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Opinion

Column

October 2013

Finish This Sentence

By Connie denBok

“If my child said she wanted to be a minister . . . my thoughts would be conflicted.”

Column

October 2013

Spirit Story

By Anne Bokma

Feasts of the heart

Column

October 2013

Reaching the age of surveillance

By David Wilson

The digital revolution has dazzled us so much that we haven’t considered its downside

Column

September 2013

Finish This Sentence

By Michael Webster

Ministers who don’t retire at 65 . . . are smarter than I thought

Column

September 2013

Spirit Story

By Kate Spencer

Slowing to a still

Column

September 2013

The Big Question

By Ross Lockhart

Why do we need to read the Bible?

Column

September 2013

The spirit of independence

By David Wilson

Though an arm’s length apart, The Observer and the United Church are probably closer than ever before

Column

July 2013

Spirit Story

By Kim Sedore

Dip, dip and swing

Column

July 2013

The Big Question

By James Christie

What is Armageddon?

Column

July 2013

The legacy of ’88

By David Wilson

Like it or not, the great sexuality debate was the most significant turning point in the church’s history

Column

June 2013

Spirit Story

By Keith Reynolds

A guiding light

Column

June 2013

Finish This Sentence

By Connie denBok

“Congregations talk about being welcoming, but . . . welcoming is more like bringing home a newborn than hosting a guest.”

Column

June 2013

The Big Question

By Bruce Sanguin

Does human life have a purpose?

Column

June 2013

The real cost of gold

By David Wilson

A surge in new mining ventures has triggered an upswing in activism

Column

May 2013

The Big Question

By Sandra Beardsall

Why bother with the Ascension?

Column

May 2013

Spirit Story

By Alison Brooks-Starks

Message in a labyrinth

Column

May 2013

Far away but close to home

By David Wilson

Why should we care about an endangered bird in Argentina? The answer is easy: the extinction of one species is a tragedy that extends across the whole of Creation

Column

April 2013

Finish This Sentence

By Brian Platt

“In a secular society, churches are . . . a choice. And that’s a good thing.”

Column

April 2013

The Big Question

By Janet Silman

Will science eventually explain everything?

Column

April 2013

Spirit Story

By Karen Hilfman Millson

A world transformed

Column

April 2013

Church beyond the borders

By David Wilson

Are we ready to consider new visions and the big changes that go along with them?

Column

March 2013

Spirit Story

By John Pentland

Om and Amen

Column

March 2013

The Big Question

By Ross Lockhart

What’s so ‘good’ about Good Friday?

Column

March 2013

An oldster among hipsters

By David Wilson

We're finding new ways to connect with people beyond the traditional boundaries of church

Column

February 2013

Spirit Story

By David Giuliano

From the ashes

Column

February 2013

The Big Question

By Wayne Hilliker

Are good deeds rewarded?

Column

February 2013

Finish This Sentence

By Patricia Clarke

“The church should stay out of politics unless . . . it wants to be faithful. Not to mention relevant.”

Column

February 2013

A curious lack of wonder

By David Wilson

Technology is advancing at an unimaginable pace, yet we’ve become remarkably blasé about it

Column

January 2013

Spirit Story

By Debbie Cowling

Alone in the operating room

Column

January 2013

The Big Question

By James Christie

Why is the universe so big?

Interviews

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Why this woman is leaving the Catholic Church in her 60s

by Angela Mombourquette

After a lifetime devoted to Catholicism, a Nova Scotia teacher is settling in with the United Church of Canada. Here, she explains why.

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Editorials

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Observations: It’s a long road toward full equality for women

by Jocelyn Bell

'It’s a wonder that we continue to see male ministers as normative and attach shame to female ministers’ biology and sexuality.'

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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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Faith

May 2018

Toronto church builds interfaith friendship

by Vivien Fellegi

Faith

May 2018

This parent found no support for her autistic daughter — and decided to change that

by Kieran Delamont

Suzanne Allen talks about raising a daughter on the autism spectrum and bringing all autistic girls together

Faith

May 2018

Church retreat helps first responders with PTSD

by Joe Martelle

Interviews

May 2018

Why this woman is leaving the Catholic Church in her 60s

by Angela Mombourquette

After a lifetime devoted to Catholicism, a Nova Scotia teacher is settling in with the United Church of Canada. Here, she explains why.

Ethics

May 2018

Pregnant in the pulpit

by Trisha Elliott

Ministers who take a maternity leave still face discrimination in their own congregations

Interviews

May 2018

The two words Rev. Cheri DiNovo wants to hear from the United Church

by Alex Mlynek

The Toronto minister talks about her disappointment over the church’s silence when she officiated the country’s first legalized same-sex marriage 17 years ago – and why she wants an apology.

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