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Faith

Feature

January 2018

The good death

By Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Feature

January 2018

70 years of solidarity

By Amy MacLachlan

Founded in 1948 to promote Christian unity, the World Council of Churches marks a milestone while looking ahead to the future of ecumenism

Feature

December 2017

The unremembered midwife

By Ian Porter

Feature

December 2017

Montreal memory

By Martha ter Kuile

A routine delivery of Christmas hampers takes a strange and wondrous turn

Feature

December 2017

New editor named

By Observer Staff

Longtime Observer managing editor Jocelyn Bell has been appointed the new editor and publisher of The United Church Observer.

Feature

December 2017

Activist politician returns to pulpit

By Patricia Clarke

'I’ve accomplished what I set out to accomplish'

Feature

December 2017

Verbatim

By Jon Tattrie

‘Both politics and church bring people together’

Feature

November 2017

No date yet for Vosper hearing

By Mike Milne

Feature

November 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Nicole Laidler

A United Church-funded documentary preserves the difficult memories of residential school survivors

Feature

November 2017

Same building, new purpose

By Ian Coutts

Community ‘hubs’ bring a variety of organizations under one roof. For United churches, sharing space helps pay the bills — and advance mission objectives.

Feature

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

By David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Feature

November 2017

Grey matter

By Trisha Elliott

Is consciousness just a function of the brain — or something more?

Feature

November 2017

New museum for an old story

By Sheima Benembarek

Washington, D.C., has no shortage of museums. But its latest addition aims to stand out. Opening this month, the new Museum of the Bible has an ambitious goal: to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world.

Special Feature

October 2017

Fall from grace

By Justin Dallaire

Don Hume was a United Church minister nearing retirement. Then he tried crack cocaine.

Feature

October 2017

A tale of two cancers

By Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.

Feature

October 2017

A complicated icon

By Paul Knowles

As Protestants celebrate a milestone anniversary, the writer ventures to Germany in search of the real Martin Luther

Feature

October 2017

Anti-violence

By Kristy Woudstra

Wearing ‘a colour of resistance’

Feature

September 2017

Yearning

By Jane Dawson

Restless longing is at the core of the human condition, urging us onward through life. What happens when it veers off course?

Feature

September 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Trisha Elliott

At the largest blanket exercise ever, 800 Canadians learn about stolen land and other effects of colonization

Feature

September 2017

Joyful giant

By Nancy Fornasiero

Column

August 2017

Rendez-Vous 2017 comes to a close

By Aidan Legault

‘(We) don’t have the luxury of silence . . . We must speak boldly’

Feature

August 2017

United churches offer respite during British Columbia's weeks-long wildfire crisis

By Pieta Woolley

Feature

August 2017

Superlatives

By Pieta Woolley

Biggest youth group: West Vancouver (B.C.) United

Feature

July 2017

Verbatim

By Mario Toneguzzi

‘I throw new things at them.’

Feature

July 2017

2016 Press Awards

By Observer Staff

Six different organizations have honoured The United Church Observer with awards for editorial excellence this year. Here are some of the highlights.

Feature

June 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Evie Ruddy

Dozens died at Red Deer’s residential school. A group of Albertans finds their graves and honours their spirits.

Feature

June 2017

Verbatim

By Sheima Benembarek

‘All of us have a responsibility to look after Creation.’

Feature

May 2017

Verbatim

By Michelle Sparrow

‘We told him we loved him and would support him.’

Feature

May 2017

In search of Rachel

By Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Approaching a biblical holy site on foot becomes a journey through the tangled reality of Israel and the occupied territories today

Feature

May 2017

The sound of silence

By Bertrand Marotte

Once a fixture of the aural landscape, the pealing of church bells may soon be a distant memory

Justice

Photo: Courtesy of Josée Cardinal

How families cope when a loved one goes missing

by Justin Dallaire

A Quebec man went for a walk in the early morning of March 16, 2016, and hasn’t been seen since. His family, like many loved ones of the missing, finds it impossible to grieve — or give up hope.

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Observations

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Observations: Our magazine's plastic problem

by Jocelyn Bell

"While I can easily defend the use of a polybag on financial grounds, it would be unconscionable to deliver a cover story about plastics . . . in plastic."

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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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Features

April 2018

10 easy ways to kick our nasty plastic habit

by Susan Nerberg

It's not as hard as you think.

Features

April 2018

Tea bags and other surprising places plastics lurk

by Susan Nerberg

Hidden plastics rarely get recycled and often can’t be reused. Here we make some of the invisibles visible.

Features

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.

Columns

April 2018

Why Canada needs a free-range parenting law

by Pieta Woolley

Features

April 2018

10 easy ways to kick our nasty plastic habit

by Susan Nerberg

It's not as hard as you think.

Faith

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."

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