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Tracy Simmons

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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.

Islam, megachurches, polygamy – oh my!

Tomorrow I’m headed to Durham, N.C. for the annual Religion Newswriters Conference and this year’s program is looking to be extra exciting. I’ve been attending this conference for years and I can’t resist blogging and tweeting while I’m there, so I hope you’ll stay tuned over the next few days. …

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Finally, some vegetarian options

Dear grocery stores, vegetarians eat more than just black bean burgers. Each week I visit the Safeway up the street from me hoping that they’ll finally have something more than just veggie burgers in the herbivore section. But each week I go home without my favorite meatless chicken and without …

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Targeting Hope Workshop coming to Spokane

Whitworth University and World Vision are teaming together this fall to fight poverty and injustice issues in the Spokane area. The Targeting Hope day-long conference will be Nov. 12 at the university, 300 West Hawthorne Road. Workshops include: U.S. Poverty and its Effect on Early Childhood Development Foundations for Community …

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Christ Kitchen helps struggling women

Before this morning, I didn’t know much about Christ Kitchen. All I knew was that it was an organization designed to helpSpokane women who are living in poverty. I didn’t know that it was a quaint shop and small restaurant that was operated by 30 women trying to climb their …

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Service of Lament and Hope

Here’s another Sept. 11 memorial event for you to take note of. From Pastor Liv Larson-Andrews: “We Come. We Cry. We Pray. We Hope. We gather for an ecumenical service of prayer and lament on the eve of September 11, 2011. We mourn the loss of life, we lament the …

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Spokane area churches to honor Sept. 11 anniversary

It’s been a decade since those planes crashed into the Twin Towers and Spokane’s faith community is honoring the anniversary with solemn services and prayers. Colville United Church of Christ is organizing a community-wide remembrance. In a press release Rev. Jim CastroLang wrote, ” So much has been said about …

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