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41st General Council Coverage

By Observer Staff

Welcome to The United Church Observer's coverage of the 41st General Council, taking place in Ottawa between Aug. 11 and 18, 2012. Check back for daily stories and photos from the meeting floor at Carleton University.


Day One

All eyes on Israel-Palestine report as commissioners descend on Ottawa
By Mike Milne
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Day Two
Commissioners vote to change church crest and update doctrinal statements
By David Wilson and Mike Milne
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Day Three
Moderator nominees make their pitches to commissioners 
By David Wilson
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Review of church operations and structure could lead to sweeping changes 
By Mike Milne
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Day Four
Discussion begins on Mideast report calling for limited boycott
By Mike Milne
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Congregations urged to resist the ‘evil’ of gossip
By David Wilson
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Day Five
United Church moves closer to boycott of products from Israeli settlements
By Mike Milne
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Day Six
In a historic decision, commissioners elect Rev. Gary Paterson as the United Church’s 41st moderator
By David Wilson
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Day Seven
General Council affirms boycott of settlement products and opposition to Israeli occupation
By Mike Milne
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Environment

Song leader, police and gate blockers in front of the Kinder Morgan gates. Photo by Kimiko Karpoff

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

A faith leader reflects on protesting the pipeline with the Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation.

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Editorials

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

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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Video

ObserverDocs: Playing by Heart

by Observer Staff

United Church music director Kara Shaw was born prematurely, became almost totally blind and was later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Today, the 28-year-old showcases her unique musical ability, performing piano on local and national stages.

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Society

June 2018

Why some women of colour are hesitant to say #MeToo

by Jacky Habib

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.

Environment

May 2018

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

On April 28, 2018, faith leaders from many traditions, including the United Church, stood in solidarity with Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C.. Kimiko Karpoff captured the day in pictures.

Faith

June 2018

After 93 years, this will be the United Church's last General Council meeting

by Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Justice

June 2018

#MeToo in the United Church

by Trisha Elliott

9 women share their stories of harassment and sexual assault in the United Church.

Columns

May 2018

On grief and the healing power of gardening

by Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.

Editorials

June 2018

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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