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Ethics

Feature

May 2018

How to apologize like you mean it

By Fiona Tapp

In the era of #MeToo, public remorse is aplenty. But the art of apologizing takes some practice.

Special Feature

May 2018

Pregnant in the pulpit

By Trisha Elliott

Ministers who take a maternity leave still face discrimination in their own congregations

Feature

May 2018

How ministers can plan a good parental leave

By Trisha Elliott

Feature

April 2018

Why inaction is the devil we should actually fear

By Christopher Levan

"We miss the fact that the real devil in our society is how so many allow evil to happen. The devil is not in our action but in our inaction."

Feature

March 2018

5 radical reasons we're loving this Pope

By Al Donato

Known by many nicknames — the People’s Pope, Twitter Pope, the Great Reformer — all emphasize his public displays of compassion for the Catholic devout and non-believers alike.

Feature

March 2018

Sweden’s governing party pledges to abolish religious schools

By Al Donato

Should they be re-elected in September, the Swedish Social Democrats announced that their education policy would eliminate gender and religious segregation in schools.

Feature

March 2018

Canada and other surprising countries where child marriage is still a thing

By Al Donato

Widely associated with Muslim-majority and African countries, child marriage isn’t limited to a single religion, ethnicity or socio-economic background.

Feature

March 2018

Egerton Ryerson: The legacy of a tarnished hero

By Mike Milne

He founded public education in Ontario — and this very magazine — while also promoting residential schools. How should we judge Ryerson today? Some students want his name and image gone.

Feature

January 2018

The good death

By Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Feature

January 2018

A mammoth experiment

By Elena Gritzan

Special Feature

December 2017

Hope in the age of HIV-AIDS

By Philip Maher

Feature

November 2017

Grey matter

By Trisha Elliott

Is consciousness just a function of the brain — or something more?

Feature

October 2017

10,000 meals

By Anne Bokma

As Canadian families prepare to mark Thanksgiving, the writer reflects on the routine and ritual of breaking bread together

Feature

September 2017

Clamour on campus

By Justin Dallaire

Ideologies are colliding at Canadian universities, and free speech is caught in the crossfire

Feature

September 2017

Sidebar: Free speech flashpoints

By Justin Dallaire

Feature

September 2017

Sidebar: ‘Most students are very respectful of diverse political and religious views’

By Justin Dallaire

Rev. Ralph Carl Wushke, a United Church minister and ecumenical chaplain at the University of Toronto, talks about free speech on campus

Feature

September 2017

‘Wherever we went, I saw need’

By Tim Johnson

A frequent traveller can’t help but encounter extreme poverty. What’s the best way to make a difference while abroad?

Feature

May 2017

Calling in sad

By Denise Davy

On any given week, half a million Canadians miss work due to a mental health problem. Employers are failing to offer the support they need.

Feature

May 2017

Sidebar: Responding to clergy burnout

By Denise Davy

Feature

March 2017

Q&A with Don Evans

By Kevin Spurgaitis

The executive director of the Victoria-based, United Church of Canada-affiliated Our Place Society and the former acting executive director of Vancouver's First United talks about the opioid crisis in British Columbia

Special Feature

March 2017

Aging and addicted

By Kevin Spurgaitis

When you picture drug abuse, Canadian seniors may not come to mind. But the over-prescription of painkillers has made them another face of the opioid epidemic.

Feature

March 2017

How different regions are tackling the opioid crisis

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Feature

March 2017

Culture thieves

By Pieta Woolley

There’s a line between appreciation and appropriation. Why do white people keep crossing it?

Feature

February 2017

Flowers, lingerie, chocolate and gems — the ethical way

By Trisha Elliott

Feature

January 2017

Prisonland

By Anne Bokma

Three years after shutting down, Canada’s oldest and most notorious prison is now a blockbuster tourist attraction. Is it trading on tragedy?

Feature

November 2016

A French malaise

By Tim Johnson

The writer returns to France after a 13-year hiatus and discovers a country increasingly uneasy about its growing multiculturalism

Special Feature

June 2016

A new way to die

By Various Writers

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

Feature

June 2016

Remembering Gloria Taylor

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Feature

June 2016

Death of a king

By Tim Johnson

The writer journeyed to Zimbabwe to inquire about the shooting of a celebrated lion. But he discovered that you can’t separate the scourge of poaching from the desperation of poverty.

Feature

May 2016

Married to mental illness

By Denise Davy

The burden of caring for a spouse with serious psychological issues will test even the strongest relationship

Faith

The author is baptized at Central United in Calgary. (Photo courtesy of Al Coe)

Why I got baptized in a United Church at the age of 42

by Jacqueline Mercer-Livesey

"I told myself that I didn’t need to go to church to believe in God. I found peace and the Holy Spirit in the things that surrounded me. But still, there was a nagging sense of something missing."

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Observations

Editor/Publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Observations: The rewards of letting go

by Jocelyn Bell

Editor Jocelyn Bell reflects on the upcoming changes for The United Church of Canada, the magazine and in her own life.

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Video

ObserverDocs: Two nurses tackle Vancouver's opioid crisis

Richard Moore is a resident of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In this poignant interview, he explains the important work of nurses Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles.

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Columns

June 2018

The moment the Pope asked me to pray for him

by Miriam Spies

A United Church minister on the impact of a simple gesture from a powerful man.

Society

July 2018

Best self-care tips for caregivers

by Kate Spencer

Counsellors, teachers and ministers share what it looks like for them.

Faith

July 2018

Meet your 2018 moderator nominees

by Mike Milne

Later this month, General Council commissioners will choose the United Church’s next moderator. As of press time, 10 leadership hopefuls had been announced. We asked each of them to sum up their pitch in a tweet.

Faith

July 2018

A fond farewell to presbyteries

by Steven Chambers

They will likely be eliminated this year as the United Church restructures. Steven Chambers celebrates the end of an era.

Society

July 2018

Instead of retirement, these two nurses are battling Vancouver's opioid crisis

by Roberta Staley

At age 71 and 65 respectively, Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles embrace their unconventional work in the Downtown Eastside.

Columns

June 2018

I hate you, Canada, for teaching people to treat me like this under your name

by Zach Running Coyote

A Cree actor says he blames our country for the racist comments recently directed at him in a McDonald's restaurant.

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