All Spokanites love coffee, right? And what goes better with coffee than thought-provoking conversation?

Spokane’s religion wrap-up: coffee talk, golf, Amendment One and grads

Bishop James Waggoner/Episcopal Diocese of Spokane
Bishop James Waggoner/Episcopal Diocese of Spokane

All Spokanites love coffee, right? And what goes better with coffee than thought-provoking conversation? From 9 to 11 a.m. on May 16 Bishop James Waggoner of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane will be the final speaker at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center's series “Coffee and Contemplation.” Cost is $10 and includes coffee and rolls. You can register online here.

The weather’s been wish-washy, but hopefully it will be nice and sunny in time for Transition's Annual Golf Outing in July. The money raised from the tournament will go toward the fight to end homelessness and poverty for women and children in Spokane. Last year the tourney brought in $30,000. You can register here.

Last week yours truly was the guest on Revolutionary Spirituality, hosted by Sandy Williams. We talked about SpokaneFAVS, the faith beat, religious trends and even bits of my own spiritual journey. Have a listen here.

Big news this week came from North Carolina where voters said no to same-sex marriage. The next day President Obama said he stood behind same-sex marriage. The Church of the Nazrene stands with North Carolina and released this statement this week. And if you can’t get enough Amendment One, check out our sister site, WilmingtonFAVS, which owned the marriage beat this week.

It’s graduation weekend in Spokane. Whitworth graduates will celebrate commencement on Saturday and Gonzaga on Sunday.

And how can I talk about graduation without mentioning Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who will deliver the commencement address at Gonzaga’s ceremony. More than 10,000 people are expected to be there.

Finally, I want to personally invite you to join SpokaneFAVS team of writers in an online dialogue. We all want to hear your thoughts on the articles and columns we post. You can register for the site here, or you can shoot me an email at Tracy.Simmons@ReligionNews and I can create an account for you. On our site we state, “We believe our contributors' content creates dialogue that might otherwise not happen. This dialogue can lead to changed minds, better understanding, an increase in interfaith work and a more tolerant community.” I truly believe this. Please join us!

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 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.

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