Arts and Culture

Faith across generations

To this day I can still picture myself climbing the stairs of Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall toward the balcony. It was in the highest heights of that concert hall that I encountered The Messiah for the first time. By the time I was seven or eight years old, it had become family tradition to yearly immerse ourselves in George Frideric Handel's masterpiece.

Jesus through a Muslim lens

ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth By Reza Aslan Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014 ISBN 978-0-8129-8148-3; 296 pages How credible is a book about the historical...
The film explores many prominent works of religious art in the Vatican Museum's collection. Photo: Vatican Museum

Film brings Vatican Museums to the public

In 1506, a farmer found a statue in his vineyard in Rome.

Growing up in Boyhood

The movie's opening scene is its most evocative: a five-year-old boy lies on his back upon the green grass, gazing up at the clouds passing on a blue sky, as if transfixed by a waking dream.
Visitors to the opening of Called to Serve admire some of the many vintage uniforms on display. Photo: Michael Hudson

Walking with the soldiers of solace

To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, Canada's first-ever exhibition on military chaplains is under way at Toronto's Cathedral Church of St. James.
Being kind even to insects can teach children the value of compassion. Photo: Lisa Eastman

Of apes and man

Once we postulate a "difference," we legitimize a dichotomy-between how we want to be treated and how we treat others.

Journey to Jerusalem Sunday book list

I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish Dr. Abuelaish's life, as a Palestinian born in a refugee camp who became...

Secular story, religious themes

It takes time for the "winter vault" to appear in Anne Michaels' novel(over 240 pages in), but it is an apt title for this beautifully craftedstory of dispossession and adaptation, of loss and hard-won hope, ofthe creative capacity of story to open the way to reconciliation and thepower of love to realize redemption.
Valentine Road, which investigates the 2008 killing of openly transgender teenager Lawrence “Larry” King, is one of eight films featured in the Human Rights Watch Festival, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, from Feb. 27 to March 6. Photo: Courtesy of Human Rights Watch

Provocative films about human rights at TIFF

No frame is wasted on first-time feature filmmaker Marta Cunningham's Valentine Road, a powerful documentary about the 2008 murder of openly gay California eighth-grader Lawrence ("Larry") King, by his classmate and crush, 14-year-old Brandon McInerney.

Merry Crechemas

My mother, Catherine Hall, knit this for me the year her father, Canon Shirley Wood, died. That fall, I had broken my leg and my parents came to help me a few times, so I saw them more than usual.

A Christmas quacker

I read with interest an Anglican Journal letter (Dear parents with young children in church, Oct. 2013, p. 6) thanking parents for bringing their squirmy (and noisy) children to church.
Greystone Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-1553657996 304 pages

To be or not to be – habit forming, that is

When I started reading this book, I was wary. I had read enough extravagant navel-gazing memoirs in Eat, Pray, Love to make myself nauseated. (Sorry, Elizabeth Gilbert.)
Revolution is a film that's "looking for change, and starting with a sense of wonder and beauty doesn't hurt." Photo: Contributed

A film to cause change

Rob Stewart's new film, Revolution, charts a new chapter in the life of the activist filmmaker whose first film,Sharkwater, challenged the slaughter of sharks for their fins.
On the Shoulders of Hobbits, The Road to Virtue in Tolkien and Lewis, by Louis Markos, Moody Publishers, 234 pages

Moral heroes on road to Christian virtue

In the world we live in, we may be duped into thinking that onething is as good as another, and that moral choices are apt to beswathed in shades of grey rather than stark black and white. Is itsurprising, then, that worldly self-interest so often stands paramountin the calculations of individuals and states alike?
John Coltrane

Theology in Coltrane’s Jazz

Jazz great John Coltrane's music may not usually be thought of as spiritual or religious music, but the Rev. Jamie Howison's new book, God's Mind in That Music, explores its spiritual influences and themes.