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Podcasts

Feature

November 2017

Observer Podcast: Episode 8

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson shares his recent ‘Observations’ about free speech and writer David Giuliano talks about the return of a tumour that set him on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer'

Feature

May 2017

Observer Podcast: Episode 7

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations; Interview with activist and Sojourners founder Jim Wallis; and environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki reads a letter to his grandchildren.

Feature

March 2017

Observer Podcast: Episode 6

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations; Interview with American theologian Rev. Walter Brueggemann; and writer Sheima Benembarek talks about a fateful encounter in the subway one day.

Feature

October 2016

Observer Podcast: Episode 5

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations; Interview with author and human rights advocate Joan Chittister; and Fort McMurray wildfire evacuee, Donalee Williams, reflects on the true meaning of the word, “home.”

Feature

July 2016

Observer Podcast: Episode 4

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations; Interview with Sheila Noyes, a former co-president of Dying with Dignity Canada; and writer Alison Brooks-Starks talk about a month-long solo paddle on the North Saskatchewan River

Feature

February 2016

Observer Podcast: Episode 3

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations, interview with writer and activist Sally Armstrong, and Debbie McMillan's Spirit Story

Feature

October 2015

Observer Podcast: Episode 2

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations; interview with author Alanna Mitchell and Erica Lenti's Spirit Story

Feature

July 2015

Observer Podcast: Episode 1

By Observer Staff

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations; interview with singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn and Janet Stobie's Spirit Story.

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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Columns

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.

Society

July 2018

Best self-care tips for caregivers

by Kate Spencer

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

Faith

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.

Faith

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.

Society

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.

Columns

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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