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Pope seeks to end stigma of AIDS with visit to church home

Pope Francis is wrapping up his first trip to Central America with a final World Youth Day Mass and a visit to a church-run home for people living with AIDS.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019

Faith and Values: Finding your center on the margins

I nearly always observe God showing up on the margins of our lives as well. That makes me wonder if our spiritual centers just may not always be where we …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

Hotel dishwasher in Miami awarded $21 million after boss made her work on Sundays

A jury has awarded a Miami hotel dishwasher $21.5 million, concluding that her employer failed to honor her religious beliefs by repeatedly scheduling her on Sundays and ultimately firing her.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019

Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in Washington, 12 other states

A U.S. judge in California has blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019

SpokaneFaVS interfaith community center opening in former Origin Church building

Spokane’s Origin Church will close in May, and plans to transfer ownership of its building to non-profit SpokaneFaVS for the purpose of creating a local interfaith community center.


‘It is our duty to give them food’: Pullman Islamic Association joins in feeding the hungry

Pullman resident Mohammed Riajul Islam says serving the needy is an essential part of living the Muslim faith.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019

Faith and Values: A warming center born through the desire of others to

It’s not a simple thing to become an “emergency warming center” in the space of a month (more or less!).


Faith and Values: Time to interrupt the norm

Good manners were important in my childhood home. Chew with your mouth closed. Say “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am.” Always say please and thank you, and never, ever interrupt.


Pastor Walter Kendricks: Hope found in the Miracle

The Christmas season has become a commercialized event, beginning with Thanksgiving Day, finding its culmination with the ushering in of a New Year. Tucked away between these two days, obscured …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018

Faith and Values: In the flesh, here and now

“One of the blunders religious people are particularly fond of making is the attempt to be more spiritual than God.” Wow, really? I think that Frederick Buechner was right when …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018

Faith and Values: When friends disagree – A Buddhist perspective

Editor’s note: SpokaneFaVS.com has a feature called “Ask A Buddhist.” Recently someone wrote about a friendship gone sour, and asked for advice on how to handle disagreements with friends. This …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018

On last night of Hanukkah, latkes and remembrance take center stage at Temple Beth Shalom

Sunday was the final night of Hanukkah, and Hadassah was preparing for a crowd.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018

Faith and Values: Stripping politics from Christianity

In 1981, Billy Graham warned evangelical Christians about a “wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right,” warning that the “hard right [had] no interest in religion except to …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018

New list of Catholic priest abuse on West Coast includes dozens of Jesuits with Spokane-area ties

The Jesuit religious order of the Catholic Church in the West released a list of names of “credibly accused” clergy Friday in response to renewed concern nationwide about sexual abuse …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018

Parkland shooting victim’s dad joins Trump for Hanukkah

The father of a Florida school shooting victim helped the White House celebrate Hanukkah on Thursday and lauded President Donald Trump as a “fighter” who has “retaken Washington for the …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018

Faith and Values: Traditions, both constant and changing

The holidays have a way of being both joyous and wistful. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family. We usually celebrated it …


Faith and Values: Hospitality begins with the ‘other’ within

I tend to grow more and more impatient with the superficial ways we toss the word “hospitality” into our conversations. It is a very ancient, honorable word. But we domesticate …


Faith and Values: Why I don’t have the post-election blues

I don’t have the post-election blues. It isn’t because all my candidates of choice won. Because they didn’t. And it’s not because the measures I voted for passed. Because not …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018

Spokane’s Bishop Daly doubles down on criticism of Vatican after order to hold off on internal reforms

Spokane’s bishop doubled down on his criticism of the Vatican Thursday, saying its decision to bar U.S. dioceses from taking action on the ongoing sexual abuse crisis within the church …


Spokane bishop on Catholic Church abuse crisis: ‘How much more can the people of God put up with?’

Light streamed into Bishop Thomas Daly’s office one recent afternoon as he spoke, in sometimes blunt terms, about the widening scandal of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the United …


Faith and Values: Beneath the surface of political striving, God moves toward His greater purpose

The Bible relentlessly reminds us that, while mankind makes his choices, and wages his battles, and shouts his opinions, a sovereign God rules over it all. And incredibly, mysteriously, but …


Faith and Values: Stepping stones in a life of religious reporting

I’m often asked why I became a religion reporter.


Faith and Values: When better angels provoke us

Self-examination requires we look deep and wide for our “better angels.” Resolve requires we listen courageously to those better angels.


Faith and Values: Biblically informed votes

Leading up to the primaries in the 2016 presidential election, I was talking to a friend of mine at church. She told me, “I’m going to vote for Trump because …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018

Poll: U.S. Catholics fault pope’s handling of sex abuse crisis

As sex abuse scandals continue to buffet the Roman Catholic Church, Catholics in the U.S. are steadily losing confidence in Pope Francis’ handling of the crisis, according to a new …


Sex abuse scandal: Pope seeks prayers to fight ‘devil’

Pope Francis asked Saturday for daily prayers to protect the Catholic Church from what he says are “attacks by the devil,” in his latest response to the clerical sex abuse …


Faith and Values: Turn a blind eye and bias takes over

Earlier this month I spoke on a panel addressing racism and prejudices in our community. I had prepared a short talk on how I went from a child who didn’t …


Faith and Values: Silence has many faces

We don’t always know why another person is silent. Even when we do, our own silence is often the best gift we can offer another person.


Faith and Values: Never, never, never

There are some things better left unsaid in marriage, or at least said differently than those first words out of our mouths. If you don’t believe me, search, ‘things never …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018

Faith and Values: Have we forgotten how to disagree?

Do you need new rules of engagement?