UC Observer logo
UCObserver on SoundCloud UCObserver on YouTube UCObserver on Facebook UCObserver on Twitter UCObserver's RSS Feeds
The End of Time (National Film Board of Canada)

WATCH LIST: December 2012

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

By Observer Staff

The End of Time
DIRECTED BY PETER METTLER (National Film Board of Canada)


Beginning with archival footage of a pilot parachuting from 100,000 feet in the air, The End of Time entrances viewers with dramatic images from around the globe. From smashing protons to flowing lava and a grasshopper being carried by ants, Canadian director and cinematographer Peter Mettler explores the links between mysticism and science as he tests our understanding of time. Dec. 12

The Holy or the Broken
BY ALAN LIGHT (Simon & Schuster)


“How did one obscure song become an international anthem for triumph and tragedy?” asks music journalist Alan Light in this in-depth investigation into the unlikely history of Leonard Cohen’s iconic ballad Hallelujah. The song, released by artist Jeff Buckley 10 years after it was originally rejected by Cohen’s record label, emerged from the shadows to become the familiar underdog hymn heard in churches and concert halls worldwide. Dec. 4

The Blue Sapphire of
the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology
By Douglas E. Christie
(Oxford University Press)


Invoking early Christian monasticism and ecological pioneers, theological scholar Douglas E. Christie proposes a contemplative reimagining of our relationship to the natural world. Our response to the ecological crisis demands a new and more attentive way of seeing, he proposes: what might the world be like if we imagine its sacredness as our own? Dec. 15

Dickens at Christmas
BY CHARLES DICKENS (Vintage Classics)


Although A Christmas Carol steals the spotlight as one of the world’s most enduring holiday tales, Charles Dickens wrote a number of special seasonal stories that have been collected for this anthology, which also includes excerpts from his hilarious serial novel The Pickwick Papers. Underlying Dickens’s snowy rooftops, steaming punch and plum puddings are the social critic’s sly observations of Victorian society at Christmas — well worth another read. Dec. 25




Readers’ advisory: The discussion below is moderated by The UC Observer and facilitated by Intense Debate (ID), an online commentary system. The Observer reserves the right to edit or reject any comment it deems to be inappropriate. Approved comments may be further edited for length, clarity and accuracy, and published in the print edition of the magazine. Please note: readers do not need to sign up with ID to post their comments on ucobserver.org. We require only your user name and e-mail address. Your comments will be posted from Monday to Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Join the discussion today!

Interviews

Courtesy of Pixabay

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.

Promotional Image

Editorials

Jocelyn Bell%

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.'

Promotional Image

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.

Promotional Image

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.

Promotional Image