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Columns

Column

December 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Each of us carries a piece of God’s heart within us.’

Column

December 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Tarot, oracle and angel cards help SBNRs ‘listen to the voice within’

Feature

December 2016

To the point: A Christian critique of current affairs

By Michael Coren

Swimming against the tide

Column

November 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Did Jesus challenge gender norms?

Column

November 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.’

Column

November 2016

Spirit Story

By Sharon Elliott

On the bus, with God

Column

November 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Forest bathing is a full immersion in nature that heals the body and cleanses the spirit

Column

October 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Do we need faith statements?

Column

October 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘To be complex does not mean to be fragmented.’

Column

October 2016

Spirit Story

By Paul Knowles

Singing with all our hearts

Column

October 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

A new social movement seeks to transform death from taboo to a normal part of life

Column

September 2016

Spirit Story

By Monica Plant

Moments with Mom

Column

September 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘The working poor are the major philanthropists of our society.’

Column

September 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Exploring our stories — and God’s

Column

September 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Jesus told parables, and ministers give sermons. Now secular storytellers are drawing the crowds.

Column

July 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Do medicine and theology mix?

Column

July 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers.’

Column

July 2016

Spirit Story

By John Pentland

Generosity that humbles

Column

July 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For the non-religious, silence is still golden

Column

June 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Ersatz sermons

Column

June 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Does God prefer the powerless?

Column

June 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Justice is to sort out what belongs to whom, and to return it to them.’

Column

June 2016

Spirit Story

By Nancy Loucks-McSloy

Each patch tells a story

Column

May 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’

Column

May 2016

Spirit Story

By Robert Lawson

Finding a common thread

Column

May 2016

Spiritual but Secular

By Anne Bokma

Why non-believers still come to church on Sunday

Column

April 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Is God beyond reason?

Column

April 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday.’

Column

April 2016

Spirit Story

By Paul Knowles

Old sites, living faith

Column

April 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

From ‘first blood’ ceremonies to croning rituals, some mark life’s passages in their own way

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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