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Faith

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 faith and tradition collide with sexual education

By John Barber

In the face of a new sex-ed curriculum, one United Church-minister-turned-teacher is using her own coming-out experience to educate young people

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 facts about the Gideons

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

Inside a United Church success story

By Lyle Aspinall

A photo essay looks at the "Hillhurst effect."

Special Feature

November 2015

Who says religion and pornography don't mix?

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

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

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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