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Justice

Feature

November 2008

Sprawl: Living in a mega-city world

By Larry Krotz

The global population shift raises profound ethical challenges for cities already straining at the seams

Feature

October 2008

An epidemic of hunger

By Mike Milne

How to feed a world threatened by mass starvation? Those who have suffered the most may have the best answers.

Feature

October 2008

Wayfaring spirit

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Bruce Cockburn’s musical career spans 40 years and 26 albums. But his quest for deeper meaning is lifelong.

Feature

September 2008

Northern Ireland’s troubled generation

By Kevin Spurgaitis

A decade of peace has coincided with a disturbing spike in suicides among Catholic and Protestant youth

Feature

July 2008

A road map for healing

By Andrea Davis

How congregations can engage Aboriginal neighbours as part of the national journey toward justice

Feature

June 2008

Youth mission trips, 21st-century style

By Caley Moore

Exposure visits, as they’re now called, can open young people’s eyes and change their view of the world. Here’s how to do them right.

Feature

May 2008

Street survivors

By Jocelyn Bell

Still a bastion of colonial civility, balmy Victoria is also a haven for the homeless. Newly opened, church-supported Our Place is part of the city’s response.

Feature

May 2008

Reconciled to hard truths

By Mike Milne

Rebuffing accusations of genocide, churches join Aboriginal groups and Ottawa in an effort to account for children who died in residential schools

Feature

March 2008

The new kid in the coffee aisle

By Mike Milne

A two-part series on coffee and global justice concludes with a look at the impact of fair trade on Canadian consumers

Feature

March 2008

'All they want is a home'

By Sarah Boesveld

Think adoption and babies come to mind. What about the 8,500 other Canadian children over the age of three who need a family?

Feature

February 2008

Coffee with a conscience

By Mike Milne

How the fairness gets into fair trade coffee

Feature

December 2007

From Harare to Hamilton

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Once a high-ranking official in Zimbabwe, refugee Chris Mazhandu hopes to become a United Church minister and a force for change back home

Feature

November 2007

Identity crisis

By Mike Milne

Cutbacks to United Church justice programs spark protest

Feature

November 2007

A change of body, mind and soul

By Jocelyn Bell

Transgendered people seek nothing more from churches than a genuine welcome

Feature

September 2007

Changing priorities lead to big job cuts

By Mike Milne

Increased emphasis on congregations comes at the expense of justice work, critics say

Feature

July 2007

A too-quiet diplomacy

By Gary Kenny

As Zimbabwe spirals deeper and deeper into crisis, churches have begun to stand up to Robert Mugabe

Feature

April 2007

Raising the rainbow-coloured flag

By Mike Milne

The movement to welcome people of all sexual orientations into the United Church hits the quarter-century mark this year. While its numbers remain low, its influence is growing

Feature

April 2007

Generation Craig

By Jocelyn Bell

Free the Children founder Craig Kielburger has inspired thousands of children to become social activists. As more and more kids get involved, our very notions of childhood are changing.

Feature

March 2007

A time for truth-telling:?

By Jocelyn Bell

Will the commission looking into the wrongs of the Indian residential school system finally lead to awareness, healing and forgiveness?

Feature

February 2007

Building hope in Sudan

By Andrea Huncar

From London, Ont., to southern Sudan David Tennant went to Africa to prove a point. Now he's building hope in a place that needs it badly

Feature

January 2007

We're all panhandlers here

By Allen Tysick

Feature

November 2006

When war in not an option

By Jennifer McPhee

Feature

June 2006

From victim to victor

By Gary Kenny

Feature

April 2006

Hope's story

By Donna Sinclair

a faith that demands action

Feature

February 2006

Building new hope in Tamil Nadu

By Mike Milne

Feature

February 2006

Set apart, then set aside

By Donna Sinclair

50 years later, an apology

Feature

June 2005

After the tsunami

By Jim Sinclair

new life amid the wreckage

Feature

March 2005

An open door in the inner city

By Jocelyn Bell

Feature

December 2004

North Korea's human face

By Susan Cox

Feature

December 2004

Twenty-five years of sponsoring hope

By Donna Sinclair

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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