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Culture

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

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

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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