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Faith

Feature

October 2015

Verbatim

By Alanna Mitchell

'What if we talked about cancer as a dance instead of a war?'

Feature

October 2015

‘God bless you’

By Nancy Fornasiero

The words come easily after a sneeze. Why do we choke on them in other situations?

Feature

September 2015

Campus clergy

By Samantha Rideout

The need is great, but the budgets are small. Some days, university chaplains feel like they’re spinning their wheels.

Feature

September 2015

Unholy allies

By Donald Grayston

Christian Zionists are among Israel’s most ardent supporters. But their apocalyptic theology comes with dangerous strings attached.

Arts Feature

September 2015

Interview with Karen Stiller

By Christopher White

The senior editor at Faith Today magazine and the author of ‘Shifting Stats: Shaking the Church,’ co-written with Patricia Paddey, talks about how churches are responding to upheavals in Canadian society

Feature

September 2015

Essential expectations

By Mike Milne

A compromise that facilitated the creation of the United Church 90 years ago is at the crux of a debate on what ministers are supposed to believe today

Feature

August 2015

Day Six

By Mike Milne

Decision on new-look church goes down to the wire

Feature

August 2015

Day Four

By Trisha Elliott

Hump day at the 42nd General Council

Feature

August 2015

Day Three

By Trisha Elliott

Commissioners urge United Church to divest from fossil fuels and Goldcorp

Feature

August 2015

Day Three

By Mike Milne

Support for Mideast peace, but no demand for divestment

Feature

August 2015

42nd General Council coverage

By Observer Staff

Feature

August 2015

Day Two

By Mike Milne

Massive structural changes may be too much to handle in just one week

Feature

August 2015

Day One

By David Wilson

Reform recommendations coming . . . but not quite yet

Feature

July 2015

Day Five

By David Wilson

Saskatchewan minister Rev. Jordan Cantwell elected as 42nd moderator

Feature

July 2015

United Church at a crossroads

By Mike Milne

Some are calling the August meeting of the General Council one of the most critical since church union. At stake is how the denomination works — and possibly its future.

Feature

July 2015

‘We’ll be a spiritual presence.’

By Erica Lenti

With the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games starting July 10, Metropolitan United’s Rev. John Joseph Mastandrea worked alongside other religious leaders to develop a multifaith centre in the Pan Am Village, where they’ll serve competing athletes.

Feature

July 2015

Atheist minister faces Conference review

By Mike Milne

Rev. Gretta Vosper, minister of West Hill United in Toronto and a self-declared atheist, faces a church trial on her suitability for ministry in The United Church of Canada.

Feature

July 2015

Final decisions

By Various Writers

Dying used to be so simple. New laws and changing customs make for a more complicated exit.

Feature

July 2015

The end of Aramaic

By Tali Folkins

Descended from the tongue spoken by Jesus, an ancient language faces extinction as ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria

Feature

July 2015

Amusing grace

By Trisha Elliott

Tales of worship gone awry

Feature

June 2015

'Do we still believe that something vital is in the making?'

By Phyllis Airhart

The United Church of Canada at 90

Feature

June 2015

Divorce in a fishbowl

By Trisha Elliott

Ending a marriage is tough. Imagine what it’s like when you’re a minister.

Feature

May 2015

Confronting the unbelievers

By Mike Milne

Reaction against a minister who came out as an atheist was swift and blunt. But questions persist about how to deal with clergy who no longer believe.

Feature

May 2015

A wretch like me

By Trisha Elliott

We all feel shame. Instead of running from it, maybe we should take a cue from the Bible and face up to our flaws and frailties.

Feature

April 2015

Moncton minister's Twitter following grows to 30,000

By Rhonda Herrington Bulmer

Feature

April 2015

Losing Mom

By Tim Johnson

A travel writer's personal journey through grief — and how it was vastly different from everything he’d been told to expect

Feature

April 2015

The next supper

By Gary Paterson

A painting by the late B.C. artist Bill Dixon reminds us that Easter is not an event, but a movement. A message from the United Church moderator.

Feature

March 2015

A sanctuary of their own

By Luc Rinaldi

A Toronto congregation is providing space for two female priests to do what Catholics won’t allow: lead worship

Feature

March 2015

Teenage Stephen Harper grappled with God, remembers his confirmation class teacher

By Tim Johnson

Feature

March 2015

The perils of too much certainty

By Larry Krotz

Once a top poet and bureaucrat, Duncan Campbell Scott is today a pariah for his policies of assimilation. What will be our own generation’s shame?

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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