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Retrospect

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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

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January 2018

Nobody’s hometown

By Larry Krotz

— January 1978

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December 2017

Plain-speaking his faith

By Muriel Duncan

— December 1997

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November 2017

Draft dodgers

By Observer Staff

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

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September 2017

100 Huntley Street

By Muriel Duncan

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Culture

Indigenous actor and singer Tom Jackson has named his annual Christmas charity concert after the song. (Photo: Craig Koshyk)

6 must-hear recordings of the Huron Carol

by Will Pearson

From a beloved version by Tom Jackson to one translated into Mi’kmaw, Jesous Ahatonnia has been adapted in many creative ways over the years.

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Editorials

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

Why we pay our interns a fair wage

by Jocelyn Bell

But $15 an hour is only a small step in the right direction.

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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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Faith

December 2018

The complex history of the Huron Carol

by Will Pearson

A product of 17th-century Jesuit missionaries, the popular hymn was written to introduce the Wendat people to Christianity. The Observer explores its troubled origins and continued use today.

Columns

November 2018

Christians should stop using God to sanctify adoption

by Jackie Gillard

This adoptive mom writes that she's frustrated by the common evangelical Christian message that adoption is always the best outcome for a child.

Columns

November 2018

Christmas music was meaningless to me, so I started listening to this instead

by Paul Fraumeni

Tunes about snow and chestnuts and silent nights didn't bring the power of the holiday home to this writer, so he found a new soundtrack.

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