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Webinar Wednesday: Roles within the Social Justice Movement Workshop

Virtual event via Zoom

Wednesday, April 28, 7 to 8 p.m. You are invited to join PJALS Youth Organizers Sarah and Ivy for intergenerational, interactive workshops on key skills you can use. Learn power-mapping, recruitment, public speaking, campaign planning, self-care, and more. All ages and experience levels welcome. Those who attend four or more workshops/panels will receive a certificate. …

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Film Screening: Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce

Virtual event via Zoom

Tuesday, April 27, 7 to 9 p.m. Meaningful Movies Bellevue will present the award-winning documentary, “Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce.” Never have the stakes been higher, whether it is climate change, soil degradation or plastic pollution. “Triple bottom line” companies provide an immediate opportunity for viewers to be a part of the solution. …

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Pride and Power: The History and Future of LGBTQ+ Politics

Virtual event via Zoom

Tuesday, April 27, 6 to 7:15 p.m. LGBTQ+ people make up at least 5 percent of the U.S. population, but hold just .17 percent of elected positions, according to the UCLA Williams Institute. More political representation could help mitigate the recent attacks on LGBTQ+ Americans. Yet there has been progress. A record number of LGBTQ+ …

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The Earth is Holy: Interfaith Earth Day

Virtual event via Zoom

Thursday, April 22, 7 to 8 p.m. Join Thurston Climate Action Team and Interfaith Works for an interfaith celebration of Earth. We will share in songs, prayers, and reflections from speakers who stand within various wisdom traditions as we reflect upon our shared home. There will also be a time for taking action through various …

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Vigil for the Healing of the Earth

Virtual event via Zoom

Thursday, April 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience of Eastern Washington and North Idaho welcome all to their third annual Earth Day “Vigil for the Healing of the Earth,” a virtual Zoom event. The international theme is “Restore our Earth.” The speakers will share with us their personal experiences …

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Join Us For The Launch of Gonzaga’s New Climate Center!

Virtual event via Zoom

In response to the threat of global warming — and as an expression of our Catholic, Jesuit, humanistic mission — Gonzaga University is launching the Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment. This new interdisciplinary academic center will serve Gonzaga students and our region by advancing innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, consulting, and capacity-building. Featured …

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Living Room Conversation: Climate Change – What Does the Earth Need From Us

Virtual event via Zoom

Sunday, April 18, 4 to 5:30 p.m. This Zoom event, sponsored by One Peace, Many Paths, is a small-group, structured conversation that facilitates good listening and better understanding between people with different opinions and perspectives. As another Earth Day rolls around and our views become ever more polarized, this is a way for us to …

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Hanamatsuri Buddhist Service

Virtual event via Zoom

Hanamatsuri Flower Festival Service – Celebrating the Birth of Buddha Virtual Service: Email for Zoom link: SpokaneBuddhistTemple@gmail.com Hanamatsuri, literally flower festival, is celebrated in April, commemorating the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, who became enlightened and is known as Buddha. A special altar—the Hanamido—is erected and decorated with flowers representing the garden in Lumbini, southern Nepal, …

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The Impact of the Voices of Black Women in Our Community

Virtual event via Zoom

Saturday, March 20, 3 to 4 p.m. In recognition of National Women’s History Month, the Spokane NAACP will host a virtual discussion on the impact of Black women’s voices in the community. The session will feature Spokane NAACP President Kiantha Duncan. Register at linksspokane@gmail.com

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Uncounted: The History and Impact of Voter Suppression

Virtual event via Zoom

Wednesday, March 17, 6 to 7:15 p.m. This year, 160 bills have been introduced in 33 states that would restrict voting — four times as many as during the same period in 2020. American democracy is often spoken of in lofty language, but between the lines is a more troubling story of exclusion and discrimination. …

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Tangled: Why Your Hair Matters to Society

Virtual event via Zoom

Thursday, March 11, 1 p.m. Hair is simply a collection of protein filaments that sprout from our scalp, yet it carries great meaning for us and our society. From twists and tapers to braids and buns, what’s on top of our head and how it is received by others often reflects society’s standards of beauty …

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The Country That Fiction Built

Virtual event via Zoom

Wednesday, March 10, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Ask who Atticus Finch is, and most will remember him from high school English as the heroic lawyer defending an unjustly charged African American man in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Ever since Harper Lee imagined him into life in 1960, the name “Atticus Finch” has become shorthand for …

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The Fig Tree Virtual Breakfast-Time Benefit

