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Editorials

Column

April 2010

Better lines of communication

By David Wilson

Make no mistake: dialogue between the United Church and Canadian Jewish groups can't be confined to the boardroom.

Column

March 2010

Let the healing and rebuilding begin

By David Wilson

The suffering in Haiti forces us to face the world's inequities

Column

February 2010

A closer look at the stars

By David Wilson

The more we learn about the universe, the more the mystery deepens

Column

January 2010

Justice for Canada's Aboriginals

By David Wilson

In honour of former editor Hugh McCullum, The Observer investigates the state of education on Canada’s First Nations reserves

Column

December 2009

A sense of history

By David Wilson

Understanding the church's past is critical for moving purposefully into the future

Column

November 2009

Moment of silence

By David Wilson

By rejecting our elders, we are losing our connection to a truly great generation

Column

October 2009

Reflecting on the 40th General Council

By David Wilson

Commissioners have confessed to the church’s brokenness and embraced the inevitability of real change

Column

September 2009

Tar sands or oil sands?

By David Wilson

You’re either passionately for energy megaprojects or against them. The divisions are as basic as the terminology.

Column

July 2009

Survey says

By David Wilson

Where the United Church's course will lead remains to be seen, but this much is certain: there will be no going back to the church of our forebears

Column

June 2009

Triumph of the human spirit

By David Wilson

Singing sensation Susan Boyle reminds us that we are all people of spirit, whether or not we call ourselves spiritual

Column

May 2009

Betting the farm

By David Wilson

The collapsing economy has exposed failures almost too monumental to comprehend

Column

April 2009

Setting the table; not serving the meal

By David Wilson

Thanks to the Emerging Spirit campaign, Canadians have come to expect the unexpected from the United Church

Column

March 2009

Tell us about the things that matter

By David Wilson

In a survey-weary world, it's still important to contribute to the ongoing conversation about your church’s future

Column

February 2009

The new militancy

By David Wilson

To the most strident of atheists, religion is not simply a different way of seeing things; it is the enemy

Column

January 2009

Happy Birthday, Observer

By David Wilson

As The Observer begins its 180th anniversary, we look back at the narratives that tell us who we are and where we come from

Column

December 2008

Remembering Hugh McCullum

By David Wilson

Former Observer editor was a story in and of himself — a densely packed narrative with many twists and turns

Column

December 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

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

Column

October 2008

Climate is what you expect; weather is what you get

By David Wilson

Keeping climate change on the radar may demand newer theologies

Column

September 2008

Summer doesn't last forever

By David Wilson

We know our world is changing and most of us still carry on as usual. But we're not sure what usual is anymore.

Column

July 2008

Cause for celebration?

By David Wilson

It's been 20 years since the United Church's decision to admit gays and lesbians into ministry. But the anniversary is a non-event for young people.

Column

June 2008

Emerging Spirit: The Boomer Edition?

By David Wilson

The United Church's multi-million campaign to engage non-churchgoers seems to have excluded the 45-plussers

Column

April 2008

The evangelical vote

By David Wilson

The Christian Right is now a permanent force in U.S. politics

Column

April 2008

The evangelical vote

By David Wilson

Column

March 2008

An elephant in the room

By David Wilson

Column

February 2008

Words and numbers

By David Wilson

Column

January 2008

Environmental evangelism

By David Wilson

Column

December 2007

Not silent but Holy

By David Wilson

Column

November 2007

An image problem

By David Wilson

Column

October 2007

The Afghanistan enigma

By David Wilson

Column

September 2007

New all over again

By David Wilson

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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