I really recognize or remember. But none of that matters if I look like I don’t belong, and that single question makes that abundantly clear every single time."

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