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

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.


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On grief and the healing power of gardening

by Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.


C.S. Lewis “came to his faith via doubt, pain and even hostility.” Photo: Alamy

Why C.S. Lewis is still relevant today

by Michael Coren

In fact, the academic and author, who died in 1963, is arguably more popular and influential now than during his lifetime. Buy why?


Illustration: Neil Webb

Is the Bible true?

by Jane Dawson

There are many rewarding ways of thinking about the truths of the Bible.


Song leader, police and gate blockers in front of the Kinder Morgan gates. Photo by Kimiko Karpoff

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

A faith leader reflects on protesting the pipeline with the Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation.


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.


Ousama Alkhatib (left) helped launch the 3-month program.

Syrian refugee finds beautiful way to help those he ‘left behind’

by Mugoli Samba

Soon after moving to Canada, Ousama Alkhatib helped launch an arts program for Syrian newcomers in Toronto that also gives back to refugees still in camps.


“I wish people knew me as an excellent seamstress . . . an excellent farmer . . . [not] as a victim of ISIS,” says Yazidi  refugee and activist Nadia Murad in On Her Shoulders.

3 documentaries explore the toll of activism

by Jonathan Forani

Advocacy is seen as necessary work to prevent further suffering. But it can result in new types of pain and some of the most prominent activists suffer in silence.

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