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October 2017

Spirit Story

By Mardi Tindal

Grateful to be here

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October 2017

Non-believers may reject doctrine, but they can still have community

By Anne Bokma

For the spiritual but not religious, gathering together as a community is still important

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September 2017

Conundrums

By Christopher Levan

Can forgiveness be forced?

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September 2017

How God sent me a stranger to help me grieve

By Sheri Clipperton

A quiet companion was all I needed the day I visited my brother's grave

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September 2017

Ayahuasca is risky and illegal, but disciples swear by its spiritual powers

By Anne Bokma

Some say the South American drug has changed their lives, but it's not without its dangers

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August 2017

Rendez-Vous 2017 — Day Two

By Aidan Legault

‘Be the church’

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August 2017

Rendez-Vous 2017 — Day One

By Aidan Legault

‘We are part of a united — and uniting — community that we call church’

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July 2017

Millennials cannot save the United Church, and we should stop trying to make them

By Jane Dawson

"Rather than trying to be something we’re not to attract young folks, perhaps the real invitation is for us to forthrightly and bravely claim who we are as old folks."

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July 2017

These 10 books will help you understand the habits and drives of the ‘spiritual but not religious’

By Anne Bokma

Some insightful guides to the ever-expanding SBNR community

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June 2017

Spirit Story

By Thérèse Samuel

O Canada!

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June 2017

What does it mean to be ‘in essential agreement’?

By John H. Young

The writer explains why United Church ministers aren't expected to have "literal adherence" to the denomination’s statement of doctrine.

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June 2017

Spirit Story

By Sara Jewell

Fleeting moments of grace

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June 2017

Attracting the spiritual but not religious through "un-churching" events

By Anne Bokma

Some church leaders are attempting to entice new members by laying off the faith community's biggest buzz word: God.

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May 2017

Why we should all question what we actually "believe"

By Antonio Gualtieri

Is believing what religious people do? Antonio Gualtieri looks into what we mean when we call ourselves "believers" and our roles in religion.

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May 2017

How a women-only skinny dip changed my idea of body image

By Christina Paradela

"I saw this gathering as a prompting of the Spirit, encouraging women to love the skin they’re in, reminding them that their bodies — with each roll, bump and scar — are made in the very image of God."

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April 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Non-churchgoers who fast say that depriving the body feeds the soul

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April 2017

Conundrums

By Jane Dawson

Is Easter Saturday just a day off?

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April 2017

Spirit Story

By Gary Saunders

Not-so-silent meditation

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March 2017

Spirit Story

By Alicia von Stamwitz

Hope in a hardware store

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March 2017

Meet the public figures who are spiritual but secular

By Anne Bokma

Some in the political world are daring to admit that they aren’t a part of any religion

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March 2017

Grappling with the new 'progressive Christianity'

By James Christie

Christianity was undoubtedly revolutionary at its birth, but contemporary progressive church-goers are facing stigma and skepticism

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February 2017

Conundrums

By Nancy Steeves

Are post-theistic congregations any different than service clubs?

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February 2017

Spirit Story

By Sheima Benembarek

A shoulder to lean on

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February 2017

OMG: What it really means to take God’s name in vain

By Michael Coren

Words have impact, so when it comes to politics and activism we should leave the Lord out of it

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February 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Whether they’re into chakras or shamanism, SBNRs find their flock through Meetup groups

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January 2017

5 things we can (maybe) all agree on when it comes to the Middle East

By Michael Coren

When it comes to this tumultuous region it seems everybody has a different opinion. Let's look at some basics.

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January 2017

One United Church minister reflects on the value of prayer

By Christopher Levan

"We are born alone, we die alone, and often all that keeps us from falling over the edge of despair is a tiny thread, a connection."

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January 2017

Spirit Story

By Linda Yates

Answering the call of duty

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January 2017

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For non-churchgoers, home altars bring spirituality as close as the kitchen table

Feature

December 2016

Spirit Story

By Martha ter Kuile

A Christmas vigil

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(Photo: cuatrok77/Flickr via Creative Commons)

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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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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