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Editorials

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

'The Observer' will soon relaunch with a new name and design

by Jocelyn Bell

Our magazine will be going through some changes, but we see blue skies ahead

Faith

(Photo: iStock.com/Leontura)

The United Church is going through some big changes. Here's what you need to know

by Mike Milne

'There are important relationships to develop, and that can’t be done overnight.'

Faith

Betty Empringham, 98, started singing in her church choir at the age of eight. She retired last fall. (Photo: Cheryl Clock/St. Catharines Standard)

Soprano retires from church choir after 90 years

by Mike Milne

Betty Empringham is also a talented pianist.

Columns

Marilyn and Wayne Myhre at the 165th anniversary of Banner United Church in 2017. (Photo: Julie West)

I worry the United Church doesn't want evangelicals like me

by Marilyn Myhre

While the church community says it accepts everyone, one woman wonders if that is still true.

Faith

Chris Pratt's church, while claiming to accept everyone, states in its doctrine of faith that marriage should only be between one man and one woman. (Photo: Chris Pratt/Instagram)

Celebrity megachurches need to clarify LGBTQ acceptance: pastor

by Emma Prestwich

Zoe Church, where actor Chris Pratt worships, may not truly "open their doors" to everyone, like he claims.

Interviews

Timea Nagy-Payne. (Photo credit: Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press)

Former sex-trafficking victim says Canadian parents need to know warning signs

by Lori-Ann Livingston

Timea Nagy-Payne is a survivor of human trafficking who was forced to work in Ontario’s sex industry. After escaping, she became an advocate for other survivors. She spoke with Lori-Ann Livingston.

Society

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Our Whole Lives sex-ed program should be offered by United churches, says minister

by Anne Bokma

Rev. Shannon Mang says the program is designed to empower young people to better understand their bodies, healthy relationships and sexual orientation.

Ethics

If you’re going to donate your winter clothing, it seems silly to donate it to a place that’s just going to resell it. (Photo: viviandnguyen_/Flickr)

Where to donate your unwanted stuff so it actually goes to those who need it

by Glynis Ratcliffe

It may be tempting when you declutter to just drop off all your items at Value Village, but sticking with local organizations is a better option.

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