Spokane’s religion wrap-up: The Oak Tree, gay marriage and arrogant Christianity?

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Joel Williamson has been hired to lead Project Hope
Joel Williamson has been hired to lead Project Hope

Have you heard of The Oak Tree yet? It’s a group of Spokanites who are determined to make a difference in the community outside of church walls. They have lots going on this month. On Sunday the group will have a story gathering, where a volunteer will share their personal narrative and engage in dialog. Then, beginning April 19, The Oak Tree will begin a workshop series “Bodies of Worth” at Charlie’s Pub. The group will close out the month with a New Economy Action team meeting, designed to discuss Spokane’s economy. Details for all these events are on The Oak Tree Facebook page.

On Monday local gay marriage advocates will participate in Love for All March for Marriage Equality and Spokane City Council Resolution. Supporters will meet at Westminster United Church of Christ at 5 p.m. and march to City Hall, where council  members are expected to vote on a city resolution in support of marriage equality.

Spokane First Church of the Nazarene has an interesting three-day seminar coming up called, “Is Christianity Arrogant?” You can register here.

And if you’re looking for a good, wholesome family movie to watch this weekend, local blogger William Farley recommends “October Baby,” about a girl who finds out she was adopted. Read his review here. Tomorrow may be stormy, so it just might make for a nice movie day.

The Gonzaga Bulletin reported this week that males who regularly attend church are on the decline. Good job young journalists!

And speaking of Gonzaga, today’s top story on SpokaneFAVS is about Desmond Tutu, who is slated to speak at next months’ graduation ceremony. A petition, with about 700 signatures, says Tutu shouldn’t be invited to speak because his views don’t align with the Catholic faith. Read that story here.

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Have something you think should be included in next week’s wrap-up? Email it to Tracy.Simmons@spokanefavs.com.

Tracy Simmons is editor for SpokaneFAVS.com. You can reach her at tracysimmons@spokanefavs.com or follow her on Twitter: @SpokaneFAVS

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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 Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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One comment

  1. The above link about ‘Arrogant Christianity” is a presentation by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries about the truth claims of Christ.

    “Christianity claims absolute truth. It claims that a relationship with Christ is the only way to God. Is it arrogant to proclaim your truth as real and all others as false?’

    Schedule and Topics of Presentation:
    May 10th 7:00 PM
    Reasons to Believe: Jesus Christ, Stepping Stone or Stumbling Block?

    May 11th 7:00 PM
    Reasons to Believe: Whose Message? Whose Truth?

    May 12th 9:00 AM to Noon
    The Cross and the Problem of Evil
    Final Session: The Gospel Messenger

    This is a 3-day RZIM pre-registered seminar with Andy Bannister and Stuart McAllistar: Cost is $30.00 per person or $50.00 per couple or family. Please visit RZIM.org for additional information regarding RZIM.

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