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Holy Land narratives

A scene from 'Omar,' Hany Abu-Assad’s thriller set on both sides of the separation wall. Photo courtesy of Adopt Films
Three recent takes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can help Canadians grasp the whole picture

WATCH LIST: May 2015

Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman star in

May 2015

 
 

Broken dreams in Little Mogadishu

Faduma Arab, of the advocacy group Positive Change, at a 2013 vigil on Parliament Hill for the more than 50 Somali Canadian young men who have been murdered in recent years. Photo by Ashley Fraser/Ottawa Citizen (Reprinted with permission.)
Faduma Arab, of the advocacy group Positive Change, at a 2013 vigil on Parliament Hill for the more than 50 Somali Canadian young men who have been murdered in recent years. Photo by Ashley Fraser/Ottawa Citizen (Reprinted with permission.)
Canada's Somali community continues to struggle with higher-than-average levels of violence, unemployment and discrimination By Andrew Livingstone

Forever young

Leah, 96. Photo by Hugh Wesley
Leah, 96. Photo by Hugh Wesley
Researchers are using cutting-edge science in a quest to defy mortality. How far should they go? By Larry Krotz

Men, not monsters

Sean Clifton, subject of the documentary NCR: Not Criminally Responsible, at the Brockville (Ont.) Mental Health Centre. Photo courtesy of J.S. Kastner Productions
Sean Clifton, subject of the documentary NCR: Not Criminally Responsible, at the Brockville (Ont.) Mental Health Centre. Photo courtesy of J.S. Kastner Productions
Offenders labelled 'NCR: Not Criminally Responsible’ are often judged to be beyond redemption. Documentary filmmaker John Kastner offers a different take and is transforming public opinion. By John Barber

A wretch like me

Terry Vine/The Image Bank/Getty Images
Terry Vine/The Image Bank/Getty Images
We all feel shame. Instead of running from it, maybe we should take a cue from the Bible and face up to our flaws and frailties. By Trisha Elliott

The Cosby Showdown

Comedian Bill Cosby performs during a 2014 show in Florida. Photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo
Comedian Bill Cosby performs during a 2014 show in Florida. Photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo
I wasn't amused when comedian Bill Cosby came to town amid fresh allegations of sexual assault. So I and 30 others planned our own stand-up moment. By Anne Bokma

Interview with Marie Wilson

Photo by Cynthia Munster
Photo by Cynthia Munster
Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Marie Wilson reflects on her experience and the ongoing work of healing the wounds of the residential school system By David Wilson


'Best in class'

Among the 33 awards won in church press competitions for work published in 2014, The Observer placed first in the General Excellence category of the Associated Church Press. Here are other highlights:

Parenthood

The choices are yours

For parents and non-parents alike, it's easy to feel weighed down by constant decisions
By Drew Halfnight
Fair Food

What’s in a bad apple?

Large food retailers catch on to the idea that good fruit doesn’t need to be beautiful
By Chantal Braganza
Short List

Five leaders who have lost, well, their faith


By Pieta Woolley
Common Good

TRC comes to an end

Still, residential schools statistics are hard for many Canadians to forget
By Dennis Gruending
Sightings

Resurrection hope

Lois Wilson showed us a fierce and tender church
By Carolyn Pogue
Column

Observations

Consenting to a miracle
By David Wilson
Column

Spiritual but Secular

When good goes viral
By Anne Bokma
Column

Quote Unquote

‘Remember who you are.’
By David Giuliano
Column

Currents

Theology of work
By Trisha Elliott



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