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UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 9:45 a.m.

Unitarian Universalist minister in Spokane stirs controversy for calling church too politically correct

Todd Eklof, who’s supported many liberal efforts in Spokane as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church, says he was asked to leave a national conference this weekend after distributing a …


Washington regulators target faith-based health care firm that Spokane Valley woman says scammed her

They’re protected from state regulation and are the health coverage of choice for about 25,000 Washington residents. But one Spokane Valley woman is among two dozen statewide who say they …


Spokane’s oldest organized church, Westminster Congregational Church of Christ, prepares for 140-year celebration

The church has withstood challenges from without and within in its 140 years of existence, which makes Westminster older than Spokane itself. Within its stately stone walls, a congregation meets …


New congregation offers a spiritual home to those not afraid of breaking the mold

New congregation describes itself as “queer-celebrating, whiteness-deconstructing, empire-destabilizing, radically joyful, wildly creative, courageously nonviolent, beautifully redemptive community of Jesus-followers, truth-seekers, and beauty-lovers, for people who are tired of religious (B.S.) …


Slavic churches bring traveling Bible exhibit to Spokane

Spokane’s Slavic Christian community is bringing the Bible Truck to town. A semi truck walk-through exhibit on the history of the Bible, local Slavic clergy hope the installation will provide …


Native Americans say grizzly bear decision violates religion

Native American tribes, clans and leaders from seven states and Canada say the U.S. government’s recent decision to lift protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area violates …


The morality of marijuana

A few years ago, a student asked Shelley Bryan Wee, Lutheran Campus pastor at Eastern Washington University, if it was OK, as a Christian, to bring pot to a friend …


How to cope when children seek a new faith

For families with children who are questioning their faith, especially adolescents, it’s an extremely difficult time, and there’s no right way for parents to react, say several experts, but there …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

World Relief to lay off 140 staff, close five locations, citing Trump refugee order

One of the nine organizations that works with the United Nation’s refugee program announced Wednesday it will lay off about 140 staff and close five offices that have resettled more …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 9:02 a.m.

Shadi Hamid: Frightening decree singles out Muslims

The executive order underscores the new administration’s fixation on what it views not as a terrorist threat but a civilizational one in which the very act of being Muslim is …


Leah Grisafi: I shunned my upbringing and Jewish faith, until literature opened my eyes

As a child, I didn’t notice that I was raised in an unorthodox setting. I was given love, affection and attention; I never went hungry and always had clean clothes …


Who’s more religious: men or women?

According to new data released by Pew Research Center, women around the globe are more likely to be religious than men, especially among Christians. Worldwide, 83 percent of women identify …


New faith-based films tone down religion, amp up star power

To reach audiences beyond the Christian churchgoers that generally propel the genre, some producers of faith-based films are ramping up the star power and tamping down the evangelical messages.


Bridging the faith-science gap: Author Rob Bell comes to Knitting Factory

Rob Bell – once a poster child for evangelicals – will be passing through Spokane tonight to discuss faith and science, which he says are long-lost dance partners. Bell is …


Bridging the faith-science gap: Author Rob Bell comes to Knitting Factory

Rob Bell – once a poster child for evangelicals – will be passing through Spokane tonight to discuss faith and science, which he says are long-lost dance partners. Bell is …


SPU community falls back on faith in face of tragedy

SEATTLE – In the hours after a gunman killed one Seattle Pacific University student and wounded two others on June 5, what struck many was the way the students responded. …


Cynthia M. Allen: Faith, education dovetail after all

In my early 20s, I suffered from an affliction I suspect is common among people that age: I felt great uncertainty about the world, what I believed and how I …


Steve Massey: Faith should influence public, private lives

When faith fails to inform our public life, is it really true faith? I’m asking in the context of a political season in which candidates often are asked about their …


Marriage forbidden, couple started over

Sometimes falling in love has painful consequences. For Jim and Andy CastroLang it meant giving up another lifelong love. The couple met in August 1981 at Blessed John XXIII University …


‘Inclusion ministries’ has become her calling

Lynn Swedberg has applied her 32 years of experience as an occupational therapist to make her Spokane church, Manito United Methodist Church, more inclusive. Now she’s moving beyond that by …


Yoga guides spiritual path for Swami Radhananda

Through her own life struggles, Mary-Ann McDougall’s interest in yoga as a physical exercise led to her learning of the spiritual side of the practice and into following a path …


Christians are called to share love of God by words, deeds

Remember show and tell? Nervous and excited, you didn’t just tell your grade-school classmates about the family’s black Lab or a chocolate cake you’d made; you gave tangible evidence of …


Called home to lead

After spending most of his adult life living in an isolated jungle village considered one of the most rugged places in the world, Neil Anderson has come home. His new …


Philosophy departments bringing religion into focus

People who do not believe in God have a common line of thinking: Since God is not subject to scientific proof, God is not real. Belief in God is an …


Muslim mosque invites dialogue

The Spokane Islamic Center’s new mosque provides more space for its faith community, and to welcome people to learn about Islam as a faith that promotes peace, love and caring. …


Novena focuses on power of prayer

For the last 81 years, people of faith from throughout Eastern Washington and beyond have gathered at St. Aloysius Catholic Church for nine consecutive days of reflection and prayer. The …


You are what you eat … and then some

Each time you put food into your mouth, take a second to pause and put your fork down. Think before you eat, advised Brother David Andrews, a longtime advocate for …


Trip inspiring

When missionaries visited the childhood churches of three area women, the visitors instilled in them a commitment to their church and their faith, nourishing a global awareness of bonds with …