Spokane’s Origin Church will close in May, and plans to transfer ownership of its building to local non-profit SpokaneFaVS for the purpose of creating an interfaith community center.
“Over the years SpokaneFaVS has created a community, and in return we’ve been given a community center,” said Tracy Simmons, executive director of SpokaneFaVS.
The decision was made by the SpokaneFaVS board following Origin Church’s gift of the building.
Origin Church’s pastor, Rev. Scott Kinder-Pyle, said the donation was made at the behest of the church’s congregation and in recognition of the non-profit’s work to foster dialogue between different faiths and denominations in the Spokane region. The church also donated funds to help with the new center’s startup costs.
The space will be available for retreats, classes, weddings and worship services, as well as other events, Simmons said.
Tracy Simmons is a regular contributor to The Spokesman-Review’s Faith and Values column. Other columnists are drawn from the ranks of SpokaneFaVS.com contributors.
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