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Ethics

Feature

December 2009

Front page challenge

By David Hayes

The United Church found itself in the media crosshairs this past fall, wondering how — or whether — to respond to a spate of negative news stories

Feature

November 2009

When green isn't green enough

By Lisa Van de Ven

Think you’re doing your bit for the environment? Here’s the deal: you’re just getting started.

Feature

June 2009

Growing food security

By Katrina Simmons

How that patch of earth outside your church can be part of a more equitable food system

Feature

May 2009

Pain and possibility

By Larry Krotz

Our economy was sick before the recession took hold. The crisis presents a chance to imagine a healthier and more sustainable future.

Feature

April 2009

Miracle or dilemma?

By Richard Wright

Tens of thousands of people are living testimony to the benefits of harvesting vital organs from the dead. Yet the ethics of organ donation are surprisingly complex.

Column

October 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

Have our best efforts to eliminate sexism and racism morphed into new exclusions?

Feature

September 2008

Where’s Darwin?

By Drew Halfnight

Nearly half of Canadians believe that dinosaurs and humans co-existed. Is there a missing link in our education system?

Column

June 2008

Restless Soul

By Sara Jewell

Turn off the cell phone. Put away the iPod. Your language skills are suffering.

Feature

May 2008

On the worthy cause beat

By Paul Waldie

A veteran business reporter discovered that the philanthropic spirit is thriving in Canada today

Feature

April 2008

Eating ethically

By Trisha Elliott

Is it possible to shrink our ecological footprint by changing the way we fill our bellies?

Feature

October 2007

An ethical enigma called Afghanistan

By Mike Milne

It used to be that the United Church was almost automatically anti-war. Times have changed.

Feature

October 2007

The shadow side of nuclear energy

By Mike Milne

Nuclear energy promises lots of electricity with minimal greenhouse gases. Its waste `footprint' is a different matter, though.

Feature

May 2007

Death by design

By Larry Krotz

We enjoy unprecedented control over how we live. Should we also control the way we die?

Feature

April 2007

Eco-ethics and the winds of change

By Larry Krotz

The fierce debate over an Ontario wind-energy project signals a looming ethical storm

Feature

November 2006

When war in not an option

By Jennifer McPhee

Feature

December 2005

New casino, bad idea

By Donna Sinclair

Feature

September 2005

Fighting back against elder abuse

By Melissa Walker

Feature

April 2005

Climate change

By David Wilson

Into the gathering haze

Feature

June 2004

Spanking: Why a good smack isn't

By Jocelyn Bell

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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Faith

July 2018

250 United Church leaders have a message for Doug Ford

by Emma Prestwich

They're urging the new Ontario premier to remember those in need as he carries out promised economic reform.

Culture

July 2018

Tracing Nelson Mandela’s path a century after his birth

by Tim Johnson

A travel writer visits some of the places that shaped the anti-apartheid icon’s life.

Interviews

July 2018

Jamil Jivani sheds light on why young men radicalize

by Suzanne Bowness

In his book 'Why Young Men,' Jamil Jivani talks about his own experience as a troubled youth.

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