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Columns

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

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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’

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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?

Column

May 2017

Conundrums

By Antonio Gualtieri

Is believing what religious people do?

Column

May 2017

Spirit Story

By Christina Paradela

Naked truths

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April 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Non-churchgoers who fast say that depriving the body feeds the soul

Column

April 2017

Conundrums

By Jane Dawson

Is Easter Saturday just a day off?

Column

April 2017

Spirit Story

By Gary Saunders

Not-so-silent meditation

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March 2017

Spirit Story

By Alicia von Stamwitz

Hope in a hardware store

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March 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Some in the political world are daring to admit that they aren’t a part of any religion

Column

March 2017

Conundrums

By James Christie

What is progressive Christianity?

Column

February 2017

Conundrums

By Nancy Steeves

Are post-theistic congregations any different than service clubs?

Column

February 2017

Spirit Story

By Sheima Benembarek

A shoulder to lean on

Column

February 2017

To the point: A Christian critique of current affairs

By Michael Coren

OMG: What it really means to take God’s name in vain

Column

February 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Whether they’re into chakras or shamanism, SBNRs find their flock through Meetup groups

Column

January 2017

To the Point: A Christian critique of current affairs

By Michael Coren

Middle East: 5 things we can (maybe) all agree on

Column

January 2017

Conundrums

By Christopher Levan

Why pray?

Column

January 2017

Spirit Story

By Linda Yates

Answering the call of duty

Environment

Song leader, police and gate blockers in front of the Kinder Morgan gates. Photo by Kimiko Karpoff

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

A faith leader reflects on protesting the pipeline with the Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation.

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Editorials

The United Church Observer's editor and publisher, Jocelyn Bell. Photo: Lindsay Palmer

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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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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Society

June 2018

Why some women of colour are hesitant to say #MeToo

by Jacky Habib

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.

Environment

May 2018

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

On April 28, 2018, faith leaders from many traditions, including the United Church, stood in solidarity with Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C.. Kimiko Karpoff captured the day in pictures.

Faith

June 2018

After 93 years, this will be the United Church's last General Council meeting

by Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Justice

June 2018

#MeToo in the United Church

by Trisha Elliott

9 women share their stories of harassment and sexual assault in the United Church.

Columns

May 2018

On grief and the healing power of gardening

by Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.

Editorials

June 2018

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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