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Faith

Feature

June 2009

Interview with Mark Toulouse

By David Wilson

The first American principal of the United Church’s Emmanuel College talks about theological education in Canada and the United States

Feature

June 2009

Seven myths about John Calvin

By Peter Wyatt

The 500th anniversary of the theologian's birth is a good time to set the record straight

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June 2009

‘I’m not religious. I’m spiritual.’

By Trisha Elliott

Spirituality is on the rise, yet religion is on the wane. Are we living in a paradox, or in the midst of seismic cultural change?

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May 2009

Windows on the Divine

By Cindy Bisaillon

Art can take us into the realm of the infinite. Poet and singer Leonard Cohen is just one Canadian artist opening the way.

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May 2009

On a wing and a prayer

By Lee Simpson

Faith-based tourism is becoming an industry unto itself. Some of the travel options are downright kooky, while others have the potential to bring a fractious world closer together.

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April 2009

Into the city with Jesus

By Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

In his last week, Jesus rode into Jerusalem amid waving palms while Caesar’s army approached from the other direction. A clash of values was inevitable and still resounds today.

Feature

March 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Orville James

Does Christianity need churches?

Feature

March 2009

Interview with Rev. Rob Oliphant

By Drew Halfnight

Rev. Rob Oliphant picked a tumultuous time to begin his first term as an MP. He spoke to Drew Halfnight about the transition from pulpit to Parliament.

Feature

March 2009

In the footsteps of Paul

By Cindy Bisaillon

Retracing the apostle’s ancient journeys illuminates timeless spiritual truths

Feature

March 2009

One day

By Various Writers

Six writers describe what they would do today if they knew they had run out of tomorrows

Feature

February 2009

True unbelievers

By Jocelyn Bell

Organized atheism is on the rise and growing more vocal. Can believers and non-believers co-exist respectfully?

Feature

February 2009

More than roses

By Karen Stiller

Flowers are nice, but it’s emotional presence that makes couples’ hearts grow fonder

Feature

February 2009

The memory wall

By Sara Jewell

Alzheimer’s may have stolen Reg Jewell's memories, but his loved ones are certain the Divine has not forgotten him

Feature

January 2009

Divine chemistry

By Therese DesCamp

Neuroscience can tell us a lot about what happens in our brains when we experience God. But it still isn’t able to tell us why.

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January 2009

Out of the box

By Sara Jewell

A New Brunswick congregation proves that a little creative thinking can lead to new energy and hope

Feature

December 2008

The ringmaster

By Jennifer McPhee

Sixteen years ago, Gerald Martindale fell under the spell of the carillon. His passion still peals out over the country’s largest city.

Feature

December 2008

Behold, the unexpected star

By Laurelle Callaghan

Sometimes, the grace of Christmas is still revealed where you least expect it

Feature

December 2008

Our place in the pageant

By Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

More than just bathrobes and broomstick donkeys, the re-enactment of the Nativity stories help us reopen doors to Jesus

Feature

November 2008

Interview with Tim O’Neill

By Kenneth Bagnell

A former Bank of Montreal chief economist and longtime United Church member discusses his economic views

Feature

November 2008

A son rises

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Jay Bakker spent years in the shadow of his televangelist parents, Jim and Tammy Faye. Now he's resurfaced with a new style of ministry for disillusioned Christians.

Feature

November 2008

Ancient tongues, new respect

By Richard Wright

The Bible was once a tool for diminishing Aboriginal culture. Now new translations are seeking to redress an old wrong.

Feature

October 2008

Hugh McCullum 1931 - 2008

By Observer Staff

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October 2008

Wayfaring spirit

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Bruce Cockburn’s musical career spans 40 years and 26 albums. But his quest for deeper meaning is lifelong.

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October 2008

Pathways to prayer

By Gretta Vosper

There are as many prayer styles as there are people who pray. Here is one approach to connecting with God.

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September 2008

Their time is now

By Jennifer McPhee

Meet seven United Church young people who are rising to the challenge of leadership

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September 2008

Interview with Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

By David Wilson

Two-thirds of the way through his term, Moderator Rt. Rev. David Giuliano sat down with David Wilson to talk about leadership, trust and a personal journey of healing

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July 2008

Interview with James Loney

By David Wilson

Former Iraq hostage James Loney talks with David Wilson about how captivity tested his faith and raised his profile as an activist

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July 2008

Summer humour: youth group merriment

By Brian Platt

An expert reveals how ratty couches, embarrassing games and over-spiced food will draw youth to church

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June 2008

Designing sacred spaces

By Lorna Day

Sacred space can elevate our understanding of each other and the world we share

Feature

June 2008

The problem with perfect

By Susan McCaslin

There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in

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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