FAN Celebrates 2nd Annual Dinner in Spokane

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Faith Action Network (FAN), a statewide interfaith organization, will celebrate its second annual dinner in Spokane Nov. 10 at The Glover Mansion.

The theme of this year’s event is Raising Our Voices, and will feature a keynote address by the Rev. Priscilla Paris-Austin, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seattle. She is slated to give a call to faith communities to work structurally on racial equity in our institutions and society, according to a press release.

Travel host Rick Steves will also be speaking at the event about creating and advocating for the kind of communities in which people want to live.

Two awards will be given at the dinner this year. The Interfaith Leadership Award will be presented to Rev. Gen Heywood of Veradale United Church of Christ, on behalf of the group Faith Leaders & Leaders of Conscience, for organizing Truthful Tuesday vigils in the Spokane Valley and working against white supremacy. A Justice Leadership award will be presented to the Yakima Immigration Response Network (YIRN), a Yakima County-based group of volunteers working to support immigrant communities throughout the Yakima Valley since 2017.

In a press release Rev. Jim CastroLang, pastor of Colville UCC and FAN governing board member said, “We’re excited to make this an annual tradition in Spokane, and we know this year will be even better. It’s important for all of us to feel solidarity and support for organizing and advocacy across the state.”

The dinner will take place Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at The Glover Mansion, 321 W 8th Ave. Today, Nov. 3, is the last day to make online reservations, which can be made at

“These past few years we have faced unmatched threats to our neighbors and communities, and we know we gather strength from each other. We have also experienced unparalleled wins at the state level, with FAN participating in the success of more than 40 bills in the 2019 legislative session. Sunday will be a time to celebrate FAN’s movement across the state, east to west, and gather strength from each other for the work ahead in 2020,” said FAN Co-Director Elise DeGooyer.

Faith Action Network is an interfaith, statewide partnership striving for a just, compassionate and sustainable world through community building, education, advocacy, and courageous public action.

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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, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Lecture of Strategic Communication at the University of Idaho.

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

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