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Diana Butler Bass, ‘apostle of thanksgiving,’ to speak in Moscow from Oct. 25-27

Diana Butler Bass, a leading voice in progressive Christianity, will be in Moscow this month to lead a conference on gratitude. The author known for her texts on American religion …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 1:39 p.m.

Share of Americans with no religious affiliation growing

The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the …

Shawn Vestal: Catholic school governors tie themselves in knots to explain McClain absence

Clergy members of a church that

Faith and Values: Through God’s forgiveness, we have peace with him

To believe in the love of God is not to believe he dismisses offenses or does not care about them. No, it is to cling confidently by faith to the …

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, 12:03 p.m.

Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 likeminded cardinals

Pope Francis added 13 new cardinals to the top of the Catholic hierarchy on Saturday, telling them they must show God’s compassion to those who suffer to be faithful to …

Faith and Values: Be an aware, active advocate of creation

Everywhere we look, from majestic mountains or sunsets to the tiniest stamen in a flower, we need to be increasingly aware of how our world is nourished by every living …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 29, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Pope decries world’s indifference to migrants and refugees

Pope Francis is decrying “the culture of comfort,” which leads to indifference in the face of a global migration and refugee crisis.

Nun praised for dissertation on sex abuse of nuns by priests

A Togolese nun has successfully defended a first-ever dissertation at a Vatican-sanctioned university on the sexual abuse of nuns by priests in the latest evidence of a problem confronting the …

Faith and Values: God uses those who abandon their faith to purify his church

People who “fall away” from their faith with finality simply demonstrate that they never had faith in the first place – just the appearance of it.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 8:34 p.m.

Fowler United Methodist Church embraces African refugee congregation

When Sue Robinson, lay minister at Fowler United Methodist Church, prayed for God to send children to their Sunday school; she said she couldn’t have possibly predicted how her prayer …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 31, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

Jehovah’s Witnesses hold regional convention in Spokane

Some 5,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses gathered at the Spokane Arena Saturday afternoon as a part of a three-day regional convention.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 11:44 a.m.

Pence: ‘The Bible stays’ at veterans hospital facing lawsuit

Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on a First-Amendment lawsuit challenging a Bible on display at a New Hampshire veterans hospital, saying under the current administration, “VA hospitals will not …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019, 10:27 p.m.

Faith and Values: Jesus didn’t play zero-sum games

Our religious doctrines are pockmarked with winner/loser theologies – zero-sum games on steroids. Yet along comes Jesus and effectively says, “God won’t play your zero-sum game of scarcity. Neither will …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Pete Buttigieg making faith-based appeal to voters in 2020 presidential bid

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is making a faith-based appeal to voters, evident by regular references to his Christian beliefs.

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 18, 2019, 8:29 p.m.

Spokane Buddhist Temple holds Obon Festival to celebrate ancestry, Japanese culture and traditions

At the Spokane Buddhist Temple, people celebrated the annual Obon Festival, a Buddhist celebration that recognizes the importance of one’s ancestors, on Sunday. It featured a memorial service, as well …

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America becomes nation’s first ‘sanctuary denomination’

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has become the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church, committed to supporting and sheltering migrants entering the country.

Java still a no-no for Mormons despite fancy coffee names

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name and that vaping is banned despite …

Faith and Values: Disproportionate maternal mortality rates point to systemic social issues

Those of us white folks who think that we’re the “

Faith and Values: Listening is a healing art

God listens to the languages of our hearts – however healthy or unhealthy they may be –and then loves us, so we can use that same listening art to offer …

100 years ago in Spokane: Rev. Lake baptizes believers in the river

Hundreds of people stood on the Washington Street bridge to watch a series of river baptisms performed by the Rev. John G. Lake.

UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Twitter bans ‘dehumanizing’ posts toward religious groups

Twitter now prohibits hate speech that targets religious groups by using dehumanizing language, a ban it says may extend to other categories like race and gender.

Dalai Lama says Trump has a ‘lack of moral principle’

The Dalai Lama accused President Donald Trump of having a “lack of moral principle” during a television interview that aired Thursday in which the Tibetan spiritual leader also voiced renewed …

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 …

Meme about Muslims leads to important dialogue

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.

UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 8:22 p.m.

After year of scandal, U.S. Catholic bishops approve measures to hold themselves accountable

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops overwhelmingly, though not unanimously, approved a new framework Thursday for policing their own conduct, hoping it would be enough to stanch a series of scandals …

Faith and Values: For my grandchildren, a vaccine against “worthlessness”

So much of Christian theology and the rituals resulting over the centuries from that theology have focused on people basically being “worthless,” in ultimate need of salvation. Well, as I …

Faith and Values: Finding peace this Mother’s Day despite the differences

My mom’s birthday and Mother’s Day are only about a week apart. I used to love the challenge of finding creative ways to celebrate both events.

Faith and Values: The Demands of a Post-Truth Era

When I was 7 years old, I got caught and punished for lying about completing homework. I don’t remember what the homework was; I don’t remember what the punishment was, …

UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 11:02 p.m.

Plan with LGBT bans OK’d by United Methodist judicial panel

United Methodist Church’s judicial council upholds major portions of new plan that strengthens bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors.

Marc A. Thiessen: To restore Notre Dame, we must restore its fundamental purpose

Notre Dame is not a museum. It is not even primarily a symbol of France. It is a house of worship.