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Editor/publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Sharing a meal with friends is a radical act of gratitude

by Jocelyn Bell

"I’ve begun to consider that regardless of how I’m feeling on Thanksgiving Day, the very act of preparing and enjoying a feast is an expression of gratitude in and of itself."


(Photo: Matthew Oliver VanDiepen)

I learned to reconcile my Indigenous identity with my Christianity

by Zach Running Coyote

"I have met Jesus in the smoke of burning sage, the darkness and warmth of the sweat lodge, and the powwow drum, the heartbeat of Mother Earth."


Illustration by Jeannie Phan.

The spirituality of my last period

by Anne Bokma

"Having my period made me feel connected to the mysterious ebb and flow of life."


Volkmar Bandermann (centre) and the Cross Canada Grandpas ended their journey in St. John's, N.L., in August. (Photo: Ryan Blair)

Grandpa cycles cross-country for reconciliation

by Mike Milne

The United Church senior raised about $4,000 for the church's Indigenous Healing Fund.


Dinner for one? Why so many Canadians are choosing to eat with strangers

by Alanna Mitchell

The revival of community dinners reveals that we long for more than good food—we want human connection.


Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

They're a fixture of Kirk United Church Centre in Edmonton.


Ann Wheatley, co-chair of Abortion Access Now, the group that decided to test the legality of the province’s stand on abortion in court. Photo by David Stewart/The aGuardian

Why P.E.I. didn’t provide abortions for 35 years

by Angela Mombourquette

A group of pro-choice activists fought heavy opposition — and finally won last year


Courtesy Aurora Coulthard

To those who said I'll only be respected as a minister because I'm pretty

by Aurora Coulthard

A young ministry student says Christians, both within and outside of the United Church, have discouraged her from following her call.

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