Saturday, Mar 28, 2015


  • Alan Eschenbacher

    Alan Eschenbacher

    The Rev. Alan B. Eschenbacher serves as pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church.
  • Andy CastroLang

    Andy CastroLang

    Andy CastroLang is senior pastor at Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ.
  • Annie May Brown

    Annie May Brown

    Annie May Brown is a passionate and joyful soul who moved to Spokane in 2011 with hopes of pursuing, creating and cultivating rich and authentic community. Within a year of being in Spokane, her hopes are budding.
  • Bill Ellis

    Bill Ellis

    Rev. Bill Ellis is dean of St. John’s Cathedral. He has a bachelor’s degree in history, a Master of Divinity and holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
  • Blaine Stum

    Blaine Stum

    Blaine Stum is a 20-something-year-old native of the Spokane area who was raised in Spokane Valley. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor's degree in political science. He works in the local political arena and has been involved in LGBT non-profit work for several years.
  • Brien Pittman

    Brien Pittman

    Brien Pittman provides local support and counseling to people dealing with spiritual/religious abuse. He is the founder of Affinity Foundation, which encourages public awareness of spiritual abuse and trauma and serves as a resource and information center for matters related to abuse and promotes mature spirituality. Contact him at or at (415) 361-3000.
  • Cara Strickland

    Cara Strickland

    Cara Strickland is a writer, editor, and food critic. She writes about singleness, food, feminism, and the way faith intersects life (among other things) on her blog Little Did She Know ( She can often be found huddled over something delicious, deep in conversation, or leaning into grace and liturgy at Salem Lutheran Church. Come say hi to her on Twitter. She likes making new friends.
  • Carrie Lockhert

    Carrie Lockhert

    Carrie Lockhert, a multi-generational Spokane native, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in English with an emphasis in writing during an era when white-out was purchased in bulk and privilege could be assessed by ownership of an electric typewriter vs. a manual one. Two decades, two marriages, three kids and multiple jobs later she thanked both God and human fortitude for the evolutionary shift in online education options that were afforded through the “computer age” by obtaining her graduate degree in Higher Education Administration online through Northeastern University in Boston. She truly is a bi-coastal Husky. While Lockhert has spent her professional career in marketing, advertising and higher education enrollment services she finds herself continually called to speak what others may feel prohibited in articulating. Her self-deprecating candor and transparency about her life and spiritual path is one that many find either intimidating or inspiring. Under the guidance of her spiritual director, the Rev. Kristi Philip, Lockhert joined her love for writing with her desire to focus on human commonality in contrast to human differences by starting a blog, As an Episcopalian, Lockhert appreciates the value of differing perspectives and encourages others to dialogue on their various viewpoints, ultimately believing that all are connected and one, whether Christian, Jew, Buddhist or atheist. Lockhert endeavors to provide her readers with a real-life, and at times raw perspective, of viewing and incorporating fundamental spiritual principles into daily life challenges and fortune — even if through the disclosure of her own personal failure.
  • Charles Vaden

    Charles Vaden

    Charles R. Vaden was born in Las Vegas, Nevada back when it was a sleepy dusty desert town. After a six year stint in the Marine Corps where he earned the rank of Staff Sargent and served as an Aircrew Survival Instructor during the Vietnam war training pilots how to survive in adverse conditions should they be forced down. Afterward he earned a degree in sociology and minor in psychology and while in school formed the first "Futurist" club, hosted a radio show on KUNV and supported a colleague in the development of a "Solar Powered Lighter-than Airship. "After graduation he spent 15 years in the field of counseling working in adolescent psychiatric, adult drug and alcohol and behavior problem youth at the now internationally renowned Turn-About Ranch in Southern Utah as recommended by Dr. Phil. Vaden is currently developing the interactive matrix of "Star System 5" a tool using Structural Sociology applied to the Kingdom of God on earth so as to develop a working social construct to bring about the social psychology necessary for implementation of the Kingdom.
  • Christi Ortiz

