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Faith

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 Gretta Vosper hearing

By Mike Milne

A last-ditch effort to halt a hearing that could defrock a self-declared atheist, who is serving as a minister in The United Church of Canada, was rejected by a church court in mid-January.

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

When an Indigenous teen disappeared, an Ontario church provided a space to gather and grieve

By Meg Illman-White

"I wish I could say that Kenora’s two predominant cultures (Anishnaabe and Anglo-Saxon) mix easily, but there are few places where this happens. We are often two solitudes. But on the first Sunday morning after the search for Delaine began, the hearts of Knox’s congregation were turned to prayer for her and her family."

Feature

January 2017

Why we should not question God as we face of suffering and evil

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.

Feature

December 2016

How the beloved Christmas story is forever unfolding

By Jordan Cantwell

The 2,000-year-old Nativity narrative reveals God’s continual rebirth among us. A Christmas message from the United Church moderator.

Feature

December 2016

Verbatim

By Pieta Woolley

Feature

December 2016

Pokemon Go craze sends gamers to church

By Noah Richardson

Feature

December 2016

Missing, murdered women

By Elena Gritzan

Kairos creates online hub for national inquiry

Special Feature

November 2016

‘Mystical Landscapes’

By Trisha Elliott

Conceived and developed by Katharine Lochnan, the Art Gallery Of Ontario’s senior curator of international exhibitions, Mystical Landscapes is the first exhibit of its kind to explore the intersection of art, nature and mysticism that lies behind some of the world’s most popular art.

Feature

November 2016

Executive rejects bid to delay Gretta Vosper proceedings

By Mike Milne

In 2015, Nora Sanders ruled that Vosper’s current answers to ordination vows could be used to review her effectiveness in ministry. The United Church’s judicial committee, its highest quasi-legal body, refused to hear Vosper’s appeal of that ruling.

Feature

November 2016

How atheist minister Gretta Vosper tested the limits of United Church tolerance

By Mike Milne

Atheist minister Gretta Vosper is audacious, passionate and polarizing. She tested the limits of United Church tolerance and found little institutional appetite for her brand of unbelieving.

Feature

November 2016

Sidebar: Theologians respond

By Elena Gritzan

Feature

November 2016

A French malaise

By Tim Johnson

The writer returns to France after a 13-year hiatus and discovers a country increasingly uneasy about its growing multiculturalism

Feature

November 2016

What makes evangelicals so appealing?

By Christopher White

Their beliefs are clear, their style is hip — and they seem to be exactly what new Canadians are looking for.

Feature

November 2016

Interview with Thomas Krattenmaker

By Katie Toth

The USA Today columnist talks about how Jesus’ life can act as an ethical compass today — a theme he explores in his new book, ’Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower’

Feature

November 2016

What’s killing church camps?

By Pieta Woolley

Church-run summer camps are in serious decline. Marketers hired to troubleshoot the problem wonder if religion is a deterrent.

Feature

November 2016

Verbatim

By Paul Russell

‘It quickly became evident that this ship might be lost.’

Feature

November 2016

Q&A with Rev. Ted Kersey

By Nancy Fornasiero

Feature

November 2016

Excerpts from Conference Interview Committee report

By Elena Gritzan

Feature

November 2016

Quotes from Gretta Vosper’s written submission

By Elena Gritzan

Feature

October 2016

A distorted view

By Anne Bokma

For the first time, Ontario’s Six Nations council is allowing the windows of its historic Mohawk Chapel to be photographed for national publication —controversy and all

Feature

October 2016

Stories in the glass

By Anne Bokma

Special Feature

October 2016

This will make you believe in ghosts

By Elena Gritzan

Do the dead remain among us? Paranormal investigators are determined to prove what science rejects, Christianity scorns — and half of Canadians believe.

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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