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Arts Feature

December 2011

The Camino Letters

By John Montgomery

Author completes 26 tasks, assigned by friends, along her spiritual path

Arts Feature

December 2011

Iona Dreaming

By Martha Martin

Readers are taken on a journey of recovery, reflection and awe

Arts Feature

December 2011

The Sacred Journey

By Sheryl Spencer

Author explores traditional spiritual practices with modern interest

Arts Feature

December 2011

The Accidental Pilgrim

By Ross Lockhart

New book examines contemporary understanding of pilgrimages

Arts Feature

December 2011

Sacred Earth

By Daniel Benson

Awe-inspiring photographs capture major and lesser-known sacred sites

Arts Feature

November 2011

Green Zone

By Patricia Ingold

Political thriller about Iraq war shows the limits of exporting democracy

Arts Feature

November 2011

Battle for Haditha

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Award-winning director mixes the crudity of military culture with the restlessness of everyday life in a war zone

Arts Feature

November 2011

The Messenger

By Debbie Cowling

Two officers are assigned to notify next of kin when a soldier is killed in action

Arts Feature

November 2011

Armadillo

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Danish film is an authentic portrait of regimental life

Arts Feature

November 2011

Restrepo

By Cory Ruf

Documentary reminds us that it’s not just life that’s risked when we wage war

Arts Feature

October 2011

Tommy Douglas

By Bill Blaikie

Biography reminds readers of the link between faith and politics

Arts Feature

October 2011

Bonhoeffer

By Eric Bacon

Book encompasses the life of a pastor, martyr, prophet and spy

Arts Feature

October 2011

Letters to My Daughters

By Brian Platt

Author charts her life as a female politician in Afghanistan

Arts Feature

October 2011

Rescuing Regina

By Debbie Cowling

Tale about a Congolese refugee shows the best and worst of human behaviour

Arts Feature

October 2011

Captivity

By Will Braun

Former hostage’s account is a journey into the ‘belly of paradox’

Arts Feature

September 2011

Hijacking the Holy Land

By Cory Ruf

Canadian production is yet another salvo in the Middle East conflict

Arts Feature

September 2011

Lost in the Amazon

By Richard Wright

A fantastical pilgrimage is captured in this television documentary

Arts Feature

September 2011

To Forgive ... Divine

By Patricia Clarke

Documentarian asks if forgiveness is always possible

Arts Feature

September 2011

A Message from Space

By David Wilson

Scientists turn their eyes to the heavens in a new film

Arts Feature

September 2011

Rosh Hashanah

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Canadian documentary paints an unsentimental portrait of a Jewish holiday

Arts Feature

July 2011

In Heaven, Underground

By Patricia Clarke

Award-winning doc tells the story of Holocaust survivors and Europe’s largest active Jewish burial ground

Arts Feature

July 2011

I Am Jesus

By Trisha Elliott

Film portrays modern-day ‘messiahs’ without judging them

Arts Feature

July 2011

The Redemption of General Butt Naked

By Drew Halfnight

Former Liberian warlord turns to Christianity in this intimate portrait

Arts Feature

July 2011

The Hilltops

By Jim Cairney

Filmmakers look closely at Israel’s hilltop settlements and the people who occupy them

Arts Feature

July 2011

How to die in Oregon

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Festival favourite tells the stories of those choosing death with dignity

Arts Feature

June 2011

To the End of the Land

By David Wilson

Tragedy and hope underlie this narrative about the Middle East conflict

Arts Feature

June 2011

Censoring an Iranian Love Story

By Patricia Clarke

Author offers a satiric perspective on his country’s history, foibles and tyranny

Arts Feature

June 2011

Beirut39

By Caley Moore

Anthology features bold and impressive mix of young Arabic writers

Arts Feature

June 2011

The Hakawati

By Samantha Rideout

Middle eastern storytelling combines mythology and realism seamlessly

Arts Feature

June 2011

The Museum of Innocence

By Cory Ruf

Nobel Prize-winning author writes a love story set in his native Istanbul

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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