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Editorials

Feature

February 2019

'The Observer' will soon relaunch with a new name and design

By Jocelyn Bell

Our magazine will be going through some changes, but we see blue skies ahead

Feature

January 2019

The Observer has a bright future ahead

By Jocelyn Bell

The magazine's newest editor says she's often felt pulled between preserving its past and evolving to meet present-day challenges.

Feature

December 2018

Join the Observer team!

By Observer Staff

We're looking for an integrated marketing sales manager.

Feature

December 2018

The Observer is looking for an intern!

By Observer Staff

Feature

December 2018

Why we pay our interns a fair wage

By Jocelyn Bell

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

Feature

November 2018

We're hiring!

By Observer Staff

The Observer is looking for an experienced, capable consumer marketing manager to join our team.

Feature

November 2018

Why we've decided to capitalize B for Black

By Jocelyn Bell

It may not be Canadian Press style, but it shows respect and recognizes a shared identity and experience among Black people.

Feature

October 2018

Sharing a meal with friends is a radical act of gratitude

By Jocelyn Bell

"I’ve begun to consider that regardless of how I’m feeling on Thanksgiving Day, the very act of preparing and enjoying a feast is an expression of gratitude in and of itself."

Feature

June 2018

Observations: #MeToo

By Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

Column

May 2018

It's time for equality for women in the United Church

By Jocelyn Bell

'It’s a wonder that we continue to see male ministers as normative and attach shame to female ministers’ biology and sexuality.'

Column

March 2018

Observations: My last conversation with Nanny

By Jocelyn Bell

Editor Jocelyn Bell reflects on the power of our final words with loved ones.

Column

February 2018

The enduring link between spirituality and land

By Jocelyn Bell

A note from the editor

Column

January 2018

Observations: We’ll miss you, David Wilson

By Jocelyn Bell

After 30 years at The United Church Observer and 11 as editor, the magazine says goodbye to an old friend and mentor

Column

December 2017

I had the perfect send-off after more than 30 years at this magazine

By David Wilson

Thanks to all of you readers who’ve invited me into your homes these many years.

Column

November 2017

When outrage becomes the new normal in the age of Trump

By David Wilson

As Donald Trump arrives at his first year in office, the author takes a look at how initial feelings of shock have been subdued into complacency

Column

October 2017

How historical statues have become a battleground for contemporary issues

By David Wilson

If statues could talk, they might tell us a bit about context

Column

September 2017

Observations

By David Wilson

Free speech and civility

Column

July 2017

Observations

By David Wilson

Harry Wilson, Irish immigrant

Column

June 2017

Observations

By David Wilson

The meaning of a masterpiece

Column

May 2017

Observations

By David Wilson

Global famine in the Trump era

Column

April 2017

Why Trump's election might be the test of a lifetime

By David Wilson

My generation has accepted freedom and democracy as a right, not a privilege. Then Trump was elected

Column

March 2017

How spending one night in a retirement home changed my perspective on seniors

By David Wilson

Seniors are often placed in isolated enclaves and excluded from mainstream society. Writer David Wilson explores the alternatives during his stay in an enclave of the elderly.

Column

February 2017

Observations

By David Wilson

Paralyzed by helplessness

Column

January 2017

Observations

By David Wilson

A world turned upside down

Column

December 2016

What the end of The Record newspaper means for traditional church publications

By David Wilson

We say a sad goodbye to The Presbyterian Record, a newspaper that has been printing for well over 100 years

Feature

November 2016

Observations

By David Wilson

Birds of a feather

Column

October 2016

Observations

By David Wilson

A ticking time bomb

Column

September 2016

Observations

By David Wilson

This bad-news planet

Column

July 2016

Observations

By David Wilson

The fire that scattered a flock

Column

June 2016

Observations

By David Wilson

The one and only

Faith

Chris Pratt's church, while claiming to accept everyone, states in its doctrine of faith that marriage should only be between one man and one woman. (Photo: Chris Pratt/Instagram)

Celebrity megachurches need to clarify LGBTQ acceptance: pastor

by Emma Prestwich

Zoe Church, where actor Chris Pratt worships, may not truly "open their doors" to everyone, like he claims.

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Editorials

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

'The Observer' will soon relaunch with a new name and design

by Jocelyn Bell

Our magazine will be going through some changes, but we see blue skies ahead

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Video

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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Society

February 2019

Marriage problems: Is the ancient tradition worth saving?

by Pieta Woolley

Bitterness and boredom seem to define many mid-life marriages, but we might not have to settle for apathy ever after

Ethics

February 2019

A Yukon artist and a Tlingit trapper create this stunning jewelry

by Amy van den Berg

The fur jewelry in Whitehorse boutique store V. Ægirsdóttir is creating a new possibility for future partnerships with the region's trappers

Columns

February 2019

Why white people need to stop asking, 'where are you from?'

by Mike Sholars

"...For all intents and purposes, Canada is the only home I really recognize or remember. But none of that matters if I look like I don’t belong, and that single question makes that abundantly clear every single time."

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