Arts and Culture

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.

Testament to a life thoughtfully lived

As a student first of history and now of library and archival science, I am acutely aware of an existential crisis currently ongoing in both fields.

Nobody writes letters anymore.

Image: Fabio Freitas e Silva/Shutterstock

Sin and redemption on Facebook

It had been a long day and I was tired.

Atheists can be spiritual beings, book argues

Award-winning Toronto architect Gerald Robinson is an adjunct professor of theology, in the divinity faculty at the University of Toronto's Trinity College.

A survivor’s fierce vision and courage

This memoir is many things—short yet powerful, anecdotal and detailed, courageous and sad, unsettling and important.
For the past seven years, artist Karen Brodie has worked on banner designs that ask worshippers to move beyond memorizing the story line around Christ's last days. Photo: David Cooper

A faith journey through art

Sit, reflect and pray.