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Faith

Feature

July 2011

Author and scholar talks about the real Jesus

By Ken Gallinger

John Dominic Crossan, Jesus Seminar co-chair and author talks about Jesus and the Roman Empire

Feature

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

Feature

June 2011

Tom Harpur on his path of faith from childhood to age 82

By Ken Gallinger

The former Anglican priest and author of 'Born Again' moved away from the church and into journalism, which he says eventually "gave me the freedom to say what I wanted."

Feature

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

Feature

June 2011

Give grief a chance

By Kenneth Bagnell

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

Feature

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?

Feature

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.

Feature

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

Feature

April 2011

Interview with David Hallman

By David Wilson

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

Feature

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.

Feature

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

Feature

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.

Feature

February 2011

Artificial Intelligence

By Kevin Spurgaitis

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

Feature

February 2011

Post-theistic spaces are sacred, yes. But are they church?

By Sarah Boesveld

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

Feature

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.

Feature

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.

Feature

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

Feature

December 2010

Sharing the season

By Mardi Tindal

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

Feature

December 2010

Destination West Bank

By David Wilson

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

Feature

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

Feature

November 2010

Interview with Jim Short

By Ken Gallinger

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

Feature

November 2010

To the brink and back

By Alanna Mitchell

Research into near-death experiences sheds new light on the possibility of an afterlife. Will neuroscience prove what religion has claimed all along?

Feature

October 2010

Photo Essay: Global flair

By Samantha Rideout

Churches created by new Canadians are booming, differing dramatically from mainline denominations on the decline

Feature

October 2010

Spirit story

By Therese DesCamp

Sensible people do not name the chickens they will eat. But I knew it was her as soon as I pulled the bag out of the freezer. And I knew just because my heart told me: Gimpy.

Feature

October 2010

Interview with Preston Manning

By Frank Dabbs

The founder of the Reform and Canadian Alliance parties and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy talks about the centre’s faith-politics interface program and Christianity today.

Feature

October 2010

Feature: Global flair

By Samantha Rideout

New Canadians are planting churches at an astonishing rate. Can declining mainstream denominations take any cues from them?

Feature

October 2010

Surprise, you’re an elder

By Donna Sinclair

Becoming an elder is not just about reaching a certain age. It’s also about embracing new perceptions of yourself and your community.

Feature

September 2010

General Council lays off 16 staff

By Mike Milne

Youth and young adults portfolio is among the positions cut

Column

September 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Catherine MacLean

Does God have a hand in natural disasters?

Feature

September 2010

A study in diversity

By Drew Halfnight

A new Muslim studies program at the United Church's largest seminary pushes the envelope of theological education

Columns

(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

Columns

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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