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Controversial church aims to ‘make Moscow a Christian town’

An area of progressive values in a part of the state and country that is deeply red, Moscow is just about perfect for a lot of residents. But leaders of …

Faith and Values: Don’t just cope with disillusionment, learn from it

I have dreams for our community to become stronger, to move forward. To do that we need to push through the smog — the discouragement — and find the other, …

Faith and Values: The key to restoration is embracing, not forgetting, the past

Earlier this summer, a friend from high school pinged me on social media to say she’d be passing through Spokane and wanted to get together. Without hesitation, I said yes.

Faith and Values: Political signs say who we vote for, not who we are

People I don’t agree with have good qualities, and it’s up to me to find out what they are. It’s not fair to judge or label them based on signs …

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.

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: 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: The family ties that bind us

The families we are born into aren’t perfect and like any relationship, they take work.

Faith and Values: Wishing happiness for others can bring joy to your life

I’m at the stage in life where many of my friends have become new parents. Their Facebook feed is dominated by photos of the little one – playing in the …

Faith and Values: Jesus would have baked the cake

People should be proud of who they are, but it can be hard when they keep getting turned away.

Faith and Values: Sharing stories allows us to really know others

Stories are powerful. They have the ability to destroy illicit assumptions and ignite understanding. That’s why I made the decision to become a religion reporter.

Faith and Values: In grief, there’s a chance for reconciliation

I thought my intro column here would be different, lighter. I thought I’d tell you about my 15 years as a religion reporter and why I chose this peculiar and …

Breaking bread

Spokane Faith and Values is celebrating its first anniversary with a progressive dinner and fundraiser Sunday. Faith Feast will be hosted by three Spokane Valley congregations – the Spokane Islamic …