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Culture

Arts Feature

March 2010

Battlestar Galactica

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Reimagined series asks what it means to be human in an increasingly technological society

Arts Feature

February 2010

Six Months in Sudan

By Kevin Spurgaitis

MSF doctor asks why atrocities draw so little reaction from the global community

Arts Feature

February 2010

Dead aid

By Gary Kenny

Economist-turned-author says foreign aid is a political and humanitarian disaster

Arts Feature

February 2010

Common Wealth

By Mike Milne

Sachs shows that sustainable development is achievable

Arts Feature

February 2010

Half the Sky

By Caley Moore

Authors say elevating women is key to making progress on poverty

Arts Feature

January 2010

Wars, Guns and Votes

By Kenneth Bagnell

New book links honest democratic elections to rising incomes

Arts Feature

January 2010

No Direction Home

By David Wilson

Famed folk singer's musical expedition is retraced in Scorcese film

Arts Feature

January 2010

We Are Together

By Jocelyn Bell

Documentary shows the joy, sadness and hope of an orphaned South African girl

Arts Feature

January 2010

War Dance

By Karen Stiller

Directors shine a light on the musical talents of Ugandan students amid war and poverty.

Arts Feature

January 2010

Young @ Heart

By Patricia Clarke

Film about a seniors' choir gives new meaning to old, familiar songs

Arts Feature

January 2010

Playing for Change

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Music documentary gives insight into far-flung cultures, despairs and desires

Arts Feature

December 2009

Skim

By Chantal Braganza

Graphic novel is not your usual coming-of-age story

Arts Feature

December 2009

Three Cups of Tea

By Trisha Elliott

Best seller's children's edition offers important lessons about cultural sensitivity, religious tolerance and the power of education

Arts Feature

December 2009

Recycling the old Scrooge story

By Chantal Braganza

Modern-day Ebenezers are far more sinful than Dickens' classic character, but their role in Christmas movies remains the same

Arts Feature

December 2009

One Peace: True Stories

By Kylie Taggart

Young activists' stories show that peace is more than the absence of war

Arts Feature

December 2009

Gwen

By Karen Stiller

Overcoming adversity is the hallmark of this historical tale about homeless children sent from England to work as domestics in Canada

Arts Feature

December 2009

The Sweetest One of All

By Sheryl Spencer

Children's book bears an important message about yearning and belonging

Arts Feature

November 2009

Fifty Dead Men Walking

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Film about Northern Ireland depicts explosive passions without indulging in brutality

Arts Feature

November 2009

My Sister’s Keeper

By Drew Halfnight

Heartfelt story spins a web of human bonds and then delicately undoes them

Arts Feature

November 2009

Food, Inc.

By Chantal Braganza

Hard-hitting documentary sets out to empower us as consumers

Arts Feature

November 2009

The Hurt Locker

By Jocelyn Bell

Tensions are high in this film about bomb experts in Iraq

Arts Feature

November 2009

Away We Go

By David Wilson

Road movie is a cross-country tour of 21st-century family dysfunction

Arts Feature

September 2009

Food movies for the soul

By Chantal Braganza

Food as an act of love, healing and personal achievement is something we can’t seem to get enough of in cinema

Arts Feature

September 2009

Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir

By Chantal Braganza

Author vividly describes the horrors of imprisonment in Revolutionary Iran

Arts Feature

September 2009

Extraordinary Canadians: Norman Bethune

By David Wilson

Former governor general embraces a Canadian physician as the true Canadian hero he was

Arts Feature

September 2009

True Patriot Love

By Lee Simpson

Liberal leader believes in the brand of patriotism expressed in our national anthem

Arts Feature

September 2009

A Memoir of Friendship

By Jocelyn Bell

The exchanges between two authors brim with the details of their everyday lives

Arts Feature

September 2009

Lester B. Pearson

By Kenneth Bagnell

Biography examines the human elements of a former PM's diplomacy

Arts Feature

July 2009

Religion on NPR podcast

By Donna Sinclair

There’s a whole new universe to explore on national public radio

Arts Feature

July 2009

The New Yorker: Fiction Podcast

By Jocelyn Bell

Podcast contains all the grit, violence and sensuality of adult fiction

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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