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VIDEO: Church sounds off with Planned Parenthood executive

<p> Bethany Presbyterian Church wants to talk about the heated issues impacting Spokane.</p> <p> Read article <a href="/ethics/medical-ethics/church-sounds-off-with-planned-parenthood-executive">here</a>.</p> Tracy SimmonsTracy 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 …

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Church sounds off with Planned Parenthood executive

Bethany Presbyterian Church wants to talk about the heated issues impacting Spokane. That's why members launched Sounding Board last month, a monthly speaker series that creates conversations around contemporary subjects, said the Rev. Paul Rodkey. On Wednesday the group heard from Karl Eastlund, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood …

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Exploring the essence of Buddhism

Residents of the Sravasti Abbey will break their three-month long silent meditation retreat on Mach 18 with Sharing the Dharma Day. The abbey, a Buddhist monastery, has set aside the day to explore how the Buddha’s teachings are relevant in today’s society. It will include a guided meditation and Dharma …

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Jewish Film Festival coming to local theater

The annual Jewish Cultural Film Festival is just a few weeks away. Movies about notable Jewish academics, entertainers and events will be featured beginning March 22 at The Magic Lantern. On March 24 at 7:30 p.m. a reception will be held to celebrate the festival's eighth year. Rabbi Tamar Malino, …

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Go toward the light

A near death experience, or NDE, is a rare occurrence but a common source of fascination. Someone who nearly dies commonly experiences: feeling at peace, separating from their body, seeing a bright light, seeing a tunnel, seeing deceased relatives, entering a heavenly domain or having life review. NDEs and Religion …

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Jews worry about Purim’s endorsement of alcohol

By Meredith A Bennet-Smith Religion News Service It’s almost Purim, and Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is feeling a mix of joy and dread. Joy because the Jewish holiday commemorates the survival of ancient Jews against the threat of extinction and children dress in costumes and exchange gifts and candy. Purim, …

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