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Faith

Feature

July 2018

Is yoga a form of spiritual appropriation?

By Anne Bokma

From yoga to sweat lodges, many SBNR seekers are unwittingly engaging in spiritual appropriation

Feature

June 2018

I regret my 100 Huntley Street book

By Paul Knowles

The evangelical history that Paul Knowles wrote 36 years ago haunts him to this day.

Feature

June 2018

This Ontario church will soon be a homeless shelter

By Nancy Fornasiero

And the congregation of Knox United couldn't be happier.

Feature

June 2018

Documentary looks at United Church's 1986 apology to Indigenous people

By Janice Leuschen

“The history of the present involves a thinking of how we’ve come to our point and reflect on it critically. It’s the history of the present that I’m interested in.”

Feature

June 2018

Restoring Canada's oldest Methodist church won't be cheap

By Kate Spencer

Built in 1792, Old Hay Bay Church in Napanee, Ont., is over 225 years old and needs a bit of a facelift.

Feature

June 2018

After 93 years, this could be the United Church's last General Council meeting

By Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Column

May 2018

Wrestling and other amazing ways to repurpose your church

By Pieta Woolley

Some church buildings go to sleep from Monday to Friday. But elsewhere, the steepled husks moonlight as kooky and political community hubs. Here are our favourite ideas.

Feature

May 2018

Why I decided to leave the Catholic Church in my 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.

Feature

May 2018

These Canadian Muslims are tackling Islamophobia with kindness


By Sarah Treleaven

From free coffee to stand-up comedy, Muslims are finding creative ways to deal with stereotypes

Feature

May 2018

How a South Korean dissident became a minister in northern Ontario

By Donna Sinclair

After being released from prison in his native South Korea in 1979, Jong Bok Kim made the long journey to Canada, where he is now a United Church minister.

Feature

May 2018

3 church leaders discuss peace in the Korean Peninsula

By Mike Milne

We talk to Patti Talbot, Erich Weingartner and Rev. Catherine Christie about the political climate between North and South Korea.

Special Feature

May 2018

Pregnant in the pulpit

By Trisha Elliott

Ministers who take a maternity leave still face discrimination in their own congregations

Feature

May 2018

How ministers can plan a good parental leave

By Trisha Elliott

Feature

May 2018

Toronto church builds interfaith friendship

By Vivien Fellegi

Feature

May 2018

Church retreat helps first responders with PTSD

By Joe Martelle

Feature

May 2018

This church gives away 30% of its money

By Suzanne Bowness

Feature

May 2018

Welcome to church(ish)

By Mario Toneguzzi

'We hope to offer a space where no one has to fit in, but anyone can belong.'

Feature

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

Feature

April 2018

Humboldt crash victim Brody Hinz remembered in touching tribute

By Kristy Woudstra

Feature

April 2018

2017 Press Awards

By Observer Staff

Various organizations have honoured The United Church Observer with awards for editorial excellence this past year. Here are some of the highlights so far.

Feature

April 2018

4 science-trained faith leaders share what still gives them goosebumps

By Various Writers

"This greater knowledge amplified my belief in a mysterious God who still offers so much more for us to discover."

Feature

April 2018

Yes, a swan parade actually exists

By Keith Reynolds

For 28 years in Stratford, Ont., swans have paraded through the streets on the first weekend of April, waddling from their winter pens to the banks of the Avon River.

Feature

April 2018

Saskatchewan and Indigenous churches split land income

By Nikita Longman

The Saskatchewan and All Native Circle Conferences agree to split the proceeds of oil-rich land.

Feature

April 2018

Churches respond to fentanyl crisis

By Lois Ross

Three United churches have learned how to administer naloxone, the drug overdose antidote.

Feature

April 2018

How churches are saving themselves through real estate

By Mike Milne

Churches across the country are trading their valuable real estate for long-term funding. But success takes more than good intentions.

Feature

April 2018

Drag queens help church raise money and awareness

By Darrell Noakes

The event, called “Take Me to Church,” after a popular song, was a fundraiser for LGBTQ youth in Saskatchewan.

Column

March 2018

For queer Christians of colour, finding church isn’t easy

By Jenna Tenn-Yuk

Is it possible to find a place where race, queerness and faith identity can all belong?

Feature

March 2018

Céline Dion's faith at 50

By Al Donato

That the singer rarely talks about her faith in public is surprising, considering she grew up in an overtly Catholic province. God also looms heavily in her work.

Feature

March 2018

Easter 2018: Peter’s last words to Jesus

By Jordan Cantwell

The Moderator of The United Church of Canada offers Easter reflections.

Society

Sandy and Allan Wilson.

“Thank you for being my dopted parents”

by Allan Wilson

Eighteen years after his teen son died of cancer, this writer celebrates a new type of fatherhood when he becomes legal guardian of a man with disabilities.

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Editorials

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

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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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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Society

June 2018

Why some women of colour are hesitant to say #MeToo

by Jacky Habib

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.

Environment

May 2018

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

On April 28, 2018, faith leaders from many traditions, including the United Church, stood in solidarity with Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C.. Kimiko Karpoff captured the day in pictures.

Faith

June 2018

After 93 years, this will be the United Church's last General Council meeting

by Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Justice

June 2018

#MeToo in the United Church

by Trisha Elliott

9 women share their stories of harassment and sexual assault in the United Church.

Columns

May 2018

On grief and the healing power of gardening

by Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.

Editorials

June 2018

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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