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Faith

Feature

May 2016

Verbatim

By Kylie Taggart

‘Parts of our lives are beyond scientific understanding’

Feature

April 2016

Churches under the gun

By Anne Bokma

Shootings in the sanctuary. Pistols in the pulpit. The culture of violence is infiltrating U.S. places of worship.

Feature

April 2016

For gun-control activists, the cause is political — and personal

By Anne Bokma

Feature

April 2016

The United Church of Christ: two decades of demanding gun control 

By Anne Bokma

Feature

April 2016

Getting inked

By Trisha Elliott

Six ministers share their stories

Feature

April 2016

What their tats tell

By Trisha Elliott

You’d be surprised by the number of United Church ministers with tattoos these days. Here's the meaning behind all that ink.

Feature

March 2016

Our national folly

By Trisha Elliott

Canada endeavours to be secular and multicultural at the same time. Who are we trying to kid?

Feature

March 2016

The Holland I never knew

By Anne Bokma

A first-generation Dutch Canadian wrestles with her religious history in the land of her ancestors

Feature

March 2016

Risking resurrection

By Jordan Cantwell

The promise of Easter has a price. A message from Moderator

Feature

March 2016

Commemoration

By Nancy Fornasiero

Minister, war vet awarded France’s top honour

Feature

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

By Observer Staff

Special Feature

February 2016

Interlove

By Colin Boyd Shafer

An intimate portrait series documents love between partners of different faiths

Feature

February 2016

When values collide

By John Barber

Should faith and tradition trump comprehensive sexual education?

Feature

February 2016

An unsuitable saint

By Donald Grayston

The recent canonization of an 18th-century Spanish colonizer has incensed Indigenous North Americans. What was Pope Francis thinking?

Feature

January 2016

Interview with Rob Bell

By Tim Johnson

Former megachurch pastor and bestselling author talks about faith, God and Oprah

Feature

January 2016

In Mom's Footsteps

By Alison Brooks-Starks

With a handwritten journal as her guide, Alison Brooks-Starks retraced her late mother’s coming-of-age journey to the Holy Land

Feature

January 2016

A complicated love story

By Alanna Mitchell

After the death of her alcoholic ex-husband, Alanna Mitchell confronts a terrible question: could she have done more to save him?

Feature

January 2016

The divestment iceberg

By Mike Milne

The General Council just sold $6 million in fossil fuel shares from its treasury fund. Will the United Church’s pension fund, foundation and congregations follow suit?

Feature

December 2015

Their first Noel

By Various Writers

Six newcomers share their introductions to Christmas in Canada

Feature

December 2015

Renewing wonder

By Jordan Cantwell

Disenchanted with Christmas consumerism, the United Church moderator and her family found new ways to reconnect to the spirit of the season

Feature

December 2015

Bible backlash

By Anne Bokma

Under threat from rising secularism, the iconic Gideon Bible is disappearing from classrooms and hotel nightstands. So the Gideons are devising new ways to spread the Word.

Feature

December 2015

5 Gideons facts

By Anne Bokma

Feature

December 2015

A road to freedom

By Susan Peters

United churches in Manitoba and northern Ontario call for a road to be built to an isolated First Nation

Feature

December 2015

Atheist minister review on hold

By Mike Milne

Feature

November 2015

Photo Essay: The Hillhurst effect

By Lyle Aspinall

Inside a United Church success story

Special Feature

November 2015

The topic churches won't touch

By Erica Lenti

Online erotica is booming, and so are porn addictions. But mainline churches seem all too content to look away.

Feature

November 2015

The conversion of Michael Coren

By Jeff Mahoney

Canada’s most strident Christian conservative has had a change of heart

Feature

November 2015

‘It’s like a death in the family’

By Chantal Braganza

A Toronto church that welcomed 50 North Korean refugees speaks out against the mass deportation of their new friends

Feature

October 2015

Prairie populist

By David Wilson

New moderator Jordan Cantwell combines an unorthodox style with a passion for justice

Feature

October 2015

Navigating the fault lines

By Trisha Elliott

The 42nd General Council showed that polarities, not creaky structures, are the United Church’s real challenge

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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