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Faith

Feature

January 2018

Possibilities, not problems

By Julie McGonegal

Building on strengths rather than dwelling on negatives has brought healthy change to many secular organizations. The approach can work for churches, too.

Special Feature

January 2018

In the beginning

By Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Feature

January 2018

One resolution you should actually keep

By Kristy Woudstra

Ring in the New Year by tuning out your inner critic

Feature

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

By Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Feature

January 2018

The good death

By Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Feature

January 2018

70 years of solidarity

By Amy MacLachlan

Founded in 1948 to promote Christian unity, the World Council of Churches marks a milestone while looking ahead to the future of ecumenism

Feature

December 2017

The unremembered midwife

By Ian Porter

Feature

December 2017

Montreal memory

By Martha ter Kuile

A routine delivery of Christmas hampers takes a strange and wondrous turn

Feature

December 2017

New editor named

By Observer Staff

Longtime Observer managing editor Jocelyn Bell has been appointed the new editor and publisher of The United Church Observer.

Feature

December 2017

Activist politician returns to pulpit

By Patricia Clarke

'I’ve accomplished what I set out to accomplish'

Feature

December 2017

Verbatim

By Jon Tattrie

‘Both politics and church bring people together’

Feature

November 2017

No date yet for Vosper hearing

By Mike Milne

Feature

November 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Nicole Laidler

A United Church-funded documentary preserves the difficult memories of residential school survivors

Feature

November 2017

Same building, new purpose

By Ian Coutts

Community ‘hubs’ bring a variety of organizations under one roof. For United churches, sharing space helps pay the bills — and advance mission objectives.

Feature

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

By David Giuliano

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

Feature

November 2017

Grey matter

By Trisha Elliott

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

Feature

November 2017

New museum for an old story

By Sheima Benembarek

Washington, D.C., has no shortage of museums. But its latest addition aims to stand out. Opening this month, the new Museum of the Bible has an ambitious goal: to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world.

Special Feature

October 2017

Fall from grace

By Justin Dallaire

Don Hume was a United Church minister nearing retirement. Then he tried crack cocaine.

Feature

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.

Feature

October 2017

A complicated icon

By Paul Knowles

As Protestants celebrate a milestone anniversary, the writer ventures to Germany in search of the real Martin Luther

Feature

October 2017

Anti-violence

By Kristy Woudstra

Wearing ‘a colour of resistance’

Feature

September 2017

Yearning

By Jane Dawson

Restless longing is at the core of the human condition, urging us onward through life. What happens when it veers off course?

Feature

September 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Trisha Elliott

At the largest blanket exercise ever, 800 Canadians learn about stolen land and other effects of colonization

Feature

September 2017

Joyful giant

By Nancy Fornasiero

Column

August 2017

Rendez-Vous 2017 comes to a close

By Aidan Legault

‘(We) don’t have the luxury of silence . . . We must speak boldly’

Feature

August 2017

United churches offer respite during British Columbia's weeks-long wildfire crisis

By Pieta Woolley

Feature

August 2017

Superlatives

By Pieta Woolley

Biggest youth group: West Vancouver (B.C.) United

Feature

July 2017

Verbatim

By Mario Toneguzzi

‘I throw new things at them.’

Feature

July 2017

2016 Press Awards

By Observer Staff

Six different organizations have honoured The United Church Observer with awards for editorial excellence this year. Here are some of the highlights.

Feature

June 2017

Roads to reconciliation

By Evie Ruddy

Dozens died at Red Deer’s residential school. A group of Albertans finds their graves and honours their spirits.

Announcement

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

New editor named

by Observer Staff

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Editorials

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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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