Thousands attended the first Women's March in Spokane/Libby Kamrowski - SpokaneFAVS

FāVS year in review: Hate groups, Women’s March, “Abortion isn’t Simple”

The news has taken us all over the place this year, from the Spokane Women’s March, to vandalism throughout our town to new leadership in the ELCA Synod. And FāVS columnists have shared their thoughts along the way with reflections on pressing issues like abortion and Planned Parenthood, and the popular FāVS “Ask” columns.

Below are the top 10 news stories and columns from the past year, based on readership traffic.

We’d like to continue reporting on the faith stories in this region and offering commentary, too. With your help, we can.

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  1. Town’s Only Gay Pastor Creates Community in Politically Divided Dayton
  2. KKK Sign Found in Spokane Resident’s Yard
  3. Salem Lutheran Church Vandalized, Community Invited to Help Clean Up
  4. Hate Groups Alive and Well in Spokane Region
  5. Rev. Kristen Kuempel Elected Bishop of Eastern Washington Idaho Synod
  6. New Community Church Seeks New Home in Downtown Spokane
  7. More anti-Semitic Graffiti Found in Downtown Spokane
  8. More than 2,000 Expected at Spokane Women’s March 
  9. This Month’s Meet the Neighbors Celebrates Spokane Hindus 
  10. Prayer Vigil Tonight for Freeman High School Shooting Victims


  1. Whitworth Alum Disappointed with University’s Decision to Cut Ties with Planned Parenthood 
  2. Ask An Atheist: What Happens After Death? 
  3. Ask A Buddhist: Why Do You Shave Your Head?
  4. Ask A Mormon: Do You Believe in Cremation? 
  5. Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis 
  6. Ask A Mormon: Do Mormons Believe They Will Become Gods? 
  7. Dear Exhausted Evangelical: Abortion isn’t as Simple as I Thought 
  8. Ask A Jew: Are the Jewish People of Today the True Jews From Israel? 
  9. Most Powerful Woman in the Bible: the Holy Spirit 
  10. Ask A Jew: Is Masturbation Allowed in Judaism? 

Coffee Talks

And let’s not forget the six Coffee Talks we hosted this year, in order to create offline engagement with the Spokane community!

Help us continue these events in 2018!

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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 Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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