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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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Booze, Conversation and God

Church isn’t for everyone. Getting up early, singing songs and being preached at may not be your idea of an enjoyable day off. Rev. Deb Conklin of Liberty Park and St. Paul’s United Methodist Churches knows that (she pastors two churches). For many people, including herself, faith grows out of …

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Serving refugees living in Spokane

Moving to a new city isn’t easy. Trust me, I know. You have to learn your way around, learn new policies and meet new people. It takes awhile to adjust. But moving to a whole new country, that’s another story. Where do you start? How do you find work? Learn …

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Evolving student ministries

I spent the weekend in Pullman and came up with a great story idea! Have you heard of the Interfaith House at Washington State University? It used to be called the “K-House”, or Koinonia House, but changed its name last year to show its new ecumenical focus. From the ministry’s …

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On Sacred Grounds, a peculiar but wonderful coffee shop

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvEngDku8VU] The best thing about On Sacred Grounds, a coffee shop in Valleyford, is its owner Elaine Rising. First of all, what a cool name. Elaine Rising, it sounds like a book title about a woman overcoming hopeless odds. I don’t know much about Elaine, other than that she …

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