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Columns

Feature

May 2018

On grief and the healing power of gardening

By Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.

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

How a church-goer with schizophrenia gave this minister an unexpected gift

By Sue Campbell

Column

April 2018

Christians need to take risks and ‘be the church’

By Shawn Ankenmann

It's time for congregations to think outside the box

Column

April 2018

Humboldt: Brody Hinz's life taught us important lessons

By Deanna Robertson

Column

April 2018

Why Canada needs a free-range parenting law

By Pieta Woolley

Blog Entry

April 2018

Don’t be too quick to dismiss Fair Trade

By Shawn Ankenmann

Skeptical about Fair Trade? A coffee shop owner explains why it’s so important.

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

Why inaction is the devil we should actually fear

By Christopher Levan

"We miss the fact that the real devil in our society is how so many allow evil to happen. The devil is not in our action but in our inaction."

Feature

April 2018

Float tank benefits: Does this therapy actually help?

By Anne Bokma

Flotation tanks cut off the outside world and offeran inner immersion.

Feature

March 2018

My transcendent Easter experience singing along to Jesus Christ Super Star

By Christina Paradela

Singing the lyrics of songs that profoundly matter to me, not knowing if they mattered to the people beside me, was a bit unsettling.

Column

March 2018

The real reason church camps are doomed

By Pieta Woolley

It’s not a lack of faith that’s killing Christian overnight camps. The actual problem is much more pedestrian – and completely fixable.

Column

March 2018

Mindful travel is the hottest tourism trend

By Anne Bokma

Find out why travellers are replacing “sun, sand and sex” with “serenity, sustainability and spirituality.”

Feature

February 2018

‘Thoughts and prayers’ now have a bad rap, thanks to U.S. politicians

By Jackie Gillard

Americans want less declarations of sorrow and regret and more real change on gun control

Column

February 2018

Men: this common reaction to sexual assault actually makes things worse

By Michael Sholars

In the face of the #MeToo movement here are the dos and don'ts for the male ally

Column

February 2018

Gerald Stanley trial proves Canadians still fear 'Indians'

By Robert Jago

Column

February 2018

Conundrums

By Sara Jewell

Christian or Jesus follower?

Column

February 2018

Sexism and the spiritual but not religious movement

By Anne Bokma

Today’s SBNRs are mostly female. Could that be why they aren’t taken seriously?

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

Does it really matter what we believe?

By Harold Wells

The author explores the relationship between faith and belief, and why actions speak louder than words

Column

January 2018

Spirit Story

By Kathryn Belicki

A warm memory, a heart made lighter

Column

January 2018

Crystals are hugely popular, but do they do anything?

By Anne Bokma

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

Column

December 2017

What does assisted dying say about how we live?

By Christopher Levan

"There is a rich melody in the rhythm of life and death — not always pleasant, but very real."

Column

December 2017

Spirit Story

By Alicia von Stamwitz

Something lost, something gained

Column

December 2017

This new version of the 10 Commandments stresses positives over proscriptions

By Anne Bokma

Strive to discover your own divinity, says this writer.

Column

November 2017

These spirit-boosting dance parties could change the way we party

By Anne Bokma

“The space people are coming into is sacred, and we are there to elevate our spirit through movement.”

Column

November 2017

Spirit Story

By Anne Simmonds

Remembrance revisited

Column

October 2017

What we really mean when we say "spiritual"

By Antonio Gualtieri

40% of Canadians consider themselves spiritual but not religious. Is the meaning of the word becoming distorted?

Columns

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Cormorants aren't the devil

by Douglas Hunter

Ontario's proposed new measures amount to a slaughter of an entire native bird species for no scientifically compelling reason, says this writer

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Editorials

The United Church Observer's editor and publisher, Jocelyn Bell. (Photo: Lindsay Palmer)

The new name of 'The Observer' revealed!

by Jocelyn Bell

"United Church" will no longer be on the cover, but our commitment to sharing denominational news and perspectives remains the same

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Video

Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

They're a fixture of Kirk United Church Centre in Edmonton.

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Society

February 2019

Marriage problems: Is the ancient tradition worth saving?

by Pieta Woolley

Bitterness and boredom seem to define many mid-life marriages, but we might not have to settle for apathy ever after

Ethics

February 2019

A Yukon artist and a Tlingit trapper create this stunning jewelry

by Amy van den Berg

The fur jewelry in Whitehorse boutique store V. Ægirsdóttir is creating a new possibility for future partnerships with the region's trappers

Columns

February 2019

Why white people need to stop asking, 'where are you from?'

by Mike Sholars

"...For all intents and purposes, Canada is the only home I really recognize or remember. But none of that matters if I look like I don’t belong, and that single question makes that abundantly clear every single time."

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