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Faith

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April 2018

Humboldt crash victim Brody Hinz remembered in touching tribute

By Kristy Woudstra

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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April 2018

Churches respond to fentanyl crisis

By Lois Ross

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

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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.

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March 2018

Easter 2018: Peter’s last words to Jesus

By Jordan Cantwell

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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March 2018

United Church of Canada proposes new regional boundaries

By Mike Milne

The UCC has mapped out new regions.

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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.

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March 2018

United Church helps family member who shared her story at MMIW inquiry

By Betty Ann Adam

Last November, Danielle Ewenin shared her story about her sister, Laney, at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

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March 2018

Church organist has been leading worship for 86 years

By Wendy Lowden

And Louise Pelley is still going strong at 98 years old.

Column

March 2018

Should churches give a portion of land sales to Indigenous communities?

By Christopher White

Rev. Christopher White weighs in on a question about donating portions of land sales to Indigenous communities.

Feature

February 2018

Visiting Walden Pond: The roots of simple, spiritual living

By Anne Bokma

Henry David Thoreau's iconic refuge is where he learned to live simply, intentionally and at one with nature

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February 2018

How this rock star helped save Walden Pond

By Anne Bokma

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February 2018

United in wonder

By Alison Brooks-Starks

An ‘expansive spirituality’ conference in Edmonton draws longtime United Church members seeking a broader perspective on faith

Feature

February 2018

Churches challenge refugee policy

By Sheima Benembarek

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February 2018

Meet the world's strongest church organist

By Alison Brooks-Starks

‘Music’s my real love. Powerlifting is a fun hobby.’

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

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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.

Features

Photo: Darrell Noakes

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.

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Observations

Jocelyn Bell%

Observations: Our magazine's plastic problem

by Jocelyn Bell

"While I can easily defend the use of a polybag on financial grounds, it would be unconscionable to deliver a cover story about plastics . . . in plastic."

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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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Features

April 2018

What that recycling logo actually means

by Susan Nerberg

Contrary to popular belief, its presence doesn’t guarantee the product is reusable or recyclable.

Columns

April 2018

Why Canada needs a free-range parenting law

by Pieta Woolley

Justice

January 2018

Jehovah's Witnesses cover-up

by Kristy Woudstra

Canadian survivors of childhood sexual abuse are coming forward to reveal how their church failed them — and protected their predators

Profiles

October 2017

Fall from grace

by Justin Dallaire

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

Features

April 2018

10 easy ways to kick our nasty plastic habit

by Susan Nerberg

It's not as hard as you think.

Features

April 2018

What that recycling logo actually means

by Susan Nerberg

Contrary to popular belief, its presence doesn’t guarantee the product is reusable or recyclable.

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