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Arts Feature

December 2011

Sacred Earth

By Daniel Benson

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

Arts Feature

November 2011

Green Zone

By Patricia Ingold

Political thriller about Iraq war shows the limits of exporting democracy

Arts Feature

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

Arts Feature

November 2011

The Messenger

By Debbie Cowling

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

Arts Feature

November 2011

Armadillo

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Danish film is an authentic portrait of regimental life

Arts Feature

November 2011

Restrepo

By Cory Ruf

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

Arts Feature

October 2011

Tommy Douglas

By Bill Blaikie

Biography reminds readers of the link between faith and politics

Arts Feature

October 2011

Bonhoeffer

By Eric Bacon

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

Arts Feature

October 2011

Letters to My Daughters

By Brian Platt

Author charts her life as a female politician in Afghanistan

Arts Feature

October 2011

Rescuing Regina

By Debbie Cowling

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

Arts Feature

October 2011

Captivity

By Will Braun

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

Arts Feature

September 2011

Hijacking the Holy Land

By Cory Ruf

Canadian production is yet another salvo in the Middle East conflict

Arts Feature

September 2011

Lost in the Amazon

By Richard Wright

A fantastical pilgrimage is captured in this television documentary

Arts Feature

September 2011

To Forgive ... Divine

By Patricia Clarke

Documentarian asks if forgiveness is always possible

Arts Feature

September 2011

A Message from Space

By David Wilson

Scientists turn their eyes to the heavens in a new film

Arts Feature

September 2011

Rosh Hashanah

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Canadian documentary paints an unsentimental portrait of a Jewish holiday

Arts Feature

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

Arts Feature

July 2011

I Am Jesus

By Trisha Elliott

Film portrays modern-day ‘messiahs’ without judging them

Arts Feature

July 2011

The Redemption of General Butt Naked

By Drew Halfnight

Former Liberian warlord turns to Christianity in this intimate portrait

Arts Feature

July 2011

The Hilltops

By Jim Cairney

Filmmakers look closely at Israel’s hilltop settlements and the people who occupy them

Arts Feature

July 2011

How to die in Oregon

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Festival favourite tells the stories of those choosing death with dignity

Arts Feature

June 2011

To the End of the Land

By David Wilson

Tragedy and hope underlie this narrative about the Middle East conflict

Arts Feature

June 2011

Censoring an Iranian Love Story

By Patricia Clarke

Author offers a satiric perspective on his country’s history, foibles and tyranny

Arts Feature

June 2011

Beirut39

By Caley Moore

Anthology features bold and impressive mix of young Arabic writers

Arts Feature

June 2011

The Hakawati

By Samantha Rideout

Middle eastern storytelling combines mythology and realism seamlessly

Arts Feature

June 2011

The Museum of Innocence

By Cory Ruf

Nobel Prize-winning author writes a love story set in his native Istanbul

Arts Feature

April 2011

The Future of Faith

By Trisha Elliott

New book tolls the death knell for Christianity, without lamenting

Arts Feature

April 2011

The Armageddon Factor

By Kenneth Bagnell

Canadian journalist warns of the rise of the country’s religious right

Arts Feature

April 2011

Absence of Mind

By Ambury Stuart

Pulitzer Prize-winning author moves readers beyond the platitudes of current debate

Arts Feature

April 2011

The Tenth Parallel

By

New book reveals how Muslims and Christians meet, clash and find peace around the globe

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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