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December 2015

WATCH LIST: DECEMBER 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

December 2015

Meet your microbes

By Caley Moore

Trillions of tiny organisms live within our intestines. Science writers say it’s time we got to know our guts.

Arts Feature

November 2015

WATCH LIST: November 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

November 2015

Tarnished treasures

By Richard Wright

The publication of Harper Lee’s 'Go Set a Watchman' prompts a disappointed reader to revisit other ‘gems’ from his youth

Arts Feature

October 2015

WATCH LIST: OCTOBER 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2015

Our problems, our selves

By Julie McGonegal

Self-help books are seen as light reading for navel-gazers. Two new volumes show the category still carries weight.

Arts Feature

September 2015

WATCH LIST: SEPTEMBER 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2015

Lingering, not living

By Julie McGonegal

How do we face the burden of mortality? Three recent books question the medicalization of old age.

Arts Feature

September 2015

Interview with Karen Stiller

By Christopher White

The senior editor at Faith Today magazine and the author of ‘Shifting Stats: Shaking the Church,’ co-written with Patricia Paddey, talks about how churches are responding to upheavals in Canadian society

Feature

July 2015

WATCH LIST: JULY/AUGUST 2015

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2015

Lovers, not fighters

By Paul Knowles

Canada’s folk musicians still harness the power of musical protest. But it’s love, not anger, that overcomes

Arts Feature

June 2015

WATCH LIST: JUNE 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2015

The double life

By David Wilson

Characters with secret identities are flooding serial TV dramas. What does that say about a ‘normal’ existence?

Arts Feature

May 2015

WATCH LIST: May 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2015

Holy Land narratives

By Donald Grayston

Three recent takes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can help Canadians grasp the whole picture

Arts Feature

April 2015

WATCH LIST: APRIL 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

April 2015

The spirit of Updike

By John McTavish

A recent biography of American author John Updike reveals a complex man who found great solace in faith

Arts Feature

March 2015

WATCH LIST: MARCH 2015

By Observer Staff

Judi Dench in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.' Laurie Sparham, © 2014 Fox Searchlight

Arts Feature

March 2015

Visions of the afterlife

By Julie McGonegal

With a surge of interest in near-death experiences, a new book asks: Are the dying actually onto something?

Arts Feature

February 2015

WATCH LIST: February 2015

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Arts Feature

February 2015

Transcending normal

By Jonathan Forani

TV families have come a long way since Leave it to Beaver. Today’s shows feature gay couples, trans parents, alcoholism and poverty.

Arts Feature

January 2015

WATCH LIST: January 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

January 2015

Rock of ages

By David Wilson

Recent documentaries revisit the era when music got all ‘ooh-aahh’

Arts Feature

December 2014

WATCH LIST: December 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

December 2014

Climate revolution

By David MacDonald

Naomi Klein’s new book calls for a seismic shift in the global economy. Our survival as a civilization depends on it.

Arts Feature

November 2014

WATCH LIST: November 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

November 2014

Writing reconciliation

By Julie McGonegal

Aboriginal authors refuse to be confined to a tragic script. Their search for healing is far more expansive.

Arts Feature

October 2014

WATCH LIST: October 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2014

Image conscious

By Nancy Bauer

Freeman Patterson’s new book of nature photos reveals a soulful expression of the spirit within

Arts Feature

September 2014

WATCH LIST: September 2014

By Observer Staff

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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