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Culture

Arts Feature

April 2009

The Uncertain Business of Doing Good

By Gary Kenny

New narrative explores what happens to well-intentioned interlopers in Africa

Arts Feature

April 2009

Overturning the Tables

By Kylie Taggart

How congregations can protect children from consumerism

Arts Feature

April 2009

Grown-up Sex

By Carolyn Pogue

New book stresses the importance of communication, respect and acceptance of ourselves

Arts Feature

April 2009

Postcards from the Valley

By Donna Sinclair

The United Church moderator offers his own stumbles with humility and tenderness

Arts Feature

March 2009

Milk

By Lee Simpson

New DVD offers a fascinating study of an activist-icon and the early struggle for gay rights

Arts Feature

March 2009

Che: Part Two

By Drew Halfnight

Biopic offers many rewards but leaves out several fascinating chapters of revolutionary's life

Arts Feature

March 2009

Che: Part One

By Drew Halfnight

Film portrays freedom fighter's life with dramatic allure but falls short of greatness

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Canada Live

By Steven Peacock

Live-on-stage works are riches to encounter and explore

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Tonic

By Peter Woods

New jazz offering creates a graceful ambience that is inviting

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Drive

By Wanda Stride

Juno-winning artist peppers his program with new and exciting Canadian music

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Tempo

By Malcolm Macpherson

Renowned opera singer showcases a wide array of composers from all eras

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Morning

By Kylie Taggart

Revamped show expands listeners' musical knowledge while exposing Canadian talent

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: The Signal

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Program delights in treating listeners to an eclectic mix of music

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”

Columns

(Photo: cuatrok77/Flickr via Creative Commons)

Cormorants aren't the devil

by Douglas Hunter

Ontario's proposed new measures amount to a slaughter of an entire native bird species for no scientifically compelling reason, says this writer

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Editorials

The United Church Observer's editor and publisher, Jocelyn Bell. (Photo: Lindsay Palmer)

The new name of 'The Observer' revealed!

by Jocelyn Bell

"United Church" will no longer be on the cover, but our commitment to sharing denominational news and perspectives remains the same

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Video

Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

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

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Society

February 2019

Marriage problems: Is the ancient tradition worth saving?

by Pieta Woolley

Bitterness and boredom seem to define many mid-life marriages, but we might not have to settle for apathy ever after

Ethics

February 2019

A Yukon artist and a Tlingit trapper create this stunning jewelry

by Amy van den Berg

The fur jewelry in Whitehorse boutique store V. Ægirsdóttir is creating a new possibility for future partnerships with the region's trappers

Columns

February 2019

Why white people need to stop asking, 'where are you from?'

by Mike Sholars

"...For all intents and purposes, Canada is the only home I really recognize or remember. But none of that matters if I look like I don’t belong, and that single question makes that abundantly clear every single time."

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