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WATCH LIST: May 2012

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By Observer Staff


Touchstone Journal

EDITED BY PETER WYATT (Heritage and Theology in a New Age Inc.)


“Making disciples — enabling ourselves and others to be followers of Jesus — is the core business and vocation of the United Church,” wrote John Hogman, the founding chair of Touchstone’s editorial board, in an article before his recent death. This 30-year-old scholarly journal, published three times a year, features United Church thinkers digging deep into theological themes. May’s focus is Christian practices, including pieces on holy manners and the transformative power of hymns. May 1


The Revisionaries
DIRECTED BY SCOTT THURMAN (Silver Lining Film Group)


The Texas Board of Education chair, Don McLeroy, is determined to get his creationist ideas of science and history into the textbooks of nearly five million schoolchildren. Aided by attorneys but opposed by many locals, McLeroy pushes his headstrong vision to the brink in this documentary about political wrangling within a fragile school system still debating theories of evolution. May 1, 3 and 4 at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto


Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes
BY KAMAL AL-SOLAYLEE (HarperCollins Canada)


Playwright, journalist, academic and theatre critic Kamal Al-Solaylee grew up in southern Yemen, the son of a wealthy property owner in Aden. Since immigrating to Canada as an adult, he has watched his siblings become strict Islamists despite their secular upbringing. Part memoir, part coming-out narrative, Intolerable chronicles the Middle East’s shift toward fundamentalism and the author’s escape to the West. May 4


Home
BY TONI MORRISON (Random House)


Frank Money returns from the Korean War a traumatized veteran. When he takes his medically abused sister back to their hometown in Georgia, both characters confront the racial complexities of small-town America. Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison adds to her haunting body of work with this novel about finding your place in a country riddled with hate. May 8

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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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