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"God Loves Uganda," directed by Roger Ross Williams

WATCH LIST: May 2013

By Observer Staff

God Loves Uganda
DIRECTED BY
ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS
(Full Credit Productions)


Premiering in Canada at Toronto’s HotDocs festival, God Loves Uganda examines the influence of American fundamentalist Christians on Uganda’s push to make homosexuality punishable by death. Conversations with an American missionary, a stridently anti-gay Ugandan evangelical minister, and a Ugandan priest and human rights activist paint a picture of a young, poor and deeply religious country battling for its soul. May 2

After Evangelicalism: The Sixties and the United Church of Canada
BY KEVIN N. FLATT
(McGill-Queen’s University Press)


After Evangelicalism explores the transformation of the United Church during the swinging ’60s. According to Kevin N. Flatt, a professor at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ont., the denomination cast aside its evangelical characteristics in the 1960s as it publicly embraced a progressive theology and mission. These controversial changes contributed to the church’s current decline, he argues. May 1

Both Hands: A Life of
Lorne Pierce of Ryerson Press
BY SANDRA CAMPBELL
(McGill-Queen’s University Press)


From 1920 to 1960, Lorne Pierce headed up Ryerson Press, turning the United Church-owned company into the leading publisher of Canadian writing. With rich detail, biographer Sandra Campbell chronicles the life and vision of this former Methodist minister, who once described his desk as “an altar at which I serve — the entire cultural life of Canada.” May 1

Sakahàn: First Quinquennial
of New Indigenous Art
NATIONAL GALLERY, OTTAWA


Sakahàn, which means “to light” in the Algonquin language, is Canada’s largest survey of recent Indigenous art. Running from mid-May until early September, the National Gallery exhibition brings together over 100 works by more than 75 artists worldwide. Among the highlights is Marie Watt’s Blanket Stories, featuring dozens of donated blankets stacked into seven columns representing the Aboriginal concept of seven generations. May 17


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