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Arts Feature

September 2008

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

By Paul F. McKenna

Writer explores the historical roots of evangelical Christianity

Arts Feature

September 2008

In the World but Not of It

By Aaron McCarroll Gallegos

Stereotypes about American Fundamentalism are challenged in a true story about one family's faith

Arts Feature

August 2008

Leaving Fundamentalism: Personal Stories

By Lee Simpson

Thoughtful essays about the experiences of those who have abandoned conservative Christianity

Arts Feature

July 2008

Full Frontal

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Hollywood has fun at its own expense

Arts Feature

July 2008

In Good Company

By Patricia Ingold

The modern workplace proves poignant and funny

Arts Feature

July 2008

A Mighty Wind

By David Wilson

One of the biggest jokes of all is pop folk music

Arts Feature

July 2008

Ratatouille

By Drew Halfnight

Animated comedy draws on tradition and technology in equal measures

Arts Feature

July 2008

Oprah and Eckhart

By Trisha Elliott

Old teachings inform 'A New Earth'

Arts Feature

June 2008

The Forgotten Woman

By Patricia Ingold

Oscar-nominated film focuses on the plight of widows in colonial India

Arts Feature

June 2008

The Infinite Border

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Central Americans' exodus into the U.S. and Canada is brought to light

Arts Feature

June 2008

Second Sight

By Patricia Clarke

Well-spun tales of Gaelic spectres unfold in new film

Arts Feature

June 2008

At the Death House Door

By Kevin Spurgaitis

A closer look at capital punishment in the U.S.

Arts Feature

June 2008

Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma

By David Wilson

New doc about former MSF president casts a passionate eye on the human condition

Arts Feature

May 2008

Toumani Diabaté

By Jocelyn Bell

Malian musician's songs remain sparkling and other-worldly

Arts Feature

May 2008

Andy Palacio

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Belizean singer-guitarist lifts spirits through African and indigenous music

Arts Feature

May 2008

Sonu Niigaam

By Alex Zivojinovic

Mumbai artist fuses Indian classical music and Western-style pop

Arts Feature

May 2008

Cesária Évora

By David Wilson

Cape Verdean vocalist reaches across cultural divide, sings of life’s sorrows and joys

Arts Feature

May 2008

Scorned on the silver screen

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Why does Hollywood hold Christianity in such contempt?

Arts Feature

April 2008

From Liverpool to eternity

By David Macfarlane

New generation embraces the Beatles

Arts Feature

April 2008

For the Bible Tells Me So

By David Wilson

Documentary explores sexuality and religion in America

Arts Feature

April 2008

Ghosts of Cité Soleil

By Patricia Ingold

Documentary focuses on two brothers caught in Haitian slum

Arts Feature

April 2008

The Refugees of the Blue Planet

By Jocelyn Bell

New documentary shows the plight of refugees

Arts Feature

April 2008

Protest with a new beat

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Once again, politically engaged musicians are singing for change. But this time it’s personal.

Arts Feature

April 2008

Route 66 (Box Set)

By Patricia Ingold

Classic drama explores the promise of the open road

Arts Feature

April 2008

Rescue Me (Box Set)

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Comedy series singles out heroes in personal crises

Arts Feature

April 2008

Weeds (Box Set)

By David Wilson

Irreverent series offers poignant observations about family and community

Arts Feature

April 2008

A twist of faith

By Various Writers

Books that will challenge and maybe change

Arts Feature

April 2008

Saving Grace (Box Set)

By Lee Simpson

TV drama shows the real demons of contemporary life

Arts Feature

April 2008

Prime time? Not with a 10-foot pole

By Karen Stiller

Pop culture can too easily become your family's culture

Arts Feature

April 2008

A little quibble with Little Mosque

By Amir Hussain

A review of TV's Little Mosque on the Prairie

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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