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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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December 2011

The Camino Letters

By John Montgomery

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

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December 2011

Iona Dreaming

By Martha Martin

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

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December 2011

The Sacred Journey

By Sheryl Spencer

Author explores traditional spiritual practices with modern interest

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December 2011

The Accidental Pilgrim

By Ross Lockhart

New book examines contemporary understanding of pilgrimages

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December 2011

Sacred Earth

By Daniel Benson

Awe-inspiring photographs capture major and lesser-known sacred sites

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November 2011

Green Zone

By Patricia Ingold

Political thriller about Iraq war shows the limits of exporting democracy

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November 2011

Battle for Haditha

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Award-winning director mixes the crudity of military culture with the restlessness of everyday life in a war zone

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November 2011

The Messenger

By Debbie Cowling

Two officers are assigned to notify next of kin when a soldier is killed in action

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November 2011

Armadillo

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Danish film is an authentic portrait of regimental life

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November 2011

Restrepo

By Cory Ruf

Documentary reminds us that it’s not just life that’s risked when we wage war

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October 2011

Tommy Douglas

By Bill Blaikie

Biography reminds readers of the link between faith and politics

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October 2011

Bonhoeffer

By Eric Bacon

Book encompasses the life of a pastor, martyr, prophet and spy

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October 2011

Letters to My Daughters

By Brian Platt

Author charts her life as a female politician in Afghanistan

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October 2011

Rescuing Regina

By Debbie Cowling

Tale about a Congolese refugee shows the best and worst of human behaviour

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October 2011

Captivity

By Will Braun

Former hostage’s account is a journey into the ‘belly of paradox’

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September 2011

Hijacking the Holy Land

By Cory Ruf

Canadian production is yet another salvo in the Middle East conflict

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September 2011

Lost in the Amazon

By Richard Wright

A fantastical pilgrimage is captured in this television documentary

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September 2011

To Forgive ... Divine

By Patricia Clarke

Documentarian asks if forgiveness is always possible

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September 2011

A Message from Space

By David Wilson

Scientists turn their eyes to the heavens in a new film

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September 2011

Rosh Hashanah

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Canadian documentary paints an unsentimental portrait of a Jewish holiday

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July 2011

In Heaven, Underground

By Patricia Clarke

Award-winning doc tells the story of Holocaust survivors and Europe’s largest active Jewish burial ground

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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