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February 2015

ObserverDocs: Faux trade?

By Observer Staff

For consumers who care, fair trade coffee is a feel-good drink. But are the actual benefits less than robust?


June 2014

ObserverDocs: Observer Survey 2014

By Observer Staff

To shed some light on perceptions of organized religion in Canada today, The Observer recently surveyed 3,000 English-speaking Canadians.


July 2012

ObserverDocs: Rights and wrongs at the edges of life

By Observer Staff

The 2012 Observer survey reveals deep differences between readers and the general public on the ethics of life and death


October 2011

ObserverDocs: Love of Water

By Observer Staff

Last century, water use grew at twice the rate of the world's population. Today, many countries suffer water scarcity and stress, while others — like Canada — are not as 'water rich' as you may think.


July 2011

ObserverDocs: What they believe

By Observer Staff

Talking honestly and openly about faith is vital for churches adapting to the 21st century. In this animated short, Observer readers tell us what they believe.


Courtesy Aurora Coulthard

To those who said I'll only be respected as a minister because I'm pretty

by Aurora Coulthard

A young ministry student says Christians, both within and outside of the United Church, have discouraged her from following her call.

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Editor/publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

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."

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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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September 2018

Period poverty is a serious issue in Canada

by Angela Mombourquette

The high cost of menstrual products means many Canadians go without. Activists are seeing red.


October 2018

My church was literally dying, until we returned to prayer and confession

by Connie denBok

"No magic formulas. Just grace emerging through weakness."


October 2018

4 Canadians with disabilities on the challenges they've faced in the workforce

by Diane Peters

Of the 14 percent of people in Canada with a disability, only half are employed. Companies are losing out.

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