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Faith

Feature

January 2013

Refuge on Bloor Street

By Chantal Braganza

A Toronto church welcomes an influx of refugees fleeing poverty and repression in North Korea

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January 2013

The passage of rites

By Larry Krotz

Secular ceremonies are becoming more elaborate all the time. Are they filling a need that used to be satisfied in church?

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January 2013

Full stomachs, empty souls

By Pieta Woolley

Studies suggest obesity is a problem in churches. Liberal Christians may scoff at the evangelical diet craze, but perhaps they’re on to something.

Feature

December 2012

Christmas after all

By Various Writers

Admit it: Christmas can be a trying time. Five writers search for the holiness at the heart of the season.

Feature

December 2012

Bernadette's secret

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Her parents needed a place to hide her. They found it in a United Church maternity home. Decades later, she’s still haunted by what she lost.

Feature

December 2012

Sisters under fire

By Alicia von Stamwitz

A showdown between Catholic sisters and bishops in the U.S. is shaking up the church establishment

Feature

December 2012

Do you hear what I hear?

By Gary Paterson

A Christmas message from the United Church moderator

Feature

December 2012

Rumour has it

By Ken Gallinger

Gossip in church can hurt. But like it or not, it's part of who we are.

Feature

November 2012

To rev. or not to rev.

By Trisha Elliott

That’s a question more and more ministers are asking themselves.

Feature

October 2012

End-of-life ethics: 'a pioneer phase'

By David Wilson

What does religion bring to the bedside? Winnipeg faith leaders discuss euthanasia, physician-assisted dying and the meaning of death.

Feature

October 2012

Poet, preacher, pioneer

By David Wilson

Rt. Rev. Gary Paterson brings a keen intellect and a passion for words to his new role as the United Church's elected spiritual leader. And by the way, he's gay.

Feature

September 2012

Wandering spirit

By Tim Johnson

Professional travel writer Tim Johnson loves his life on the road. But the impulse to keep moving comes with its own sacrifices.

Feature

August 2012

Day Seven

By Mike Milne

General Council affirms boycott of settlement products and opposition to Israeli occupation

Feature

August 2012

Day Six

By David Wilson

In a historic decision, commissioners elect Rev. Gary Paterson as the United Church’s 41st moderator

Feature

August 2012

Day Five

By Mike Milne

United Church moves closer to boycott of products from Israeli settlements

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August 2012

Day Four

By David Wilson

Congregations urged to resist the ‘evil’ of gossip

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August 2012

Day Four

By Mike Milne

Discussion begins on Mideast report calling for limited boycott

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August 2012

Day Three

By Mike Milne

Review of church operations and structure could lead to sweeping changes

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August 2012

Day Three

By David Wilson

Moderator nominees make their pitches to commissioners

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August 2012

Day Two

By David Wilson and Mike Milne

Commissioners vote to change church crest and update doctrinal statements

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August 2012

Day One

By Mike Milne

All eyes on Israel-Palestine report as commissioners descend on Ottawa

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August 2012

41st General Council Coverage

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2012

Rights and wrongs at the edges of life

By Observer Staff

The 2012 Observer survey on life and death decisions reveals startling gaps between the views of churchgoers, the general public and the law

Feature

July 2012

Unpacking compassion

By Trisha Elliott

Feature

July 2012

Choosing a better death

By Richard Wright

Feature

July 2012

Little lives, big questions

By Pieta Woolley

Feature

July 2012

General Council in focus

By Mike Milne

A report on the Middle East has been generating controversy ahead of the church’s national gathering

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July 2012

Another side of paradise

By Lisa Van de Ven

Two centuries ago, Rev. John Stephenson fought racism in Bermuda’s churches and paid for it with his freedom. The struggle for racial equality continues today.

Feature

June 2012

How green is thy faith?

By Pieta Woolley

Since taking root half a century ago, ecotheology has cultivated a fresh understanding of scripture. For a new generation of Christians, it’s now second nature.

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June 2012

Side by side in Kathmandu

By Tim Johnson

Two of the world’s great faiths live harmoniously in the shadow of the Himalayas

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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