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Columns

Column

April 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

From ‘first blood’ ceremonies to croning rituals, some mark life’s passages in their own way

Column

March 2016

Spiritual but Secular

By Anne Bokma

Young people are leaving the church in droves. But they haven’t necessarily rejected spirituality.

Column

February 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Where is God?

Column

February 2016

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘Blow upon my garden that its fragrance may be wafted abroad.’

Feature

February 2016

Spirit Story

By Debbie McMillan

A light in the darkness

Column

February 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Sanctuaries for skeptics

Column

January 2016

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Is it wrong to want stuff?

Column

January 2016

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use.’

Column

January 2016

Spirit Story

By Denise Moore

Soup kitchen connections

Column

January 2016

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

The God-in-the-sunsets crowd is often the object of ridicule. What’s so wrong with sunsets?

Blog Entry

December 2015

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) — Final Day

By Mardi Tindal

Universal agreement gives reason for hope — and for action

Blog Entry

December 2015

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) — Week Two

By Mardi Tindal

A cooperative Canada is 'breathtaking and disorienting'

Blog Entry

December 2015

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21)

By Mardi Tindal

Trust-building is both an encouragement and a challenge

Column

December 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Are we what we eat?

Column

December 2015

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘What is God already doing, and how can we co-operate?’

Column

December 2015

Spirit Story

By Geegee Mills

Christmas Eve, disrupted

Column

December 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

More and more retailers feature merchandise with a metaphysical twist

Column

November 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Are all religions inherently the same?

Column

November 2015

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘No law or set of laws can bring peace to a world of grabbers. ’

Feature

November 2015

Spirit Story

By Jay P. Olson

The compassion of strangers

Column

October 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

Should church and state mix?

Column

October 2015

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘What is the real breath of a man — the breathing out or the breathing in?’

Column

October 2015

Spirit Story

By Keith Reynolds

Surrounded by song

Column

October 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

For the non-religious, giving thanks without God has merit. It’s the attitude of gratitude that counts.

Column

September 2015

Quote Unquote

By Mardi Tindal

‘Do not depend on the hope of results.’ — Thomas Merton

Column

September 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Good vibrations help drummers tap into the rhythms of the universe

Column

September 2015

Spirit Story

By Alexa Gilmour

On the wings of grace

Column

July 2015

Quote Unquote

By David Giuliano

‘These are the days of the endless summer. . . . There’s only here, there’s only now.’

Column

July 2015

Currents

By Trisha Elliott

God, and all that jazz

Column

July 2015

Spiritual But Secular

By Anne Bokma

Sojourners find comfort, connection and companionship on the road less travelled

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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