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Podcasts

Feature

November 2017

Observer Podcast: Episode 8

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson shares his recent ‘Observations’ about free speech and writer David Giuliano talks about the return of a tumour that set him on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer'

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May 2017

Observer Podcast: Episode 7

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations; Interview with activist and Sojourners founder Jim Wallis; and environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki reads a letter to his grandchildren.

Feature

March 2017

Observer Podcast: Episode 6

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations; Interview with American theologian Rev. Walter Brueggemann; and writer Sheima Benembarek talks about a fateful encounter in the subway one day.

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October 2016

Observer Podcast: Episode 5

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations; Interview with author and human rights advocate Joan Chittister; and Fort McMurray wildfire evacuee, Donalee Williams, reflects on the true meaning of the word, “home.”

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July 2016

Observer Podcast: Episode 4

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations; Interview with Sheila Noyes, a former co-president of Dying with Dignity Canada; and writer Alison Brooks-Starks talk about a month-long solo paddle on the North Saskatchewan River

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February 2016

Observer Podcast: Episode 3

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations, interview with writer and activist Sally Armstrong, and Debbie McMillan's Spirit Story

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October 2015

Observer Podcast: Episode 2

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations; interview with author Alanna Mitchell and Erica Lenti's Spirit Story

Feature

July 2015

Observer Podcast: Episode 1

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations; interview with singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn and Janet Stobie's Spirit Story.

Society

Sandy and Allan Wilson.

“Thank you for being my dopted parents”

by Allan Wilson

Eighteen years after his teen son died of cancer, this writer celebrates a new type of fatherhood when he becomes legal guardian of a man with disabilities.

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Editorials

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

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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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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Society

June 2018

Why some women of colour are hesitant to say #MeToo

by Jacky Habib

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.

Environment

May 2018

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

On April 28, 2018, faith leaders from many traditions, including the United Church, stood in solidarity with Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C.. Kimiko Karpoff captured the day in pictures.

Faith

June 2018

After 93 years, this will be the United Church's last General Council meeting

by Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Justice

June 2018

#MeToo in the United Church

by Trisha Elliott

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

Columns

May 2018

On grief and the healing power of gardening

by Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.

Editorials

June 2018

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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