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Justice

Feature

November 2016

Sidebar: ‘A place to visit and remember ancestors’

By Evie Ruddy

Feature

October 2016

Supporters renew bid to free war resister

By Pieta Woolley

Feature

October 2016

Books behind bars

By Vivien Fellegi

A novel idea: reading clubs for inmates that foster literacy, empathy and a sense of belonging

Special Feature

September 2016

Unity Mosque provides a space for observant Muslims who openly live in LGBTQ relationships

By Davide Mastracci

More than half of Canadian Muslims believe it’s impossible to be an observant Muslim while living openly in an LGBTQ relationship. El-Farouk Khaki and Troy Jackson, co-founders of Unity Mosque, are proving there is another way.

Feature

July 2016

The link between diabetes among Indigenous peoples and colonialism

By Larry Krotz

Rising rates of the disease among First Nations communities in Canada is leading some to re-examine the country's history of cultural assimilation

Feature

June 2016

The hidden epidemic of loneliness in Canada

By André Picard

An estimated six million Canadians live in isolation. Social researchers are now calling it a hidden epidemic.

Feature

May 2016

Out in the wilderness

By Alison Brooks-Starks

For one week last summer, a United Church camp in Saskatchewan welcomed transgender kids and their siblings

Special Feature

April 2016

Climate change is changing our ecosystems, this region is on the front lines

By Josiah Neufeld

The writer visits the shifting shorelines of Bangladesh and discovers tens of millions of people on the brink of disaster

Feature

April 2016

Diagnosis: poverty

By Susan Peters

Being poor can actually shorten your life. A new tool is helping doctors query patients about their physical and financial health.

Feature

March 2016

A citizen of nowhere

By Feras Saedam

For stateless Palestinians like Feras Saedam, life can be one long identity-card crisis. Occasionally there’s a happy ending.

Feature

March 2016

At 13, Willie Blackwater stood up to his abuser at a B.C. residential school

By Richard Wright

His defiance would eventually help change the course of Canadian history.

Feature

February 2016

‘You know the story. Syria is hell.’

By Andrew Faiz

A report from the heart of Europe’s refugee crisis

Feature

January 2016

Clash of freedoms

By Pieta Woolley

Despite its successes in court, Trinity Western University still draws fire for discriminating against LGBT students

Special Feature

December 2015

To the ends of the Earth

By Alanna Mitchell

Travelling to the North and South poles brings moments of redemption amid overwhelming evidence of a planet in peril — April 2011

Feature

December 2015

A road to freedom

By Susan Peters

United churches in Manitoba and northern Ontario call for a road to be built to an isolated First Nation

Feature

November 2015

‘It’s like a death in the family’

By Chantal Braganza

A Toronto church that welcomed 50 North Korean refugees speaks out against the mass deportation of their new friends

Special Feature

October 2015

How a Gitxsan community fought back against an epidemic of youth suicide

By Laura Eggertson

Special Feature

September 2015

Small-town Ontario murder seemed like a blatant case of racist violence, but the truth goes deeper

By Richard Wright

The beating death of Andrew Mixemong three years ago exposes gaps in the social fabric we’d rather ignore

Special Feature

August 2015

Broken dreams in Little Mogadishu

By Andrew Livingstone

Canada's Somali community continues to struggle with higher-than-average levels of violence, unemployment and discrimination

Feature

July 2015

Sharing the path

By Julie McGonegal

Walking was a healing force at the end of the truth and reconciliation process. But the journey is far from over.

Feature

June 2015

Canada’s remaining residential school buildings are a grim reminder to a shameful history

By Pieta Woolley

While many have already been destroyed, Canada is struggling to deal with those former school that continue to haunt the nation

Special Feature

June 2015

‘Es complicado’

By Christopher White

Nothing about Cuba is straightforward or simple — including its impending reconciliation with the United States

Feature

May 2015

Men, not monsters

By John Barber

Offenders labelled 'NCR: Not Criminally Responsible’ are often judged to be beyond redemption. Documentary filmmaker John Kastner offers a different take and is transforming public opinion.

Feature

April 2015

Sixties Scoop survivors explain the impact of family separation

By Anne Bokma

From the 1960s to the ’80s, some 20,000 Aboriginal children were removed from their homes and placed with non-Native families. Now adults, many want redress for the loss of cultural identity.

Special Feature

March 2015

Beyond Ferguson

By Alicia von Stamwitz

Did Michael Brown’s shooting death in Missouri last August reawaken the civil rights movement?

Feature

March 2015

Rainbow refugees

By Marc Colbourne

Persecuted in their home countries, LGBT asylum seekers hope for a safe haven in Canada — but it’s getting harder for them to gain entry

Feature

January 2015

Extracting justice

By May Warren

Can Canadian mining companies be held accountable for alleged human rights abuses in Guatemala?

Feature

January 2015

Stubborn streak

By Rob Thomas

Cindy Blackstock is a relentless campaigner for the rights of First Nations children. If you want her to do something, just tell her she can’t.

Feature

December 2014

Canada has a hidden literacy crisis

By Krystina Mierins

A recent study revealed that almost half of Canadian adults don’t read very well. So why has the federal government cut its support for literacy organizations?

Feature

November 2014

Interview issue: Kathryn Anderson

By Mike Milne

Crusader for human rights in Guatemala

Columns

(Photo: cuatrok77/Flickr via Creative Commons)

Cormorants aren't the devil

by Douglas Hunter

Ontario's proposed new measures amount to a slaughter of an entire native bird species for no scientifically compelling reason, says this writer

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Editorials

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

The new name of 'The Observer' revealed!

by Jocelyn Bell

"United Church" will no longer be on the cover, but our commitment to sharing denominational news and perspectives remains the same

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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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