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November 2014

Global cry of the people

By Dennis Gruending

Canadian mining abroad continues to be criticized by civil society

September 2014

Climate Summit 2014   

By Dennis Gruending

Faith groups asked to get active for the environment

August 2014

2014 Peoples’ Social Forum 

By Dennis Gruending

Indigenous and environmental issues remain predominate

August 2014

A fragile democracy

By Dennis Gruending

CRA audits charitable groups it says are politically driven

July 2014

History does matter

By Dennis Gruending

The Middle East's cycle of violence and retaliation can only be ended through negotiations

July 2014

PeaceQuest

By Dennis Gruending

Group wants rededication of Peace Tower and 'counter narrative' to militarism

June 2014

Poor process

By Dennis Gruending

Northern Gateway issue is not a matter of dollars and cents

June 2014

Day of action

By Dennis Gruending

Doctors battle Ottawa on refugee health cuts

May 2014

Attacking the most vulnerable

By Dennis Gruending

Refugee claimants aren’t ‘bogus’ despite government’s say-so

May 2014

Revamping the carbon economy

By Dennis Gruending

Greening, alone, will not stop climate change

April 2014

Continuing to discuss climate change

By Dennis Gruending

It’s real. We caused it. But what do we do now?

April 2014

All we are saying

By Dennis Gruending

Giving nonviolence, spirituality and social transformation a chance

March 2014

Disheartened

By Dennis Gruending

Groups have dire predictions for Canada’s health accord

March 2014

Deadly name-calling

By Dennis Gruending

The propaganda wars continue in Ukraine

February 2014

Time to talk about a maximum wage

By Dennis Gruending

Canada’s top CEOs make 171 times the average

February 2014

War takes rising toll

By Dennis Gruending

Was Afghanistan really worth it?

January 2014

Faith in the public sphere

By Dennis Gruending

Religious freedom ends when it infringes on gender equality

January 2014

Big Brother revisited

By Dennis Gruending

We’re now discovering the extent of spying activity by Canada

December 2013

Nelson Mandela’s work continues

By Dennis Gruending

The Elders champion human rights for women and girls

November 2013

Cold diplomacy

By Dennis Gruending

Israel’s false logic on the Iran nuclear deal

November 2013

PeaceQuest

By Dennis Gruending

Proposing a counter-narrative on Canada’s wars

October 2013

Talking peace

By Dennis Gruending

Inter-religious cooperation thrives in Canada

October 2013

Climate change and churches

By Dennis Gruending

Bringing an ethical perspective to the debate

September 2013

Wishing a farewell to arms

By Dennis Gruending

The recent Navy Yard shooting in the U.S. sparks the question: is there no way to prevent Americans from killing each other with guns?

September 2013

Charter of Values

By Dennis Gruending

In the debate over religious symbols in the workplace, the Parti Quebecois is an odd spectacle to behold

August 2013

Going to bat for gay rights

By Dennis Gruending

Canada’s Foreign Affairs minister defends sexual minorities abroad

August 2013

Lac Mégantic rail disaster

By Dennis Gruending

Tragedy and public policy

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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