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Mmmm, pancakes

Call if Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras – whatever you want. Whatever you call it, tonight, on the eve of Lent, many Christians will feast on pancakes. Why pancakes, you ask? Because it's tradition. Nowadays most people give up something like chocolate or meat during Lent, but once upon …

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Dehumanizing the outsiders, elderly, disabled and poor

I have been working with refugees since October of 2006, when our family agreed to host a family of five Karen refugees from Burma through World Relief, an international refugee resettlement organization with a great office in Spokane. These were the first Karen people to come to Spokane and because …

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Hundreds of Buddhists gather in downtown Spokane

By Tracy Simmons SpokaneFAVS.com Buddhist teachings are practical, useable and helpful. At least, they can be if adherents strive to strengthen their minds, Ven. Bhante Seelawimala said Saturday morning at the opening service of the 65th annual Northwest Buddhist Convention. He was one of 300 Buddhists who gathered in downtown …

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Spokane Ash Wednesday, Lent listings

Next week marks the beginning of the Lenten season for Western churches. Traditionally the season is kicked off with pancake suppers on Shrove Tuesday (pancakes are eaten because many people refrain from the food's main ingredients — sugar, flour and eggs — during Lent). Then, on Ash Wednesday, many Christians …

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Shaping beliefs through language

In “The Ways of Silencing” published last June inThe New York Times, Professor Jason Stanley raised a legitimate point on how political propaganda silences people. Stanley's piece drew plenty of criticism, especially with his comments on pornography. I took interest in what Stanley had to say because he drew from …

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