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WATCH LIST: May 2016

By Observer Staff

Mixed Blessings: Indigenous Encounters with Christianity in Canada
(UBC Press)

While acknowledging the damage of colonialism, including the trauma of residential schools, Mixed Blessings illuminates our understanding of the relationship between Indigenous people and Christianity in Canada. With an unbiased historical account, academics Tolly Bradford and Chelsea Horton analyze the complex ways the two have and will continue to interact from the early 1600s to the present day. May 1

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
(Penguin Random House Canada)

The More of Less explores the modern inclination toward consumerism and the desire for more. Joshua Becker, a leading voice in the simplicity movement and founder of
the website Becoming Minimalist, explains that passion for “things” never brings true happiness but rather leads us astray from our God-given passions; a streamlined life provides far more than it takes away. May 3

Transcendent Love: Dostoevsky and the Search for a Global Ethic
(University of Notre Dame Press)

In Transcendent Love, Leonard G. Friesen provides insight into the ethical issues of Dostoevsky’s Russia through an exploration of the classic author’s novels, journalism, notebooks and correspondence. Friesen argues that Dostoevsky’s ethical debates, based on his Christian morality, continue to be relevant today. May 15

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
(Exhibition On Screen)

A film journey examining the influence of gardens on some of the most influential Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and and Avant-garde contemporaries of Monet. This special exhibition, guided by curators and projected on threatre screens, showcases over 120 works from the early 1860s to the 1920s including Renoir’s Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil and Kandinsky’s Murnau The Garden II. May 19

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The author is baptized at Central United in Calgary. (Photo courtesy of Al Coe)

Why I got baptized in a United Church at the age of 42

by Jacqueline Mercer-Livesey

"I told myself that I didn’t need to go to church to believe in God. I found peace and the Holy Spirit in the things that surrounded me. But still, there was a nagging sense of something missing."

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Editor/Publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Observations: The rewards of letting go

by Jocelyn Bell

Editor Jocelyn Bell reflects on the upcoming changes for The United Church of Canada, the magazine and in her own life.

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ObserverDocs: Two nurses tackle Vancouver's opioid crisis

Richard Moore is a resident of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In this poignant interview, he explains the important work of nurses Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles.

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July 2018

250 United Church leaders have a message for Doug Ford

by Emma Prestwich

They're urging the new Ontario premier to remember those in need as he carries out promised economic reform.


July 2018

Tracing Nelson Mandela’s path a century after his birth

by Tim Johnson

A travel writer visits some of the places that shaped the anti-apartheid icon’s life.


July 2018

Jamil Jivani sheds light on why young men radicalize

by Suzanne Bowness

In his book 'Why Young Men,' Jamil Jivani talks about his own experience as a troubled youth.

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