By Tracy Simmons SpokaneFAVS.com
COLVILLE — On Sunday St. Paul Lutheran Church and 1st Congregational UCC in Colville had a joint service. Together the churches made a corporate confession, acknowledging that the church has caused much pain throughout the decades. Bishop Martin Wells, of the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod and the Rev. Michael Denton, conference minister for the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, lead the service along with the Rev. Eric Ohrtman and the Rev. Jim CastroLang. Check back soon for a video and article on this event. Meanwhile, enjoy a photo gallery here. Editor’s Note: Jim CastroLang is a SpokaneFAVS contributor.
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.