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Retrospect

Special Feature

January 2018

Nobody’s hometown

By Larry Krotz

— January 1978

Special Feature

December 2017

Plain-speaking his faith

By Muriel Duncan

— December 1997

Special Feature

November 2017

Draft dodgers

By Observer Staff

If the church is to have prophets it should be prepared for unpopular prophesying — November 1967

Special Feature

September 2017

100 Huntley Street

By Muriel Duncan

Its aim is saving souls – on daytime television — September 1977

Special Feature

June 2017

Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls

By R.B.Y. Scott

— June 1957

Special Feature

April 2017

Here’s who Joe Clark really is

By A.C. Forrest

— April 1977

Special Feature

January 2017

Preacher president

By Larry Krotz

Those who study oratory hear the power of the pulpit in Barack Obama's cadence — January 2009

Special Feature

January 2017

What if we start creating life?

By Patrick Watson

Christians ought to face the prospect now and prepare to love the test-tube baby — January 1967

Special Feature

December 2016

Cuba’s paradox and passages

By David Wilson

An island enigma, Cuba bewilders and beguiles. And somehow, it perseveres. — May 2000

Special Feature

August 2016

Piety and politics: The American way

By David Wilson

In the pulpit, pew or presidential office, Americans mix their religion and politics with a practised and unrepentant hand — October 1988

Special Feature

March 2016

Troubles in mind

By David Wilson

The sectarian conflict between Northern Ireland's Catholic nationalists and Protestant unionists is a state of mind as well as a state of civil unrest — August 1994

Special Feature

December 2015

To the ends of the Earth

By Alanna Mitchell

Travelling to the North and South poles brings moments of redemption amid overwhelming evidence of a planet in peril — April 2011

Special Feature

October 2015

East Germany

By David Wilson

A revolution lit by candles — October 1990

Special Feature

August 2015

Caught in the nuclear shadow

By David Wilson

The nuclear threat never went away. We just stopped being afraid. — September 1997

Special Feature

July 2015

Bosnia’s invisible war

By Mike Milne

A relief convoy carrying church aid finds determination amid destruction in a forgotten corner of former Yugoslavia — September, 1996

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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