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February Coffee Talk: Religious Misconceptions


Matzoh isn’t Jesus: 10 misconceptions about Jews and Judaism” by Neal Schindler

Being Jewish, especially in a very Christian place like Spokane, means frequently having to deal with misconceptions about your cultural and religious traditions.  (READ MORE)

Misconceptions about Islam and Muslims,” by Admir Rasic

Out of the major world religions, Islam is among the most misunderstood. (READ MORE)

Religious Misconceptions about the Catholic Church” by Matthew Sewell

When I think of religious misconceptions and the Catholic Church, I legitimately have to stifle a laugh as I think to myself, “Where do I even start?” (READ MORE)

Stereotypes block understanding about Mormonism” by Emily Geddes

In 2009, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a TED talk entitled, “The Danger of a Single Story.” (READ MORE)

Tracy Simmons

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 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 also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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