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Culture

Arts Feature

July 2009

The New Yorker: Fiction Podcast

By Jocelyn Bell

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

Arts Feature

July 2009

Philosophy Bites Podcast

By Chantal Braganza

Top philosophers offer a surprising amount of insight in very little time

Arts Feature

July 2009

NOW on PBS Podcast

By David Wilson

Exchanges on this award-winning public affairs show are electrifying

Arts Feature

July 2009

This American Life Podcast

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Program explores global issues as well as the peculiarities of human nature

Arts Feature

June 2009

Gran Torino

By Patricia Ingold

Clint Eastwood's latest film shows audiences bigotry, banditry and the fading American way of life

Arts Feature

June 2009

The superhero psyche

By Patricia Ingold

Comic book adaptions reveal the complex human beings behind the masks

Arts Feature

June 2009

Act of God

By David Wilson

Thought-provoking documentary examines the primal role of electrical impulses on our planet and in our minds

Arts Feature

June 2009

Tyson

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Brutally honest film returns some dignity to the former heavyweight boxing champion

Arts Feature

June 2009

The Way We Get By

By Jocelyn Bell

A trio of troop greeters find joy and meaning in this documentary

Arts Feature

June 2009

Bloody Mondays and Strawberry Pies

By Kevin Spurgaitis

New documentary evocatively explores the upside of boredom

Arts Feature

May 2009

Adoration

By Drew Halfnight

A new film by Canadian director Atom Egoyan reveals the fault lines of fear in our post-9/11 consciousness

Arts Feature

May 2009

The Soloist

By Drew Halfnight

New film exposes the underbelly of Los Angeles homeless life but gets carried away with its sentimental message

Arts Feature

May 2009

Water

By David Wilson

Canadian director reveals the exquisite beauty of India amidst Hindu fundamentalism

Arts Feature

May 2009

Born into Brothels

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Award-winning documentary exposes the tribulations of childhood in Calcutta

Arts Feature

May 2009

The Namesake

By Kylie Taggart

Indian film offers a study of immigrant family life and invites audiences to embrace Bengali culture

Arts Feature

May 2009

A Peck on the Cheek

By Jocelyn Bell

Marriage, identity and escape are at the heart of this classic Bollywood melodrama

Arts Feature

May 2009

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

By Drew Halfnight

Acclaimed film shows the power of faith and the pursuit of dreams against all odds

Arts Feature

April 2009

Doubt

By Drew Halfnight

Adaption of prize-winning play underscores the consequences of judging others and being wrong

Arts Feature

April 2009

The Uncertain Business of Doing Good

By Gary Kenny

New narrative explores what happens to well-intentioned interlopers in Africa

Arts Feature

April 2009

Overturning the Tables

By Kylie Taggart

How congregations can protect children from consumerism

Arts Feature

April 2009

Grown-up Sex

By Carolyn Pogue

New book stresses the importance of communication, respect and acceptance of ourselves

Arts Feature

April 2009

Postcards from the Valley

By Donna Sinclair

The United Church moderator offers his own stumbles with humility and tenderness

Arts Feature

March 2009

Milk

By Lee Simpson

New DVD offers a fascinating study of an activist-icon and the early struggle for gay rights

Arts Feature

March 2009

Che: Part Two

By Drew Halfnight

Biopic offers many rewards but leaves out several fascinating chapters of revolutionary's life

Arts Feature

March 2009

Che: Part One

By Drew Halfnight

Film portrays freedom fighter's life with dramatic allure but falls short of greatness

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Canada Live

By Steven Peacock

Live-on-stage works are riches to encounter and explore

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Tonic

By Peter Woods

New jazz offering creates a graceful ambience that is inviting

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Drive

By Wanda Stride

Juno-winning artist peppers his program with new and exciting Canadian music

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Tempo

By Malcolm Macpherson

Renowned opera singer showcases a wide array of composers from all eras

Arts Feature

March 2009

CBC Radio 2: Morning

By Kylie Taggart

Revamped show expands listeners' musical knowledge while exposing Canadian talent

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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