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Hundreds of Buddhists gather in downtown Spokane

By Tracy Simmons SpokaneFAVS.com Buddhist teachings are practical, useable and helpful. At least, they can be if adherents strive to strengthen their minds, Ven. Bhante Seelawimala said Saturday morning at the opening service of the 65th annual Northwest Buddhist Convention. He was one of 300 Buddhists who gathered in downtown …

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Spokane Ash Wednesday, Lent listings

Next week marks the beginning of the Lenten season for Western churches. Traditionally the season is kicked off with pancake suppers on Shrove Tuesday (pancakes are eaten because many people refrain from the food's main ingredients — sugar, flour and eggs — during Lent). Then, on Ash Wednesday, many Christians …

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Shaping beliefs through language

In “The Ways of Silencing” published last June inThe New York Times, Professor Jason Stanley raised a legitimate point on how political propaganda silences people. Stanley's piece drew plenty of criticism, especially with his comments on pornography. I took interest in what Stanley had to say because he drew from …

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Desmond Tutu to speak at Gonzaga commencement

Nobel Laureate Desmond M. Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, will be the keynote speaker at Gonzaga University's senior commencement May 13. Tutu has been a voice for justice, peace, truth and reconciliation throughout his ministry. He retired from public life in 2010 but accepted Gonzaga's invitation after …

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Meet Matt Wise, our gospel philosophy writer

Before earning his bachelor’s from Brigham Young University-Idaho, Matt Wise served in Japan as a missionary for the Church of Jesus of Christ Latter-day Saints. He’s originally from Spokane Valley and is currently working on personalentrepreneurialpursuits and preparing for graduate school. He’s involved in numerous church activities and enjoys studying …

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