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Opinion

Feature

June 2018

Trinity Western ruling does not discriminate against Evangelicals

By Stephen Berg

A writer argues that the recent Supreme Court decision actually reaffirms and protects the rights of the LGBTQ community.

Feature

June 2018

Alberta’s Sixties Scoop apology was just empty words

By Freda Ballantyne

A Nehiyawak Iskwewak woman who was forcibly taken from her family as an infant reflects on what it felt like to hear Premier Rachel Notley say “I’m sorry” in the Legislature.

Feature

June 2018

Why C.S. Lewis is still relevant today

By Michael Coren

In fact, the academic and author, who died in 1963, is arguably more popular and influential now than during his lifetime. But why?

Column

April 2018

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."

Feature

November 2016

Observations

By David Wilson

Birds of a feather

Column

October 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Do we need faith statements?

Column

October 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘To be complex does not mean to be fragmented.’

Column

October 2016

Spirit Story

By Paul Knowles

Singing with all our hearts

Column

October 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

A new social movement seeks to transform death from taboo to a normal part of life

Column

July 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Do medicine and theology mix?

Column

July 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers.’

Column

July 2016

Spirit Story

By John Pentland

Generosity that humbles

Column

July 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For the non-religious, silence is still golden

Column

June 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Ersatz sermons

Column

June 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Does God prefer the powerless?

Column

June 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Justice is to sort out what belongs to whom, and to return it to them.’

Column

June 2016

Spirit Story

By Nancy Loucks-McSloy

Each patch tells a story

Column

May 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’

Column

May 2016

Spirit Story

By Robert Lawson

Finding a common thread

Column

May 2016

Spiritual but Secular

By Anne Bokma

Why non-believers still come to church on Sunday

Column

April 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday.’

Column

March 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Why did Jesus die?

Column

March 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Violence arises when we do not know what else to do with our suffering’

Feature

November 2015

Spirit Story

By Jay P. Olson

The compassion of strangers

Column

November 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Non-religious parents yearn to foster that sense of awe in their kids — but they’re skipping the dogma

Column

November 2015

Observations

By David Wilson

Feeling squeamish?

Column

September 2015

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Do not depend on the hope of results.’ — Thomas Merton

Column

September 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Good vibrations help drummers tap into the rhythms of the universe

Column

September 2015

Spirit Story

By Alexa Gilmour

On the wings of grace

Feature

June 2015

Spirit Story

By Denise Davy

Lessons from a friend

Society

Sandy and Allan Wilson.

“Thank you for being my dopted parents”

by Allan Wilson

Eighteen years after his teen son died of cancer, this writer celebrates a new type of fatherhood when he becomes legal guardian of a man with disabilities.

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Editorials

The United Church Observer's editor and publisher, Jocelyn Bell. Photo: Lindsay Palmer

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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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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Society

June 2018

Why some women of colour are hesitant to say #MeToo

by Jacky Habib

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.

Environment

May 2018

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

On April 28, 2018, faith leaders from many traditions, including the United Church, stood in solidarity with Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C.. Kimiko Karpoff captured the day in pictures.

Faith

June 2018

After 93 years, this will be the United Church's last General Council meeting

by Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Justice

June 2018

#MeToo in the United Church

by Trisha Elliott

9 women share their stories of harassment and sexual assault in the United Church.

Columns

May 2018

On grief and the healing power of gardening

by Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.

Editorials

June 2018

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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