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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?

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July 2008

A road map for healing

By Andrea Davis

How congregations can engage Aboriginal neighbours as part of the national journey toward justice

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July 2008

Vacation survival strategies

By Karen Stiller

Holidays with your loved ones should be memorable for the right reasons. These tips will help you get real about family vacations.

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July 2008

Summer humour: youth group merriment

By Brian Platt

An expert reveals how ratty couches, embarrassing games and over-spiced food will draw youth to church

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June 2008

Designing sacred spaces

By Lorna Day

Sacred space can elevate our understanding of each other and the world we share

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June 2008

Youth mission trips, 21st-century style

By Caley Moore

Exposure visits, as they’re now called, can open young people’s eyes and change their view of the world. Here’s how to do them right.

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June 2008

The problem with perfect

By Susan McCaslin

There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in

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June 2008

A way out of no way

By Paul Wilson

Win or lose, Barack Obama is helping to reshape American politics. His now-famous church did a lot to shape him.

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May 2008

Street survivors

By Jocelyn Bell

Still a bastion of colonial civility, balmy Victoria is also a haven for the homeless. Newly opened, church-supported Our Place is part of the city’s response.

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May 2008

Your boomerang children

By Karen Stiller

When adult kids move back home, all the rules change. Here’s how to cope with a household of grown-ups.

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May 2008

Hijacking religion

By Trisha Elliott

Suicide terrorism is a weapon of choice for groups with economic and political aims. Too often, it’s sold as religion.

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May 2008

On the worthy cause beat

By Paul Waldie

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

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May 2008

Reconciled to hard truths

By Mike Milne

Rebuffing accusations of genocide, churches join Aboriginal groups and Ottawa in an effort to account for children who died in residential schools

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April 2008

Helping kids cope with life’s letdowns

By Laurie McBurney

Sooner or later, children will face failure

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April 2008

To dream, perchance to sleep

By Kevin Spurgaitis

For some, insomnia is a recurring nightmare. Others find it gives them a chance to reach deep into their souls.

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April 2008

Fewer givers, bigger gifts

By Larry Krotz

Social shifts are transforming the way we support worthy causes

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April 2008

Eating ethically

By Trisha Elliott

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

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March 2008

An Easter people

By Rt. Rev. David Giuliano

New life is possible. But the path often winds through the valley of death.

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March 2008

The new kid in the coffee aisle

By Mike Milne

A two-part series on coffee and global justice concludes with a look at the impact of fair trade on Canadian consumers

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March 2008

'All they want is a home'

By Sarah Boesveld

Think adoption and babies come to mind. What about the 8,500 other Canadian children over the age of three who need a family?

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February 2008

Coffee with a conscience

By Mike Milne

How the fairness gets into fair trade coffee

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February 2008

When Mom or Dad moves into your home

By Karen Stiller

Start laying the groundwork in advance

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January 2008

The gospel according to Al Gore

By Larry Krotz

Al Gore's climate change campaign has more to do with old-time religion than you might imagine

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January 2008

A Muslim house divided

By Sabitri Ghosh

Canadian Muslim organizations are anything but unified -- something the United Church must face

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January 2008

Two faiths, one family

By Karen Stiller

Raising kids in an interfaith marriage has its challenges and rewards

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December 2007

Christmas as others see it

By Rose Tekel

Rose Tekel is one of five non-Christian Canadians who describe how Christmas appears to them

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December 2007

What would Jesus drive?

By Mike Milne

U.S. evangelicals have jumped on the Earth-friendly bandwagon and transformed the political landscape

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December 2007

From Harare to Hamilton

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Once a high-ranking official in Zimbabwe, refugee Chris Mazhandu hopes to become a United Church minister and a force for change back home

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November 2007

Identity crisis

By Mike Milne

Cutbacks to United Church justice programs spark protest

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November 2007

A change of body, mind and soul

By Jocelyn Bell

Transgendered people seek nothing more from churches than a genuine welcome

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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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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