Arts and Culture

‘Who lives? Who dies? Who tells your story?’: Hamilton and the politics of representation...

July 2020 will be remembered for many reasons, but for fans of musical theatre like me, it will be treasured as the time when...

‘Between Gratitude and Grief’

I shouldn’t be writing today. I should be packing CDs, getting an oil change, confirming concert details and making a checklist that includes “Don’t forget...

‘Go and do likewise’: A review of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

In her film about children’s TV star the Rev. Fred (“Mister”) Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister, gifted director Marielle Heller chooses to focus not on the children for whom Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was made, but on a grown-up, journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a man who carries the scars of an unhappy childhood into his adult life.

Come from Away: Resurrection and Hope in Gander, Newfoundland

Do you remember where you were on Sept. 11, 2001? Most everyone has a story to tell about where they were on that day...

‘Decolonization’ collection stimulates new ways of thinking about the Bible

Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization Edited by Steve Heinrichs; Illustrations by Jonathan Dyck Publisher: Mennonite Church Canada ISBN: 978-0-9959-7331-2 320 pages Available through commonword.ca Unsettling the Word is...

Intimations of grace at the movies

The idea of grace is connected with the God-given gifts of virtue and redemption—worthy subjects for the person of faith to contemplate. But seeking...

Life as improv?

God, Improv, and the Art of Living By MaryAnn McKibben Dana Eerdmans, 2018 ISBN: 978-0-8028-7464-1 230 pages All self-help and exhortation-driven books seem inevitably prone to treading precariously close...

Phyllis Tickle: Towering presence, prophetic vision

Phyllis Tickle: A Life will appeal to those who admire the prodigious talents of the late Episcopalian author, poet, essayist and marketing force behind North American religious book publishing.

Witnessing the birth of a family

Family… Connections… At the heart of those ideas is our sense of self-identity, our very state of being: for we are, in some ways,...

Book on ministry fails to gain traction

Books aimed at helping congregations and ministries respond to the presence of diverse cultures in society, and churches, are always welcome. Changing Lanes, Crossing...

A refreshing take on how to worship in and beyond the sanctuary

Worshipful is a well-written, ecumenically informed reflection on what it means for moderns to be engaged in praising God—not just in formal services of...

Christmas stories offer homespun wisdom, nostalgia

“The promise and its fulfillment”: that phrase is apt shorthand for what Christmas means to the person of faith. And those words are nicely...

Heartwarming children’s books rework an ancient theme

Children love Christmas, so it’s hardly surprising that there’s a wealth of Christmas books for kids. We all know the classics: the perennially popular...

The ‘saddest and yet happiest Christmas’

On the morning of December 6, 1917, what was at that time history’s largest man-made explosion erupted in Halifax harbour. Caused when a French...

Churches together: Seeking common ground

This year we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It is significant, and a sign of the times, that a Roman Catholic...