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On April 6, at our monthly Coffee Talk, we gathered at Revel 77 Coffee to discuss the concept  of spiritual community.
On April 6, at our monthly Coffee Talk, we gathered at Revel 77 Coffee to discuss the concept  of spiritual community.

On Saturday Spokane Faith & Values held its fourth Coffee Talk, this time at Revel 77 Coffee.

A big thanks to those who showed up — 32 people — including the four panelists, the Rev. Jim CastroLang, Skyler Oberst, Dr. Pearce Fujiura and Annie May Brown.

The conversation was on spiritual community. 

The panelists and audience agreed that yes, spiritual community is still needed. But what is spiritual community, and how do we implement it?

Community, most agreed, is centered around those you choose to be with. Being in community takes compassion, a willingness to be vulnerable and deal with conflict when it arises.

Those who attended, what would you add? How do we keep this conversation going?

Our next Coffee Talk will be in May. Stay tuned to Spokane Faith & Values for details.

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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6 comments

  1. It was interesting hearing different viewpoints, not only from the panelists, but also the audience. And of course, the coffee was really good.

  2. I agree with you Al – we have a great community in SpokaneFAVS!

  3. I second that! The discussion and the coffee was the best!

  4. It was one of the best – it just keeps getting better. One of the last comments was that it takes the ability to “feel safe” and be “vulnerable” in order to have the necessary open communication thatis required to have a successful community. That was one of the last comments – maybe we can pick up the discussion there.

    What does it take to have a “safe” environment where people can be open and risk being vulnerable.? What does that mean – being vulnerable and why is it necessary for a successful community?

    Maybe we could examine some communities (intentional) and examine the level of their success or failure.

    Then broaden out into – How do we do that right here ion Spokane?

    Just some suggestions…anyone else?

  5. Forgive the typos please I was squeezing this in between answering emails. LOL

  6. Good idea, thanks Yisrael!

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