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Coffee Talk Today: Religious Freedom Laws


Thanks for a great Coffee Talk today everyone!

It was a smaller group than usual, with about 20 people in attendance, but it was fruitful conversation and we raised about $100 for SpokaneFAVS.

The discussion was also live streamed on Twitter for the first time (@SpokaneFAVS) and about 15 people tuned in.

See you for our next Coffee Talk on June 6 for a forum on Parenting.


Join Coffee Talk today for a Coffee Talk discussion on Religious Freedom Laws.

We’ll have two guest panelists, Anthony Rodin, visiting assistant political science professor from Whitworth University, and local organizer Bryce Peterson.

Other panelists are FAVS writers Pastor Jan Shannon, who wrote, “RFRA Laws Are Like a Bad Bra and Neal Schindler who wrote, “Agreement isn’t in the cards, but empathy should be and “RFRAs, false victimhood, and the “ick” factor.”

The discussion begins at 10 a.m. at Indaba Coffee/The Book Parlor, 1425 W Broadway Ave.

The conversation will continue with Pub Talk, 6:30 p.m., May 7.

All are welcome.

Tracy Simmons

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 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 also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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