Arts and Culture

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...

Reconciling science and religion

Are science and religion compatible? Or are they locked in an implacable conflict? In his new book, a professor of particle physics, who is...

‘An extravagant goodness’

At 50, Catherine Stewart was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour and had to decide between surgery and radiation, each of which carried risks.

The Spirituality of Wine: Embracing creation with body and soul

As non-initiate into the world of wine, we approached Gisela Kreglinger’s new book, The Spirituality of Wine, with a combination of skepticism and uncertainty.
The memorial window in St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, Ottawa, the only work to be found in Canada by Irish stained glass artist Wilhelmina Geddes, is widely regarded as her masterpiece. Photo: Wilhelmina Geddes: Life and Work, Four Courts Dublin Press

The little-known ‘greatest stained glass artist of our time’

In November 1919, a magnificent memorial window was unveiled in the east wall of the Church of St. Bartholomew (Anglican) in Ottawa.

‘God Unseen, Seen in Love’

We were not previously familiar with the music of Canadian singer/songwriter Steve Bell; but we are ever so pleased to make his musical acquaintance now.

Douglas Cowling remembered as passionate ‘connector’ through liturgy, music

On a Sunday in the Easter season, not too long ago, many among the congregation at All Saints Kingsway, Toronto, preparing to sing a psalm, suddenly noticed something familiar about the tune.