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February 2017

Putting white supremacy behind him

By Douglas Tindal

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February 2017

Why so many mid-life Canadians are choosing the single life

By Elena Gritzan

In defiance of social expectations, many mid-life adults have chosen to go it alone — and wouldn’t have it any other way

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January 2017

‘Love Trumps Hate’

By Denise Davy

A Canadian woman marches on Washington and sees a generation of feminists ready to take on the world

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January 2017

7 millennials who view agriculture as a career — and moral calling

By Lois Ross

In the next 15 years, almost half of Canadian farms will change hands. These millennials are ready to takeover — turning their passion for ecology and food security into their career.

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January 2017

Why do children and youth have so much anxiety?

By Denise Davy

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem among young people. The Observer looks at why this generation is so jittery.

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January 2017

Should animals have the same rights as humans?

By Kat Eschner

A legal bid to save 21 former fighting dogs from being euthanized is part of a growing movement to grant animals some of the same rights as humans

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January 2017

Kingston Penitentiary is now a tourist attraction. Is it trading on tragedy?

By Anne Bokma

Three years after Canada's oldest and most notorious prison shut down, tens of thousands of tourists want in.

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January 2017

Why we should not question God as we face of suffering and evil

By Jonathan Orbell

Faced with senseless tragedy, many of us cling to religious clichés. But there's a different path.

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December 2016

What the beating of Abdirahman Abdi says about racism in Canada

By Anthony Bailey

Canadians are deceiving themselves if they think anti-Black prejudice is only an American affliction. A recent deadly police beating casts our own bigotry in stark relief.

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December 2016

How today’s ultra-engaged parents suffer when their children take flight

By Anne Bokma

“People get angry when empty nesters feel sad, and they’ll say things like ‘Why don’t you just go volunteer?’ But their grief is real.”

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November 2016

Neglected no more

By Evie Ruddy

The remains of dozens of children lie buried near the location of the residential school they attended in Regina. Local activists are determined to protect the site from being developed or forgotten.

Special Feature

October 2016

This will make you believe in ghosts

By Elena Gritzan

Do the dead remain among us? Paranormal investigators are determined to prove what science rejects, Christianity scorns — and half of Canadians believe.

Special Feature

September 2016

Unity Mosque provides a space for observant Muslims who openly live in LGBTQ relationships

By Davide Mastracci

More than half of Canadian Muslims believe it’s impossible to be an observant Muslim while living openly in an LGBTQ relationship. El-Farouk Khaki and Troy Jackson, co-founders of Unity Mosque, are proving there is another way.

Feature

July 2016

Mr. Trump comes to Cleveland

By Mark Giuliano

The eyes of the world will be focused on the Republican National Convention this month. A landmark church near the meeting site is offering a warm welcome while bracing for unrest.

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July 2016

The link between diabetes among Indigenous peoples and colonialism

By Larry Krotz

Rising rates of the disease among First Nations communities in Canada is leading some to re-examine the country's history of cultural assimilation

Special Feature

June 2016

Meet the five United Church people who helped shape Canada’s groundbreaking laws about options at the end of life

By Various Writers

The debate is heating up on how much control Canadians have over their own deaths. Here are some of the conversation's influencers.

Special Feature

June 2016

Spirit bear

By Pieta Woolley

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June 2016

Remembering Gloria Taylor

By Chelsea Temple Jones

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June 2016

The hidden epidemic of loneliness in Canada

By André Picard

An estimated six million Canadians live in isolation. Social researchers are now calling it a hidden epidemic.

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May 2016

Married to mental illness

By Denise Davy

Caring for a spouse with serious psychological issues can test even the strongest relationship

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May 2016

Sidebar: ‘He looked at me and said, “Look what you made me do.”’

By Denise Davy

Former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk battled depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder for years and chronicled it all in his book, The Crazy Game. In 2008, in a fit of depression, he shot himself in the head. His wife, Joanie Malarchuk, was sitting beside him at the time. She talked to Denise Davy in a phone interview from Nevada.

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May 2016

Spare the rod, protect the child

By John Barber

With the Trudeau government on the verge of banning spanking, critics ask: why has it taken Canada so long?

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May 2016

Are vegans right?

By David Macfarlane

The writer is in the midst of a radical six-month change of diet. He’s discovering that no cheeseburger tastes as good as being ethical feels.

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May 2016

Out in the wilderness

By Alison Brooks-Starks

For one week last summer, a United Church camp in Saskatchewan welcomed transgender kids and their siblings

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May 2016

Special report: Syrian refugees

By Various Writers

More than 300 congregations mobilized to help Syrian refugees. A sampling follows.

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May 2016

Anglicans at a crossroads

By Michael Coren

They will vote on same-sex marriage at their General Synod in July. The consequences could be far-reaching.

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May 2016

Verbatim

By Kylie Taggart

‘Parts of our lives are beyond scientific understanding’

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April 2016

Churches under the gun

By Anne Bokma

Shootings in the sanctuary. Pistols in the pulpit. The culture of violence is infiltrating U.S. places of worship.

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April 2016

For gun-control activists, the cause is political — and personal

By Anne Bokma

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April 2016

The United Church of Christ: two decades of demanding gun control 

By Anne Bokma

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(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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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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