Stories tagged: religion
UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019
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 …
Mon., June 17, 2019
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
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 …
Mon., May 27, 2019
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 …
Sun., May 12, 2019
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.
Mon., April 29, 2019
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
United Methodist Church’s judicial council upholds major portions of new plan that strengthens bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors.
Thu., April 25, 2019
Notre Dame is not a museum. It is not even primarily a symbol of France. It is a house of worship.
Mon., April 22, 2019
Easter’s message can be one of restoration, reconciliation
Sun., April 21, 2019
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 …
UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019
United Methodist Church is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors.
Mon., April 15, 2019
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 …
Mon., April 8, 2019
Traditionalist Methodist views about LGBTQ continue a painful division in the church, as well as personal disappointment and anger. However, gods can be small on both sides.
Sat., April 6, 2019
A high-ranking leader with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged members Saturday during a church conference to root their families in the teachings of Christ to prepare …
Mon., April 1, 2019
Know I’m not alone when I say that I worry for my children.
Sat., March 23, 2019
Pope Francis on Saturday replaced Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati as archbishop of Santiago, Chile, after he was placed under criminal investigation in the country’s spiraling church sex abuse and cover-up scandal.
Fri., March 22, 2019
This month the Fig Tree newspaper celebrated 35 years of “informing, inspiring and involving.” From a black and white paper published by the Spokane Christian Coalition, to a full-color nonprofit …
Mon., March 18, 2019
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.
Mon., March 4, 2019
We will thrive. We will surround each other with hope, curiosity and solidarity that causes all to thrive. With hope, we build a better community. In this future, people of …
Wed., Feb. 27, 2019
At a special session Tuesday, the United Methodist Church voted for the plan that would continue the prohibition of gay clergy and same-sex marriage within the church, and provide harsher …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019
The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted in Australia of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass
Mon., Feb. 25, 2019
As we were receiving the offering at worship, a man’s daughter asked if he had any cash. He only had a $20 bill, so he put it in the offering …
Fri., Feb. 22, 2019
Cardinals attending Pope Francis’ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse have called for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors who fail …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
In a move aimed at reassuring parishioners amid renewed scrutiny of the Roman Catholic Church, the Diocese of Oakland named 45 priests Monday who had been credibly accused over the …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
“It’s not fair.” That phrase has come up a lot lately.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019
The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession.
Mon., Feb. 11, 2019
Today’s increasingly lax abortion laws send a chill into the hearts of those who see in utero children as God’s own – actual, real people made in God’s image, lives …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019
Pope Francis is preparing to convene an unprecedented summit on sex abuse this month, widely viewed as among the most pivotal moments of his papacy, but the Vatican is cautioning …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019
A regional court in western Russia on Wednesday sentenced a Danish Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison, in arguably the most severe crackdown on religious freedom in Russia in …
Tue., Feb. 5, 2019
Spokane Bishop Thomas Daly calls on local Catholic politicians to examine abortion positions before worshiping
The bishop’s writing is drawn from Catholic canonical law, but local lawmakers said Monday they found the statement divisive as several states across the country re-examine their laws governing abortion …