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February 2017

WATCH LIST: February 2017

By Observer Staff

Feature

February 2017

In awe of the cosmos

By Kevin Spurgaitis

New astronomical discoveries are inspiring movie directors to boldly go where no filmmaker has gone before

Feature

January 2017

WATCH LIST: January 2017

By Observer Staff

Feature

January 2017

Break with tradition

By Julie McGonegal

New Indigenous spirituality books challenge the notion that sacred teachings should only be passed down orally

Feature

December 2016

WATCH LIST: December 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

December 2016

Bad person, good art

By Lisa Van de Ven

Director Nate Parker is yet another artist accused of a crime. The question for audiences: do you see his movie?

Special Feature

November 2016

‘Mystical Landscapes’

By Trisha Elliott

Feature

November 2016

WATCH LIST: November 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

November 2016

Comics come of age

By Simon Lewsen

Canadian women are on the leading edge as graphic novels go mainstream

Feature

October 2016

Beyond the music

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Immersive, multi-day festivals have become a modern rite of passage

Arts Feature

October 2016

WATCH LIST: October 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2016

WATCH LIST: September 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2016

Carbon copies

By Elena Gritzan

As scientists tinker with the human genome, TV series Orphan Black reveals the duplicitous side of cloning

Feature

July 2016

WATCH LIST: July/August 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2016

Can gaming be good?

By Trisha Elliott

Video games are often cast as violent, sexist and addictive. But a new genre of virtual fun is serving a higher purpose.

Arts Feature

June 2016

WATCH LIST: June 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2016

Cartoons with IQs

By Simon Lewsen

Recent animated features edify as well as entertain. The young people in your life might enjoy them too.

Feature

May 2016

WATCH LIST: May 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

May 2016

Lake Wobegon bids adieu

By Ray Ford

Radio host Garrison Keillor retires in July. His iconic brand of Christian-flavoured storytelling will be missed.

Arts Feature

April 2016

WATCH LIST: April 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

April 2016

How much is enough?

By Pieta Woolley

Author Heather King says Christians should earn a sum that allows them to enjoy life and share generously. Figuring out how is another matter.

Feature

March 2016

WATCH LIST: March 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

March 2016

Refugee on the run

By Julie McGonegal

Lawrence Hill’s new novel about a displaced runner moves at a frenetic pace. Readers of 'The Illegal' might need to catch their breath.

Arts Feature

February 2016

WATCH LIST: February 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

February 2016

Abuse in the spotlight

By Drew Halfnight

Recent films cast a glaring light on the Catholic Church’s pedophile priests. They make the Vatican’s response seem too little, too late.

Feature

January 2016

WATCH LIST: January 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

January 2016

Good news for kids

By Pieta Woolley

Illustrated Bibles and apps pull out all the stops to grab young people’s attention. But are they obscuring the message?

Arts Feature

December 2015

WATCH LIST: DECEMBER 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

December 2015

Meet your microbes

By Caley Moore

Trillions of tiny organisms live within our intestines. Science writers say it’s time we got to know our guts.

Arts Feature

November 2015

WATCH LIST: November 2015

By Observer Staff

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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