Category Archives: United Church Observer

Feasts of the heart

It's not just the food that makes a meal memorable. Here are my reflections on three meals I'll never forget. Download article PDF Published in United Church Observer in October 2013 Twenty-seven years ago: My husband and I are in New York City for our honeymoon. We go to a fancy restaurant on the 106th floor…
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Without Fail

Everyone wants their kids to succeed, but we're not doing them any favours by shielding them from life's hard knocks. Download article PDF Published in The United Church Observer in February 2012 When Emily Dickson's 15-year-old son Dylan brought home a D in science after his first semester in Grade 9, the Toronto mom was…
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Casting off

For those who reject the strict religion of their childhood, it's not cutting ties with the church that's hardest. It's breaking away from their devout parents. Download article as PDF Published in United Church Observer in June 2011 Even as a young boy, Peter Scott* knew he was out of place in the Pentecostal church he…
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God of thunder

Psychiatrists call it astraphobia, a pathological fear of thunder and lightning that's usually rooted in childhood trauma. Download article PDF Published in The United Church Observer in January 2011 My mother could sense a storm coming long before the clouds would gather. Her ritual began with shutting the windows and drawing the crushed-velour drapes. She'd…
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