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Faith

Feature

August 2018

This fall, put giving at the heart of your congregation

By United Church of Canada Foundation Staff

Feature

July 2018

For me, the landmark United Church vote on sexual orientation came at a high personal cost

By Don Collett

"Justice was served at General Council. Yes. And harm was also done," says Rev. Don Collett.

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July 2018

250 United Church leaders have a message for Doug Ford

By Emma Prestwich

They're urging the new Ontario premier to remember those in need as he carries out promised economic reform.

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

July 2018

A fond farewell to presbyteries

By Steven Chambers

They will likely be eliminated this year as the United Church restructures. Steven Chambers celebrates the end of an era.

Feature

July 2018

Meet your 2018 moderator nominees

By Mike Milne

Later this month, General Council commissioners will choose the United Church’s next moderator. As of press time, 10 leadership hopefuls had been announced. We asked each of them to sum up their pitch in a tweet.

Feature

July 2018

Donna Runnalls, McGill’s first female dean, looks back on her groundbreaking career

By Amanda Stutt

Biblical scholar Donna Runnalls has lived and worked in South Korea, Israel and Indonesia. She is a member of University Hill United in Vancouver.

Feature

July 2018

Why I got baptized in a United Church at the age of 42

By Jacqueline Mercer-Livesey

"I told myself that I didn’t need to go to church to believe in God. I found peace and the Holy Spirit in the things that surrounded me. But still, there was a nagging sense of something missing."

Feature

July 2018

How the United Church community can respond to the evils of the world

By Christopher White

Answers to your faith questions.

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."

Columns

Moderator nominee Colin Phillips gives his nomination speech at General Council. (Credit: Richard Choe)

Hey, United Church — we could have talked about my disability

by Colin Phillips

A moderator nominee says the majority of commissioners at General Council weren't comfortable enough to truly engage him.

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Observations

Editor/Publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Observations: The rewards of letting go

by Jocelyn Bell

Editor Jocelyn Bell reflects on the upcoming changes for The United Church of Canada, the magazine and in her own life.

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Video

ObserverDocs: Two nurses tackle Vancouver's opioid crisis

Richard Moore is a resident of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In this poignant interview, he explains the important work of nurses Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles.

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Columns

August 2018

Why Canada’s first-ever minister for seniors is long overdue

by Julie Lalonde

A gerontologist says she hopes that a ministry dedicated to elder issues will mean that seniors finally have a voice in policy making.

Columns

August 2018

Hey, United Church — we could have talked about my disability

by Colin Phillips

A moderator nominee says the majority of commissioners at General Council weren't comfortable enough to truly engage him.

Interviews

August 2018

'Photography was the way that I could share different Indigenous realities'

by Emma Prestwich

Award-winning photographer Nadya Kwandibens wants to change the perception of Indigenous people through her work.

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