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Columns

Column

April 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday.’

Column

April 2016

Spirit Story

By Paul Knowles

Old sites, living faith

Column

April 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

From ‘first blood’ ceremonies to croning rituals, some mark life’s passages in their own way

Column

March 2016

Spiritual but Secular

By Anne Bokma

Young people are leaving the church in droves. But they haven’t necessarily rejected spirituality.

Column

February 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Where is God?

Column

February 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Blow upon my garden that its fragrance may be wafted abroad.’

Feature

February 2016

Spirit Story

By Debbie McMillan

A light in the darkness

Column

February 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Sanctuaries for skeptics

Column

January 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Is it wrong to want stuff?

Column

January 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use.’

Column

January 2016

Spirit Story

By Denise Moore

Soup kitchen connections

Column

January 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

The God-in-the-sunsets crowd is often the object of ridicule. What’s so wrong with sunsets?

Blog Entry

December 2015

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) — Final Day

By Mardi Tindal

Universal agreement gives reason for hope — and for action

Blog Entry

December 2015

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) — Week Two

By Mardi Tindal

A cooperative Canada is 'breathtaking and disorienting'

Blog Entry

December 2015

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21)

By Mardi Tindal

Trust-building is both an encouragement and a challenge

Column

December 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Are we what we eat?

Column

December 2015

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘What is God already doing, and how can we co-operate?’

Column

December 2015

Spirit Story

By Geegee Mills

Christmas Eve, disrupted

Column

December 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

More and more retailers feature merchandise with a metaphysical twist

Column

November 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Are all religions inherently the same?

Column

November 2015

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘No law or set of laws can bring peace to a world of grabbers. ’

Feature

November 2015

Spirit Story

By Jay P. Olson

The compassion of strangers

Column

October 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Should church and state mix?

Column

October 2015

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘What is the real breath of a man — the breathing out or the breathing in?’

Column

October 2015

Spirit Story

By Keith Reynolds

Surrounded by song

Column

October 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For the non-religious, giving thanks without God has merit. It’s the attitude of gratitude that counts.

Column

September 2015

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Do not depend on the hope of results.’ — Thomas Merton

Column

September 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Good vibrations help drummers tap into the rhythms of the universe

Column

September 2015

Spirit Story

By Alexa Gilmour

On the wings of grace

Column

July 2015

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘These are the days of the endless summer. . . . There’s only here, there’s only now.’

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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