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Justice

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

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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.

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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

20 years after the United Church raised the rainbow flag, we are still talking about inclusion

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

Feature

November 2004

An Indigenous mother searches for answers on B.C.'s Highway of Tears

By David Wilson

Feature

September 2004

Sanctuary in the spotlight

By David Wilson

Feature

June 2004

Residential school surviviors come home

By Keith Howard

Feature

May 2004

Lobbying for hope on Parliament Hill

By David Wilson

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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