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WATCH LIST: June 2012

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

By Observer Staff

Take This Waltz
DIRECTED BY SARAH POLLEY, STARRING MICHELLE WILLIAMS, SETH ROGEN AND LUKE KIRBY (Mongrel Media)


During a humid Toronto summer, a young woman with a touch of depression strays from her cookbook-writer husband of five years and falls for the rickshaw-driver artist next door. This summertime flick gently explores the complications of love, asking subtle questions about what the idea of a lifelong relationship does to our image of ourselves. June 29


The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady-State Economy
BY MICHAEL LEWIS AND PAT CONALTY (New Society Publishers)


There’s a realistic case to be made for creating a sustainable human presence on Earth. Arguing for serious reconsideration of our limitless consumption, the authors use practical examples — housing, banking, eating — to point the way toward long-term cultural shifts. The book offers hope and inspiration for living within our ecological limits and with respect in Creation. June 1


Somewhere Over the Sea: A Father’s Letter to his Autistic Son
BY HALFDAN W. FREIHOW, translated
by ROBERT FERGUSON (House of Anansi)


In an updated version of his memoir Dear Gabriel, the father of a young man with autism describes the complex type of love that emerges when his family is up against a world of misunderstanding. Tenderly following his son’s triumphs and disappointments, Halfdan W. Freihow offers a glimpse into Gabriel’s life from a parent’s perspective, with a new foreword by author Ian Brown. June 2


Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science’s Greatest Idea
BY CARTER PHIPPS (Harper Perennial)

Call it evolutionary spirituality. Carter Phipps, editor of EnlightenNext magazine, describes how a new breed of thinkers is taking ownership of both sides of the evolution debate. Conceiving of evolution as a spiritually directed force propelling contemporary culture, they’ve got new ideas to bridge the longstanding gaps between religion and science, myth and fact. June 26






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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

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Toronto church builds interfaith friendship

by Vivien Fellegi

Faith

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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

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Church retreat helps first responders with PTSD

by Joe Martelle

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.

Ethics

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Pregnant in the pulpit

by Trisha Elliott

Ministers who take a maternity leave still face discrimination in their own congregations

Interviews

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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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