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Retrospect

Special Feature

February 2018

Segregation in the South

By Martin Luther King Jr.

Black Americans have passed a point of no return in their non-violent struggle against oppression — February 1958

Special Feature

January 2018

Nobody’s hometown

By Larry Krotz

— January 1978

Special Feature

December 2017

Plain-speaking his faith

By Muriel Duncan

— December 1997

Special Feature

November 2017

Draft dodgers

By Observer Staff

If the church is to have prophets it should be prepared for unpopular prophesying — November 1967

Special Feature

September 2017

100 Huntley Street

By Muriel Duncan

Its aim is saving souls – on daytime television — September 1977

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June 2017

Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls

By R.B.Y. Scott

— June 1957

Special Feature

April 2017

Here’s who Joe Clark really is

By A.C. Forrest

— April 1977

Special Feature

January 2017

Preacher president

By Larry Krotz

Those who study oratory hear the power of the pulpit in Barack Obama's cadence — January 2009

Special Feature

January 2017

What if we start creating life?

By Patrick Watson

Christians ought to face the prospect now and prepare to love the test-tube baby — January 1967

Special Feature

December 2016

Cuba’s paradox and passages

By David Wilson

An island enigma, Cuba bewilders and beguiles. And somehow, it perseveres. — May 2000

Special Feature

August 2016

Piety and politics: The American way

By David Wilson

In the pulpit, pew or presidential office, Americans mix their religion and politics with a practised and unrepentant hand — October 1988

Special Feature

March 2016

Troubles in mind

By David Wilson

The sectarian conflict between Northern Ireland's Catholic nationalists and Protestant unionists is a state of mind as well as a state of civil unrest — August 1994

Special Feature

December 2015

To the ends of the Earth

By Alanna Mitchell

Travelling to the North and South poles brings moments of redemption amid overwhelming evidence of a planet in peril — April 2011

Special Feature

October 2015

East Germany

By David Wilson

A revolution lit by candles — October 1990

Special Feature

August 2015

Caught in the nuclear shadow

By David Wilson

The nuclear threat never went away. We just stopped being afraid. — September 1997

Special Feature

July 2015

Bosnia’s invisible war

By Mike Milne

A relief convoy carrying church aid finds determination amid destruction in a forgotten corner of former Yugoslavia — September, 1996

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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