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Church will have to step up, help the poor

“You will have to talk to the state.” That's what an Iraqi woman was told Thursday afternoon after she was informed the State of Washington no longer covers eye glasses for adults on state assistance. We had spent an hour at the optometrist's office, after being referred there by the …

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Spokane’s Religion News Roundup: Feb. 24

By Tracy Simmons SpokaneFAVS.com Since you’re a dedicated SpokaneFAVS reader you already know more than 300 Buddhists swarmed to the city last weekend for the 65th annual Northwest Buddhist Convention. But did you know that it was a convention for Shin Buddhists? Do you even know what a Shin Buddhist …

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Whitworth professor to discuss challenges in contemporary Africa

The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa, religious violence in Nigeria andthe indictment of four high — profile Kenyans for post — election violence will be the topic of the second lecture at Whitworth University's 55th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series on March 8. Whitworth Assistant Professor of Political Science Megan Hershey …

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‘BUBBA’ and other new names rejected by Southern Baptists

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service As the Southern Baptist Convention recently weighed changing its name, denominational leaders were bombarded with suggestions. Hundreds of them. Most suggestions avoided the word “Southern” but one hinted at the denomination’s regional flavor: Baptist Ultimate Bible Believing Alliance, or BUBBA. In the end, …

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Meet R. Skyler Oberst, our pluralism writer

R. Skyler Oberst, a student at Eastern Washington University, recently returned to Spokane after interning for the Pluralism Project at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., where he worked closely with Diana Eck and other faith leaders. He wanted nothing to do with religious diversity, until one day he saw attackers …

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Meet Daya Goldschlag, our Zen writer

Daya Goldschlag was born and raised in the Bronx in a Russian-Hungarian-Italian Jewish family. When she was 19 years old she spent almost a year hitchhiking around Europe and the Middle East including Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Israel. “It opened my culturally-sheltered eyes to see how differently people’s lives …

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