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Faith

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July 2011

Traditionalists: 13 percent

By Samantha Rideout

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July 2011

Intuitives: 35 percent

By Samantha Rideout

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July 2011

Mainliners: 44 percent

By Samantha Rideout

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July 2011

Q&A with Douglas John Hall

By Samantha Rideout

Rev. Douglas John Hall is a United Church minister and a professor emeritus of Christian theology at McGill University in Montreal. He told The Observer what he makes of the 2011 Faith Survey results.

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July 2011

Faith under construction

By Murray Malcolm

For decades, United Church member Murray Malcolm tried to build a solid theological foundation. He read dozens of books and attended church faithfully. Today, he’s still trying to fit the pieces together.

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July 2011

If I could send a Twitter message to Jesus, it would say

By Observer Staff

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July 2011

Would the discovery of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe impact your faith?

By Observer Staff

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July 2011

When I visualize God, I picture

By Observer Staff

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July 2011

25 theologians to help broaden your faith

By Observer Staff

We asked 30 United Church ministers from across Canada to tell us which authors and books they would recommend to people in the pews — besides the Bible, of course. Here are their top picks.

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July 2011

Interview with John Dominic Crossan

By Ken Gallinger

Jesus Seminar co-chair and author talks about Jesus and the Roman Empire

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July 2011

Location scouting

By Mike Milne

With its office lease about to expire, General Council is looking for a new space to call home

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June 2011

Interview with Tom Harpur

By Ken Gallinger

Anglican priest and author talks about his latest book, 'Born Again,' and his path of faith from childhood to age 82

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June 2011

Clouds in my Cuban coffee

By Alicia von Stamwitz

The writer returns to the country of her birth, only to have her illusions met by hard reality

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June 2011

Give grief a chance

By Kenneth Bagnell

As traditional death rituals fall away, we risk losing touch with our need to mourn

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June 2011

Too modern for miracles?

By Richard Wright

Today’s world looks to science, not God, to explain extraordinary events. But does science really have all the answers?

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May 2011

Reading and religion

By Samantha Rideout

While Quebec's religion and ethics education program has ignited challenges in the province’s courtrooms, it is also sparking valuable discussions in its classrooms.

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April 2011

Born into sin, nourished by hope

By Mardi Tindal

Confronting injustice in a broken world reminds us what it means to be an Easter People

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April 2011

Interview with David Hallman

By David Wilson

Author and former United Church program officer talks about his new memoir, August Farewell

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March 2011

Interview with Rev. Cindy Bourgeois

By Larke Turnbull

The first known transgendered person to be ordained in the United Church talks about her ministry at Central United in Stratford, Ont.

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February 2011

Palestine’s ‘clear call to action’

By Mike Milne

A document circulating in the United Church opens a new chapter in the Middle East debate

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February 2011

Pipe dreams

By Will Braun

Churches and Aboriginals were once allies in the fight against industrial megaprojects. These days, some First Nations are seeking economic salvation in partnerships with their former foes.

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February 2011

Artificial Intelligence

By Kevin Spurgaitis

In making machines that think like humans, are we creating an ethical monster?

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February 2011

Sacred, yes. But is it church?

By Sarah Boesveld

Spirituality has overtaken God in a handful of United churches. While some people find hope in post-theism, others see it as a break with Christianity.

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January 2011

Secular shift

By Kenneth Bagnell

Mainstream denominations may be faltering, but don’t write off religion just yet. A new kind of liberal Christianity is emerging.

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January 2011

Into a spiritual wilderness

By Trisha Elliott

Ever had a faith crisis? You’re in good company. Working through the fog of doubt can take your faith to new horizons.

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December 2010

Symphony in the sanctuary

By Samantha Rideout

In Ottawa, Parkdale United Church Orchestra's passion for the classics keeps a vanishing tradition alive

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December 2010

Sharing the season

By Mardi Tindal

The close bond between an imam and a minister makes Christmas more real and more miraculous

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December 2010

Destination West Bank

By David Wilson

Palestinians are trying to profit from Holy Land tourism. But they face formidable challenges.

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November 2010

What do we mean by God?

By Various Writers

Six contemporary thinkers reveal a surprising range of non-traditional views in the United Church today

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November 2010

Interview with Jim Short

By Ken Gallinger

Reserve chaplain talks about his eight months with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan

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.

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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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