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Faith

Column

May 2018

Wrestling and other amazing ways to repurpose your church

By Pieta Woolley

Some church buildings go to sleep from Monday to Friday. But elsewhere, the steepled husks moonlight as kooky and political community hubs. Here are our favourite ideas.

Feature

May 2018

Why I decided to leave the Catholic Church in my 60s

By Angela Mombourquette

After a lifetime devoted to Catholicism, a Nova Scotia teacher is settling in with the United Church of Canada. Here, she explains why.

Feature

May 2018

These Canadian Muslims are tackling Islamophobia with kindness


By Sarah Treleaven

From free coffee to stand-up comedy, Muslims are finding creative ways to deal with stereotypes

Feature

May 2018

How a South Korean dissident became a minister in northern Ontario

By Donna Sinclair

After being released from prison in his native South Korea in 1979, Jong Bok Kim made the long journey to Canada, where he is now a United Church minister.

Feature

May 2018

Watching and hoping

By Mike Milne

Special Feature

May 2018

Pregnant in the pulpit

By Trisha Elliott

Ministers who take a maternity leave still face discrimination in their own congregations

Feature

May 2018

How to plan a good leave

By Trisha Elliott

Feature

May 2018

Toronto church builds interfaith friendship

By Vivien Fellegi

Feature

May 2018

Church retreat helps first responders with PTSD

By Joe Martelle

Feature

May 2018

Mission church gives away a third of income

By Suzanne Bowness

Feature

May 2018

Welcome to church(ish)

By Mario Toneguzzi

'We hope to offer a space where no one has to fit in, but anyone can belong.'

Feature

May 2018

This parent found no support for her autistic daughter — and decided to change that

By Kieran Delamont

Suzanne Allen talks about raising a daughter on the autism spectrum and bringing all autistic girls together

Feature

April 2018

Humboldt crash victim Brody Hinz remembered in touching tribute

By Kristy Woudstra

Feature

April 2018

2017 Press Awards

By Observer Staff

Various organizations have honoured The United Church Observer with awards for editorial excellence this past year. Here are some of the highlights so far.

Feature

April 2018

4 science-trained faith leaders share what still gives them goosebumps

By Various Writers

"This greater knowledge amplified my belief in a mysterious God who still offers so much more for us to discover."

Feature

April 2018

Yes, a swan parade actually exists

By Keith Reynolds

For 28 years in Stratford, Ont., swans have paraded through the streets on the first weekend of April, waddling from their winter pens to the banks of the Avon River.

Feature

April 2018

Saskatchewan and Indigenous churches split land income

By Nikita Longman

The Saskatchewan and All Native Circle Conferences agree to split the proceeds of oil-rich land.

Feature

April 2018

Churches respond to fentanyl crisis

By Lois Ross

Three United churches have learned how to administer naloxone, the drug overdose antidote.

Feature

April 2018

How churches are saving themselves through real estate

By Mike Milne

Churches across the country are trading their valuable real estate for long-term funding. But success takes more than good intentions.

Feature

April 2018

Drag queens help church raise money and awareness

By Darrell Noakes

The event, called “Take Me to Church,” after a popular song, was a fundraiser for LGBTQ youth in Saskatchewan.

Column

March 2018

For queer Christians of colour, finding church isn’t easy

By Jenna Tenn-Yuk

Is it possible to find a place where race, queerness and faith identity can all belong?

Feature

March 2018

Céline Dion's faith at 50

By Al Donato

That the singer rarely talks about her faith in public is surprising, considering she grew up in an overtly Catholic province. God also looms heavily in her work.

Feature

March 2018

Easter 2018: Peter’s last words to Jesus

By Jordan Cantwell

The Moderator of The United Church of Canada offers Easter reflections.

Feature

March 2018

New project invites people to share memories of 1988 United Church decision

By Alison Brooks-Starks

On the thirtieth anniversary of the United Church vote to include LGBTQ ministers, a new project invites people to share their stories of the decision.

Feature

March 2018

This church music director is blind and madly talented

By Paul Knowles

Kara Shaw discusses performing on national stages, the blessing of being adopted and her disabilities.

Feature

March 2018

How a medical miracle gave this writer a new perspective on Easter

By Noelle Boughton

Noelle Boughton has a new perspective on faith's greatest miracle — thanks to the medical miracle that resurrected her younger brother.

Feature

March 2018

Very Rev. Gary Paterson weighs in on Trudeau's apology to LGBTQ Canadians

By Alison Brooks-Starks

When Prime Minister Trudeau apologized to LGBTQ Canadians back in November 2017, Very Rev. Gary Paterson was one of 11 people asked to be on the advisory council for feedback. Here's what he has to say.

Feature

March 2018

Handmade dolls go to Parliament Hill

By Nicole Laidler

Dolls of Hope campaign advocates on behalf of the estimated 1.3 million Canadian children currently living below the poverty line.

Feature

March 2018

United Church of Canada proposes new regional boundaries

By Mike Milne

The UCC has mapped out new regions.

Feature

March 2018

Church counts ‘hidden homeless’ in Belleville, Ont.

By Kate Spencer

Bridge Street United has found a new way to address homelessness in its city.

Interviews

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Why this woman is leaving the Catholic Church in her 60s

by Angela Mombourquette

After a lifetime devoted to Catholicism, a Nova Scotia teacher is settling in with the United Church of Canada. Here, she explains why.

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Editorials

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Observations: It’s a long road toward full equality for women

by Jocelyn Bell

'It’s a wonder that we continue to see male ministers as normative and attach shame to female ministers’ biology and sexuality.'

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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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Faith

May 2018

Toronto church builds interfaith friendship

by Vivien Fellegi

Faith

May 2018

This parent found no support for her autistic daughter — and decided to change that

by Kieran Delamont

Suzanne Allen talks about raising a daughter on the autism spectrum and bringing all autistic girls together

Faith

May 2018

Church retreat helps first responders with PTSD

by Joe Martelle

Interviews

May 2018

Why this woman is leaving the Catholic Church in her 60s

by Angela Mombourquette

After a lifetime devoted to Catholicism, a Nova Scotia teacher is settling in with the United Church of Canada. Here, she explains why.

Ethics

May 2018

Pregnant in the pulpit

by Trisha Elliott

Ministers who take a maternity leave still face discrimination in their own congregations

Interviews

May 2018

The two words Rev. Cheri DiNovo wants to hear from the United Church

by Alex Mlynek

The Toronto minister talks about her disappointment over the church’s silence when she officiated the country’s first legalized same-sex marriage 17 years ago – and why she wants an apology.

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