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Why we've decided to capitalize B for Black

by Jocelyn Bell

It may not be Canadian Press style, but it shows respect and recognizes a shared identity and experience among Black people.


The origins of the War Amps trace back to Sept. 23, 1918, when the Amputation Club of British Columbia held its first meeting. (Courtesy of the War Amps)

The story of a Methodist minister, the War Amps and a 100-year legacy

by Trisha Elliott

Lt-Col. Sidney Lambert helped start the organization at the close of the Great War. It is still doing vital work for Canadians with disabilities.


Be'sha Blondin speaks at the wahkohtawin 2014 Conference at the University of Saskatchewan. She is among the notable women in religion and spirituality missing on Wikipedia. (Credit: GMCTL UofS/YouTube)

Gender bias on Wikipedia: Why notable women in religion are missing on the site

by Emma Prestwich

"There have been women who have been in leadership roles, but we haven’t written about them."


Photo courtesy Pixabay

Retirement allowed me to see that my life had value outside of work

by Paul Fraumeni

This writer loved his work — and working. But he had to heed an inner voice that told him he was done.


Wilbur Howard at the 26th General Council in 1974, where he was elected moderator. (Credit: Observer files)

United Church's first Black moderator faced racism that still resonates today

by Mugoli Samba

Very Rev. Wilbur Howard didn't speak about the discrimination he experienced in the church. Decades later, Black clergy are opening up about what is still a big problem.


The spiritual benefits of essential oils are nearly impossible to measure and marketers capitalize on consumers' willingness to accept the possibility. (Photo courtesy Pixabay)

Are essential oils beneficial or just nicely scented hogwash?

by Anne Bokma

Anne Bokma looks at the booming industry of fragrant elixirs that promises to cure all that ails you.


Attendees at the Parliament of the World's Religions conference enjoy a simple langar lunch prepared by Toronto's Sikh community. (Photo: Will Pearson)

Interfaith conference illuminating, but those who needed it most weren't there

by Will Pearson

Observer editor Will Pearson learned a lot at the Parliament of the World's Religions gathering in Toronto, but wondered about its long-term impact.


Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

They're a fixture of Kirk United Church Centre in Edmonton.

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