UC Observer logo
UCObserver on SoundCloud UCObserver on YouTube UCObserver on Facebook UCObserver on Twitter UCObserver's RSS Feeds

Opinion

Column

April 2012

The Big Question

By Wayne Hilliker

What does Good Friday mean today?

Column

April 2012

Finish this sentence

By Patricia Clarke

The relationship between congregations and the General Council is . . . frayed

Column

April 2012

The new look of discontent

By David Wilson

Young people drove the 1960s counterculture, and they're the backbone of the Occupy movement. But the similarities end there.

Column

March 2012

Finish this sentence

By Michael Webster

The absence of religious studies programs in most Canadian schools is ... depriving our young people of a proper education.

Column

March 2012

The Big Question

By Janet Silman

What did Jesus mean by 'No one comes to the Father except through me'?

Column

March 2012

Spirit Story

By Donna Sinclair

'Getting arrested is not what I do’

Column

March 2012

Down but not out at First United

By David Wilson

Helping marginalized people in the country's poorest neighbourhood is messy at the best of times

Column

February 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Connie denBok

The one thing the United Church does really well right now . . .

Column

February 2012

The Big Question

By Trisha Elliott

What is the Kingdom?

Column

February 2012

Spirit Story

By Keith Reynolds

An encounter with hope in Honduras

Column

February 2012

Stereotyping’s the thing

By David Wilson

Antipathy toward clergy runs pretty deep in a post-religious society

Column

January 2012

Spirit Story

By Leslie Sinclair

A Hindu practice, a Christian awakening

Column

January 2012

The Big Question

By Ross Lockhart

What does it mean that Jesus saves

Column

January 2012

Finish This Sentence

By Brian Platt

The reason evangelical churches grow while mainline denominations decline is . . .

Column

January 2012

A new look for new times

By David Wilson

Denominational magazines must move forward or fall behind

Blog Entry

December 2011

Deal reached in Durban

By Alanna Mitchell

Hailed as a ‘breakthrough’ the new agreement fails to deliver a real solution to climate change

Debate

December 2011

Keep it confidential or tell the boss?

By Kevin Little and Lee Simpson

You’re an IT specialist working under strict confidentiality rules. During routine spam maintenance, you stumble upon an e-mail that suggests your company is in secret merger talks and hints that unspecified supervisory jobs will be eliminated. Your supervisor and longtime mentor is about to begin a major home renovation. Do you tell her?

Column

December 2011

The Christmas Can

By David Wilson

Something ordinary often means much more during the holidays

Column

December 2011

Generations

By Patricia Clarke

End-of-life choices

Column

December 2011

The Big Question

By John McTavish

Was God ever born?

Column

December 2011

At Issue

By Michael Webster

When to 'Fa-la-la'

Column

November 2011

My View

By

Are we relevant?

Debate

November 2011

Honour veterans or promote peace?

By Connie denBok and Orville James

Every year on Remembrance Sunday, the church where you minister holds a ceremony to honour the congregation’s veterans and to remember their fallen comrades. The congregation’s peace committee complains that the practice glorifies war and promotes nationalism. They’ve asked you to put a stop to it. How do you handle this?

Column

November 2011

Generations

By Larry Krotz

Baffled by gizmos

Column

November 2011

The Big Question

By Wayne Hilliker

Does God test us?

Column

November 2011

‘There’s nothing like it anywhere’

By David Wilson

Torontonians are feeling a little unsure of themselves right now, but their big city is much greater than the sum of its annoyances

Column

October 2011

The Big Question

By James Christie

Does God need to be thanked?

Column

October 2011

My View

By Christopher White

Words to brand by

Column

October 2011

The culture of debt

By David Wilson

Today, our children have to work — and borrow — to keep pace with our standard of living

Column

September 2011

My View

By Kelly Salter

God and Google

Interviews

Courtesy of Pixabay

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.

Promotional Image

Editorials

Jocelyn Bell%

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.'

Promotional Image

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.

Promotional Image

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.

Promotional Image