Anne Bokma

Anne Bokma is an award-winning writer and editor who has been honoured with more than two dozen journalism awards throughout her 30-year career. She is the founder of the 6-Minute Memoir “speed storytelling for a cause” charitable event and is a recognized expert on the fastest growing “faith” demographic in North America—the SBNRs (“spiritual but not religious”).

Her articles have appeared in many of Canada’s leading national magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star, Canadian Living, Reader’s Digest, More Magazine, Best Health, Today’s Parent, MoneySense, Chatelaine and others. Her work has been recognized with awards from both the American and Canadian Church Press, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Canadian Business Press Media Association, the North American Travel Journalists Association, the Travel Media Association of Canada.

A longtime contributor to the United Church Observer, the national magazine of Canada’s largest Protestant denomination, Anne has been the monthly “Spiritual But Secular” columnist ( for the past four years, reporting on the habits of the growing demographic known as the Spiritual-But-Not-Religious (SBNR). In 2017 she wrote her award-winning biweekly My Year of Living Spiritually blog for the Observer where she gained an enthusiastic following. Her book, My Year of Living Spiritually: One woman’s secular search for a more soulful life, is forthcoming from Douglas & McIntyre in 2019.


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