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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 …


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

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

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.


Faith and Values: Easter’s crossed-up message

Easter’s message can be one of restoration, reconciliation


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 Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBT policies

United Methodist Church is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors.


Faith and Values: There’s room for everyone in religion

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 …


Faith and Values: Smudges, sneers and small gods

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.


Mormons leader warns of ‘rampant immorality’ at conference

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 …


Faith and Values: spiritually protecting your home, families

Know I’m not alone when I say that I worry for my children.


Pope replaces Santiago bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

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.


Deep roots: The Fig Tree celebrates 35 years

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 …


Faith and Values: When we focus on what we don’t have, we lose appreciation for what we do

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.


Faith and Values: Hope, curiosity and solidarity will cause all to thrive

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 …


Area leaders of United Methodist church react to LGBT decisions

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

Most senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal George Pell, convicted of child sex abuse

The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted in Australia of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass


Faith and Values: When good isn’t good enough

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 …


Vatican sex abuse summit seeks new culture of accountability

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

Oakland Catholic diocese names 45 priests accused of sexual abuse

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

Faith and Values: Door closes, but a window opens, if you’re looking

“It’s not fair.” That phrase has come up a lot lately.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019

Vatican defrocks former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

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.


Faith and Values: Can you imagine such a thing?

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

Vatican tries to rein in expectations for sexual abuse summit

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

Russian court sends Jehovah’s Witness to prison for 6 years

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 …


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 …