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

Why we pay our interns a fair wage

by Jocelyn Bell

But $15 an hour is only a small step in the right direction.



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Christians should stop using God to sanctify adoption

by Jackie Gillard

This adoptive mom writes that she's frustrated by the common evangelical Christian message that adoption is always the best outcome for a child.


The spiritual benefits of essential oils are nearly impossible to measure and marketers capitalize on consumers' willingness to accept the possibility. (Photo courtesy Pixabay)

Are essential oils beneficial or just nicely scented hogwash?

by Anne Bokma

Anne Bokma looks at the booming industry of fragrant elixirs that promises to cure all that ails you.


Indigenous actor and singer Tom Jackson has named his annual Christmas charity concert after the song. (Photo: Craig Koshyk)

6 must-hear recordings of the Huron Carol

by Will Pearson

From a beloved version by Tom Jackson to one translated into Mi’kmaw, Jesous Ahatonnia has been adapted in many creative ways over the years.


Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Why you should reconsider volunteering with children abroad

by Kat Armstrong

These types of voluntourism trips can be rewarding, but they're also often more harmful than you might think, says this writer.


Robert P. Jones. (Handout)

Award-winning scholar has a lot to say about Trump's America

by Emma Prestwich

Robert P. Jones has called the 2016 presidential election a "death rattle" for white Christian America.


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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