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Forum, Screening to Address Interfaith Dialogue

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On Feb. 21 Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience will host a forum at Temple Beth Shalom about interfaith dialogue and listening.

The discussion will be based on the docudrama, “The Sultan and the Saint,” which tells the story of Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt who search for common ground after meeting on a bloody battlefield during the period of Christian-Muslim conflict known as the Crusades.

After viewing the 1-hour film, panelists will discuss how dialogue can help achieve understanding among people of different faith traditions and cultures.

Panelists are Sister Pat Millen, Rabbi Tamar Malino of Temple Beth Shalom and Nezar Hussei of Muslims for Community Action and Support. The event will be moderated by Tracy Simmons of SpokaneFā

The forum will take place Feb. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at TBS, 1322 E. 30th Ave.

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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 Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

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

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