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Justice

Feature

March 2009

When will you bring food?

By Gary Kenny

With Zimbabwe lurching toward famine, the United Church responds with its biggest food-aid partnership ever

Feature

February 2009

AIDS enters adulthood

By Larry Krotz

Twenty-five years on, HIV/AIDS continues to wreak tragedy upon vast swaths of the developing world. The rest of us are getting used to it.

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January 2009

Condition critical

By Kevin Spurgaitis

As strains on the public health-care system mount, so does the clamour for more competition from the private sector

Feature

December 2008

The trouble with Angel

By Lee Simpson

She is the street person I’ve chosen to “adopt.” I give her money, food and companionship. She personifies questions I cannot answer.

Feature

November 2008

Sprawl: Living in a mega-city world

By Larry Krotz

The global population shift raises profound ethical challenges for cities already straining at the seams

Feature

October 2008

An epidemic of hunger

By Mike Milne

How to feed a world threatened by mass starvation? Those who have suffered the most may have the best answers.

Feature

October 2008

Wayfaring spirit

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Bruce Cockburn’s musical career spans 40 years and 26 albums. But his quest for deeper meaning is lifelong.

Feature

September 2008

Northern Ireland’s troubled generation

By Kevin Spurgaitis

A decade of peace has coincided with a disturbing spike in suicides among Catholic and Protestant youth

Feature

July 2008

A road map for healing

By Andrea Davis

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

Feature

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.

Feature

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.

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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?

Feature

February 2008

Coffee with a conscience

By Mike Milne

How the fairness gets into fair trade coffee

Feature

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

Feature

November 2007

Identity crisis

By Mike Milne

Cutbacks to United Church justice programs spark protest

Feature

November 2007

A change of body, mind and soul

By Jocelyn Bell

Transgendered people seek nothing more from churches than a genuine welcome

Feature

September 2007

Changing priorities lead to big job cuts

By Mike Milne

Increased emphasis on congregations comes at the expense of justice work, critics say

Feature

July 2007

A too-quiet diplomacy

By Gary Kenny

As Zimbabwe spirals deeper and deeper into crisis, churches have begun to stand up to Robert Mugabe

Feature

April 2007

Raising the rainbow-coloured flag

By Mike Milne

The movement to welcome people of all sexual orientations into the United Church hits the quarter-century mark this year. While its numbers remain low, its influence is growing

Feature

April 2007

Generation Craig

By Jocelyn Bell

Free the Children founder Craig Kielburger has inspired thousands of children to become social activists. As more and more kids get involved, our very notions of childhood are changing.

Feature

March 2007

A time for truth-telling:?

By Jocelyn Bell

Will the commission looking into the wrongs of the Indian residential school system finally lead to awareness, healing and forgiveness?

Feature

February 2007

Building hope in Sudan

By Andrea Huncar

From London, Ont., to southern Sudan David Tennant went to Africa to prove a point. Now he's building hope in a place that needs it badly

Feature

January 2007

We're all panhandlers here

By Allen Tysick

Feature

November 2006

When war in not an option

By Jennifer McPhee

Feature

June 2006

From victim to victor

By Gary Kenny

Feature

April 2006

Hope's story

By Donna Sinclair

a faith that demands action

Feature

February 2006

Building new hope in Tamil Nadu

By Mike Milne

Feature

February 2006

Set apart, then set aside

By Donna Sinclair

50 years later, an apology

Interviews

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Why this woman is leaving the Catholic Church in her 60s

by Angela Mombourquette

After a lifetime devoted to Catholicism, a Nova Scotia teacher is settling in with the United Church of Canada. Here, she explains why.

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Editorials

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Observations: It’s a long road toward full equality for women

by Jocelyn Bell

'It’s a wonder that we continue to see male ministers as normative and attach shame to female ministers’ biology and sexuality.'

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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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Faith

May 2018

Toronto church builds interfaith friendship

by Vivien Fellegi

Faith

May 2018

This parent found no support for her autistic daughter — and decided to change that

by Kieran Delamont

Suzanne Allen talks about raising a daughter on the autism spectrum and bringing all autistic girls together

Faith

May 2018

Church retreat helps first responders with PTSD

by Joe Martelle

Interviews

May 2018

Why this woman is leaving the Catholic Church in her 60s

by Angela Mombourquette

After a lifetime devoted to Catholicism, a Nova Scotia teacher is settling in with the United Church of Canada. Here, she explains why.

Ethics

May 2018

Pregnant in the pulpit

by Trisha Elliott

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

Interviews

May 2018

The two words Rev. Cheri DiNovo wants to hear from the United Church

by Alex Mlynek

The Toronto minister talks about her disappointment over the church’s silence when she officiated the country’s first legalized same-sex marriage 17 years ago – and why she wants an apology.

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