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Editor/publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Should we apologize for the hurt surrounding the 1988 decision?

by Jocelyn Bell

The groundbreaking United Church vote on gay and lesbian ministers has transformed the denomination in the years since, but there's still work left to do.


Credit: The Opioid Chapters.

11 Ontarians share their opioid stories in this powerful project

by Mugoli Samba

The Opioid Chapters hopes to add nuance to the public discussion on opioids.


Rev. Paul Douglas Walfall speaks at General Council in Oshawa, Ont. on Friday, July 27, 2018. (Credit: United Church/Flickr/Creative Commons)

Paul Douglas Walfall reflects on his powerful General Council speech

by Emma Prestwich

'There needs to be a dialogue in the United Church of Canada from coast to coast, that we are able to listen to the experiences of the races in our church and not only to listen, but to believe what people are saying to us.'


Credit: Richard C. Choe

Presbyteries are gone. So now what?

by Mike Milne

Here's what the United Church's new three-court system will look like.


"In our experience, Catholic education has been better for us." (Photo courtesy of Pieta Woolley)

I send my kids to Catholic school, but I'm not Catholic

by Pieta Woolley

A lifelong United Church member explains why she's embracing lessons in reading, writing and rosaries.


Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

They're a fixture of Kirk United Church Centre in Edmonton.


Dave Canfield, centre, spent nearly three decades in a prominent Christian commune in the U.S. and is now trying to figure life out on his own. (Credit: GoFundMe)

I spent almost 30 years in a Christian commune. Now I’m figuring out my faith and life on the outside

by Dave Canfield

A writer and dad explores what it's like to start afresh after so many years in an enclosed community where he was handed all the answers.


Rev. Don Collett had a hand in writing the document that paved the way for the open ordination of LGBT folks in the United Church of Canada. (Credit: Bayne Stanley)

For me, the landmark United Church vote on sexual orientation came at a high personal cost

by Don Collett

"Justice was served at General Council. Yes. And harm was also done," says Rev. Don Collett.

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