I think Samuel Pepys 17th century words will ring true in Spokane on April 21. He said, “Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.” That evening we'll come together for Faith Feast: An Intercultural Progressive Dinner. We’ll come together as strangers, not knowing what backgrounds and perspectives we carry. Because we’re disjointed.
Yet our willingness to share a meal together, to be guests in three sacred places across Spokane and learn about our neighbors by immersing — albeit briefly — in various cultures shows that there’s a desire for interfaith and intercultural connections to be made in this community.
Yes, this food will unite us, but so will your alacrity.
As editor of Spokane Faith & Values I invite you to spend an evening with us to experience the Spokane Islamic Center, the Sikh Gudwara of Spokane and Millwood Community Presbyterian Church. We'll start at the mosque for halal appetizers, then go to the gudwara for a vegetarian entree and then visit the church for a wholesome dessert. (And a big thank you to our three hosts for giving us a seat at your tables).
It's important to also note that this is our fundraiser. Tickets for this event cost a suggested donation of $80 for a couple or $50 for an individual (tax deductible). Spokane Faith & Values is a non-profit, non-sectarian, news organization. Our mission is to provide in-depth coverage of religion, spirituality and ideas as well as to create a dialogue about said things in this city. We can’t do that without you.
We only have a few tickets left. To reserve one email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (509) 240-1830.
Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.