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Columns

Column

January 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For non-churchgoers, home altars bring spirituality as close as the kitchen table

Feature

December 2016

Spirit Story

By Martha ter Kuile

A Christmas vigil

Column

December 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Is there God after God?

Column

December 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Each of us carries a piece of God’s heart within us.’

Column

December 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Tarot, oracle and angel cards help SBNRs ‘listen to the voice within’

Feature

December 2016

To the point: A Christian critique of current affairs

By Michael Coren

Swimming against the tide

Column

November 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Did Jesus challenge gender norms?

Column

November 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.’

Column

November 2016

Spirit Story

By Sharon Elliott

On the bus, with God

Column

November 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Forest bathing is a full immersion in nature that heals the body and cleanses the spirit

Column

October 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Do we need faith statements?

Column

October 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

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

Column

October 2016

Spirit Story

By Paul Knowles

Singing with all our hearts

Column

October 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

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

Column

September 2016

Spirit Story

By Monica Plant

Moments with Mom

Column

September 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘The working poor are the major philanthropists of our society.’

Column

September 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Exploring our stories — and God’s

Column

September 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Jesus told parables, and ministers give sermons. Now secular storytellers are drawing the crowds.

Column

July 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Do medicine and theology mix?

Column

July 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers.’

Column

July 2016

Spirit Story

By John Pentland

Generosity that humbles

Column

July 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For the non-religious, silence is still golden

Column

June 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Ersatz sermons

Column

June 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Does God prefer the powerless?

Column

June 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Justice is to sort out what belongs to whom, and to return it to them.’

Column

June 2016

Spirit Story

By Nancy Loucks-McSloy

Each patch tells a story

Column

May 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’

Column

May 2016

Spirit Story

By Robert Lawson

Finding a common thread

Column

May 2016

Spiritual but Secular

By Anne Bokma

Why non-believers still come to church on Sunday

Column

April 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Is God beyond reason?

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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