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Episcopalians release same-sex marriage rites

After several years of study, theEpiscopal Churchhas released a draft of what same-sex marriage rites would look like. An important caveat: these are just drafts, and it will likely be years before any final liturgy is approved for official use across the church. Episcopalians in states that allow same-sex civil …

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Buddhists shout to be heard

As the election year chatter begins the deafening crescendo toward November, the tone and tenor of the dialogue approaches a familiar chord: Christianity versus atheism. I realized as I typed this was a gross over-simplification of the complex debate that occurs within our diverse society, yet it accurately describes how …

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Kosher dinner expected to draw thousands

It started 71 years ago as a way to reach out to the gentile community, and it's been a hit ever since. The annual Temple Beth Shalom Kosher Dinner will be Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last year, like in previous years, 2,300 people feasted on roast brisket, …

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BRIEF: Third Day coming in concert

Christian rock band Third Day will perform in Spokane at 7 p.m. on May 9. On its Make Your Move Tour, the band will show off its new album “Move.” The record can only be classified as classic, southern rock, though the band mixes in a few acoustic folk songs …

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Why I’m afraid to take my son out in public

“What do you want people to say?,” a friend asked after I shared my reluctance to go places with my 2-year-old son. Her question continues to bother me and only recently have I understood the reason. Here's the scenario. A tumor condition, a missing portion of skull bone, multiple surgeries, …

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