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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

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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

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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

Columns

Rev. Don Collett had a hand in writing the document that paved the way for the open ordination of LGBT folks in the United Church of Canada. (Credit: Bayne Stanley)

For me, the landmark United Church vote on sexual orientation came at a high personal cost

by Don Collett

"Justice was served at General Council. Yes. And harm was also done," says Rev. Don Collett.

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Observations

Editor/publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Should we apologize for the hurt surrounding the 1988 decision?

by Jocelyn Bell

The groundbreaking United Church vote on gay and lesbian ministers has transformed the denomination in the years since, but there's still work left to do.

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Video

Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

They're a fixture of Kirk United Church Centre in Edmonton.

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Society

September 2018

11 Ontarians share their opioid stories in this powerful project

by Mugoli Samba

The Opioid Chapters hopes to add nuance to the public discussion on opioids.

Society

September 2018

Do we face a future without Down syndrome?

by Kevin Spurgaitis

Advances in prenatal testing mean parents can detect the chromosomal difference earlier. What does this mean for the future of Down Syndrome?

Faith

September 2018

I send my kids to Catholic school, but I'm not Catholic

by Pieta Woolley

A lifelong United Church member explains why she's embracing lessons in reading, writing and rosaries.

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