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Musical siblings Rufus and Martha Wainwright in concert

WATCH LIST: June 2013

By Observer Staff

Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle

Musical siblings Rufus and Martha Wainwright pay tribute to their late mother, the folk legend Kate McGarrigle, with a star-studded concert in New York City featuring performances by McGarrigle’s sisters, Anna and Jane, as well as Jimmy Fallon, Emmylou Harris and Norah Jones. Home movies and family interviews complement the concert footage. A companion CD will also be released this month. June 26

Wide Welcome: How the Unsettling Presence of Newcomers Can Save the Church
(Fortress Press)

Congregations strive to be welcoming, but too often newcomers are simply assimilated into the established culture of the church. In Wide Welcome, Jessicah Krey Duckworth proposes slowing down the rush to membership and giving time and space to newcomers’ questions and insights. This deeper, more reflective welcome opens both the church and the newcomer to change.
June 1

The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic

In his latest book, progressive theologian John Shelby Spong takes on the fourth and final Gospel, arguing that the work was never intended to be a factual account of Jesus’ life but rather a literary interpretation told through fictional characters like Nicodemus and Lazarus. By placing Jesus in the context of Jewish scriptures, the last Gospel sought to bring him into the fold of first-century Jewish mysticism. June 11

The Redemption of Oscar Wolf

Oscar Wolf’s quest for redemption begins in the early 1930s, when the angry young teen from Ontario’s Chippewas of Rama reserve starts a blaze that ends up killing two people. Fearing divine punishment, he sets off for California, eventually distinguishing himself as a soldier and later a diplomat. This second novel by former Ontario lieutenant governor James Bartleman presents a fascinating portrait of a flawed protagonist. June 15

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