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Opinion

Column

January 2011

The stakes are high

By David Wilson

With poker becoming ever more present in Canadian culture, it's time for the United Church to speak out against gambling

Debate

January 2011

Help or delete?

By Connie denBok and Bob Giuliano

A boyfriend from long ago finds you through Facebook. Despite memories of a bitter breakup, you decide to accept his request to be an online friend. After a while, his messages start to sound suicidal. You suspect he is toying with you, but you worry he may be serious. How do you handle this?

Column

December 2010

The Big Question

By Wayne Hilliker

Do I need to be certain about my faith?

Column

December 2010

Generations

By Brian Platt

No one's priority

Column

December 2010

An undercurrent of fear

By David Wilson

Anti-Islamic sentiment is on the rise almost everywhere. Canadians need to be on the lookout for signs of it here.

Debate

December 2010

Regift or donate?

By Ken Gallinger and Ruth McQuirter Scott

It’s the afternoon before Christmas and you are alone at the office, finishing some urgent work. A courier arrives with a gift basket. Normally your office donates gift baskets to the local food bank. But you haven't bought anything for your mother yet, and she would love this. Time is short. What do you do?

Debate

November 2010

Mercy or misery

By Kevin Little and Lee Simpson

Your elderly neighbour’s poodle is sick and suffering, and you can hear it whimpering in the backyard. You’ve asked him several times about whether he plans to put the dog out of its misery. But he lives alone and says he can’t bear to let go of his faithful companion. What do you do?

Column

November 2010

The Big Question

By Therese DesCamp

Can God’s existence be proved?

Column

November 2010

Generations

By Patricia Clarke

A woman's wrath

Column

November 2010

Hot under the collar

By David Wilson

There are plenty of reasons to feel anger today, but it's what we do with it that counts

Column

October 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Janet Silman

What was Jesus thankful for?

Column

October 2010

Generations

By Larry Krotz

The urge to exert

Column

October 2010

Land of plenty

By David Wilson

Canada is the place where my neighbour and I want to be

Debate

October 2010

Thanksgiving bust

By Bob Giuliano and Connie denBok

Your mother always hosts Thanksgiving dinner and insists on making everything herself. She considers this her “gift” to her children and grandchildren and is offended by offers to help. But last Thanksgiving, her increasing forgetfulness resulted in an unstuffed turkey, over-boiled veggies and a burnt pumpkin pie. Everyone went home hungry. Do you step in?

Debate

September 2010

Equipment or expertise?

By Ken Gallinger and Ruth McQuirter Scott

Your church spent a year raising money to send a young MD in the congregation to volunteer abroad. But her destination hospital now asks to use the funds to buy equipment. The doctor argues the trip would be both spiritually rewarding and an opportunity to share her expertise. How will you spend the funds?

Column

September 2010

Generations

By Karen Stiller

Bible study gone bad

Column

September 2010

'Churchman' in the best sense of the word

By David Wilson

The late Rev. Albion Wright believed in an inclusive church and an independent Observer

Debate

July 2010

Couples retreat

By Kevin Little and Lee Simpson

Your best friend, a widower, has a new love in his life. You dated her for a couple of years before meeting your wife five years ago. Every summer, you host a couples’ spiritual retreat at your cottage. But your wife is uncomfortable with your ex being part of this year’s entourage. What do you do?

Column

July 2010

Making the perfect minister

By David Wilson

Survey reveals what congregations really want in a church leader

Column

July 2010

Generations

By Brian Platt

Muddled thinking

Column

July 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Thomas Reynolds

What is heaven?

Column

June 2010

Generations

By Patricia Clarke

Old, but fully alive

Column

June 2010

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

Sparking sacred conversations

Column

June 2010

Letting old ways die

By David Wilson

The church’s anniversary is the prime time to ask, 'How could we be more alive?'

Debate

June 2010

Keep a secret or step in?

By Connie denBok and Bob Giuliano

Your sister-in-law lends you a novel she recently finished. Tucked inside, you find a business card she likely used as a bookmark. It’s for a divorce lawyer, and a date and time are written on the back. You didn’t know she and your brother were having problems. The appointment is tomorrow. What do you do?

Column

May 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Trisha Elliott

What is ‘speaking in tongues’?

Column

May 2010

Generations

By Larry Krotz

A slice of serenity

Column

May 2010

The story of Site 41

By David Wilson

Small church, big win for creation

Debate

May 2010

Funny money or self-respect?

By Ruth McQuirter Scott and Ken Gallinger

You discover you’ve been passed a counterfeit $20 bill. You stuff it into your jacket and forget about it. One day, you’re jogging far from home when your cellphone rings. Your spouse has been rushed to hospital. You need a taxi fast but have no wallet. Do you use the fake bill?

Column

April 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Sandra Beardsall

What makes Christians distinct?

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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