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Spokane’s religion wrap-up: Easter, Earth Day, meditation, liberals and us

Happy Easter, Passover, Hanamatsuri, Hanuman Jayanti and Holy Week! Did I miss anything?

Bishop James Waggoner has an Easter message for everybody here. In it he reminds us to give thanks this season, and not just think about the time we get off work.

You can find this weekend’s Holy Week services here.

It’s no doubt a busy season. And it doesn’t end with Easter. Earth Day is April 21 and a lot is happening. Auntie’s Bookstore will have an Earth Day story time that day during Spokane’s Earth Day Celebration, which will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street. You can stay updated on local Earth Day stuff here. Don’t worry; we have more coming on that. All the more reason to stay tuned to SpokaneFAVS.

Also in April the nuns at Sravasti Abbey will begin a weekly group “Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path,” which will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church beginning April 30 and continuing through June 4.

Speaking of the Unitarian Church, have you read Rev. Todd Ekloff’s book “A Gospel for Liberals” yet? With chapters titled, “Jesus was a Draft-Dodget,” and “Jesus was a Feminist,” it’s no wonder it’s a page-turner.

Anyhoo, hopefully by now you’ve had time to click around and fall in love with our new, much-anticipated website. I urge you to register so you can leave comments, submit calendar items, news items, press releases, etc. I promise we won’t spam you. We just need you to register so we know you’re a real person. It’s super easy, if you need help just shoot me an email at Tracy.Simmons@spokanefavs.com.

And, don’t forget April 10 is our first fundraiser, “Advancing your church in the Digital Age.” If your church website needs a little help, or a lot of help, or doesn’t even exist yet, then you should have someone from your church come to this! It’s free, although donations are appreciated.

OK, so see you Tuesday, yes?

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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