    Christi Ortiz

    Christi Ortiz is a licensed marriage and family therapist by profession and a poet by passion.  She enjoys trying to put to words to that which is wordless and give voice to the dynamic and wild spiritual journey called life. She lives in Spokane with her husband and two children, Emmanuel and Grace. She loves the outdoors and meditating in the early mornings which gives rise to her poetry.
  • Corbin Croy

    Corbin Croy

    Corbin Croy was born in Spokane and grew up in Post Falls. In 1998 he got married at the age of 18 and moved to Coeur d’Alene. Together they have four children, and try to live as simply and honestly as possible.
  • Deb Conklin

    Deb Conklin

    Rev. Deb Conklin’s wheels are always turning. How can the church make the world a better place? How can it make Spokane better? Her passions are many, including social justice in the mainline tradition, emergence and the post-modern and missional church.
  • Douglas Taylor

    Douglas Taylor

    Doug Taylor is a junior at Gonzaga University, majoring in broadcast and electronic media, and pursuing a minor in English. He is originally from Portland, Oregon. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, skiing at Schweitzer, hiking and fishing. He loves sports, and is a captain of the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team on campus. He recently got back from studying abroad in Florence, Italy, and is slowly adjusting to life without amazing food.
  • Elizabeth Backstrom

    Elizabeth Backstrom

    Elizabeth Backstrom majored in journalism at Western Washington University and currently works as a content analyst and grant writer in Spokane. Her background is in newswriting and features, but if an overabundance of caffeine is consumed, she has been known to write a humor piece or two. Backstrom attended various Christian churches growing up in Spokane and currently attends First Covenant Church, an inner-city ministry in downtown Spokane.
  • Emily Geddes

    Emily Geddes

    Emily H. Geddes was born to two physicists and grew up as a Navy brat. Born-and-raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she holds a bachelor's degree in theatre from Brigham Young University, and earned an MBA from Eastern Washington University.
  • Eric Blauer

    Eric Blauer

    Pastor Eric Blauer is the founder of Jacob’s Well, which he describes as a nondenominational church with a “neighborhood vision and city reaching vision.”
  • Erin Robinson

    Erin Robinson

    Erin Robinson is currently a junior at Gonzaga University pursuing a degree in broadcast and electronic media, as well as minors in journalism and music. She is an active member of the University Choir, Chamber Choir and Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity. Robinson recently studied abroad in Florence, Italy and hopes to combine her passions of travel and media to become an international reporter.
  • Ernesto Tinajero

    Ernesto Tinajero

    Art, says Ernesto Tinajero, comes from the border of what has come before and what is coming next. Tinajero uses his experience studying poetry and theology to write about the intersecting borders of art, poetry and religion.
  • Gabry Tyson

    Gabry Tyson

    Gabry Tyson is currently a student at the University of Missouri pursuing three degrees in journalism, international studies and religious studies. The Pennsylvania native hopes to one-day work for a non-profit with an international focus, preferably aimed at combating human trafficking. She has a keen interest on human rights issues and enjoys blogging, baking and traveling. Tyson plans to travel the world but until then, she interns for SpokaneFAVS.
  • Gifti Abbo

    Gifti Abbo

    Gifti Abbo is a recent Whitworth graduate in biology currently working towards a career in medicine. She is also a second-generation Ethiopian-American raised in Spokane and is interested in issues surrounding racial and economic disparities both in Spokane and abroad. In her spare time she likes to read, hike and attempt to play the guitar.
  • Hyphen Parent

    Hyphen Parent

    Dorothy-Ann Parent (better known as Hyphen) is a writer, a traditional Jew, a seeker of justice, a lover of stories, the self-proclaimed Jewish Molly Weasley, hobbit-sized, and best not left unattended in a bookshop or animal shelter.
  • Jan Shannon

    Jan Shannon

    Jan Shannon is the part-time assistant pastor at Westminster UCC, a full-time student at Eastern Washington University and hopes to attain ordination before the age of 60.
  • Jim Downard

    Jim Downard

    Jim Downard is a Spokane native (with a sojourn in Southern California back in the early 1960s) who was raised in a secular family, so says had no personal faith to lose. He's always been a history and science buff (getting a bachelor's in the former area at what was then Eastern Washington University in the early 1970s).
  • Jo Miller

