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Blog Entry

January 2018

Powerful Ursula K. Le Guin speech remains relevant 35 years later

By Ursula K. Le Guin

Blog Entry

January 2018

What is the purpose of baptism?

By Jackie Gillard

With no strong ties to a particular religion or church, one mom explains why she still decided to have her daughter baptized

Column

January 2018

Tim Hortons protest: It's time to ditch the 'double-double'

By Shawn Ankenmann

A small coffee shop owner explains why Timmies is not a Canadian icon

Column

January 2018

Conundrums

By Harold Wells

Does it really matter what we believe?

Column

January 2018

Spirit Story

By Kathryn Belicki

A warm memory, a heart made lighter

Column

January 2018

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Pretty stones are making a pretty penny. Whether their beauty heals is in the eye of the beholder.

Column

December 2017

Conundrums

By Christopher Levan

What does assisted dying say about how we live?

Column

December 2017

Spirit Story

By Alicia von Stamwitz

Something lost, something gained

Column

December 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

The SBNR version of the 10 Commandments stresses positives rather than proscriptions

Column

November 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Sober, spiritual – and so much fun

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

Column

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’

Column

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

Column

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

Announcement

New Observer editor and CEO, Jocelyn Bell. Photo by Lindsay Palmer

New editor named

by Observer Staff

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Observations

by Jocelyn Bell

We’ll miss you, David Wilson

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Video

ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

October 2017

A tale of two cancers

by Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.

Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

November 2017

Grey matter

by Trisha Elliott

Is consciousness just a function of the brain — or something more?

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