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Interviews

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April 2018

Burmese dissident speaks frankly about his country’s persecution of the Rohingya

By Samantha Rideout

On a recent Canadian tour, Maung Zarni talked about the need for truth.

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April 2018

Martin Luther King Jr: Remembering an icon

By Kenneth Bagnell

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, we republish highlights of his 1962 interview with The Observer.

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March 2018

How plastics are threatening our Great Lakes

By Susan Nerberg

Program director for Environmental Defence Keith Brooks reminds us why we shouldn’t forget the Great Lakes when discussing plastic pollution.

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March 2018

Refugee clinic doctor reveals our bumpy relationship with newcomers

By Pieta Woolley

In this interview, Dr. Martina Scholtens explores her 10 years at a Vancouver refugee clinic and her recent book, "Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist."

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February 2018

Interview with Tanya Talaga

By Julie McGonegal

The journalist and author of ‘Seven Fallen Feathers’ talks about racism, resilience and reconciliation

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January 2018

Interview with Pauline Dakin

By Marjorie Simmins

The Halifax journalist and the author of ‘Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood’ talks about trauma and forgiveness

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December 2017

Interview with Keith Martin

By Anne Bokma

The non-religious chaplain talks about helping university students find meaning without God and his United Church-sponsored ministry to millennials in Guelph and Waterloo, Ont.

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November 2017

Interview with Rev. Martin Rumscheidt

By Paul Knowles

The New Hampshire-based minister talks about growing up in Adolf Hitler’s Germany and his father’s complicity in the Nazi extermination of Jews

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October 2017

Interview with Sister Teresa Forcades

By Nancy Fornasiero

The Benedictine nun, physician and feminist theologian from Catalonia, Spain talks about her social activism

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September 2017

Interview with Kim Pate

By Trisha Elliott

The newly appointed Senator talks about standing up for marginalized groups within the justice system

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June 2017

Interview with Peter Wohlleben

By Gary Kenny

The German forester and author of ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ talks about tree speech and why plants have rights

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May 2017

Interview with Kamal Al-Solaylee

By Sheima Benembarek

The bestselling author and journalism professor at Ryerson University talks about his latest book — an exploration into the experience of being brown

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April 2017

Interview with Jim Wallis

By Mardi Tindal

The peace and social justice advocate, and founder and editor of Sojourners magazine talks about faithfulness in the era of U.S. President Donald Trump

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March 2017

Interview with Jane McAlevey

By Katie Toth

The longtime American labour organizer talks about the role of faith in building successful social movements

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February 2017

Interview with Michael Bell

By Donald Grayston

The University of Windsor’s senior scholar for international diplomacy and former ambassador to Israel, Jordan and Egypt talks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Canada’s response

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January 2017

Interview with Wendell Berry

By Murray MacAdam

The acclaimed author of award-winning poetry, social criticism and novels talks about his faith and the call to resist consumer culture

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December 2016

Interview with Rev. Walter Brueggemann

By Alicia von Stamwitz

The American theologian and United Church of Christ minister talks about political engagement, prophetic morality, biblical justice and his vision for a neighbourly economy.

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November 2016

Interview with Thomas Krattenmaker

By Katie Toth

The USA Today columnist talks about how Jesus’ life can act as an ethical compass today — a theme he explores in his new book, ’Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower’

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October 2016

Interview with Joan Chittister

By Nancy Fornasiero

The Benedictine nun, human rights advocate and co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women talks about her writing, the Catholic church and the current U.S. political climate

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September 2016

Interview with Scott Brison

By Trisha Elliott

The president of the Treasury Board and Liberal MP for Kings-Hants, N.S., talks about faith, equality of opportunity and what it means to be a good citizen

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July 2016

Interview with Sister Helen Prejean

By Alicia von Stamwitz

The Roman Catholic nun, prominent American anti-death penalty activist and author of the bestselling 'Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate' talks about racism, human dignity and America’s broken criminal justice system

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June 2016

Interview with Charlie Angus

By Rob Thomas

The NDP MP talks about the suicide crisis in Attawapiskat and his latest book, which details the troubled relations between Canada’s Indigenous and settler communities

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May 2016

Interview with Anthony Bailey

By Noah Richardson

The co-ordinating minister at Ottawa's Parkdale United Church talks about his congregation's commitment to love and tolerance in the face of a hate crime

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April 2016

Interview with Kaylie Tiessen

By Christopher White

An economist and researcher with Unifor and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives talks about decreasing income disparity

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March 2016

Interview with Bruce Sanguin

By Pieta Woolley

The evolutionary Christian spirituality thinker talks about the evolution of the soul, the limitations of the human experience and his new book.

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February 2016

Interview with Sally Armstrong

By Sheima Benembarek

Award-winning Canadian journalist and human rights activist talks about the realities of women in war zones

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January 2016

Interview with Rob Bell

By Tim Johnson

Former megachurch pastor and bestselling author talks about faith, God and Oprah

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December 2015

Interview with Tim Flannery

By Mardi Tindal

The Australian scientist and leading writer on climate change talks about his new book, 'Atmosphere of Hope,' and the 2015 United Nations climate talks

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November 2015

Interview with Wab Kinew

By Julie McGonegal

The Winnipeg broadcaster and author of 'The Reason You Walk' talks about his father, forgiveness and spiritual rebirth

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October 2015

Interview with David Woods

By Erica Lenti

The managing director of Oikocredit, an international co-operative, talks about social investment around the world

Justice

Photo: Courtesy of Josée Cardinal

How families cope when a loved one goes missing

by Justin Dallaire

A Quebec man went for a walk in the early morning of March 16, 2016, and hasn’t been seen since. His family, like many loved ones of the missing, finds it impossible to grieve — or give up hope.

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Observations

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Observations: Our magazine's plastic problem

by Jocelyn Bell

"While I can easily defend the use of a polybag on financial grounds, it would be unconscionable to deliver a cover story about plastics . . . in plastic."

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Video

ObserverDocs: Playing by Heart

by Observer Staff

United Church music director Kara Shaw was born prematurely, became almost totally blind and was later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Today, the 28-year-old showcases her unique musical ability, performing piano on local and national stages.

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Features

April 2018

10 easy ways to kick our nasty plastic habit

by Susan Nerberg

It's not as hard as you think.

Features

April 2018

Tea bags and other surprising places plastics lurk

by Susan Nerberg

Hidden plastics rarely get recycled and often can’t be reused. Here we make some of the invisibles visible.

Features

April 2018

Drag queens help church raise money and awareness

by Darrell Noakes

The event, called “Take Me to Church,” after a popular song, was a fundraiser for LGBTQ youth in Saskatchewan.

Columns

April 2018

Why Canada needs a free-range parenting law

by Pieta Woolley

Features

April 2018

10 easy ways to kick our nasty plastic habit

by Susan Nerberg

It's not as hard as you think.

Faith

April 2018

4 science-trained faith leaders share what still gives them goosebumps

by Various Writers

"This greater knowledge amplified my belief in a mysterious God who still offers so much more for us to discover."

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