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June - August 2014 News Events

Resource Directory deadlines approaching

Fig Tree’s 2014-15 Community Resource Directory will be published in July.  Advertising is still being recruited and will be until there is enough funding to publish.

“We are still contacting regular and new advertisers,” said Mary Stamp, The Fig Tree editor.  Malcolm Haworth, directory editor, said there have also been changes to programs.

“With the changes, it’s important to have an updated publication, so people can keep connected, and so that so people know what services are available,” he said.

Advertising and updates are due by June 18, emailed to or call 535-4112.


Unity in the Community celebrates 20th

The theme for the 20th annual Unity in the Community diversity celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, at Riverfront Park will be “20 Years Together.”

The area’s largest multicultural celebration includes activities such as cultural village booths with information on different cultures, performances, art displays, and education, career and job fairs.  More than 8,000 attended in 2013.

Free school supplies are given to children in grades K through 8 while supplies last. 

Organizers seek donations from individuals, businesses, nonprofits and other organizations.

For information, call 444-3088 or visit


Sravasti Abbey offers course in Buddhism

Sravasti Abbey, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Newport, is offering its ninth annual residential program for people aged 18 to 29, “Young Adults Explore Buddhism,” June 6 to 13.

The event includes meditation instruction, teachings from the Buddhist tradition, and daily discussions on current topics.

Participants will explore issues within the framework of Buddhist values, said Venerable Thubten Chodron, course teacher.  

Buddhist values include non-harmfulness, living simply and cultivating compassion. Participants offer service on site.

For information, call 509-447-5549 or visit


CMTV offers programs on successful aging

CMTV14 is launching a community-service television series, “Successful Aging in the Northwest” to help people 55 years and older live healthy, independent, productive lives. Experts will share practical information, said Ben Cabildo, executive director of Community Minded Enterprises.

The first episode, “Falls and Injuries Prevention,” will air at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, on CMTV Channel 14 on Comcast.  It will run Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for a month, and then be on the internet.

Other topics include fitness, legal rights and benefits. 

For information, call 209-2634 or email


Center for Organizational Reform sets series

The Center for Organizational Reform (COR) is offering a Summer Seminar Series, “Leading Beyond the Myth: Taking the Red Pill,” 10 sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 16 to 27 at 1100 W. Sixth Ave. in Spokane.

Sessions will create awareness of group dynamics and offer ideas to improve dynamics on boards and in work places.  Topics include egos, triangulation, emotional intelligence, transitions, leadership, funding, multiple generations, workaholism, adaptive leadership and reinvigoration.

For information, call 879-9235 or visit


Night Out Against Crime is on Aug. 5

Spokane’s National Night Out Against Crime will be held on
Tuesday, Aug. 5.

The National Night Out is an annual celebration of neighborhood events held around the country on the first Tuesday evening of August.

The program is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police–community partnerships

Spokane C.O.P.S. (Community Oriented Policing Services) encourages Spokane neighbors to use the national celebration as an opportunity to hold neighborhood events to meet neighbors, meet neighborhood Spokane Community Policing Officers and show support for their community.

For information, call 835.4572 or email |

Immaculate Heart Center announces several summer speakers, programs

Ignatian scholar, author and speaker Paul Coutinho will lead three events in June at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd.

A native of India, he brings an eastern flavor to western spirituality. He has a doctorate in historical theology from Saint Louis University. 

His books include How Big is Your God? The Freedom to Experience the Divine.

The events are:

• “The Silence between the Notes Makes the Music of My Life: A Day of Reflection on Eastern Spirituality and Mysticism” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 25; 

• A reading and book signing from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 26, and

• A Weekend Fishermen’s Retreat, “Launch out into the Deep,” based on Luke 5:4, Friday to Sunday, June 27 to 29.  Participants will embark on uncharted waters to claim the greater gifts of God and tips by North Olympic Peninsula fishing guide, author and humorist Pat Neal and Spokane’s Swede’s Fly Shop owner Deacon Allen Peterson on fly fishing.

Other summer events at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center are:

• Two 5 p.m. Tuesday “Barbecues with Bishop Emeritus William Skylstad”—one on July 15 discussing “What Is This New Evangelization?”  and one on Aug. 26 reflecting on “Francis says… ‘Hop to It!’”

Sister Leslie Lund, OCDH, will lead a Marian Day of Prayer in Carmelite Spirituality on the theme “The Interior Castle: Spirituality in the Carmelite Tradition”from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, at the center.

Sr. Leslie has been a Carmelite for 32 years and studied Carmelite spirituality both in the monastery and at St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame, and has published a number of articles on Carmelite spirituality. 

For information, call 448-1224 or visit


Whitworth Institute considers ‘Love One Another’

The 2014 Whitworth Institute of Ministry from July 7 to 11 at Whitworth University will center on the theme of “Love One Another As I Have Loved You.”

These words of Jesus speak of the church being called to be people whose lives are transformed by a personal experience of God’s love and who then transform the quality of community life, said organizers. 

The newly presidents of Princeton Theological Seminary, Craig Barnes, and Fuller Theological Seminary, Mark Labberton, will be the co-preachers.

Marianne Meye Thompson, who is the George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament at Fuller Seminary, will lead the morning Bible study on Jesus’ last discourse in John 13-17. 

Whitworth University, in partnership with Princeton and Fuller, will host reunions for alumni of these seminaries during the Whitworth Institute of Minisitry.

Craig and Mark will spend time with alumni and speak about their visions for their seminaries. 

For information, call 777-3275 or visit


Published by The Fig Tree, 1323 S. Perry St., Spokane, WA 99202
509-535-4112 / 509-535-1813

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