It’s Vacation Bible School time in Spokane

Each summer churches across the region host Vacation Bible Schools, giving children and teenagers a chance to visit with and meet friends in an educational setting and learn religious values and lessons.

Below is a list of local Vacation Bible Schools.

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Donations to religious institutions decline for second straight year

Post-recession America is beginning to open its wallet to charities again, but is not giving as generously to religious institutions.

While charitable donations from individuals rose nearly 4 percent overall in 2011, according to the annual "Giving USA" report, donations to houses of worship and other religious bodies dropped by 1.7 percent -- a decrease for the second year in a row.

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Failing boldly

Some weeks ago, I was asked to speak at the Eastern Washington University Baccalaureate ceremony. I said I would, on the condition that I would wear my robe. I figured I had to pay for it, and the honors cords as well, so I’m going to wear it as much as possible.

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