    Jo Miller

    Jo Miller grew up in Southern California, but came up to the Northwest to attend Whitworth University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and philosophy.
  • Joe Newby

    Joe Newby

    Joe Newby is an IT professional who also writes as a conservative columnist for covering politics, crime, elections and social issues, and offers hard-hitting commentary at his blog, the Conservative Firing Line.  
  • Joe Niemiec

    Joe Niemiec

    The Rev. Joe Niemiec Jr. began his spiritual quest in 1986 when he walked out of a Houston jail and was struck by the realization that his life was in shambles. He began his quest for ‘getting back on track’ with 12 step programs, followed by learning and practicing meditation with a local Redding, California, teacher.
  • John Hancock

    John Hancock

    John Hancock had a first career as a symphony orchestra musician and was a faculty member at University of Michigan. He has advanced degrees in music performance from Boston University and U.M. Arts management was his way of problem-solving and expanding the public participation. He was orchestra manager of the Toledo Symphony, executive director of the Spokane Symphony and the Pasadena Pops and chief operating officer of the Milwaukee Symphony. Currently he’s an Eagle Scout, a Rotarian, a liberal libertarian of an Iowa small-town self-sufficiency and was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. A childhood Methodist, he now instead pursues ideas of commonality among religions and philosophies. Volunteerism in civic, political and social services work draws him to town from his forest home outside Spokane. Since 2006, his Deep Creek Consulting has aided non-profit organizations in grantwriting and strengthbuilding.
  • John VanDerWalker

    John VanDerWalker

    John VanDerWalker II serves as a Mission Research, Assessment and Support Specialist with the Western USA Mission Field of the Community of Christ.
  • Josie Camarillo

    Josie Camarillo

    Josie Camarillo is a recent graduate of Whitworth University, where she majored in English and psychology. Currently pursuing her Master in Social Work at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Camarillo writes for SpokaneFAVS from afar, but plans to return to the Spokane area after attaining her licensure as an independent social worker. She dreams of becoming a relationship therapist and a published author. Her hobbies include photography, horseback riding and writing poetry. Camarillo has a passion for photography and writing, especially poetry, and is interested in creative counseling methods like narrative therapy and using horses in therapy. Someday, she would like to be a counselor and a published poet. Her favorite poems are "The Singing Woman from the Wood's Edge" by Edna St. Vincent Millay and "The Art of Drowning" by Billy Collins. During fall 2013, Camarillo worked for Spokane Faith & Values as a copy editing intern, where her specialities included deleting Oxford commas and adding hyperlinks. Since then, she has transitioned into becoming a regular contributor to the site as a writer and photographer.
  • Judith Shadford

    Judith Shadford

    After a career in marketing and public relations in New York City and Santa Barbara, Calif., Judith Shadford moved to the Northwest to focus on writing.
  • Julia Hayes

    Julia Hayes

    Presently Julia Hayes is a hobby organic farmer living one of the most traditional roles she can imagine; stay at home mama, full-time cook and housekeeper, seamstress extraordinaire, boo-boo fixer-upper, and constant child negotiator and mediator.
  • Julie Henling

    Julie Henling

    Julie Henling is a student at Gonzaga University. After she graduates, she plans to teach English and become a middle or high school English teacher. If she is not in class or studying, she can most likely be found running or reading. ​
  • Kelly Rae Mathews

    Kelly Rae Mathews

    Kelly Rae Mathews grew up in culturally and faith diverse San Diego, Calif. during the 70s and 80s before moving to Spokane in 2004. Growing up in a such a diverse environment with amazing people, led Mathews to be very empathetic and open to the insights of many different faiths, she said. She loves science fiction and this also significantly contributed to and influenced her own journey and understanding of faith and values. She agrees with and takes seriously the Vulcan motto, when it comes to faith and life, "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations." Therefore, it is no surprise she has a degree in anthropology as well as English. She has studied the anthropology of religion and is knowledgeable about many faiths. She completed an anthropological research project on poets of the Inland Northwest, interviewing over two dozen poets, their audiences, friends, family members, and local business community who supported the poetry performances. Mathews gave a presentation on How Poets Build Community: Reclaiming Intimacy from the Modern World at the Northwest Anthropological Conference, at the Eastern Washington University Creative Symposium, the Eastern Washington University Women's Center and the Literary Lunch Symposium put on by Reference Librarian and Poet Jonathan Potter at the Riverfront Campus. She was a volunteer minister in San Diego for about 10 years while attending college and working in various editorial positions. Her articles, poems and short stories have appeared in Fickle Muse, The Kolob Canyon Review, Falling Star Magazine, Acorn, The Coyote Express, The Outpost and Southern Utah University News.
  • Kimberly Burnham

