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Editorials

Column

March 2011

Believers versus non-believers

By David Wilson

Secularization does not mean the end of religion. It means better conversations about faith.

Column

February 2011

Considering post-theistic churches

By David Wilson

A debate over God’s place in 21st-century Christianity can’t be avoided

Column

January 2011

The stakes are high

By David Wilson

With poker becoming ever more present in Canadian culture, it's time for the United Church to speak out against gambling

Column

December 2010

An undercurrent of fear

By David Wilson

Anti-Islamic sentiment is on the rise almost everywhere. Canadians need to be on the lookout for signs of it here.

Column

November 2010

Hot under the collar

By David Wilson

There are plenty of reasons to feel anger today, but it's what we do with it that counts

Column

October 2010

Land of plenty

By David Wilson

Canada is the place where my neighbour and I want to be

Column

September 2010

'Churchman' in the best sense of the word

By David Wilson

The late Rev. Albion Wright believed in an inclusive church and an independent Observer

Column

July 2010

Making the perfect minister

By David Wilson

Survey reveals what congregations really want in a church leader

Column

June 2010

Letting old ways die

By David Wilson

The church’s anniversary is the prime time to ask, 'How could we be more alive?'

Column

May 2010

The story of Site 41

By David Wilson

Small church, big win for creation

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

Keeping climate change on the radar may demand newer theologies

By David Wilson

We can change our lifestyle, sign treaties and develop planet-saving technologies, but first we have to believe the battle is winnable.

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.

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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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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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