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Next week Bridges Not Walls, in conjunction with other community partners, will host a presentation on the sacred and historical role of the mother of Jesus.

The event, “Mary/Maryam: A Woman of Two Traditions” will look at her position in both the Catholic and Islamic faiths.

According to a press release, “Because of the important role of Mary/Maryam in Christian and Muslim belief, some suggest that she can be a particularly fruitful starting point for an interfaith dialogue between the two faiths.”

Presenters are Dr. Kawkab Shishani, an associate professor of Nursing at Washington State University who moved from Jordan to Spokane in 2009; and Rev. Patrick Baraza, lecturer of Religious Studies and an ordained Catholic priest from the diocese of Kitale, Kenya.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It will be at 7 p.m., April 10 at the Gonzaga University Law School, room 143.

Along with Bridges Not Walls, event organizers include Muslims for Community Action and Support, Gonzaga Mission and Ministry, the Gonzaga Deptartment of Religious Studies, and the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies

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About Tracy Simmons

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 Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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