    Kimberly Burnham

    As a 28 year-old photojournalist, Kimberly Burnham appreciated beauty. Then an ophthalmologist diagnosed her with a genetic condition saying, "Consider life if you become blind." From those devastating words, she forged a healing path with insight and vision. Today, a brain health expert, Kimberly helps people experience richer, more nourishing environments. Her PhD in Integrative Medicine and extensive training in Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki, Acupressure, Integrative Manual Therapy, Health Coaching, and Matrix Energetics enable her to serve as a catalyst, gently shifting your ability to feel better physically, think more clearly, and be more creative. She works at New Moon Family Wellness in Spokane. Her book of poetry, "Live Like Someone Left The Gate Open" chronicles her coming out story after growing up Mormon / LDS. Now a Jew by Choice, Burnham bicycled over 3,000 miles on Hazon's 2013 Cross USA ride raising money for Hazon, which is the largest Jewish environmental organization in the U.S. Through the Creating Calm Network, she assists organizations and authors in crafting robust social media platforms. Her books include, "Parkinson's Alternatives," "Regain Your Balance—Ataxia Solutions," "Our Fractal Nature," "Balancing the Sleep Wake Cycle and the upcoming Healing Words—Poetry for Thriving Brains." With her partner, Elizabeth Goldstein she edited the recent anthology, "Music—Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers."
  • Kris Christensen

    Kris Christensen

    The Rev. Kris Christensen is an Episcopal priest and the executive director of West Central Episcopal Mission, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane.
  • Kurt Bubna

    Kurt Bubna

    Kurt W. Bubna published his first book, "Epic Grace: Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot," with Tyndale in 2013. He has recently published "Mr. & Mrs.: How to Thrive in Perfectly Imperfect Marriage" and two other books. Bubna is an active blogger, itinerate speaker, regular radio and television personality, and the Senior Pastor of Eastpoint Church, a large non-denominational congregation in Spokane Valley, Wash. He and his wife, Laura, have been married for nearly 40 years and have four grown children and six grandchildren.
  • Kyle Franklin

    Kyle Franklin

    Kyle A. Franklin is a recent graduate of Gonzaga University, where he earned his Master's in Religious Studies. He completed his bachelor's degree in history and religion at Pacific Lutheran University in 2007 and has worked in both the ELCA Lutheran Church and the United Methodist Church.
  • Lace Williams-Tinajero

    Lace Williams-Tinajero

    Dr. Lace Williams-Tinajero, author of “The Reshaped Mind: Searle, the Biblical Writers, and Christ’s Blood,” (Brill, 2011) writes about the connection between language and the diverse ways people think of, speak of, believe in and ultimately worship God.
  • Liv Larson Andrews

    Liv Larson Andrews

    Liv Larson Andrews believes in the sensus lusus, or playful spirit. Liturgy, worship and faithful practice are at their best when accompanied with a wink, she says.
  • Mark Azzara

    Mark Azzara

    Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, "And So Are You." He is active in his church and a non-denominational prayer community and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal Sate Los Angeles. He holds a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.
  • Martin Elfert

    Martin Elfert

    The Rev. Martin Elfert is an immigrant to the Christian faith. After the birth of his first child, he began to wonder about the ways in which the Divine was at work in the world. Shortly thereafter, he joined Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, BC, where he and his new son were baptized at the Easter Vigil in 2005 and where the community encouraged him to seek ordination.
  • Matthew Rindge, Ph.D.

    Matthew Rindge, Ph.D.

