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Faith

Feature

September 2017

Yearning

By Jane Dawson

Restless longing is at the core of the human condition, urging us onward through life. What happens when it veers off course?

Feature

September 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Trisha Elliott

At the largest blanket exercise ever, 800 Canadians learn about stolen land and other effects of colonization

Feature

September 2017

Joyful giant

By Nancy Fornasiero

Column

August 2017

Rendez-Vous 2017 comes to a close

By Aidan Legault

‘(We) don’t have the luxury of silence . . . We must speak boldly’

Feature

August 2017

United churches offer respite during British Columbia's weeks-long wildfire crisis

By Pieta Woolley

Feature

August 2017

Superlatives

By Pieta Woolley

Biggest youth group: West Vancouver (B.C.) United

Feature

July 2017

Verbatim

By Mario Toneguzzi

‘I throw new things at them.’

Feature

July 2017

2016 Press Awards

By Observer Staff

Six different organizations have honoured The United Church Observer with awards for editorial excellence this year. Here are some of the highlights.

Feature

June 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Evie Ruddy

Dozens died at Red Deer’s residential school. A group of Albertans finds their graves and honours their spirits.

Feature

June 2017

Verbatim

By Sheima Benembarek

‘All of us have a responsibility to look after Creation.’

Feature

May 2017

Verbatim

By Michelle Sparrow

‘We told him we loved him and would support him.’

Feature

May 2017

In search of Rachel

By Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Approaching a biblical holy site on foot becomes a journey through the tangled reality of Israel and the occupied territories today

Feature

May 2017

The sound of silence

By Bertrand Marotte

Once a fixture of the aural landscape, the pealing of church bells may soon be a distant memory

Special Feature

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

By Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

Feature

April 2017

The fight for Qat’muk

By Pieta Woolley

A Supreme Court of Canada case pits a resort developer against B.C.’s Ktunaxa First Nation. At issue: does the development infringe on religious freedom?

Feature

April 2017

‘Grizzlies not gondolas’

By Pieta Woolley

Feature

April 2017

Encounters with grace

By Jordan Cantwell

A message for Easter from the moderator

Feature

April 2017

Good eggs

By Elena Gritzan

Feature

March 2017

When neurons meet prayer

By Trisha Elliott

The writer volunteers for a study exploring how a week of spiritual contemplation alters the brain

Feature

March 2017

An enduring dialogue

By Mike Milne

Despite their failed merger in 1975, the United and Anglican churches are still keen to co-operate. Two small congregations in rural Quebec are proving it can be done.

Feature

February 2017

Old library, new look

By Sheima Benembarek

Feature

February 2017

Verbatim

By Donald Grayston

‘The body has dementia, but the soul doesn’t.’

Feature

February 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Erin DeBooy

A travelling exhibit of images from the former residential school in Brandon, Man., is designed to educate and unite

Feature

February 2017

Emission control

By Mike Milne

United Church buildings produce as much carbon dioxide as 30,000 cars. Why are so few congregations cleaning up their act?

Feature

January 2017

Presbytery turns down bid to halt Vosper hearing

By Mike Milne

Feature

January 2017

Do they like it here? In a word: yes.

By May Tartoussy

For Syrian refugees, adapting to Canadian culture is hard. We asked a Syrian-born Arabic-speaking journalist to interview some of the United Church-sponsored newcomers about learning to live in a new land

Feature

January 2017

Achievements and challenges

By Colin Maclean

Last year, more than 35,000 Syrian refugees — many United Church-sponsored — began their adjustment to life in Canada. The Observer checks in on their progress.

Feature

January 2017

Verbatim

By Katie Ingram

‘The women who came forward’

Feature

January 2017

Roads to Reconciliation

By Meg Illman-White

When an Indigenous teen disappeared in Kenora, Ont., Knox United provided a space to gather — and to grieve

Feature

January 2017

The platitude trap

By Jonathan Orbell

Faced with senseless tragedy, many of us cling to religious clichés. But there's a different path.

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Free speech and civility

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Video

ObserverDocs: Stolen Mother

by Observer Staff

The daughter and adoptive mother of one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women share their story

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Society

July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots

World

June 2017

A suitcase for Cuba

by Christopher Levan

You’ll find more than giveaway toiletries and hand-me-downs in the writer's luggage. Each carefully chosen gift offers a glimpse into the lives of Cubans today.

Justice

June 2017

Undocumented

by Kristy Woudstra

Up to half a million people are living in Canada without official status. The ‘sanctuary city’ movement is growing, but the fear of deportation persists.

World

June 2017

Resisting genocide

by Sally Armstrong

In August 2014, ISIS attacked Iraq’s Yazidis, slaughtering thousands and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. Today, the survivors are fighting for their ancient way of life.

Society

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

Society

March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

Liberal Christians in the United States test their faith against a demagogue

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