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Faith

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October 2012

End-of-life ethics: 'a pioneer phase'

By David Wilson

What does religion bring to the bedside? Winnipeg faith leaders discuss euthanasia, physician-assisted dying and the meaning of death.

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October 2012

Poet, preacher, pioneer

By David Wilson

Rt. Rev. Gary Paterson brings a keen intellect and a passion for words to his new role as the United Church's elected spiritual leader. And by the way, he's gay.

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September 2012

Wandering spirit

By Tim Johnson

Professional travel writer Tim Johnson loves his life on the road. But the impulse to keep moving comes with its own sacrifices.

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August 2012

Day Seven

By Mike Milne

General Council affirms boycott of settlement products and opposition to Israeli occupation

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August 2012

Day Six

By David Wilson

In a historic decision, commissioners elect Rev. Gary Paterson as the United Church’s 41st moderator

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August 2012

Day Five

By Mike Milne

United Church moves closer to boycott of products from Israeli settlements

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August 2012

Day Four

By David Wilson

Congregations urged to resist the ‘evil’ of gossip

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August 2012

Day Four

By Mike Milne

Discussion begins on Mideast report calling for limited boycott

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August 2012

Day Three

By Mike Milne

Review of church operations and structure could lead to sweeping changes

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August 2012

Day Three

By David Wilson

Moderator nominees make their pitches to commissioners

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August 2012

Day Two

By David Wilson and Mike Milne

Commissioners vote to change church crest and update doctrinal statements

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August 2012

Day One

By Mike Milne

All eyes on Israel-Palestine report as commissioners descend on Ottawa

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August 2012

41st General Council Coverage

By Observer Staff

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July 2012

Rights and wrongs at the edges of life

By Observer Staff

The 2012 Observer survey on life and death decisions reveals startling gaps between the views of churchgoers, the general public and the law

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July 2012

Unpacking compassion

By Trisha Elliott

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July 2012

Choosing a better death

By Richard Wright

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July 2012

Little lives, big questions

By Pieta Woolley

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July 2012

General Council in focus

By Mike Milne

A report on the Middle East has been generating controversy ahead of the church’s national gathering

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July 2012

Another side of paradise

By Lisa Van de Ven

Two centuries ago, Rev. John Stephenson fought racism in Bermuda’s churches and paid for it with his freedom. The struggle for racial equality continues today.

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June 2012

How green is thy faith?

By Pieta Woolley

Since taking root half a century ago, ecotheology has cultivated a fresh understanding of scripture. For a new generation of Christians, it’s now second nature.

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June 2012

Side by side in Kathmandu

By Tim Johnson

Two of the world’s great faiths live harmoniously in the shadow of the Himalayas

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May 2012

Your View: Rebirth

By Ann Belanger

Since nesting here a few years ago, a mother robin has been living in the crabapple tree in the corner of our backyard deck. Until recently, she was much too nervous to allow photos of her babies. Then, last spring, she cheerily chirped as I snapped away. Trust needs to be earned.

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May 2012

7 contemporary takes on the 7 deadly sins

By Various Writers

Greed, lust, envy, wrath, gluttony, pride, sloth: let our writers tempt you with their meditations on the seven notorious no-nos.

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May 2012

Compassion for the persecuted?

By Mike Milne

Canada's new Office of Religious Freedom seems like a great idea. If only we knew what it was going to do.

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April 2012

Gratitude and reverence

By Mardi Tindal

More than 2,000 years later, the risen Christ remains the beating heart of Easter. A message from the moderator.

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April 2012

The crosses we bear

By Trisha Elliott

An Easter reflection on caregiving

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March 2012

‘We’re your family now’

By Martha Martin

A Halifax minister left her familiar life behind to spend three months at Corrymeela in Northern Ireland. What she discovered was an abiding sense of community.

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March 2012

First United’s time of trial

By Pieta Woolley

Resignations, looming funding cuts and bad press have forced a historic United Church mission to rethink its role in Canada’s poorest neighbourhood

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March 2012

Dementia Sidebar: A light in the fog

By Trisha Elliott

Underneath the pain of dementia, faith runs deep

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March 2012

The silent epidemic

By Kylie Taggart

In Canada today, a new case of dementia is diagnosed every five minutes. In 25 years, it will be one every two minutes. Are churches ready for a full-blown pastoral crisis?

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(Photo: cuatrok77/Flickr via Creative Commons)

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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Editorials

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

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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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