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Feature

May 2016

Lake Wobegon bids adieu

By Ray Ford

Radio host Garrison Keillor retires in July. His iconic brand of Christian-flavoured storytelling will be missed.

Arts Feature

April 2016

WATCH LIST: April 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

April 2016

How much is enough?

By Pieta Woolley

Author Heather King says Christians should earn a sum that allows them to enjoy life and share generously. Figuring out how is another matter.

Feature

March 2016

WATCH LIST: March 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

March 2016

Refugee on the run

By Julie McGonegal

Lawrence Hill’s new novel about a displaced runner moves at a frenetic pace. Readers of 'The Illegal' might need to catch their breath.

Arts Feature

February 2016

WATCH LIST: February 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

February 2016

Abuse in the spotlight

By Drew Halfnight

Recent films cast a glaring light on the Catholic Church’s pedophile priests. They make the Vatican’s response seem too little, too late.

Feature

January 2016

WATCH LIST: January 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

January 2016

Good news for kids

By Pieta Woolley

Illustrated Bibles and apps pull out all the stops to grab young people’s attention. But are they obscuring the message?

Arts Feature

December 2015

WATCH LIST: DECEMBER 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

December 2015

Meet your microbes

By Caley Moore

Trillions of tiny organisms live within our intestines. Science writers say it’s time we got to know our guts.

Arts Feature

November 2015

WATCH LIST: November 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

November 2015

Tarnished treasures

By Richard Wright

The publication of Harper Lee’s 'Go Set a Watchman' prompts a disappointed reader to revisit other ‘gems’ from his youth

Arts Feature

October 2015

WATCH LIST: OCTOBER 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2015

Our problems, our selves

By Julie McGonegal

Self-help books are seen as light reading for navel-gazers. Two new volumes show the category still carries weight.

Arts Feature

September 2015

WATCH LIST: SEPTEMBER 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2015

Lingering, not living

By Julie McGonegal

How do we face the burden of mortality? Three recent books question the medicalization of old age.

Arts Feature

September 2015

Interview with Karen Stiller

By Christopher White

The senior editor at Faith Today magazine and the author of ‘Shifting Stats: Shaking the Church,’ co-written with Patricia Paddey, talks about how churches are responding to upheavals in Canadian society

Feature

July 2015

WATCH LIST: JULY/AUGUST 2015

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2015

Lovers, not fighters

By Paul Knowles

Canada’s folk musicians still harness the power of musical protest. But it’s love, not anger, that overcomes

Arts Feature

June 2015

WATCH LIST: JUNE 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2015

The double life

By David Wilson

Characters with secret identities are flooding serial TV dramas. What does that say about a ‘normal’ existence?

Arts Feature

May 2015

WATCH LIST: May 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2015

Holy Land narratives

By Donald Grayston

Three recent takes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can help Canadians grasp the whole picture

Arts Feature

April 2015

WATCH LIST: APRIL 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

April 2015

The spirit of Updike

By John McTavish

A recent biography of American author John Updike reveals a complex man who found great solace in faith

Arts Feature

March 2015

WATCH LIST: MARCH 2015

By Observer Staff

Judi Dench in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.' Laurie Sparham, © 2014 Fox Searchlight

Arts Feature

March 2015

Visions of the afterlife

By Julie McGonegal

With a surge of interest in near-death experiences, a new book asks: Are the dying actually onto something?

Arts Feature

February 2015

WATCH LIST: February 2015

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Arts Feature

February 2015

Transcending normal

By Jonathan Forani

TV families have come a long way since Leave it to Beaver. Today’s shows feature gay couples, trans parents, alcoholism and poverty.

Columns

(Photo: cuatrok77/Flickr via Creative Commons)

Cormorants aren't the devil

by Douglas Hunter

Ontario's proposed new measures amount to a slaughter of an entire native bird species for no scientifically compelling reason, says this writer

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Editorials

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

The new name of 'The Observer' revealed!

by Jocelyn Bell

"United Church" will no longer be on the cover, but our commitment to sharing denominational news and perspectives remains the same

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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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