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Faith

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

Verbatim

By Mario Toneguzzi

‘I throw new things at them.’

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

Verbatim

By Michelle Sparrow

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

Feature

May 2017

In search of Rachel

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 sound of silence

By Bertrand Marotte

Once a fixture of the aural landscape, the pealing of church bells may soon be a distant memory

Special Feature

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

By Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

Feature

April 2017

The fight for Qat’muk

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

Encounters with grace

By Jordan Cantwell

A message for Easter from the moderator

Feature

April 2017

Good eggs

By Elena Gritzan

Feature

March 2017

When neurons meet prayer

By Trisha Elliott

The writer volunteers for a study exploring how a week of spiritual contemplation alters the brain

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.’

Feature

February 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Erin DeBooy

A travelling exhibit of images from the former residential school in Brandon, Man., is designed to educate and unite

Feature

February 2017

Emission control

By Mike Milne

United Church buildings produce as much carbon dioxide as 30,000 cars. Why are so few congregations cleaning up their act?

Feature

January 2017

Presbytery turns down bid to halt Vosper hearing

By Mike Milne

Feature

January 2017

Do they like it here? In a word: yes.

By May Tartoussy

For Syrian refugees, adapting to Canadian culture is hard. We asked a Syrian-born Arabic-speaking journalist to interview some of the United Church-sponsored newcomers about learning to live in a new land

Feature

January 2017

Achievements and challenges

By Colin Maclean

Last year, more than 35,000 Syrian refugees — many United Church-sponsored — began their adjustment to life in Canada. The Observer checks in on their progress.

Feature

January 2017

Verbatim

By Katie Ingram

‘The women who came forward’

Feature

January 2017

Roads to Reconciliation

By Meg Illman-White

When an Indigenous teen disappeared in Kenora, Ont., Knox United provided a space to gather — and to grieve

Feature

January 2017

The platitude trap

By Jonathan Orbell

Faced with senseless tragedy, many of us cling to religious clichés. But there's a different path.

Feature

January 2017

Biblical proportions

By Anne Bokma

Feature

December 2016

8 contemporary Canadian artists' compelling views of Christmas

By Trisha Elliott

Look closely and you’ll find that the images don’t just convey the old, old story.

Feature

December 2016

Holy doodles

By Sara Jewell

Scribbling in church isn’t always rude. It could be the key to a deeper spiritual experience.

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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