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Culture

Feature

April 2017

Political punchlines

By Sharilyn Johnson

Donald Trump may be a disaster for liberal democracy, but he’s a godsend for late-night TV comedy

Feature

March 2017

WATCH LIST: March 2017

By Observer Staff

Feature

March 2017

Colour me sedated

By Pieta Woolley

Global issues? Too stressful! Why think outside the box when it’s so soothing to stay inside the lines?

Feature

February 2017

WATCH LIST: February 2017

By Observer Staff

Feature

February 2017

In awe of the cosmos

By Kevin Spurgaitis

New astronomical discoveries are inspiring movie directors to boldly go where no filmmaker has gone before

Feature

January 2017

WATCH LIST: January 2017

By Observer Staff

Feature

January 2017

Break with tradition

By Julie McGonegal

New Indigenous spirituality books challenge the notion that sacred teachings should only be passed down orally

Feature

December 2016

WATCH LIST: December 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

December 2016

Bad person, good art

By Lisa Van de Ven

Director Nate Parker is yet another artist accused of a crime. The question for audiences: do you see his movie?

Special Feature

November 2016

‘Mystical Landscapes’

By Trisha Elliott

Feature

November 2016

WATCH LIST: November 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

November 2016

Comics come of age

By Simon Lewsen

Canadian women are on the leading edge as graphic novels go mainstream

Feature

October 2016

Beyond the music

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Immersive, multi-day festivals have become a modern rite of passage

Arts Feature

October 2016

WATCH LIST: October 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2016

WATCH LIST: September 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2016

Carbon copies

By Elena Gritzan

As scientists tinker with the human genome, TV series Orphan Black reveals the duplicitous side of cloning

Feature

July 2016

WATCH LIST: July/August 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2016

Can gaming be good?

By Trisha Elliott

Video games are often cast as violent, sexist and addictive. But a new genre of virtual fun is serving a higher purpose.

Arts Feature

June 2016

WATCH LIST: June 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2016

Cartoons with IQs

By Simon Lewsen

Recent animated features edify as well as entertain. The young people in your life might enjoy them too.

Feature

May 2016

WATCH LIST: May 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

May 2016

Lake Wobegon bids adieu

By Ray Ford

Radio host Garrison Keillor retires in July. His iconic brand of Christian-flavoured storytelling will be missed.

Arts Feature

April 2016

WATCH LIST: April 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

April 2016

How much is enough?

By Pieta Woolley

Author Heather King says Christians should earn a sum that allows them to enjoy life and share generously. Figuring out how is another matter.

Feature

March 2016

WATCH LIST: March 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

March 2016

Refugee on the run

By Julie McGonegal

Lawrence Hill’s new novel about a displaced runner moves at a frenetic pace. Readers of 'The Illegal' might need to catch their breath.

Arts Feature

February 2016

WATCH LIST: February 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

February 2016

Abuse in the spotlight

By Drew Halfnight

Recent films cast a glaring light on the Catholic Church’s pedophile priests. They make the Vatican’s response seem too little, too late.

Feature

January 2016

WATCH LIST: January 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

January 2016

Good news for kids

By Pieta Woolley

Illustrated Bibles and apps pull out all the stops to grab young people’s attention. But are they obscuring the message?

Faith

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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Observations

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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Video

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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Faith

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.

Culture

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.

Interviews

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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