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1) After the last disaster, Haiti was supposed to 'build back better' — what happened? (Via CBC News, Oct. 12, 2016)

Aid organizations 'only ever accountable to the people who are giving it money,' author says Read the full article

2) Grandmothers Unite (Via The Agenda, Oct. 10, 2016)

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is marking 10 years of its Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, which supports elders in sub-Saharan Africa who take care of their grandchildren and others whose parents have died of AIDS. The Agenda speaks to a panel of women involved in the campaign.

3) Watch what happens when we build walls and fences to keep people out (Via Quartz Oct. 10, 2016)

It’s been over a year since Donald Trump announced his US presidential run in a speech that promised to build an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall” along the US-Mexico border. At the same time, Europe was confronted with its worst refugee crisis since World War II.  Read the full article

4) The Walrus Talks: Making New Traditions from Our Old Ways (Via The Walrus, Oct. 7, 2016)

Kevin Kablutsiak, executive director of the Arctic Inspiration Prize, grew up in Arviat, Nunavut and, after high school, spent a year in the Nunavut Sivuniksavut Training Program in Ottawa. Within the last ten years, he’s been a broadcaster with CBC North in Iqaluit, first as a reporter and then as host of the morning show Qulliq. Kevin also spent three years with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Canada’s national Inuit organization, where he led a group studying the feasibility of a standard Inuit-language writing system.

5) The Syria war: a history (Via Vox, Oct. 11, 2016)

A brief history of how Syria fell into a war that, since 2011, has killed 250,000 and sent half the population fleeing — including 4 million refugees. Read full article

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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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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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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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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.


July 2018

Best self-care tips for caregivers

by Kate Spencer

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


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.


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.


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.


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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