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Arts Feature

October 2015

WATCH LIST: OCTOBER 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2015

Our problems, our selves

By Julie McGonegal

Self-help books are seen as light reading for navel-gazers. Two new volumes show the category still carries weight.

Arts Feature

September 2015

WATCH LIST: SEPTEMBER 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2015

Lingering, not living

By Julie McGonegal

How do we face the burden of mortality? Three recent books question the medicalization of old age.

Arts Feature

September 2015

Interview with Karen Stiller

By Christopher White

The senior editor at Faith Today magazine and the author of ‘Shifting Stats: Shaking the Church,’ co-written with Patricia Paddey, talks about how churches are responding to upheavals in Canadian society

Feature

July 2015

WATCH LIST: JULY/AUGUST 2015

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2015

Lovers, not fighters

By Paul Knowles

Canada’s folk musicians still harness the power of musical protest. But it’s love, not anger, that overcomes

Arts Feature

June 2015

WATCH LIST: JUNE 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2015

The double life

By David Wilson

Characters with secret identities are flooding serial TV dramas. What does that say about a ‘normal’ existence?

Arts Feature

May 2015

WATCH LIST: May 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2015

Holy Land narratives

By Donald Grayston

Three recent takes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can help Canadians grasp the whole picture

Arts Feature

April 2015

WATCH LIST: APRIL 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

April 2015

The spirit of Updike

By John McTavish

A recent biography of American author John Updike reveals a complex man who found great solace in faith

Arts Feature

March 2015

WATCH LIST: MARCH 2015

By Observer Staff

Judi Dench in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.' Laurie Sparham, © 2014 Fox Searchlight

Arts Feature

March 2015

Visions of the afterlife

By Julie McGonegal

With a surge of interest in near-death experiences, a new book asks: Are the dying actually onto something?

Arts Feature

February 2015

WATCH LIST: February 2015

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February 2015

Transcending normal

By Jonathan Forani

TV families have come a long way since Leave it to Beaver. Today’s shows feature gay couples, trans parents, alcoholism and poverty.

Arts Feature

January 2015

WATCH LIST: January 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

January 2015

Rock of ages

By David Wilson

Recent documentaries revisit the era when music got all ‘ooh-aahh’

Arts Feature

December 2014

WATCH LIST: December 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

December 2014

Climate revolution

By David MacDonald

Naomi Klein’s new book calls for a seismic shift in the global economy. Our survival as a civilization depends on it.

Arts Feature

November 2014

WATCH LIST: November 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

November 2014

Writing reconciliation

By Julie McGonegal

Aboriginal authors refuse to be confined to a tragic script. Their search for healing is far more expansive.

Arts Feature

October 2014

WATCH LIST: October 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2014

Image conscious

By Nancy Bauer

Freeman Patterson’s new book of nature photos reveals a soulful expression of the spirit within

Arts Feature

September 2014

WATCH LIST: September 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2014

Confidence boosters

By Alison Shouldice

Insecurity holds women back, say the authors of recent books. Their advice? Get over it and get in the game.

Arts Feature

July 2014

WATCH LIST: July/August 2014

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2014

Unsustainable cities

By Pieta Woolley

Books on urban environmentalism may be trendy, but feel-good activism only goes so far

Arts Feature

June 2014

WATCH LIST: June 2014

By Observer Staff

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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