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Columns

Column

March 2010

Generations

By Brian Platt

Climate change is about saving human beings — plain and simple

Column

March 2010

My View

By Scaachi Koul

Token Indian girl

Column

February 2010

Generations

By Patricia Clarke

The class of 1944

Column

January 2010

Decoding the Bible

By James Christie

Do Earthlings have a special claim on God?

Column

January 2010

Decoding the Bible

By Orville James

Can we proclaim Jesus in a multi-faith world?

Column

January 2010

Generations

By Larry Krotz

Attending funerals of contemporaries is a wake-up call

Column

December 2009

At Issue

By Michael Webster

Human rights, by their very nature, are doomed to be taken for granted

Column

November 2009

A season for stories

By Mardi Tindal

A message for Christmas from the moderator

Column

November 2009

Generations

By Brian Platt

Debate about God is a good thing when done intelligently

Column

November 2009

At Issue

By Connie denBok

We mustn't ignore the conflict that pushed oppression so far beyond our borders

Column

October 2009

Living in faith

By Keith Howard

It's possible to find God even in a frayed moment

Column

October 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Trisha Elliott

What does God do?

Column

September 2009

Generations

By Larry Krotz

It’s encouraging to think that in the bleakness of disappointment, any of us can reinvent ourselves in mid-life

Column

September 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Sandra Beardsall

Did Jesus make mistakes?

Column

July 2009

A sign from above

By Karen Stiller

God tends not to communicate with me in direct ways

Column

July 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Peter Wyatt

What is the point of prayer?

Column

June 2009

Generations

By Brian Platt

United Church camps attract those with little or no interest in faith. And that's a good thing.

Column

June 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Thomas Reynolds

What is conscience?

Column

May 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Ken Gallinger

How much do you have to believe to be a Christian?

Column

May 2009

Generations

By Patricia Clarke

Octogenarian love isn't for the faint of heart

Column

April 2009

Generations

By Larry Krotz

Shedding some light on the art of journal keeping

Column

April 2009

Decoding the Bible

By Therese DesCamp

Why did God forsake Jesus on the cross?

Column

March 2009

Generations

By Karen Stiller

Turning middle-age is a chance to look inside oneself

Column

March 2009

Living in faith

By Keith Howard

Truth is what moves us from a platitude to the profound

Column

February 2009

Generations

By Brian Platt

We live in one world, and we must show solidarity with the oppressed

Column

February 2009

At Issue

By Connie denBok

A surprising number of new Canadians are open to a community of faith, and many are looking for ways to connect beyond their ethnic enclave

Column

January 2009

Restless soul

By Sara Jewell

Restless no more, a veteran columnist bids readers farewell and prepares to head in a new direction

Column

January 2009

Living in Faith

By Keith Howard

The true test for President Obama will be bringing about a new world of peace and prosperity without disturbing the current standards of living

Column

December 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

The United Church's Emerging Spirit Campaign begs some hard questions about money and faith

Column

December 2008

Midlife Matters

By Larry Krotz

Work is a blessing, it’s what keeps you alive. So why should I retire?

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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