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Feature

March 2019

Ethiopia eye care empowers women and girls

By Susan Nerberg

Men and boys are almost twice as likely to receive eye care in the country

Special Feature

June 2018

How Cape Town citizens narrowly avoided running out of water

By Sydelle Willow Smith

The city's population was restricted to using just 50 litres of water per person per day. By comparison, Canadians use five times that amount. Here, we take a look at how they managed.

Feature

May 2018

How a South Korean dissident became a minister in northern Ontario

By Donna Sinclair

After being released from prison in his native South Korea in 1979, Jong Bok Kim made the long journey to Canada, where he is now a United Church minister.

Feature

February 2018

Reconciliation process: What can Canada learn from Australia?

By Alanna Mitchell

Both countries have terrible histories with Indigenous peoples. The writer travels Down Under to find out how they're trying to make it right.

Feature

February 2018

Australian and Canadian churches work on promoting Indigenous rights

By Alanna Mitchell

Special Feature

January 2018

Exploring the world's oldest creation story in northern Australia

By Alanna Mitchell

The rock art in Kakadu National Park is not just the dusty archive of a primeval religion. It is part of an enigmatic, sophisticated animist faith that lives on.

Feature

January 2018

WCC celebrates 70 years of solidarity

By Amy MacLachlan

Founded in 1948 to promote Christian unity, the World Council of Churches marks a milestone while looking ahead to the future of ecumenism

Special Feature

December 2017

Hope in the age of HIV-AIDS

By Philip Maher

Feature

October 2017

Martin Luther is a complicated icon

By Paul Knowles

As Protestants celebrate a milestone anniversary, the writer ventures to Germany in search of the real man.

Feature

September 2017

‘Wherever we went, I saw need’

By Tim Johnson

A frequent traveller can’t help but encounter extreme poverty. What’s the best way to make a difference while abroad?

Special Feature

June 2017

After ISIS attacks, Yazidi survivors fight for their ancient way of life

By Sally Armstrong

In August 2014, ISIS attacked Iraq’s Yazidis, slaughtering thousands and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery.

Feature

June 2017

Bug bites

By Kieran Delamont

Feature

June 2017

Each carefully chosen gift in this Canadian's luggage offers a glimpse into the lives of Cubans today

By Christopher Levan

You’ll find more than giveaway toiletries and hand-me-downs in the writer's luggage.

Feature

May 2017

Navigating the checkpoints in the holy city of Jerusalem

By Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Approaching a biblical holy site on foot becomes a journey through the tangled reality of Israel and the occupied territories today

Special Feature

March 2017

Breathing uneasily

By Vivien Fellegi

Special Feature

February 2017

Wade Davis' words and photographs show many faces, but one humanity

By Wade Davis

The Canadian author and explorer captures the richness and fragility of global cultures and rituals

Feature

February 2017

Old library, new look

By Sheima Benembarek

Feature

January 2017

‘Love Trumps Hate’

By Denise Davy

A Canadian woman marches on Washington and sees a generation of feminists ready to take on the world

Feature

January 2017

Biblical proportions

By Anne Bokma

Special Feature

December 2016

Room at the Inn

By Paul Knowles

Feature

November 2016

A French malaise

By Tim Johnson

The writer returns to France after a 13-year hiatus and discovers a country increasingly uneasy about its growing multiculturalism

Special Feature

October 2016

Pulse power

By Gary Kenny

Special Feature

September 2016

Iron Man

By Jocelyn Bell

Special Feature

July 2016

When exodus is the only answer

By Patricia Clarke

Christians are fleeing the cradle of the faith amid escalating turmoil in the Middle East

Feature

June 2016

Death of a king

By Tim Johnson

The writer journeyed to Zimbabwe to inquire about the shooting of a celebrated lion. But he discovered that you can’t separate the scourge of poaching from the desperation of poverty.

Special Feature

May 2016

No wombs for rent

By Tony Fong

Feature

May 2016

Verbatim

By Kylie Taggart

‘Parts of our lives are beyond scientific understanding’

Special Feature

April 2016

Climate change is changing our ecosystems, this region is on the front lines

By Josiah Neufeld

The writer visits the shifting shorelines of Bangladesh and discovers tens of millions of people on the brink of disaster

Special Feature

April 2016

Slow burn in Central Asia

By Tim Johnson

Feature

March 2016

A citizen of nowhere

By Feras Saedam

For stateless Palestinians like Feras Saedam, life can be one long identity-card crisis. Occasionally there’s a happy ending.

Columns

(Photo: cuatrok77/Flickr via Creative Commons)

Cormorants aren't the devil

by Douglas Hunter

Ontario's proposed new measures amount to a slaughter of an entire native bird species for no scientifically compelling reason, says this writer

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Editorials

The United Church Observer's editor and publisher, Jocelyn Bell. (Photo: Lindsay Palmer)

The new name of 'The Observer' revealed!

by Jocelyn Bell

"United Church" will no longer be on the cover, but our commitment to sharing denominational news and perspectives remains the same

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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

February 2019

Marriage problems: Is the ancient tradition worth saving?

by Pieta Woolley

Bitterness and boredom seem to define many mid-life marriages, but we might not have to settle for apathy ever after

Ethics

February 2019

A Yukon artist and a Tlingit trapper create this stunning jewelry

by Amy van den Berg

The fur jewelry in Whitehorse boutique store V. Ægirsdóttir is creating a new possibility for future partnerships with the region's trappers

Columns

February 2019

Why white people need to stop asking, 'where are you from?'

by Mike Sholars

"...For all intents and purposes, Canada is the only home I really recognize or remember. But none of that matters if I look like I don’t belong, and that single question makes that abundantly clear every single time."

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