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Feature

February 2018

‘Thoughts and prayers’ now have a bad rap, thanks to U.S. politicians

By Jackie Gillard

Column

February 2018

Men, this common reaction to sexual assault actually makes things worse

By Michael Sholars

Column

February 2018

Gerald Stanley trial proves Canadians still fear 'Indians'

By Robert Jago

Column

February 2018

Conundrums

By Sara Jewell

Christian or Jesus follower?

Column

February 2018

Sexism and the spiritual but not religious movement

By Anne Bokma

Today’s SBNRs are mostly female. Could that be why they aren’t taken seriously?

Blog Entry

January 2018

Powerful Ursula K. Le Guin speech remains relevant 35 years later

By Ursula K. Le Guin

Blog Entry

January 2018

What is the purpose of baptism?

By Jackie Gillard

With no strong ties to a particular religion or church, one mom explains why she still decided to have her daughter baptized

Column

January 2018

Tim Hortons protest: It's time to ditch the 'double-double'

By Shawn Ankenmann

A small coffee shop owner explains why Timmies is not a Canadian icon

Column

January 2018

Conundrums

By Harold Wells

Does it really matter what we believe?

Column

January 2018

Spirit Story

By Kathryn Belicki

A warm memory, a heart made lighter

Column

January 2018

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Pretty stones are making a pretty penny. Whether their beauty heals is in the eye of the beholder.

Column

December 2017

Conundrums

By Christopher Levan

What does assisted dying say about how we live?

Column

December 2017

Spirit Story

By Alicia von Stamwitz

Something lost, something gained

Column

December 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

The SBNR version of the 10 Commandments stresses positives rather than proscriptions

Column

November 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Sober, spiritual – and so much fun

Column

November 2017

Spirit Story

By Anne Simmonds

Remembrance revisited

Column

October 2017

Conundrums

By Antonio Gualtieri

What is spirituality, anyway?

Column

October 2017

Spirit Story

By Mardi Tindal

Grateful to be here

Column

October 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Non-believers may have rejected doctrine, but they still gather together in community

Column

September 2017

Conundrums

By Christopher Levan

Can forgiveness be forced?

Column

September 2017

Spirit Story

By Sheri Clipperton

A quiet companion

Column

September 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

The drug ayahuasca is risky and illegal, but disciples swear by its spiritual powers

Column

August 2017

Rendez-Vous 2017 — Day Two

By Aidan Legault

‘Be the church’

Column

August 2017

Rendez-Vous 2017 — Day One

By Aidan Legault

‘We are part of a united — and uniting — community that we call church’

Column

July 2017

Conundrums

By Jane Dawson

Does the church really need to attract millennials?

Column

July 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

10 books to help you understand the habits and drives of the ‘spiritual but not religious’

Column

June 2017

Spirit Story

By Thérèse Samuel

O Canada!

Column

June 2017

Conundrums

By John H. Young

What does it mean to be ‘in essential agreement’?

Column

June 2017

Spirit Story

By Sara Jewell

Fleeting moments of grace

Column

June 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Will deleting God entice unbelievers to join a faith community?

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ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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