FāVS Religion News Roundup: Nov. 16
In this week’s religion news roundup read about the ongoing search for a missing monk, Thanksgiving meals and services, a new church that is accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities and another plug for our Fall Fundraiser.
News Story by Tracy Simmons | FāVS News
Search for a Missing Monk
The big story this week is the ongoing search, led by volunteers, for missing monk Ven. Dadul Namgyal of Sravasti Abbey. In a video, his brother, Tsepak Rigzin, spoke to the communities supporting the search for Namgyal.
FāVS will keep readers updated on this developing story.
Thanksgiving Meals and Services
Thanksgiving is around the corner and KREM2 published a resource guide for those looking for a place to go this holiday.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 310 E. 14th Ave, will also be hosting a special Thanksgiving service for the Spokane community. The one-hour service will be Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. and will include a Bible lesson, the national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation from the White House; prayer, hymns and expressions of gratitude.
Fowler New Day Church
This week KHQ reported on a new church in town, which aims to be more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities. Pastor Rene’ Devantier of Fowler New Day Church said the mission is personal because his son, Ryan, has autism and he understands the challenges families face in attending church.
The pastor has made physical changes to the church like widening spaces for wheelchairs and walkers and creating a sensory room. The church has more accessibility plans and has started a GoFundMe to support continuing the work.
Faith Action Network’s Annual Dinner
Next week the Faith Action Network (FAN) will host its annual dinner, “The Power of Multi-Faith Action: United in Hope.”
According to organizers, “Our theme United in Hope emerged because this is the year we know we need to gather in the midst of policy threats to communities we care about and to our democracy as a whole. We plan to raise our Hope together to unite the strength of our multi-faith movement.”
The dinner will be Nov. 19 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Thrive Center, 110 E. 4th Ave. Registration is required.
FāVS Fall Fundraiser
Finally, there’s only two weeks left of the FāVS fall fundraiser and we’re nowhere near our goal! Even a few dollars can help us pay our reporters in the coming year and we hope you’ll give if you’re able.
Some examples of of what are paid journalists produce include:
- EWU to Host Discussion about Racism in Liberal Groups
- Family-Friendly Protest for Ceasefire in Gaza Gives Children Agency to Challenge Injustice
- Spokane Fundraiser Brings Jewish, Palestinian Cuisine Together for Peace
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 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, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of SpokaneFāVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.