Arts and Culture

The Courage to Understand and Draw Conclusions: Exterminate All the Brutes and White Supremacy

If you found Anglican Video’s award-winning film Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts to be as powerful and disturbing as I did, you’ll...

‘Contemplative Knitting’ spins a vision of prayer—stitch by stitch

Contemplative Knitting By Julie Cicora Publisher: Morehouse Publishing, 2021 168 pages ISBN: 9781640652620 Available through contemplativeknitting.com Knitting has been around for centuries, but it may be more popular than ever...

Eyes wide open: Race, class and gender on pandemic TV

In 1974 the feminist poet Carole Etzler wrote a song with this chorus: Sometimes I wish my eyes hadn’t been opened Sometimes I wish I could...

A Parable for Pandemic Lockdown: The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

Am I the only one who needs, in these pandemic times, to be reminded what day it is?

Kings and queens of love

In a review of the fourth season of Netflix’s “The Crown,” Dean Peter Elliott considers the intersection of royal fairy tales and sin. An estimated...

A journey through erased history: Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice

You move through Kent Monkman’s art exhibit Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience encountering found objects from Canadian museums, large canvases in the grand manner of European and American history paintings, and three-dimensional installations that tell the story of Canada from the all but erased Indigenous perspective.

‘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,...