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Arts Feature

December 2011

Iona Dreaming

By Martha Martin

Readers are taken on a journey of recovery, reflection and awe

Arts Feature

December 2011

The Sacred Journey

By Sheryl Spencer

Author explores traditional spiritual practices with modern interest

Arts Feature

December 2011

The Accidental Pilgrim

By Ross Lockhart

New book examines contemporary understanding of pilgrimages

Arts Feature

December 2011

Sacred Earth

By Daniel Benson

Awe-inspiring photographs capture major and lesser-known sacred sites

Arts Feature

November 2011

Green Zone

By Patricia Ingold

Political thriller about Iraq war shows the limits of exporting democracy

Arts Feature

November 2011

Battle for Haditha

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Award-winning director mixes the crudity of military culture with the restlessness of everyday life in a war zone

Arts Feature

November 2011

The Messenger

By Debbie Cowling

Two officers are assigned to notify next of kin when a soldier is killed in action

Arts Feature

November 2011

Armadillo

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Danish film is an authentic portrait of regimental life

Arts Feature

November 2011

Restrepo

By Cory Ruf

Documentary reminds us that it’s not just life that’s risked when we wage war

Arts Feature

October 2011

Tommy Douglas

By Bill Blaikie

Biography reminds readers of the link between faith and politics

Arts Feature

October 2011

Bonhoeffer

By Eric Bacon

Book encompasses the life of a pastor, martyr, prophet and spy

Arts Feature

October 2011

Letters to My Daughters

By Brian Platt

Author charts her life as a female politician in Afghanistan

Arts Feature

October 2011

Rescuing Regina

By Debbie Cowling

Tale about a Congolese refugee shows the best and worst of human behaviour

Arts Feature

October 2011

Captivity

By Will Braun

Former hostage’s account is a journey into the ‘belly of paradox’

Arts Feature

September 2011

Hijacking the Holy Land

By Cory Ruf

Canadian production is yet another salvo in the Middle East conflict

Arts Feature

September 2011

Lost in the Amazon

By Richard Wright

A fantastical pilgrimage is captured in this television documentary

Arts Feature

September 2011

To Forgive ... Divine

By Patricia Clarke

Documentarian asks if forgiveness is always possible

Arts Feature

September 2011

A Message from Space

By David Wilson

Scientists turn their eyes to the heavens in a new film

Arts Feature

September 2011

Rosh Hashanah

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Canadian documentary paints an unsentimental portrait of a Jewish holiday

Arts Feature

July 2011

In Heaven, Underground

By Patricia Clarke

Award-winning doc tells the story of Holocaust survivors and Europe’s largest active Jewish burial ground

Arts Feature

July 2011

I Am Jesus

By Trisha Elliott

Film portrays modern-day ‘messiahs’ without judging them

Arts Feature

July 2011

The Redemption of General Butt Naked

By Drew Halfnight

Former Liberian warlord turns to Christianity in this intimate portrait

Arts Feature

July 2011

The Hilltops

By Jim Cairney

Filmmakers look closely at Israel’s hilltop settlements and the people who occupy them

Arts Feature

July 2011

How to die in Oregon

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Festival favourite tells the stories of those choosing death with dignity

Arts Feature

June 2011

To the End of the Land

By David Wilson

Tragedy and hope underlie this narrative about the Middle East conflict

Arts Feature

June 2011

Censoring an Iranian Love Story

By Patricia Clarke

Author offers a satiric perspective on his country’s history, foibles and tyranny

Arts Feature

June 2011

Beirut39

By Caley Moore

Anthology features bold and impressive mix of young Arabic writers

Arts Feature

June 2011

The Hakawati

By Samantha Rideout

Middle eastern storytelling combines mythology and realism seamlessly

Arts Feature

June 2011

The Museum of Innocence

By Cory Ruf

Nobel Prize-winning author writes a love story set in his native Istanbul

Arts Feature

April 2011

The Future of Faith

By Trisha Elliott

New book tolls the death knell for Christianity, without lamenting

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Enclaves of the elderly

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Video

ObserverDocs: A shoulder to lean on

by Observer Staff

Sheima Benembarek was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Morocco and moved to Canada in 2005. In 2015, she relocated to Toronto. At first, the city seemed so much bigger, impersonal — and even threatening — until a fateful encounter in the subway one day.

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Faith

January 2017

Presbytery turns down bid to halt Vosper hearing

by Mike Milne

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

Society

February 2017

An anatomy of hate

by Douglas Tindal

It’s on the rise everywhere. The writer explores our most troubling emotion and asks how we might overcome it.

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

Society

January 2017

The new agrarians

by Lois Ross

In the next 15 years, almost half of Canadian farms will change hands. Meet seven millennials who view agriculture as a career — and moral calling.

Faith

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff

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