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Faith

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May 2012

Your View: Rebirth

By Ann Belanger

Since nesting here a few years ago, a mother robin has been living in the crabapple tree in the corner of our backyard deck. Until recently, she was much too nervous to allow photos of her babies. Then, last spring, she cheerily chirped as I snapped away. Trust needs to be earned.

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May 2012

The 7 Deadly Sins

By Various Writers

Greed, lust, envy, wrath, gluttony, pride, sloth: let our writers tempt you with their contemporary takes on the seven notorious no-nos.

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May 2012

Compassion for the persecuted?

By Mike Milne

Canada's new Office of Religious Freedom seems like a great idea. If only we knew what it was going to do.

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April 2012

Gratitude and reverence

By Mardi Tindal

More than 2,000 years later, the risen Christ remains the beating heart of Easter. A message from the moderator.

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April 2012

The crosses we bear

By Trisha Elliott

An Easter reflection on caregiving

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March 2012

‘We’re your family now’

By Martha Martin

A Halifax minister left her familiar life behind to spend three months at Corrymeela in Northern Ireland. What she discovered was an abiding sense of community.

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March 2012

First United’s time of trial

By Pieta Woolley

Resignations, looming funding cuts and bad press have forced a historic United Church mission to rethink its role in Canada’s poorest neighbourhood

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March 2012

Dementia Sidebar: A light in the fog

By Trisha Elliott

Underneath the pain of dementia, faith runs deep

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March 2012

The silent epidemic

By Kylie Taggart

In Canada today, a new case of dementia is diagnosed every five minutes. In 25 years, it will be one every two minutes. Are churches ready for a full-blown pastoral crisis?

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February 2012

Collared

By Michael Webster

Is a clerical collar still a meaningful symbol or just a pain in the neck? Michael Webster wore one every day for a month to find out.

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February 2012

Caught in the bottleneck

By Carolyn Morris

New limits on refugee applications are meant to relieve a backlog of unprocessed claims. Churches fear the cap will undo the sponsorship program that has helped thousands flee to safety in Canada.

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January 2012

Back to the garden

By Margaret Atwood

Theology and ecology were once interconnected, but two millennia of Christianity have steered us away from nature. Can religion recover its roots?

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January 2012

El Salvador’s journey of redemption

By Tim Johnson

Two decades ago, civil war raged in Central America’s smallest country. Visitors today will discover that while the scars remain, the healing power of peace is stronger.

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December 2011

Interview with Rev. Brent Hawkes

By Ken Gallinger

The minister of Toronto’s Metropolitan Community Church presided over the state funeral for Jack Layton last summer. He recently spoke to The Observer.

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December 2011

Christmas in the Holy Land

By Sherry Ann Chapman

An Alberta woman encounters inspiration, heartbreak and the odd Santa during an Advent season in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

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December 2011

Is the end really nigh?

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Though every doomsday prediction to date has proven false, they’re still hard to ignore

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December 2011

Risking the birth of love

By Mardi Tindal

Christmas reminds us to rise to the challenge of hope

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November 2011

Interview with Mary Hynes

By Cory Ruf

The host of CBC Radio’s “Tapestry” program often engages in wide-ranging discussions with the most interesting thinkers on faith and spirituality. She recently talked to The Observer.

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November 2011

An unremarkable reunion

By Trisha Elliott

One woman’s six-year journey to find her birth mother skips the Hollywood ending for something more complicated

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November 2011

The ultimate outsider

By Will Braun

The Bible tells us to love our neighbour, but what if he’s a pedophile?

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November 2011

‘An all-or-nothing guy’

By David Wilson

The United Church’s leading voice on evolutionary Christianity, Rev. Bruce Sanguin brings an athlete’s intensity to his spiritual questing

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October 2011

Giving thanks amid uncertainty

By Trisha Elliott

Thanking God is easy when things go right, but hardship can foster a more radical kind of gratitude

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October 2011

Lofty living

By Larry Krotz

Former church buildings spell opportunity for condo developers, who are discovering that buyers are drawn to more than the stained glass windows and cathedral ceilings

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September 2011

Revealing Jordan

By Jocelyn Bell

While other Middle Eastern countries convulse, this ancient kingdom offers an oasis of calm

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September 2011

Interview with Marcus Borg

By Therese DesCamp

American biblical scholar talks about his recent books — 'Putting Away Childish Things' and 'Speaking Christian' — and the importance of story and language

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August 2011

Photo Essay: Revealing Jordan

By Jocelyn Bell

Travel in Jordan is a fabulous mix of world-class archeological sites, biblical landmarks, diverse cities and eco-adventures

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July 2011

The essential question: Do you believe in God?

By

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July 2011

The last time I prayed, the focus of my prayer was

By Observer Staff

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July 2011

Non-conformists: 8 percent

By Samantha Rideout

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July 2011

What you believe

By Observer Staff

We asked you about your faith. You didn’t hold back. Now, the surprising results of The Observer’s 2011 survey.

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.

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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.

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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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