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by David Wilson

A ticking time bomb


October 2016

Spirit Story

by Paul Knowles

Singing with all our hearts


October 2016

Spiritual But Secular

by Anne Bokma

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


October 2016

Quote Unquote

by Mardi Tindal

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

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October 2016

Ghost whisperers

by Elena Gritzan

Do the dead remain among us? Paranormal investigators are determined to prove what science rejects, Christianity scorns — and half of Canadians believe.


October 2016

Books behind bars

by Vivien Fellegi

A novel idea: reading clubs for inmates that foster literacy, empathy and a sense of belonging


Photo by Simon Wilson

A distorted view

by Anne Bokma

For the first time, Ontario’s Six Nations council is allowing the windows of its historic Mohawk Chapel to be photographed for national publication —controversy and all


Merle Robillard

ObserverDocs: Out of Syria

by Observer Staff

For nearly half a century, the Elnabrees family has fled one war after another: Palestine, Kuwait, Iraq and, more recently, Syria. This year, they arrived as refugees in Canada, sponsored by relatives and United churches. Ayman Elshafiy, his wife, Sonia, their two daughters, his sister and mother, were among them.


An employee fills a plastic bag with black-eyed beans at a market in Hyderabad, India. Photo by Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Pulse power

by Gary Kenny

Common Good

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‘Christians are beginning to realize that climate change . . . can have serious consequences on our lives.’

by Dennis Gruending

Scientist and evangelical Katharine Hayhoe talks softly about environment crises, but is there a better way?

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‘Eating Canadian’

by Carolyn Pogue

It’s all in good taste when it comes to a good meal


June 2016

All the lonely people

by André Picard

An estimated six million Canadians live in isolation. Social researchers are now calling it a hidden epidemic.


May 2016

Are vegans right?

by David Macfarlane

The writer is in the midst of a radical six-month change of diet. He’s discovering that no cheeseburger tastes as good as being ethical feels.


March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff


A crowd at Montreal’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival responds to one of 120 performances. More than 135,000 people attended this year. Photo courtesy of Osheaga/Tim Snow

Beyond the music

by Kevin Spurgaitis

Immersive, multi-day festivals have become a modern rite of passage. As participants engage, they become part of a communal spiritual experience

Camino de Cancer

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October 2015

by David Giuliano

Reunion with Bev and Bill


May 2016

2015 Press Awards

by Observer Staff

The Observer won 41 church press awards and has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards for work published in 2015. The winners’ list included First Place for denominational magazines in the U.S.-based Associate Church Press competition. It was the third year in a row that The Observer was named the ACP’s best magazine.


April 2015

Confronting the Sixties Scoop

by Anne Bokma

From the 1960s to the ’80s, some 20,000 Aboriginal children were removed from their homes and placed with non-Native families. Now adults, many want redress for the loss of cultural identity.


November 2015

The conversion of Michael Coren

by Jeff Mahoney

Canada’s most strident Christian conservative has had a change of heart

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