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March 2016

‘Good religion’

By Dennis Gruending

Faith still has a role to play in peacebuilding

March 2016

Jobs versus human rights

By Dennis Gruending

Selling arms to the Saudis creates a ’reasonable risk’ to civilian populations

March 2016

No room for cynicism

By Dennis Gruending

Canada’s first ministers meet to talk climate change

February 2016

Seniors’ strategy

By Dennis Gruending

The CMA’s Demand A Plan campaign was the real winner last election

January 2016

Good neighbours

By Dennis Gruending

Politicians will only do whatever Canadians support — and accept

January 2016

Trudeau’s honeymoon

By Dennis Gruending

Canada’s new prime minister over-promises and under-delivers

December 2015

Promising signs

By Dennis Gruending

There's no magic fix in Paris, but there are hints of hope

November 2015

We cannot turn away

By Dennis Gruending

Welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada is a marathon, not a sprint


November 2015

'Peace cannot be won on the battlefield'

By Dennis Gruending

Peacemaker Ernie Regehr has some advice for Canada's new government

October 2015

Trudeau's 'sunny ways'

By Dennis Gruending

Despite political optimism, there may be some clouds on the horizon

October 2015

Suppressing our better angels

By Dennis Gruending

Racism rears its head in the Canadian election

September 2015

Precious democracy

By Dennis Gruending

Voices-Voix confronts Conservatives on stifling Canadians' fundamental right

September 2015

Syrian refugee crisis

By Dennis Gruending

What you can do to help

August 2015

Election 2015

By Dennis Gruending

Faith groups have lots of questions for candidates this go around

August 2015

Paltry returns

By Dennis Gruending

Public spending on sports palaces is just bad economics

July 2015

Pontiff’s ‘grand message’

By Dennis Gruending

Pope Francis calls for spiritual and environmental revolution

June 2015

Happy warriors

By Dennis Gruending

Order of Canada recipients call for the elimination of nukes

June 2015

Truth, reconciliation and Canadian churches

By Dennis Gruending

Despite having been a part of the 130-year story of residential schools, churches have a history of protecting and promoting Indigenous rights. That's something to build on after the TRC's findings.

May 2015

TRC comes to an end

By Dennis Gruending

Still, residential schools statistics are hard for many Canadians to forget

May 2015

Justice Tour 2015

By Dennis Gruending

Churches focus on climate change and ending poverty

April 2015

Dignity for all

By Dennis Gruending

No anti-poverty measures are to be found in the federal budget

April 2015

A greater contribution

By Dennis Gruending

Canada extends its military mission in Iraq and Syria amidst skepticism

March 2015

Truth, reconciliation and remembrance

By Dennis Gruending

We may think that we know our history. But most of us still don't.

March 2015

Security or civil rights?

By Dennis Gruending

The debate over anti-terrorism bill heats up

February 2015

'The times are a-changin’

By Dennis Gruending

The popularity of Pope Francis shows no signs of abating

February 2015

Dying with dignity?

By Dennis Gruending

Faith groups respond to Supreme Court ruling on physician-assisted death

January 2015

Money talks

By Dennis Gruending

CBC bans journalists from making paid appearances

January 2015

Christian exodus

By Dennis Gruending

How do we protect the 'human' rights of religious minorities in the Middle East?

December 2014

Light for Lima

By Dennis Gruending

Canadian faith groups call for more action on climate change

November 2014

Clearing the plains

By Dennis Gruending

How John A. Macdonald starved Indigenous peoples 

Environment

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.

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Editorials

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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Video

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.

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Society

June 2018

Why some women of colour are hesitant to say #MeToo

by Jacky Habib

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.

Environment

May 2018

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

On April 28, 2018, faith leaders from many traditions, including the United Church, stood in solidarity with Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C.. Kimiko Karpoff captured the day in pictures.

Faith

June 2018

After 93 years, this will be the United Church's last General Council meeting

by Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Justice

June 2018

#MeToo in the United Church

by Trisha Elliott

9 women share their stories of harassment and sexual assault in the United Church.

Columns

May 2018

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.

Editorials

June 2018

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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