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Justice

Feature

January 2019

White Helmet hero is haunted by loss and war after escaping Syria and settling in Canada

By Sally Armstrong

Mayson Al Misri and her husband Maan Al Aboud are now safe in Ontario, but she left a lot behind.

Special Feature

January 2019

The inside story of Canada's dramatic rescue of the White Helmets out of Syria

By Sally Armstrong

More than 100 White Helmets and their family members made it out thanks to the operation. Sally Armstrong travels to the Middle East to get the inside story.

Feature

December 2018

Indigenous and non-Indigenous teens form tight bonds thanks to canoe trip

By Sheima Benembarek

Participants in the Gibimishkaadimin project also supported each other through tragedy after one died by suicide.

Feature

December 2018

Two Canadian disability advocates on allowing themselves righteous anger

By Dorothy Ellen Palmer

Dorothy Ellen Palmer presents a frank discussion with Sarah Jama about the challenges they face and the solutions they’re fighting to see in Canada.

Feature

October 2018

Gifts with Vision—making a difference since 2011

By The Philanthropy Unit of The United Church of Canada

One of the gifts offered in the catalogue supports people in poverty through Our Place Society.

Feature

October 2018

Grandpa cycles cross-country for reconciliation

By Mike Milne

The United Church senior raised about $4,000 for the church's Indigenous Healing Fund.

Feature

September 2018

Uyghur-Canadians want Canada to do more for their jailed relatives

By Jacob Hoytema

Reports say nearly 1 million Chinese-Muslims are being held in Chinese detention centres.

Feature

September 2018

These inventions are tackling period poverty around the world

By Angela Mombourquette

Growing awareness is fuelling innovative solutions.

Feature

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.

Feature

September 2018

Thousands of Ontario students protesting Doug Ford’s changes to curriculum this Friday

By Mugoli Samba

High school students across the province are taking part in We The Students Do Not Consent protests this Friday at 1 p.m.

Feature

September 2018

'Under the Trump administration, all are considered criminals'

By Julie McGonegal

The U.S. president's portrayal of refugees and migrants is "dehumanizing," says this minister and longtime advocate, and Trump's policies have made it harder for churches that are trying to help them.

Feature

September 2018

This grieving mother started Regina protest camp that stood for nearly 200 days

By Alexa Lawlor

The Justice for Our Stolen Children camp was ordered on Sept. 7 to leave the area.

Feature

September 2018

How our makeup puts children in danger

By Glynis Ratcliffe

Mica gives many cosmetics that sought-after glimmer, but it often comes at a cost.

Feature

July 2018

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.

Feature

July 2018

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.

Special Feature

July 2018

Moms raising their babies behind bars

By Raizel Robin

Women incarcerated in federal prisons are allowed to keep their children with them for up to five years, but few mothers do. We investigate why.

Feature

July 2018

Why this blanket exercise is now essential training for RCMP cadets

By Wanda Schmöckel

The exercise synthesizes 500 years of colonization under the observation of a local Indigenous elder.

Feature

June 2018

Palestinian activist informs the world through social media

By Mugoli Samba

Rana Nazzal talks about what protesting and reclaiming narratives is like in Palestine.

Feature

June 2018

How Canadians can help stop children being torn from their parents at the U.S. border

By Julie McGonegal

What can we really do this side of the border anyway? Quite a lot, actually. And there’s no time to waste.

Special Feature

June 2018

#MeToo in the United Church

By Trisha Elliott

9 women share their stories of harassment and sexual assault in the United Church.

Feature

June 2018

Why everyone is talking about the Safe Third Country Agreement

By Emma Prestwich

Canada has designated the U.S. a safe country for refugees, a stance many say should be changed given mass arrests and family separations.

Feature

June 2018

Secrets to writing an effective letter to your MP, from a former MP

By Jackie Gillard

Feature

May 2018

Why P.E.I. didn’t provide abortions for 35 years

By Angela Mombourquette

A group of pro-choice activists fought heavy opposition — and finally won last year

Feature

May 2018

Meet Atlantic Canada’s abortion doula

By Angela Mombourquette

For those seeking abortions in the region, Shannon Hardy is there to guide them through the process

Feature

May 2018

Timeline of abortion access in P.E.I.

By Angela Mombourquette

Feature

May 2018

Courts tell residential school survivors they didn't go to a residential school

By Josiah Neufeld

During the 1960s and 1970s, more than 1,000 Indigenous children were sent to a United Church-run residence in Teulon, Man. Many were abused but have yet to be heard.

Feature

April 2018

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.

Feature

March 2018

Thursdays in Black: Campaign calling an end to gender-based violence

By Kristy Woudstra

Lyn van Rooyen talks about the spiritual discipline of wearing black every week.

Feature

March 2018

The biggest threat to women in South Africa is their partners

By Kristy Woudstra

An investigation of why one woman is murdered every eight hours by her husband or boyfriend in this African country — and how advocates are trying to stop it.

Feature

February 2018

Every Canadian needs to read Senator Murray Sinclair's response to Stanley verdict

By Kristy Woudstra

After the acquittal of Gerald Stanley for the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie, many expressed their anger, hurt and frustration on social media, including Senator Murray Sinclair, who chaired Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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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