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Faith

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November 2016

Interview with Thomas Krattenmaker

By Katie Toth

The USA Today columnist talks about how Jesus’ life can act as an ethical compass today — a theme he explores in his new book, ’Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower’

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November 2016

What’s killing church camps?

By Pieta Woolley

Church-run summer camps are in serious decline. Marketers hired to troubleshoot the problem wonder if religion is a deterrent.

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November 2016

Verbatim

By Paul Russell

‘It quickly became evident that this ship might be lost.’

Feature

November 2016

Q&A with Rev. Ted Kersey

By Nancy Fornasiero

Feature

November 2016

Excerpts from Conference Interview Committee report

By Elena Gritzan

Feature

November 2016

Quotes from Gretta Vosper’s written submission

By Elena Gritzan

Feature

October 2016

A distorted view

By Anne Bokma

For the first time, Ontario’s Six Nations council is allowing the windows of its historic Mohawk Chapel to be photographed for national publication —controversy and all

Feature

October 2016

Stories in the glass

By Anne Bokma

Special Feature

October 2016

Ghost whisperers

By Elena Gritzan

Do the dead remain among us? Paranormal investigators are determined to prove what science rejects, Christianity scorns — and half of Canadians believe.

Feature

October 2016

Verbatim

By Nancy Loucks-McSloy

‘My determination is tested in daily training when I push myself to the limit.’

Feature

October 2016

Highway to healing

By Tim Johnson

In search of adventure and solace after the death of his mother, travel writer Tim Johnson rekindles his family’s road trip tradition

Feature

October 2016

The gratitude effect

By Trisha Elliott

We all know that giving thanks is integral to Christianity. But new science reveals the far-reaching benefits of expressing appreciation.

Feature

September 2016

Atheist minister Gretta Vosper one step closer to dismissal, formal hearing requested

By Mike Milne and Observer Staff

Feature

September 2016

United Church committee finds atheist minister ‘not suitable’

By Mike Milne

Feature

September 2016

Vosper’s comment sparks survey of clergy beliefs

By Paul Knowles

Feature

September 2016

Atheist minister’s suitability reviewed

By Mike Milne

Feature

September 2016

Young, smart and into Jesus

By Pieta Woolley

Millennial ministers are embracing Christ, spiritual practice and the Bible. Is a return to theological roots the wave of the future?

Feature

September 2016

Secretly spiritual

By Lucille Joseph

As she rose up the ranks to become a Toronto business executive, the writer felt compelled to keep her quest for deeper meaning hidden. Why she’s decided to talk now.

Special Feature

September 2016

Rainbow Muslims

By Davide Mastracci

More than half of Canadian Muslims believe it’s impossible to be an observant Muslim while living openly in an LGBT relationship. El-Farouk Khaki and Troy Jackson, co-founders of Unity Mosque, are proving there is another way.

Special Feature

July 2016

When exodus is the only answer

By Patricia Clarke

Christians are fleeing the cradle of the faith amid escalating turmoil in the Middle East

Feature

July 2016

Mr. Trump comes to Cleveland

By Mark Giuliano

The eyes of the world will be focused on the Republican National Convention this month. A landmark church near the meeting site is offering a warm welcome while bracing for unrest.

Feature

July 2016

Sidebar: Religion’s downside

By Samantha Rideout

Feature

July 2016

Does religion really make you happier?

By Samantha Rideout

The writer examines the popular theory that people with faith are more content than those without

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July 2016

A river of one’s own

By Alison Brooks-Starks

The writer attempts a month-long solo paddle on the North Saskatchewan River and discovers the gift of intuition and the power of nature

Feature

July 2016

Verbatim

By Kate Spencer

‘Music is almost a manifestation of some otherworldly power’

Feature

June 2016

Talking spirituality

By Various Writers

Earlier this spring, seven distinguished Canadians gathered in Toronto to share their views on religion, faith and secularism. Here are highlights from “The United Church Observer presents The Walrus Talks Spirituality.”

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June 2016

My messy vocation

By Jonathan Orbell

No amount of schooling prepares you for everything you’ll encounter as a minister. Most of the learning happens on the run.

Feature

May 2016

2015 Press Awards

By Observer Staff

The Observer won 41 church press awards and has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards for work published in 2015. The winners’ list included First Place for denominational magazines in the U.S.-based Associate Church Press competition. It was the third year in a row that The Observer was named the ACP’s best magazine.

Feature

May 2016

Anglicans at a crossroads

By Michael Coren

They will vote on same-sex marriage at their General Synod in July. The consequences could be far-reaching.

Feature

May 2016

Judicial panel denies Vosper appeal

By Mike Milne

Atheist minister’s suitability may now be reviewed

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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