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Compassion Games kicking off Sept. 9 in Spokane


Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest, is a worldwide event that encourages people in their communities to inspire one another and promote acts of compassion.

A series of Compassion Games events will take place around Spokane, beginning at 3 p.m., Sept. 9 with the Horse Massacre Healing opening ceremony at The Spokane Tribal Gathering Place, 347 N. Post St. At this event, attendees will honor the tribes and horses who suffered as the result of the 1858 Indian Horse Massacre.

Compassion Games Spokane will also be organizing service projects throughout the city.

Then, on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in Gonzaga’s Hemmingson Center, will be a World Peace Flag Ceremony.

“Join us in holding the vision of peace for every nation of the world. In a visually stunning ceremony, we will declare together, “May peace prevail on Earth” – and for every specific nation of the world, including our local Indian nations,” reads the event invitation.

The Earth and Spirit Festival will be the final Compassion Games event on Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Unity Spirit Center, 2900 S. Bernard. This festival will include sustainability workshops, arts, music, children’s activities and a Special Autumn Equinox closing ceremony.

For more information on the Compassion Games events, or to RSVP to the Earth and Spirit Festival, email onepeacemanypaths@gmail.com.



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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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