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Promotions and Circulation Staff

Observer reps know Kirsten MacDonell, The Observer’s circulation manager, as the friendly person who oversees the subscription process including renewals, additions, cancellations, and address changes (these subscription services are now also available through this web site). If you have difficulty meeting the due date for returning your renewal list, please contact Kirsten by phone, fax, or e-mail. Otherwise all current subscriptions will automatically be renewed and invoiced.

New subscribers can be added any time (the price will be pro-rated according to your group’s renewal date). Those who cancel their subscription receive a final issue with a special wrapper inviting them to keep the magazine coming. Please note that changes can take up to two issues to go into effect.

For resources to help you promote The Observer in your church – including subscription envelopes, posters and banners – promotion manager Sharon Doran is your one-stop source. For special events, request some sample copies to hand out. And to build an entire Sunday worship service around The Observer, make sure to request a copy of our Observer Sunday Service.

Feel free to contact the subscription or promotion departments at any time with questions or information.


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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