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Columns

Column

March 2016

Spiritual but Secular

By Anne Bokma

Young people are leaving the church in droves. But they haven’t necessarily rejected spirituality.

Column

February 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Where is God?

Column

February 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Blow upon my garden that its fragrance may be wafted abroad.’

Feature

February 2016

Spirit Story

By Debbie McMillan

A light in the darkness

Column

February 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Sanctuaries for skeptics

Column

January 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Is it wrong to want stuff?

Column

January 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use.’

Column

January 2016

Spirit Story

By Denise Moore

Soup kitchen connections

Column

January 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

The God-in-the-sunsets crowd is often the object of ridicule. What’s so wrong with sunsets?

Blog Entry

December 2015

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) — Final Day

By Mardi Tindal

Universal agreement gives reason for hope — and for action

Blog Entry

December 2015

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) — Week Two

By Mardi Tindal

A cooperative Canada is 'breathtaking and disorienting'

Blog Entry

December 2015

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21)

By Mardi Tindal

Trust-building is both an encouragement and a challenge

Column

December 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Are we what we eat?

Column

December 2015

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘What is God already doing, and how can we co-operate?’

Column

December 2015

Spirit Story

By Geegee Mills

Christmas Eve, disrupted

Column

December 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

More and more retailers feature merchandise with a metaphysical twist

Column

November 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Are all religions inherently the same?

Column

November 2015

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘No law or set of laws can bring peace to a world of grabbers. ’

Feature

November 2015

Spirit Story

By Jay P. Olson

The compassion of strangers

Column

October 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Should church and state mix?

Column

October 2015

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘What is the real breath of a man — the breathing out or the breathing in?’

Column

October 2015

Spirit Story

By Keith Reynolds

Surrounded by song

Column

October 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For the non-religious, giving thanks without God has merit. It’s the attitude of gratitude that counts.

Column

September 2015

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Do not depend on the hope of results.’ — Thomas Merton

Column

September 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Good vibrations help drummers tap into the rhythms of the universe

Column

September 2015

Spirit Story

By Alexa Gilmour

On the wings of grace

Column

July 2015

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘These are the days of the endless summer. . . . There’s only here, there’s only now.’

Column

July 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

God, and all that jazz

Column

July 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Sojourners find comfort, connection and companionship on the road less travelled

Column

June 2015

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘As we begin to listen to each other’s stories, things begin to change . . .’

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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