    Dr. Matthew S. Rindge is associate professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University. He chairs the Bible and Film section in the Society of Biblical Literature, and he is currently writing Cinematic Parables: Subverting the Religion of the American Dream (Baylor University Press).
  • Matthew Sewell

    Matthew Sewell

    Matthew Sewell, a Denver Broncos fan and amateur Chestertonian, loves golf, music, truth and good food. A lifelong Catholic, he graduated from a Catholic college (Carroll College; Helena, Mont.) but experienced a "re-version" to the faith during graduate studies at a state school (N. Arizona; Flagstaff, Ariz.). Irony is also one of his favorite things. He and his wife currently reside in Spokane, though they're Montanans at heart. He blogs at
  • Neal Schindler

    Neal Schindler

    A native of Detroit, Neal Schindler has lived in the Pacific Northwest for more than 12 years. He has held staff positions at Seattle Weekly and The Seattle Times and was a freelance writer for from 2007 to 2011. Schindler was raised in a Reconstructionist Jewish congregation and is now member of Spokane's Reform congregation, Emanu-El. He is the interim executive director of Spokane Area Jewish Family Services. His interests include movies, Scrabble, and ping-pong. He lives with his wife and two cats in West Central Spokane.
  • Nicholas Damascus

    Nicholas Damascus

    Nick Damascus is one who seeks to discover and apply the proverbial question of what is truth and wisdom, to fill that gaping hole, to become complete and to become realistically and synergistically functional. In an attempt to live the Christian life, which he says is a definite work in progress, he has discovered that he's created the Christ that fits his lifestyle and agrees with his ego (and boy what an ego, he says), carefully avoiding what God intended him to be.
  • Olivia Alley

    Olivia Alley

    Olivia Alley is a 22-year-old journalism major at Gonzaga University. She's originally from Richland, Wash. and transferred to GU from a community college. This is her first time pursuing work in the field of journalism and hopes to one day write for a magazine or edit books. Alley has a small Chihuahua mix named Dodger who takes up most of her free time, but she also enjoys cooking and reading.
  • Patricia Bruininks

    Patricia Bruininks

    Patty Bruininks grew up in northeast Tennessee. She left the South to attend Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., eventually graduating from nearby Hope College. She pursued her doctoral work in social psychology at the University of Oregon, becoming a lifelong Ducks fan. Before moving to Spokane, she taught for five years at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. Now at Whitworth, she teaches courses such as Psychology of Poverty & Social Class and Love, Altruism, & Forgiveness; she studies and conducts research on the emotion of hope. Dr. B (as her students call her) is married to Mr. B (Jim) and has two grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and two rescue pets (one cat and one dog). Her hobbies include crossing national parks off her bucket list (20 down, 39 to go), reading for fun (mostly in the summer months), and watching edifying TV shows like The Walking Dead (for the psychology, of course). She is Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Psychology Department, and is currently in her seventh year at Whitworth.
  • R. Skyler Oberst

    R. Skyler Oberst

    R. Skyler Oberst, is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Office of Global Initiatives at Eastern Washington University.
  • Sarah Conover

    Sarah Conover

    Sarah Conover holds a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from the University of Colorado, a degree in education from Gonzaga University, and a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Eastern Washington University. Conover lives in Spokane, has been a Buddhist practitioner for nearly three decades. She now teaches meditation at various places throughout the city, including the Airway Heights Prison. She has taught creative writing in the public schools, and now works with senior citizens. Previous to her role in education, she was a senior producer at Internews, an international NGO committed to fostering open media throughout the world. Conover is the author of young adult, multigenerational, and adult books as well as poetry. Her books include "Kindness: a Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents; Chaos and Wonder and the Spiritual Adventure of Parenting;" "Ayat Jamilah, Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents;" "Daughters of the Desert: Remarkable Women of the Christian, Jewish and Islamic Traditions;" "Harmony: a Treasury of Chinese Wisdom for Children and Parents;" "Muhammad: the Story of a Prophet and Reformer."
  • Scott Kinder-Pyle

