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Columns

Column

January 2010

Decoding the Bible

By James Christie

Do Earthlings have a special claim on God?

Column

January 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Orville James

Can we proclaim Jesus in a multi-faith world?

Column

January 2010

Generations

By Larry Krotz

Attending funerals of contemporaries is a wake-up call

Column

December 2009

At Issue

By Michael Webster

Human rights, by their very nature, are doomed to be taken for granted

Column

November 2009

A season for stories

By Mardi Tindal

A message for Christmas from the moderator

Column

November 2009

Generations

By Brian Platt

Debate about God is a good thing when done intelligently

Column

November 2009

At Issue

By Connie denBok

We mustn't ignore the conflict that pushed oppression so far beyond our borders

Column

October 2009

Living in faith

By Keith Howard

It's possible to find God even in a frayed moment

Column

October 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Trisha Elliott

What does God do?

Column

September 2009

Generations

By Larry Krotz

It’s encouraging to think that in the bleakness of disappointment, any of us can reinvent ourselves in mid-life

Column

September 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Sandra Beardsall

Did Jesus make mistakes?

Column

July 2009

A sign from above

By Karen Stiller

God tends not to communicate with me in direct ways

Column

July 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Peter Wyatt

What is the point of prayer?

Column

June 2009

Generations

By Brian Platt

United Church camps attract those with little or no interest in faith. And that's a good thing.

Column

June 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Thomas Reynolds

What is conscience?

Column

May 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Ken Gallinger

How much do you have to believe to be a Christian?

Column

May 2009

Generations

By Patricia Clarke

Octogenarian love isn't for the faint of heart

Column

April 2009

Generations

By Larry Krotz

Shedding some light on the art of journal keeping

Column

April 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Therese DesCamp

Why did God forsake Jesus on the cross?

Column

March 2009

Generations

By Karen Stiller

Turning middle-age is a chance to look inside oneself

Column

March 2009

Living in faith

By Keith Howard

Truth is what moves us from a platitude to the profound

Column

February 2009

Generations

By Brian Platt

We live in one world, and we must show solidarity with the oppressed

Column

February 2009

At Issue

By Connie denBok

A surprising number of new Canadians are open to a community of faith, and many are looking for ways to connect beyond their ethnic enclave

Column

January 2009

Restless soul

By Sara Jewell

Restless no more, a veteran columnist bids readers farewell and prepares to head in a new direction

Column

January 2009

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

The true test for President Obama will be bringing about a new world of peace and prosperity without disturbing the current standards of living

Column

December 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

The United Church's Emerging Spirit Campaign begs some hard questions about money and faith

Column

December 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

Work is a blessing, it’s what keeps you alive. So why should I retire?

Column

November 2008

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

Living risk-free begins as a means to preserve life but ends up confining it

Column

November 2008

Restless Soul

By Sara Jewell

We're at a crossroads regarding the way we celebrate Christmas

Column

October 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

Making a will forces us to imagine the world without us but also gives us a say in that world

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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