Faith Today Looks
Back and Ahead
in focusing on news and journalistic excellence,
cannot be understated. Cover topics included
the “Moral Majority,” prison life, Expo ’86, child
sexual abuse and fresh takes on previous cover
topics of abortion and education.
Cover stories tackled “Modern Jesus,”
Christians in Parliament, Natives, the United
Church, “Religion in the ’80s” and business.
1988: A key issue tackled abortion (the third
time as a cover story). The Supreme Court of
Canada had struck down Canada’s abortion
law (the Morgentaler decision). A proposed
new law was seen as a compromise and voted
down by pro-choice MPs as well as strident
Evangelicals and Roman Catholics. To this day
Canada has no legal protection for the unborn.
Other cover topics were medical ethics, parenting, refugees, global missions and the arts. Designer Rob Robotham was hired to lay out the
magazine and has served in the role ever since
– its longest serving staff member.
Cover topics: “Funding the Church,”
“God in the City,” New Age, ethnic churches,
Canadian labour, Israel.
Cover topics: “The 1980s Overview,”
evangelism, public education, changing family,
Cover topics: Quebec, Reform Party,
War, Native church, poverty, seeker services.
The design of the magazine was refreshed, as
Dorsch felt it was looking outdated.