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July 2017

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

By Anne Bokma

Some insightful guides to the ever-expanding SBNR community

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June 2017

Spirit Story

By Thérèse Samuel

O Canada!

Column

June 2017

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

By John H. Young

The writer explains why United Church ministers aren't expected to have "literal adherence" to the denomination’s statement of doctrine.

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June 2017

Spirit Story

By Sara Jewell

Fleeting moments of grace

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June 2017

Attracting the spiritual but not religious through "un-churching" events

By Anne Bokma

Some church leaders are attempting to entice new members by laying off the faith community's biggest buzz word: God.

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May 2017

Why we should all question what we actually "believe"

By Antonio Gualtieri

Is believing what religious people do? Antonio Gualtieri looks into what we mean when we call ourselves "believers" and our roles in religion.

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May 2017

How a women-only skinny dip changed my idea of body image

By Christina Paradela

"I saw this gathering as a prompting of the Spirit, encouraging women to love the skin they’re in, reminding them that their bodies — with each roll, bump and scar — are made in the very image of God."

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April 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

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

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April 2017

Conundrums

By Jane Dawson

Is Easter Saturday just a day off?

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April 2017

Spirit Story

By Gary Saunders

Not-so-silent meditation

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March 2017

Spirit Story

By Alicia von Stamwitz

Hope in a hardware store

Column

March 2017

Meet the public figures who are spiritual but secular

By Anne Bokma

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

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March 2017

Grappling with the new 'progressive Christianity'

By James Christie

Christianity was undoubtedly revolutionary at its birth, but contemporary progressive church-goers are facing stigma and skepticism

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

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February 2017

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

By Michael Coren

Words have impact, so when it comes to politics and activism we should leave the Lord out of it

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February 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

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

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January 2017

5 things we can (maybe) all agree on when it comes to the Middle East

By Michael Coren

When it comes to this tumultuous region it seems everybody has a different opinion. Let's look at some basics.

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January 2017

One United Church minister reflects on the value of prayer

By Christopher Levan

"We are born alone, we die alone, and often all that keeps us from falling over the edge of despair is a tiny thread, a connection."

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January 2017

Spirit Story

By Linda Yates

Answering the call of duty

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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

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December 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Is there God after God?

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December 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

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

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December 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

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

Feature

December 2016

Michael Coren was the point man for conservative Catholicism, but then he had an epiphany

By Michael Coren

The columnist, TV host and author opens up about his spiritual 180

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November 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Did Jesus challenge gender norms?

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November 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

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

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November 2016

Spirit Story

By Sharon Elliott

On the bus, with God

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November 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

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

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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