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Faith

Column

March 2018

Should churches give a portion of land sales to Indigenous communities?

By Christopher White

Rev. Christopher White weighs in on a question about donating portions of land sales to Indigenous communities.

Feature

February 2018

Visiting Walden Pond: The roots of simple, spiritual living

By Anne Bokma

Henry David Thoreau's iconic refuge is where he learned to live simply, intentionally and at one with nature

Feature

February 2018

How this rock star helped save Walden Pond

By Anne Bokma

Feature

February 2018

United in wonder

By Alison Brooks-Starks

An ‘expansive spirituality’ conference in Edmonton draws longtime United Church members seeking a broader perspective on faith

Feature

February 2018

Churches challenge refugee policy

By Sheima Benembarek

Feature

February 2018

Meet the world's strongest church organist

By Alison Brooks-Starks

‘Music’s my real love. Powerlifting is a fun hobby.’

Feature

January 2018

Possibilities, not problems

By Julie McGonegal

Building on strengths rather than dwelling on negatives has brought healthy change to many secular organizations. The approach can work for churches, too.

Special Feature

January 2018

In the beginning

By Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Feature

January 2018

One resolution you should actually keep

By Kristy Woudstra

Ring in the New Year by tuning out your inner critic

Feature

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

By Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Feature

January 2018

'A good death is being at peace with God, with others and with the self'

By Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Feature

January 2018

70 years of solidarity

By Amy MacLachlan

Founded in 1948 to promote Christian unity, the World Council of Churches marks a milestone while looking ahead to the future of ecumenism

Feature

December 2017

The unremembered midwife

By Ian Porter

Feature

December 2017

Montreal memory

By Martha ter Kuile

A routine delivery of Christmas hampers takes a strange and wondrous turn

Feature

December 2017

New editor named

By Observer Staff

Longtime Observer managing editor Jocelyn Bell has been appointed the new editor and publisher of The United Church Observer.

Feature

December 2017

Activist politician returns to pulpit

By Patricia Clarke

'I’ve accomplished what I set out to accomplish'

Feature

December 2017

Verbatim

By Jon Tattrie

‘Both politics and church bring people together’

Feature

November 2017

No date yet for Vosper hearing

By Mike Milne

Feature

November 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Nicole Laidler

A United Church-funded documentary preserves the difficult memories of residential school survivors

Feature

November 2017

Same building, new purpose

By Ian Coutts

Community ‘hubs’ bring a variety of organizations under one roof. For United churches, sharing space helps pay the bills — and advance mission objectives.

Feature

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

By David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Feature

November 2017

Is consciousness just a function of the brain — or something more?

By Trisha Elliott

Theories of consciousness cut to the quick of what it means to be alive.

Feature

November 2017

New museum for an old story

By Sheima Benembarek

Washington, D.C., has no shortage of museums. But its latest addition aims to stand out. Opening this month, the new Museum of the Bible has an ambitious goal: to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world.

Special Feature

October 2017

Don Hume was a minister nearing retirement. Then he tried crack cocaine.

By Justin Dallaire

At first, he used the drug about once a month. Then it was every few weeks. Then every few days. Before he knew it, addiction had a grip on him.

Feature

October 2017

A tale of two cancers

By Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.

Feature

October 2017

A complicated icon

By Paul Knowles

As Protestants celebrate a milestone anniversary, the writer ventures to Germany in search of the real Martin Luther

Feature

October 2017

Anti-violence

By Kristy Woudstra

Wearing ‘a colour of resistance’

Feature

September 2017

Yearning

By Jane Dawson

Restless longing is at the core of the human condition, urging us onward through life. What happens when it veers off course?

Feature

September 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Trisha Elliott

At the largest blanket exercise ever, 800 Canadians learn about stolen land and other effects of colonization

Feature

September 2017

Joyful giant

By Nancy Fornasiero

Editorials

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Editorials

The Observer has a bright future ahead

by Jocelyn Bell

Change is as vital to the publication's history as our founding Christian values are to our future, says editor and publisher Jocelyn Bell.

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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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Ethics

January 2019

Where to donate your unwanted stuff so it actually goes to those who need it

by Glynis Ratcliffe

It may be tempting when you declutter to just drop off all your items at Value Village, but sticking with local organizations is a better option.

Faith

January 2019

Former fundamentalists describe the trauma of leaving their faith

by Anne Bokma

At a weekend retreat, participants find the strength to reclaim their lives.

Columns

January 2019

I worry the United Church doesn't want evangelicals like me

by Marilyn Myhre

While the church community says it accepts everyone, one woman wonders if that is still true.

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