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February 2013

WATCH LIST: February 2013

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

January 2013

WATCH LIST: January 2013

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

January 2013

Playing God

By Kate Spencer

Fictional takes on the Supreme Being ultimately reveal more about the human soul than the Divine

Feature

December 2012

WATCH LIST: December 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Feature

December 2012

Made for you and me

By Muriel Duncan

Woody Guthrie would have turned 100 this year. Decades after his death, his songs of hope and protest continue to echo.

Arts Feature

November 2012

WATCH LIST: November 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

November 2012

Revenge so cold it numbs

By Therese DesCamp

It’s payback time on two popular TV shows that blur the line between good and evil

Feature

October 2012

WATCH LIST: October 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you read or heard anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Feature

October 2012

Yearning for authenticity

By Alanna Mitchell

Immersed in a culture of hype and spin, we can’t help longing for something real

Arts Feature

September 2012

WATCH LIST: September 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen, read or heard anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

September 2012

Hollywood's evolving icon

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Big-screen tough guy Clint Eastwood has reinvented himself as a tireless explorer of the human spirit

Arts Feature

July 2012

WATCH LIST: July/August 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

July 2012

Reading a nation’s soul

By Lisa Van de Ven

Can non-Canadians write a Canadian novel?

Arts Feature

June 2012

WATCH LIST: June 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

June 2012

The lure of Nordic noir

By Lee Simpson

Murder mysteries offer an irresistible glimpse into the dark corners of the Scandinavian soul

Arts Feature

May 2012

WATCH LIST: May 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others? Share your comments with us.

Arts Feature

May 2012

Grief on the big screen

By David G. Hallman

Recent films about losing a loved one help us grapple with the reality of death and mourning

Arts Feature

April 2012

Hot Docs 2012

By Observer Staff

Interested in movies about faith, poverty and activism? Why not check out these films as part of the 19th annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Arts Feature

April 2012

WATCH LIST: April 2012

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Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others? Share your comments with us.

Arts Feature

April 2012

Prophet with a paintbrush

By John McTavish

Once dismissed as the fantasy of a religious oddball, William Kurelek’s expansive vision is back and attracting new converts

Arts Feature

March 2012

Watch List: March 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others? Share your comments with us.

Arts Feature

March 2012

Resurrection on Broadway

By Kate Spencer

The songs still sparkle, but the shock is gone as Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell return to the stage

Arts Feature

February 2012

WATCH LIST: February 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others? Share your comments with us.

Arts Feature

February 2012

A house of dark mirrors

By Lisa Van de Ven

Stories of death and violence pervade teen fiction today. What’s behind the attraction — and should parents be worried?

Arts Feature

January 2012

WATCH LIST: January 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched any of these new releases? Would you recommend them to others? Share your comments with us.

Arts Feature

January 2012

The new normal

By Therese DesCamp

Paranormal phenomena and psychic abilities are dominating prime-time TV. What do they tell us about the human need for mystery beyond the ordinary?

Arts Feature

December 2011

The Camino Letters

By John Montgomery

Author completes 26 tasks, assigned by friends, along her spiritual path

Arts Feature

December 2011

Iona Dreaming

By Martha Martin

Readers are taken on a journey of recovery, reflection and awe

Arts Feature

December 2011

The Sacred Journey

By Sheryl Spencer

Author explores traditional spiritual practices with modern interest

Arts Feature

December 2011

The Accidental Pilgrim

By Ross Lockhart

New book examines contemporary understanding of pilgrimages

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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