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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