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Retrospect

Special Feature

February 2018

Segregation in the South

By Martin Luther King Jr.

Black Americans have passed a point of no return in their non-violent struggle against oppression — February 1958

Special Feature

January 2018

Nobody’s hometown

By Larry Krotz

— January 1978

Special Feature

December 2017

Plain-speaking his faith

By Muriel Duncan

— December 1997

Special Feature

November 2017

Draft dodgers

By Observer Staff

If the church is to have prophets it should be prepared for unpopular prophesying — November 1967

Special Feature

September 2017

100 Huntley Street

By Muriel Duncan

Its aim is saving souls – on daytime television — September 1977

Special Feature

June 2017

Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls

By R.B.Y. Scott

— June 1957

Special Feature

April 2017

Here’s who Joe Clark really is

By A.C. Forrest

— April 1977

Special Feature

January 2017

Preacher president

By Larry Krotz

Those who study oratory hear the power of the pulpit in Barack Obama's cadence — January 2009

Special Feature

January 2017

What if we start creating life?

By Patrick Watson

Christians ought to face the prospect now and prepare to love the test-tube baby — January 1967

Special Feature

December 2016

Cuba’s paradox and passages

By David Wilson

An island enigma, Cuba bewilders and beguiles. And somehow, it perseveres. — May 2000

Special Feature

August 2016

Piety and politics: The American way

By David Wilson

In the pulpit, pew or presidential office, Americans mix their religion and politics with a practised and unrepentant hand — October 1988

Special Feature

March 2016

Troubles in mind

By David Wilson

The sectarian conflict between Northern Ireland's Catholic nationalists and Protestant unionists is a state of mind as well as a state of civil unrest — August 1994

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

Special Feature

October 2015

East Germany

By David Wilson

A revolution lit by candles — October 1990

Special Feature

August 2015

Caught in the nuclear shadow

By David Wilson

The nuclear threat never went away. We just stopped being afraid. — September 1997

Special Feature

July 2015

Bosnia’s invisible war

By Mike Milne

A relief convoy carrying church aid finds determination amid destruction in a forgotten corner of former Yugoslavia — September, 1996

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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