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Arts Feature

June 2014

WATCH LIST: June 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2014

Making claims on a ‘mere Christian’

By Paul Knowles

Every segment of Christianity considers C.S. Lewis one of its own. But as a new biography by Alister McGrath shows, the man had no interest in church tribalism

Arts Feature

May 2014

WATCH LIST: May 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2014

A once and future folly

By Patricia Clarke

The First World War started 100 years ago. A spate of new history books pin the cause on national pride.

Arts Feature

April 2014

WATCH LIST: April 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

April 2014

‘Canada’s church’

By Kenneth Bagnell

A new book by Phyllis D. Airhart charts the rise, fall and remaking of The United Church of Canada

Arts Feature

March 2014

WATCH LIST: March 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

March 2014

Genuine Coen

By David Wilson

In their latest movie, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen get real about authenticity

Arts Feature

February 2014

WATCH LIST: February 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

February 2014

Original sin

By Julie McGonegal

Forget your sanitized history. Author Joseph Boyden reminds us that this country was built on violence.

Arts Feature

January 2014

WATCH LIST: January 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

January 2014

Mythologies of war

By Kevin Spurgaitis

A new wave of documentary filmmakers avoid platitudes as they explore the enigmas of conflict

Arts Feature

December 2013

WATCH LIST: December 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

December 2013

Prime-time pastors

By Lee Simpson

Minister characters often tend to be caricatures. But these screen clergy offer more faithful depictions of men and women of the cloth.

Arts Feature

October 2013

WATCH LIST: November 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2013

The billionaires’ club

By May Warren

As the gap between the uber-rich and the rest of us expands, authors and filmmakers call for change

Arts Feature

October 2013

WATCH LIST: October 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2013

Crash course

By Larry Krotz

Recent books help make sense of the 2008 collapse. But the global financial system continues to run amok.

Arts Feature

September 2013

WATCH LIST: September 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2013

Thomas King’s moment of truth

By Julie McGonegal

In his latest book, the celebrated Native author turns to non-fiction. Some of it is storytelling. The rest is history.

Arts Feature

July 2013

Biblical blockbusters

By Chantal Braganza

Hollywood is churning out new versions of scriptural tales, but the best adaptations offer complex characters facing real-life problems

Arts Feature

July 2013

WATCH LIST: July/August 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2013

WATCH LIST: June 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2013

The smoothing effect of middle age

By Lee Simpson

The 'Up' series documents the lives of 14 ordinary Brits, filming them every seven years. At age 56, the cohort is getting nicer.

Arts Feature

May 2013

WATCH LIST: May 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2013

Wild, organic and killed by you

By Pieta Woolley

A new generation of environmentalists argues that hunting for meat is not only Earth-friendly and ethical, it’s spiritual too

Arts Feature

April 2013

WATCH LIST: April 2013

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Arts Feature

April 2013

Silver hair on the silver screen

By Patricia Clarke

Compelling stories about old age are finally making their mark at the movies. But do they always have to be about loss?

Arts Feature

March 2013

WATCH LIST: March 2013

By Observer Staff

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

Arts Feature

March 2013

The sweet hereafter

By Lisa Van de Ven

Recent depictions of heaven and hell go well beyond fluffy clouds and fiery infernos

Environment

Song leader, police and gate blockers in front of the Kinder Morgan gates. Photo by Kimiko Karpoff

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

A faith leader reflects on protesting the pipeline with the Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation.

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Editorials

The United Church Observer's editor and publisher, Jocelyn Bell. Photo: Lindsay Palmer

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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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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Society

June 2018

Why some women of colour are hesitant to say #MeToo

by Jacky Habib

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.

Environment

May 2018

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

On April 28, 2018, faith leaders from many traditions, including the United Church, stood in solidarity with Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C.. Kimiko Karpoff captured the day in pictures.

Faith

June 2018

After 93 years, this will be the United Church's last General Council meeting

by Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Justice

June 2018

#MeToo in the United Church

by Trisha Elliott

9 women share their stories of harassment and sexual assault in the United Church.

Columns

May 2018

On grief and the healing power of gardening

by Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.

Editorials

June 2018

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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