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 website, “The Common Ministry at Washington State University begins the new school year with increased visibility on campus. The building has been renamedInterfaith Houseto reflect the more global nature of the campus and the current needs of students, faculty, and staff. The new vision statement is “a safe place for spiritual development.” We hope these changes will provide a more inviting and open nature to our campus ministry, one with central programming for Christian students as well as hosting persons from many faiths and service traditions.” They have great programs, including a weekly Interfaith Mythbusters, Taize Worship services, and of course they have free food! I wonder if this is evidence of how more student ministries are changing as interfaith work becomes more and more important. Hmm, could be a good story for this writer to explore!
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.