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Opinion

Column

January 2013

Finish This Sentence

By Michael Webster

“When people ask me what I do for a living . . . I tell them.”

Column

January 2013

Hope's second chance

By David Wilson

The full extent of Obama's quiet revolution became apparent this past November

Column

December 2012

Spirit Story

By Winston Lindsay

Back door

Column

December 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Connie denBok

If the United Church is serious about attracting more young people . . . we might start by asking why we want them

Column

December 2012

The Big Question

By Orville James

Is it okay to ask God for material things?

Column

December 2012

An old column’s next chapter

By David Wilson

The range of acceptable questions are still as limitless as readers' curiosity

Column

November 2012

Spirit Story

By John Prochaska

The small, sweet fruits of a life’s late harvest

Column

November 2012

The Big Question

By Lee Simpson

Who would Jesus see in the mirror today?

Column

November 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Brian Platt

In this age of social media, local churches . . . should take full advantage of it, reasonably and intelligently.

Column

November 2012

Letters from a young soldier

By David Wilson

Missives from the past make Remembrance Day less of a struggle

Column

October 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Patricia Clarke

Growth in the United Church is . . . a false God.

Column

October 2012

The Big Question

By Sandra Beardsall

Did Christianity borrow from pagan mythology?

Column

October 2012

Spirit Story

By Sheryl Spencer

Friendship comes with open arms

Column

October 2012

The United Church still matters

By David Wilson

Symbolic decisions marked the 41st General Council

Column

September 2012

The Big Question

By Janet Silman

Can you question the divinity of Jesus and still be a Christian?

Column

September 2012

Spirit Story

By Keith Reynolds

On the wings of a heron

Column

September 2012

Hidden history

By David Wilson

When we eradicate a people’s history, we devalue the people themselves

Column

July 2012

Spirit Story

By Alicia von Stamwitz

A lesson in human kindness

Column

July 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Michael Webster

In today’s church, the terms ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ . . . get thrown around way too much.

Column

July 2012

The Big Question

By Ross Lockhart

Why become a Christian today?

Column

July 2012

Yesterday's crusaders

By David Wilson

Anti-gay posturing of the far right may not factor into upcoming U.S. elections

Column

June 2012

Spirit Story

By Emily Kierstead

Her death was a resurrection

Column

June 2012

Finish this sentence

By Connie denBok

"Sunday school today is ... an exercise in nostalgia"

Column

June 2012

Bridges of tears

By David Wilson

There was plenty of truth-telling in Victoria recently, but not nearly enough reconciliation

Column

May 2012

Spirit Story

By Shelly Manley-Tannis

Forever my mother, always my inspiration

Column

May 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Brian Platt

When I hear, 'I'm spritual but not religious' ... I take it to mean, 'I believe in God, but I'm not a big fan of the Bible.'

Column

May 2012

The Big Question

By Trisha Elliott

Where did the Apocrypha come from?

Column

May 2012

Losing our civility

By David Wilson

Let's face it: rudeness is becoming the new normal

Column

April 2012

Spirit Story

By Janie Robinson

A globetrotter's home truth

Column

April 2012

My View

By Margaret Sagar

Living up to our apology

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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