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Observations

Editor/Publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Observations: The rewards of letting go

by Jocelyn Bell

Editor Jocelyn Bell reflects on the upcoming changes for The United Church of Canada, the magazine and in her own life.

Justice

Setsuko Thurlow, 86, has dedicated most of her life to the anti-nuclear movement. (Credit: Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail/The Canadian Press)

86-year-old Hiroshima survivor is still fighting for a nuclear-free world

by Denise Davy

Setsuko Thurlow says that no one should ever endure the 'massive and grotesque scale of death and suffering' caused by an atomic bomb.

Culture

Father-daughter co-authors Desmond and Mpho Tutu do not see forgiveness as weakness but as requiring great strength. Photo: Dwayne Senior/eyevine/Redux

3 books on how to forgive the unforgivable

by Jane Dawson

These authors explore what it takes to move forward after experiencing devastating trauma.

Faith

A sign with the names of victims of a school shooting in Parkland, Fla. is seen at a vigil for the victims at Tam High School in Mill Valley, Calif. on Feb. 15, 2018. (Photo credit: Fabrice Florin/Flickr)

How the United Church community can respond to the evils of the world

by Christopher White

Answers to your faith questions.

Columns

Moderator nominee Colin Phillips gives his nomination speech at General Council. (Credit: Richard Choe)

Hey, United Church — we could have talked about my disability

by Colin Phillips

A moderator nominee says the majority of commissioners at General Council weren't comfortable enough to truly engage him.

Video

ObserverDocs: Two nurses tackle Vancouver's opioid crisis

Richard Moore is a resident of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In this poignant interview, he explains the important work of nurses Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles.

Columns

Retired United Church minister Morton Paterson has lived in a nursing home for almost a decade, and knows how scary coming to one can be. That's why he opted to not make things scarier for his ex-wife by telling her that Elizabeth Wettlaufer once worked at her care home. (Credit: Pixabay)

My ex-wife moved into the care home where Elizabeth Wettlaufer once worked

by Alex Mlynek

A former United Church minister reveals why he didn’t tell his onetime partner, who has dementia, about the connection. He spoke to Alex Mlynek.

Columns

Martin Luther King Jr.'s mugshot after he was arrested in 1963 in Birmingham for protesting racial segregation. (Credit: Birmingham Police Department)

Martin Luther King Jr. was right

by Glynis Ratcliffe

Civil disobedience has been a powerful tool for activists through the decades, and can still be for Canadians looking to stand up against injustice.

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