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April 2016

Diagnosis: poverty

By Susan Peters

Being poor can actually shorten your life. A new tool is helping doctors query patients about their physical and financial health.

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March 2016

A citizen of nowhere

By Feras Saedam

For stateless Palestinians like Feras Saedam, life can be one long identity-card crisis. Occasionally there’s a happy ending.

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March 2016

At 13, Willie Blackwater stood up to his abuser at a B.C. residential school

By Richard Wright

His defiance would eventually help change the course of Canadian history.

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March 2016

Our national folly

By Trisha Elliott

Canada endeavours to be secular and multicultural at the same time. Who are we trying to kid?

Special Feature

February 2016

Interlove

By Colin Boyd Shafer

An intimate portrait series documents love between partners of different faiths

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February 2016

Man problems

By Trisha Elliott

It’s not easy to be male these days. It’s even tougher to talk about it.

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February 2016

Sidebar: What I learned about men in the United Church

By Gary Paterson

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February 2016

Sidebar: 'Manifest' ministry seeks to shape better men

By Pieta Woolley

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February 2016

When faith and tradition collide with sexual education

By John Barber

In the face of a new sex-ed curriculum, one United Church-minister-turned-teacher is using her own coming-out experience to educate young people

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January 2016

A complicated love story

By Alanna Mitchell

After the death of her alcoholic ex-husband, Alanna Mitchell confronts a terrible question: could she have done more to save him?

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January 2016

This is the world our children will inherit, and it's not looking good

By Sanjay Khanna

Climate chaos. Economic upheaval. Psychological stress. A futurist looks for hope amid the coming turmoil.

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December 2015

O cannabis

By Pieta Woolley

With the Trudeau government set to legalize marijuana, it’s time for a truly sober look at the pros and cons of pot

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November 2015

Inside a United Church success story

By Lyle Aspinall

A photo essay looks at the "Hillhurst effect."

Feature

November 2015

Sidebar: 'The pornography filled a void'

By Trisha Elliott

A United Church minister describes how a pornography dependency hurt his first marriage and how he recovered a healthy sex life. The 50-something church leader spoke to The Observer on condition of anonymity.

Special Feature

November 2015

Who says religion and pornography don't mix?

By Erica Lenti

Online erotica is booming, and so are porn addictions. But mainline churches seem all too content to look away.

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November 2015

Too much information?

By Kylie Taggart

Genetic testing can warn you about serious illnesses lurking in your DNA. The downside is chronic worry — and snooping insurance companies.

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November 2015

‘It’s like a death in the family’

By Chantal Braganza

A Toronto church that welcomed 50 North Korean refugees speaks out against the mass deportation of their new friends

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October 2015

ObserverDocs: Clearing the smoke

By Observer Staff

Special Feature

October 2015

How a Gitxsan community fought back against an epidemic of youth suicide

By Laura Eggertson

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October 2015

Verbatim

By Alanna Mitchell

'What if we talked about cancer as a dance instead of a war?'

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October 2015

The town that paranoia built

By Anne Bokma

Salem, Mass., is a living monument to the perils of witch-hunting

Special Feature

September 2015

Small-town Ontario murder seemed like a blatant case of racist violence, but the truth goes deeper

By Richard Wright

The beating death of Andrew Mixemong three years ago exposes gaps in the social fabric we’d rather ignore

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September 2015

Twilight blues

By Erica Lenti

Depressed seniors often struggle in silence. Why aren’t they getting the treatment they need?

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September 2015

Unholy allies

By Donald Grayston

Christian Zionists are among Israel’s most ardent supporters. But their apocalyptic theology comes with dangerous strings attached.

Special Feature

August 2015

Broken dreams in Little Mogadishu

By Andrew Livingstone

Canada's Somali community continues to struggle with higher-than-average levels of violence, unemployment and discrimination

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July 2015

Final decisions

By Various Writers

Dying used to be so simple. New laws and changing customs make for a more complicated exit.

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July 2015

Baby(sitting) boomers

By Pieta Woolley

How much parenting should today’s grandmas and grandpas do?

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July 2015

Sharing the path

By Julie McGonegal

Walking was a healing force at the end of the truth and reconciliation process. But the journey is far from over.

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June 2015

'Do we still believe that something vital is in the making?'

By Phyllis Airhart

The United Church of Canada at 90

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June 2015

Canada’s remaining residential school buildings are a grim reminder to a shameful history

By Pieta Woolley

While many have already been destroyed, Canada is struggling to deal with those former school that continue to haunt the nation

Columns

(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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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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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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