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Faith

Feature

July 2018

Why I got baptized in a United Church at the age of 42

By Jacqueline Mercer-Livesey

"I told myself that I didn’t need to go to church to believe in God. I found peace and the Holy Spirit in the things that surrounded me. But still, there was a nagging sense of something missing."

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July 2018

How the United Church community can respond to the evils of the world

By Christopher White

Answers to your faith questions.

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June 2018

I regret my 100 Huntley Street book

By Paul Knowles

The evangelical history that Paul Knowles wrote 36 years ago haunts him to this day.

Feature

June 2018

This Ontario church will soon be a homeless shelter

By Nancy Fornasiero

And the congregation of Knox United couldn't be happier.

Feature

June 2018

Documentary looks at United Church's 1986 apology to Indigenous people

By Janice Leuschen

“The history of the present involves a thinking of how we’ve come to our point and reflect on it critically. It’s the history of the present that I’m interested in.”

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June 2018

Restoring Canada's oldest Methodist church won't be cheap

By Kate Spencer

Built in 1792, Old Hay Bay Church in Napanee, Ont., is over 225 years old and needs a bit of a facelift.

Feature

June 2018

Is yoga a form of spiritual appropriation?

By Anne Bokma

From yoga to sweat lodges, many SBNR seekers are unwittingly engaging in spiritual appropriation.

Feature

June 2018

After 93 years, this could be the United Church's last General Council meeting

By Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Column

May 2018

Wrestling and other amazing ways to repurpose your church

By Pieta Woolley

Some church buildings go to sleep from Monday to Friday. But elsewhere, the steepled husks moonlight as kooky and political community hubs. Here are our favourite ideas.

Feature

May 2018

Why I decided to leave the Catholic Church in my 60s

By Angela Mombourquette

After a lifetime devoted to Catholicism, a Nova Scotia teacher is settling in with the United Church of Canada. Here, she explains why.

Feature

May 2018

These Canadian Muslims are tackling Islamophobia with kindness


By Sarah Treleaven

From free coffee to stand-up comedy, Muslims are finding creative ways to deal with stereotypes

Feature

May 2018

How a South Korean dissident became a minister in northern Ontario

By Donna Sinclair

After being released from prison in his native South Korea in 1979, Jong Bok Kim made the long journey to Canada, where he is now a United Church minister.

Feature

May 2018

3 church leaders discuss peace in the Korean Peninsula

By Mike Milne

We talk to Patti Talbot, Erich Weingartner and Rev. Catherine Christie about the political climate between North and South Korea.

Special Feature

May 2018

Pregnant in the pulpit

By Trisha Elliott

Ministers who take a maternity leave still face discrimination in their own congregations

Feature

May 2018

How ministers can plan a good parental leave

By Trisha Elliott

Feature

May 2018

Toronto church builds interfaith friendship

By Vivien Fellegi

Feature

May 2018

Church retreat helps first responders with PTSD

By Joe Martelle

First Responders United is aiding those frontline workers who might not otherwise be able to get help

Feature

May 2018

This church gives away 30% of its money

By Suzanne Bowness

Faith United Milton is "doing church" a little differently

Feature

May 2018

Welcome to church(ish)

By Mario Toneguzzi

'We hope to offer a space where no one has to fit in, but anyone can belong.'

Feature

May 2018

This parent found no support for her autistic daughter — and decided to change that

By Kieran Delamont

Suzanne Allen talks about raising a daughter on the autism spectrum and bringing all autistic girls together

Feature

April 2018

Humboldt crash victim Brody Hinz remembered in touching tribute

By Kristy Woudstra

Feature

April 2018

2017 Press Awards

By Observer Staff

Various organizations have honoured The United Church Observer with awards for editorial excellence this past year. Here are some of the highlights so far.

Feature

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."

Feature

April 2018

Yes, a swan parade actually exists

By Keith Reynolds

For 28 years in Stratford, Ont., swans have paraded through the streets on the first weekend of April, waddling from their winter pens to the banks of the Avon River.

Feature

April 2018

Saskatchewan and Indigenous churches split land income

By Nikita Longman

The Saskatchewan and All Native Circle Conferences agree to split the proceeds of oil-rich land.

Feature

April 2018

Churches respond to fentanyl crisis

By Lois Ross

Three United churches have learned how to administer naloxone, the drug overdose antidote.

Feature

April 2018

How churches are saving themselves through real estate

By Mike Milne

Churches across the country are trading their valuable real estate for long-term funding. But success takes more than good intentions.

Feature

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.

Column

March 2018

For queer Christians of colour, finding church isn’t easy

By Jenna Tenn-Yuk

Is it possible to find a place where race, queerness and faith identity can all belong?

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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