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Faith and Values: Silence has many faces

We don’t always know why another person is silent. Even when we do, our own silence is often the best gift we can offer another person.


Faith and Values: Never, never, never

There are some things better left unsaid in marriage, or at least said differently than those first words out of our mouths. If you don’t believe me, search, ‘things never …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 6:52 p.m.

Faith and Values: Have we forgotten how to disagree?

Do you need new rules of engagement?


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Pope Benedict, in retired seclusion, looms in the opposition to Pope Francis

Ever since Pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff in six centuries to abdicate the papacy, transitioning to a life of near seclusion in a Vatican City monastery, there have …


Faith and Values: When the answer to a prayer is ‘wait’

I’m many things, but patient isn’t one of them.


Fear and pain motivate both bullies and victims

I purposely began writing this reflection on the one-year anniversary weekend of the Charlottesville riot over racism and white supremacy. It was a tragic dramatic reminder of what bullying is …


Catholics consider withholding donations amid scandals

Across the U.S., Catholics once faithful with their financial support to their churches are searching for ways to respond to the constant sex-abuse scandals that have tarnished the institution in …


Faith and Values: Man up, Spokane

Four times a month, community columnists weigh in on matters of faith and values. The Faith and Values column appears Saturday and features retired Methodist minister Paul Graves, of Sandpoint; …


Diocese holds forgiveness Mass in wake of grand jury report

A Pennsylvania bishop named in a grand jury report on rampant sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy is holding a Mass of forgiveness, as the Vatican expresses “shame and sorrow” …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Church president: Use ‘Latter-day Saints’ not ‘Mormon’

Mormon church President Russell M. Nelson said he wants people to stop using “Mormon,” or “LDS” as substitutes for the full name of the religion: The Church of Jesus Christ …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 11:01 p.m.

Nearly 15,000 attend Franklin Graham Decision America event in Spokane

The Rev. Franklin Graham told thousands of Spokane evangelicals to run for office Thursday, saying America was in spiritual trouble.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

Franklin Graham went to Porter’s. The business got a bit roasted

Several thousand people came out Tuesday night to Franklin Graham’s Decision America event at Columbia Point Park in Richland.


Faith and Values: Caring for our sacred places

E-mails have started to trickle back into my inbox from students and colleagues, signaling the end of summer and the beginning of another semester at Gonzaga University. In just a …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Motorists await the return of Spokane Valley ‘Jesus’

And in the seventh month of this year, Jesus fell just east of the Argonne Road exit on I-90, and commuters were perplexed.


Sessions: U.S. culture ‘less hospitable to people of faith’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department is committed to protecting the religious rights of Americans.


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 5:03 p.m.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick after sex abuse claims

In a move described as unprecedented, Pope Francis has effectively stripped U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal’s title and rank following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an …


Faith and Values: A politics worthy of the human spirit

I’m sick and fatigued nearly to the point of despair – only nearly! – by the divides we must navigate over matters political and religious, especially when they combine into …


Faith and Values: Naming the hurt is a step toward forgiveness

I sat down with an elder recently, a wise man who has seen a lot of life and who has learned deeply from his experience. The man was one of …


Faith and Values: Against a tide of persecution, church remains a beacon

They are poor, repressed and increasingly the target of political and social antagonism. Yet Christians there remain hopeful, kind and joyful. Barely a hint of pessimism, anger or self-pity soils …


Faith and Values: What the Bible really says about immigration

Lately, I’ve found myself becoming protective of the people and culture I’ve left behind.


Faith and Values: Striking out in unexplored territory

For many people, June is Graduation Month. Our spiritual journeys can reflect a similar range of possibilities.


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 9:53 a.m.

Local religious leaders say detaining children morally wrong

As President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday reversing his administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, local faith leaders said the policy of …


Faith and Values: Mastering of our own words

Vulgarity is no substitute for wit. The Dowager Countess on “Downton Abbey” had it right.


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

Focus on the Family president visits Coeur d’Alene ahead of pro-adoption event

Jim Daly, president of the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family, visited Coeur d’Alene on Thursday to promote the organization’s Wait No More adoption conference to be held in …


UPDATED: Sat., May 26, 2018, 2:43 p.m.

Faith and Values: Begging for some truth pieces

Are you ever puzzled? I find myself puzzled most every day. It’s usually because I don’t seem to find the right truth-piece(s) to fit into the larger Truth Puzzle I …


Faith and Values: To manage negativity, look to the courage around you

Lately it seems examples of courage are swirling all around us. Tarana Burke, who spoke not so long ago at Gonzaga, has become a celebrated activist for starting the “Me …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

8 dead, nearly 40 wounded as bombs hit 3 Indonesian churches

Three attacks including one by a suicide bomber disguised as a churchgoer targeted three churches in Indonesia’s second largest city of Surabaya early Sunday, killing at least nine people and …


Spokane church leaders discuss security with former Colorado U.S. Marshal

Dozens of church leaders and staff members gathered Wednesday to learn how to make their churches and congregations safer.


UPDATED: Sun., May 6, 2018, 10 a.m.

Sisters of Bloomsday: Nuns, once regulars at the race, reflect on changes facing their order

For Bloomsdays untold, the 50,000 or so runners on May’s first Sunday were cheered on by nuns near the bottom of Doomsday Hill and spooked by the vulture at the …


Faith and Values: Who draws the lines you color in?

Lately it seems examples of courage are swirling all around us.