Thank you, dear readers, for another succesful event! About 30 people attended the discussion, which was about “Violence and the Sacred.” Our panelists included the Rev. Liv Larson Andrews, Pastor Eric Blauer, Sam Fletcher, Rev. Joe Niemiec Jr., Joe Newby and Colleen McClean. Not only did we discuss how violence is weaved into religious traditions, but also how as a community we can become more peaceful.
Panelists and attendees, what were your thoughts on today's conversation?
Our next Coffee Talk will be March 2. The topic and location have yet to be determined.
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.