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Four years ago I was working with a group of journalism students covering the election when an editor came out and asked for everyone’s attention. He told us the Associated Press had just called the election for Donald Trump.I watched as the students held back tears. Some went outside or to the bathroom to cry.
The FaVS Center–Spokane’s Interfaith Community Center has reopened for religious services and events under Phase 2 COVID-19 restrictions.
"Interfaith" has come to mean different things to different people, and it's not always flattering. The community should work to recognize it as a neutral term for increasing understanding of our religious differences.
Audio can capture what the printed page can't, sometimes. A new FaVS podcast seeks to explore how communities of faith are dealing with the pandemic.
It can be OK to go for a bike ride or wander in the woods right now, to detach from all the bad news that’s flooding your screen. But also use this time to live in the moment and feel connected to those that don’t have the option to escape.
Recently I was faced with a big decision, one I agonized over. Should I stay in the Spokane area, or move on?
In my time on the religion beat, I’ve been able to cover groups and events that have confirmed that gut feeling I had growing up, the one that said
An area of progressive values in a part of the state and country that is deeply red, Moscow is just about perfect for a lot of residents. But leaders of Christ Church say they’re trying to evangelize in an area that has shown indifference toward religion, prompting tension in the city of roughly 25,000 residents.
I have dreams for our community to become stronger, to move forward. To do that we need to push through the smog — the discouragement — and find the other, clearer side. It will be better if we do that together.
Earlier this summer, a friend from high school pinged me on social media to say she’d be passing through Spokane and wanted to get together. Without hesitation, I said yes.
People I don’t agree with have good qualities, and it’s up to me to find out what they are. It’s not fair to judge or label them based on signs they put in their yards.
A Facebook meme I received about the growing population of Muslims in the U.S. reinforces a valuable lesson about the importance of engaging with each other.
Every once in awhile I’m asked by a church to fill the pulpit. This month Origin Church, which is gifting its property to SpokaneFāVS, asked me to preach about religious diversity. It was a fitting topic, since we’ll be using their gift to open an interfaith community center for Spokane this summer. The pastor asked me to speak about Acts 19: 35-41, which tells the story of the Apostle Paul coming to the city of Ephesus to preach about Jesus. Until then most of the city worshipped at the Temple of Artemis, who was a goddess of the hunt. Many were drawn to Paul’s message and turned from their traditional ways. This caused an uproar and a riot broke out since this new belief system was threatening. The town clerk was finally able to calm the crowds, reminding everyone there was room for more than one viewpoint.
I reached my goals, but somewhere along the way I became discontented with what I had achieved. Now I wanted more. I want more money, more house, more property.
The families we are born into aren’t perfect and like any relationship, they take work.
I’m at the stage in life where many of my friends have become new parents. Their Facebook feed is dominated by photos of the little one – playing in the snow, unwrapping Christmas presents, petting a dog, sleeping. Conversations, too, are peppered with children updates. And it all has me thinking about my own mother and what her life was like when she became a mom. Last month, I wrote about how we no longer speak because of lifestyle and religious differences.
People should be proud of who they are, but it can be hard when they keep getting turned away.
Stories are powerful. They have the ability to destroy illicit assumptions and ignite understanding. That’s why I made the decision to become a religion reporter.
I thought my intro column here would be different, lighter. I thought I’d tell you about my 15 years as a religion reporter and why I chose this peculiar and remarkable path. And I will, eventually.
Spokane Faith and Values is celebrating its first anniversary with a progressive dinner and fundraiser Sunday. Faith Feast will be hosted by three Spokane Valley congregations – the Spokane Islamic Center, the Sikh Gurdwara of Spokane and Millwood Presbyterian Church. A few tickets are still available.