    Scott Kinder-Pyle

    Scott Kinder-Pyle is a nine-fingered struggling poet and ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Following his upbringing, as the youngest of five in a working-class family, he received degrees from Penn State University (BA, English), Princeton Theological Seminary (Mdiv, Philosophy) and in 2008 a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from Columbia Theological Seminary with a dissertation entitled, "Pastor as Struggling Poet — Exploring An Alternative Mode of New Church Development." Kinder-Pyle is married to Sheryl, his spouse for over 25 years, and together they have two grown boys (Ian and Philip). Most recently, this former new-church development minister pursued and received yet another degree (a Master of Fine Arts) from Eastern Washington University. "Of God Gone Bust" is the title of his 80-odd-page thesis, which invites a suspension of ideological certitude (among both theistic and atheistic crowds) as well as the hope of an ineffable meta-narrative, which no autonomous individual can fully comprehend or name. Sheer-embodied self-consciousness has been the name of Scott's game since losing the ring-finger on his left hand in a freak accident, re-stringing a soccer net. And you might say the rest of his journey is comprised of a looser grip(e) on theology, contemporary culture and ethics.
  • Shannon Dunn

    Shannon Dunn

    Shannon Dunn teaches in the area of religious ethics at Gonzaga University. Her special interests include religion and violence, gender and human rights, and comparative Islamic and Christian traditions.
  • Stan Paluch

    Stan Paluch

    Stan Paluch was born to a lower middle class Pollack from upstate New York. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from The University of West Florida and an MBA from the University of Puget Sound. He served in the U.S. Navy and currently is retired from Pfizer, where he was a senior pharmaceutical healthcare consultant. He and his wife, Jocelyn, founded Canines Vs Cancer. Together they have two children, four grand children and four dogs.
  • Steven Simmons

    Steven Simmons

    Raised amid the potato fields of southeast Idaho, Steven Simmons considers himself a secular humanist and atheist. Born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he began his journey away from religion at the age of 12 when it began to clash with his increasingly naturalistic worldview. Simmons is a long-time resident of Moscow, Idaho, where he is a board member of the Humanists of the Palouse and coordinator for their annual Darwin on the Palouse event. For the past several years he has been closely involved in the secular movement in the Palouse region where he works to bring awareness of humanist values, science and skepticism to a relatively conservative part of the Inland Northwest.
  • Tamara Milliken

    Tamara Milliken

    Tamara Milliken has been practicing yoga for nearly 10 years and teaching yoga and meditation for a little more than four.
  • Thomas Schmidt

    Thomas Schmidt

    Thomas Schmidt is a retired psychotherapist and chemical dependency counselor who belongs to the Sufi Ruhiniat International order of Sufi’s and is a drummer in the Spokane Sufi group and an elder at the Country Homes Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church. He is a member of the Westar Institute (The Jesus Seminar people). He studied for the ministry in the late 1950’s at Texas Christian Church and twice married Janet Fowler, a member of a long tern TCU family and a Disciple minister. He was active in the Civil Rights Movement, studying philosophy at Columbia University and psychology in the University of North Carolina university system. He has taught philosophy and psychology, and was professionally active in Florida, North Carolina, and, for 25 years in Spokane. He has studied and practiced Siddha Yoga, Zen Buddhism and, since the mid 1970’s, Sufism and the Dances of Universal Peace. He has three sons and three grandchildren. With the death of his wife, Janet, he is continuing their concentration on human rights, ecology, and ecumenical and interfaith reconciliation.
  • Toni Niemiec

    Toni Niemiec

    Walking the spiritual path has been part of the Rev. Toni Niemiec's life as long as she can remember. She said as a child she was not raised in a “traditional” religion.
  • Tracy Springberry

    Tracy Springberry

    Tracy Springberry is a Unitarian Universalist minister. She serves the North Idaho Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Coeur d’Alene, as well serves as a traveling minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks in Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • Vincent Lachina

    Vincent Lachina

    Rev. Vincent Lachina has served as the Planned Parenthood chaplains for Washington State for 10 years, providing support to patients and community members in Washington, Northern Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. Additionally, Lachina works to create an active network of progressive congregations in the Northwest who support reproductive justice for women. He is an adjunct member of Planned Parenthood's Clergy Advisory Board, which provides guidance and advocacy on reproductive health and justice issues nationwide, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.