Spokane’s religion wrap-up: The Spovangelist, Yom Kippur, Life Center and “Innocence of Muslims”

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In the chaos that was last week, I didn’t get a chance to write a religion wrap-up and I really wanted to give a shout-out to The Spovangelist. Editor-in-Chief Alayna Becker  gave us an outstanding review on Sept. 10 and you should all go read it. The Spovangelist gets what we’re all about and we can’t wait to work with them further.

Next week is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, and Temple Beth Shalom will be having an evening service on Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and a morning service Sept. 26 at 9 a.m.

In case you missed it, last week we wrote about Congregation Emanu-El’s new rabbi. Their Yom Kippur service will be Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m.

This weekend Life Center will conclude its series, “Polarized” about religion, politics and gay marriage. “Jesus died for people not issues,” the church states on its website. The series has been teaching how to develop a biblical worldview of the above issues and how to “reframe these conversations with our neighbors in love.” You can listen to Pastor Joe Witter’s last sermon, on politics, here.

Speaking of big issues, the hot topic on SpokaneFAVS this week was about the havoc the “Innocence of Muslims” film has caused in the Middle East. A young student from Bahrain shared her perspective with us, which caused a flurry of comments on our site. It also prompted our writer Sam Fletcher to respond with his post, “With freedom of speech comes responsibility,” which also spurred lots of dialogue.

Join us in these conversations, won’t you?

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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