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Culture

Arts Feature

March 2009

Having fun with dysfunction

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Filmmakers and their audiences are ready to look at themselves and their families more sincerely

Arts Feature

February 2009

Good to a Fault

By Sheryl Spencer

Acclaimed author shows that Christianity’s age-old issues are decidedly relevant

Arts Feature

February 2009

The Origin of Species

By Noelle Boughton

Governor General’s Award-winner explores the evolutionary view of the world

Arts Feature

February 2009

The sky is falling

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Films about the end of days raise important questions about the fine line between humanity and inhumanity

Arts Feature

February 2009

Cockroach

By David Wilson

Introspective novel leads readers down the dark alleyways of alienation

Arts Feature

February 2009

Through Black Spruce

By Kylie Taggart

Giller Prize-winner uses humour to examine how we become who we are

Arts Feature

February 2009

The Shack

By Drew Halfnight

Best-selling book feels like fiction but resembles an unconventional Sunday school lesson

Arts Feature

January 2009

The Wire

By Lee Simpson

The bleak streets of Baltimore take on many roles in this award-winning police drama

Arts Feature

January 2009

Extras

By Paul F. McKenna

Comedy series teaches us about friendship, the film industry and the antics of actors

Arts Feature

January 2009

Big Love

By Jocelyn Bell

A polygamist family navigates moral dilemmas, social codes and expectations for TV audiences

Arts Feature

January 2009

Generation Kill

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Docudrama about the Iraq War shows the humanity of U.S. soldiers

Arts Feature

January 2009

Curb Your Enthusiasm

By Patricia Ingold

Seinfeld creator's minor annoyances become major issues in this hit HBO series

Arts Feature

December 2008

The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus

By Sara Jewell

Drawing a clear line between what Christians want from faith and what God wants from us

Arts Feature

December 2008

How Jesus Became Christian

By Foster Freed

New book about Jesus counters more standard portrayals

Arts Feature

December 2008

Jesus Made in America

By Mark Giuliano

Writer untangles the historical weave of a uniquely American Jesus

Arts Feature

December 2008

The Jesus Sayings

By Janet Silman

Author sheds light on how the Gospels came to be written

Arts Feature

December 2008

The Third Jesus

By Donna Sinclair

Deepak Chopra offers a practical way to achieve “God-consciousness”

Arts Feature

November 2008

Constantinople

By Gregg Redner

A Canadian composer melodically brings two worlds of music together

Arts Feature

November 2008

A Mennonite Tapestry

By Brad Ratzlaff

A West Coast choir provides a glimpse into the Mennonite experience of faith, pilgrimage and journey

Arts Feature

November 2008

In the Pipes

By Tammy-Jo Mortensen

Made-in-Alberta CD offers a vast array of compositions for the church

Arts Feature

November 2008

Legends

By Steven Peacock

Canadian Brass’s newest release delivers on both technical and artistic fronts

Arts Feature

November 2008

Circle of Compassion

By Frances Pollet

Canada’s foremost choral ensemble shows compassion and consolation on new album

Arts Feature

November 2008

Gospel music has sold out

By David Wilson

The financial success of contemporary gospel performers only underscores the genre’s weakness

Arts Feature

October 2008

The Counterfeiters

By David Wilson

Austrian Holocaust film pits moral courage against survival

Arts Feature

October 2008

La Vie en Rose

By Drew Halfnight

Biopic about singer Edith Piaf reveals her troubled personal life

Arts Feature

October 2008

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

By Jocelyn Bell

Brazilian film tells a touching truth about coming of age

Arts Feature

October 2008

City of Men

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Director Paulo Morelli reveals the beauty and treachery of Rio de Janeiro’s slums

Arts Feature

October 2008

Persepolis

By Patricia Ingold

Director Marjane Satrapi animates her memories of growing up in Iran

Feature

October 2008

Wayfaring spirit

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Bruce Cockburn’s musical career spans 40 years and 26 albums. But his quest for deeper meaning is lifelong.

Arts Feature

September 2008

The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada’s Polygamous Mormon Sect

By Sheryl Spencer

New book examines the religious sect that infringes on human rights

Interviews

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Why this woman is leaving the Catholic Church in her 60s

by Angela Mombourquette

After a lifetime devoted to Catholicism, a Nova Scotia teacher is settling in with the United Church of Canada. Here, she explains why.

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Editorials

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Observations: It’s a long road toward full equality for women

by Jocelyn Bell

'It’s a wonder that we continue to see male ministers as normative and attach shame to female ministers’ biology and sexuality.'

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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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Faith

May 2018

Toronto church builds interfaith friendship

by Vivien Fellegi

Faith

May 2018

This parent found no support for her autistic daughter — and decided to change that

by Kieran Delamont

Suzanne Allen talks about raising a daughter on the autism spectrum and bringing all autistic girls together

Faith

May 2018

Church retreat helps first responders with PTSD

by Joe Martelle

Interviews

May 2018

Why this woman is leaving the Catholic Church in her 60s

by Angela Mombourquette

After a lifetime devoted to Catholicism, a Nova Scotia teacher is settling in with the United Church of Canada. Here, she explains why.

Ethics

May 2018

Pregnant in the pulpit

by Trisha Elliott

Ministers who take a maternity leave still face discrimination in their own congregations

Interviews

May 2018

The two words Rev. Cheri DiNovo wants to hear from the United Church

by Alex Mlynek

The Toronto minister talks about her disappointment over the church’s silence when she officiated the country’s first legalized same-sex marriage 17 years ago – and why she wants an apology.

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