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Thanks for a first successful Coffee Talk!

Panelists discuss the Newtown shooting.
Panelists discuss the Newtown shooting.

Spokane Faith & Values readers packed the house this morning at Chairs Coffee where we held our first “Coffee Talk.”

More than 30 people came to the event to talk with six of our writers about faith, God and the Newtown shooting.

Panelists were Kyle Franklin, Dean Bill Ellis, Joe Newby, the Rev. Joe Niemiec Jr., Pastor Eric Blauer and Bruce Meyer

The conversation touched on gun control, violence in society, youth, education and much, much more. Perhaps the strongest message everyone walked away with was that we're all part of this community, and need help those on the fringes of this community.

We look forward to our next “Coffee Talk” in February. Stay tuned for details! And a big thanks to everyone who attended for making our first conversation a success!

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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 Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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