Virtual event via Zoom

Under the theme of "Beyond Words: Doing Justice," the virtual Fig Tree benefit offers an opportunity to learn about The Fig Tree's unique model of solutions journalism, as well as its efforts to connect people to resources and to each other through the annual Resource Directory. Guests also will hear about the annual Eastern Washington …

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She Traveled Solo: Strong Women in the Early 20th Century

Virtual event via Zoom

Tuesday, March 9, 6 p.m. During a 5,000-mile solo bicycle ride from southern California to Maine, Tessa Hulls heard the same thing daily: that a woman can’t travel alone. She began researching other women who traveled solo in different ways and became fascinated with many in stories from the early 20th century: explorers, mountaineers, and …

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The Fig Tree Virtual Lunch-Time Benefit

Virtual event via Zoom

Under the theme of "Beyond Words: Doing Justice," the virtual Fig Tree benefit offers an opportunity to learn about The Fig Tree's unique model of solutions journalism, as well as its efforts to connect people to resources and to each other through the annual Resource Directory. Guests also will hear about the annual Eastern Washington …

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Strengthening Families – Family Sessions

Virtual event via Zoom

The Spokane NAACP is sponsoring a series of virtual sessions for parents and youth. The sessions are designed to help families learn to manage emotions, set goals, avoid peer pressures, make better decisions, and create better relationships. Thursdays, 7 to 8 p.m., Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4. Direct questions to …

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Recurring Event Strengthening Families – Parent Sessions

Strengthening Families – Parent Sessions

Virtual event via Zoom

The Spokane NAACP is sponsoring a series of virtual sessions for parents and youth. The sessions are designed to help families learn to manage emotions, set goals, avoid peer pressures, make better decisions, and create better relationships. Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m., Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4. Direct questions to …

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Spokane Community Mental Health Forum: Community Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Virtual event via Zoom

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 27, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by Better Health Together in partnership with the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD), these virtual sessions will provide tools for healing and hear from community members on what resources would best support mental health during the pandemic. Facilitators: LaKesha …

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Recurring Event Strengthening Families – Family Sessions

Strengthening Families – Family Sessions

Virtual event via Zoom

The Spokane NAACP is sponsoring a series of virtual sessions for parents and youth. The sessions are designed to help families learn to manage emotions, set goals, avoid peer pressures, make better decisions, and create better relationships. Thursdays, 7 to 8 p.m., Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4. Direct questions to …

Free

The Borders of Truth: Misinformation in the Immigration Debate

Virtual event via Zoom

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. In this livestreamed event, Professor Sophia Jordán Wallace will explore how misinformation, myths, and media stereotypes have hobbled our ability to talk meaningfully about immigration, and made immigration reform in Congress more difficult. Wallace is an associate professor in the political science department at the University of Washington. She is …

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What Thanksgiving Day Means to Me, a Muslim Woman in America

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I celebrated my first thanksgiving in 2009 after coming to America. I was able to relate to the holiday from the beginning because I found it to be a continuation of my Muslim belief of being grateful. Gratitude is a core element of my faith that multiplies blessings. Being thankful is step one of realization of your blessings. Once you cross this step, you start the process of sharing these blessings with others.

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The Real “First Thanksgiving”

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Images of Pilgrims in conical hats eating turkey with Native Americans wearing feathers encapsulates the myth of the first Thanksgiving. Few images can be farther from the truth. Today’s Thanksgiving is an image based on a lie; a falsehood made to soften history.

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Sacred Texts: The Scriptural Basis of Christian Science

Christian science scriptures

The Holy Bible is the sacred and central text of Christian Science. The religion’s founder, Mary Baker Eddy, left no doubt on this point. She wrote in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," her denominational textbook, “The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained." The writings of Eddy are also studied as an aid to understanding the Bible.

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Do Modern People Have Faith In Ancient Herbs?

Do Modern People Have Faith In Ancient Herbs? Sponsored Content People have always needed to find a cure for their ailments. While ancient people used herbs, modern people used pills and injections. We now know that flowers, roots, leaves, and other parts of plants have several beneficial properties that can …

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When Violence Hits Home

Club Q

And there it is. Liss and Caitlin are not safe, not in Colorado Springs, maybe not anywhere. Holding hands in public, exchanging a soft kiss, making the loving gestures I take for granted with Carla, carry risk for Caitlin and Liss. They are always watching, always aware of their surroundings, take nothing for granted. But to some extent, this last 10 days shows none of us is as safe as we might have believed.

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