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Faith

Feature

November 2017

For United churches, sharing space helps pay the bills — and advance mission objectives

By Ian Coutts

Community ‘hubs’ bring a variety of organizations under one roof

Feature

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim: A 20-year journey with cancer

By David Giuliano

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

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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

Martin Luther is a complicated icon

By Paul Knowles

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

Feature

October 2017

Anti-violence

By Kristy Woudstra

Wearing ‘a colour of resistance’

Feature

September 2017

Restless longing is core to being human. What happens when it leads us off course?

By Jane Dawson

"Understanding what our spirit is trying to tell us in these unforeseen detours is often the work of a lifetime."

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

Column

August 2017

Rendez-Vous 2017 comes to a close

By Aidan Legault

‘(We) don’t have the luxury of silence . . . We must speak boldly’

Feature

August 2017

United churches offer respite during British Columbia's weeks-long wildfire crisis

By Pieta Woolley

Feature

August 2017

Superlatives

By Pieta Woolley

Biggest youth group: West Vancouver (B.C.) United

Feature

July 2017

26-year-old ordained United Church minister on what drew her to ministry

By Mario Toneguzzi

"Even in high school, I started thinking about ministry. At that time, I couldn’t see myself writing sermons every week."

Feature

July 2017

2016 Press Awards

By Observer Staff

Six different organizations have honoured The United Church Observer with awards for editorial excellence this year. Here are some of the highlights.

Feature

June 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Evie Ruddy

Dozens died at Red Deer’s residential school. A group of Albertans finds their graves and honours their spirits.

Feature

June 2017

Verbatim

By Sheima Benembarek

‘All of us have a responsibility to look after Creation.’

Feature

May 2017

Interview with a mom about her child’s transition from Nora to Noah

By Michelle Sparrow

‘We told him we loved him and would support him.’

Feature

May 2017

Navigating the checkpoints in the holy city of Jerusalem

By Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Approaching a biblical holy site on foot becomes a journey through the tangled reality of Israel and the occupied territories today

Feature

May 2017

The pealing of church bells may soon be a distant memory

By Bertrand Marotte

"It had great meaning culturally and socially, and I personally think it’s a little bit sad that we don’t have these aural community markers anymore in ways that we used to."

Special Feature

April 2017

6 acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart to their grandkids

By Various Writers

Sally Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, David Suzuki and others share incredible wisdom and love.

Feature

April 2017

Ktunaxa First Nation fights a ski resort to protect sacred land

By Pieta Woolley

A Supreme Court of Canada case pits a resort developer against B.C.’s Ktunaxa First Nation. At issue: does the development infringe on religious freedom?

Feature

April 2017

‘Grizzlies not gondolas’

By Pieta Woolley

Feature

April 2017

Jordan Cantwell shares 3 of her encounters with grace

By Jordan Cantwell

An Easter message from the moderator.

Feature

April 2017

Good eggs

By Elena Gritzan

Feature

March 2017

How a week of spiritual contemplation alters the brain

By Trisha Elliott

The writer volunteers for a study that looks at how neurons meet prayer.

Feature

March 2017

An enduring dialogue

By Mike Milne

Despite their failed merger in 1975, the United and Anglican churches are still keen to co-operate. Two small congregations in rural Quebec are proving it can be done.

Feature

February 2017

Old library, new look

By Sheima Benembarek

Feature

February 2017

Verbatim

By Donald Grayston

‘The body has dementia, but the soul doesn’t.’

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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