Spokane’s religion wrap-up: Frank Peretti, Tutu live, Baha’is and the bishop

Frank Peretti/Wikipedia
Frank Peretti/Wikipedia

Last month Christian fiction author Frank Peretti visited Real Life Ministries in Post Falls. He didn’t get a great review from our science writer. Now he’s back. This time Peretti be at Auntie’s Bookstore promoting his new book, “Illusion.” He’ll be at the bookstore May 23 at 7 p.m.

Last weekend Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited Spokane. This weekend he’s making a virtual visit through your computer screen. On Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Episcopal Church will show a live webcast of Tutu and Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori discussing missions.You can watch the webcast here.

We recently ran a story about a local Baha’i. If you want to know more about this faith group, you might consider making a trip to Cheney next week. On May 24, at 3 p.m, “Education Under Fire,” a 30-minute documentary, will be shown at JFK Auditorium. According to the event’s Facebook page, “Baha´is in Iran have been subjected to systematic persecution, including arrests, torture, and execution simply for refusing to recant their beliefs. They are also prohibited from going to college (and blocked from many professions). The film connects a diverse audience to a grave human rights issue, a powerful story of resilience against oppression, and the need to respect human rights everywhere.”

Bishop Blasé Cupich of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane recently returned from Rome where he visited with Pope Benedict XVI and other Roman officials. He kept a sort-of journal while he was there. You can read excerpts of it here.

And congrats to all the young Mormon Spokanites who received scholarships from the BYU Management Society. According to the Latter-day Sentinel, “A dozen area high school seniors and five returned missionaries are among the recipients.”

School’s out for summer, but education news keeps pouring in. Andrea Palpant Dilley, a Whitworth alumna, recently released her memoir, “Faith and Other Flat Tires.” She writes about her experience being raised in Kenya by Quaker parents, moving to Spokane, and eventually walking away from her beliefs. Spoiler alert: She did, eventually, come back to her faith.

If you have news for the weekly religion wrap-up, email tracysimmons@spokanefavs.com.

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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