March 2014 News Events
This spring communities across the United States will hold CROP Hunger Walks to support anti-hunger work around the corner and around the globe.
In the Inland Northwest, the Spokane CROP walk is Sunday, April 27, starting at noon at the Spokane Community College Lair, 1810 N. Greene St. For information, call 468-4099 or email email@example.com.
The Sunnyside Ministerial Association is planning a walk Saturday, March 15, beginning at 9 a.m. at Chief Kamiakin School. For information, call 837-4314.
CROP Hunger Walks support Church World Service’s work of providing balanced diets, livestock, income-producing animals, seeds and tools to grow food. A portion of funds return to the walks’ communities for food banks, shelters or other local hunger programs. Walk organizers invite congregations to participate in the local walks.
For information, call 206-988-1622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the 10th year, the Spokane Area Jewish Family Services (SAJFS) is presenting the Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival on March 27, 29 and 30 at the Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main.
The program brings international films to Spokane to share Jewish life and culture, said Rabbi Tamar Malino, co-director of SAJFS.
In addition to providing cultural enrichment, the festival raises funds to help support SAJFS’s outreach to elderly people and people experiencing hardship.
SAJFS distributes hundreds of pounds of food, and makes many visits to people isolated in their homes, at hospitals and in nursing homes, Tamar said. They also provide monthly social events for seniors and assistance to individuals in crisis.”
At 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 27, the film, “Ballad of the Weeping Spring” pays homage to “The Magnificent Seven,” with a legendary musician member’s career ending after a tragic accident. Twenty years later one member reunites the remaining members to help a friend.
After a 7 p.m. reception at Boots Bakery and Lounge, 24 W. Main, the newly released film, “Bethlehem,” will be shown at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 29. It tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant.
“Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 30, examines the role of Jewish composers and lyricists in creating the modern American musicals. It includes clips of performances and archival footage.
For information, visit www.sajfs.org.
Shawn Copeland, professor of systematic theology at Boston College, will speak on “Toward a Mystical-Political Theology of Solidarity” for the 38th Annual Flannery Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20, in Cataldo Hall at Gonzaga University.
In her lectures, she says that for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of human and humane living to be effective, it must be grounded in basics like compassion, conversation and solidarity. She connects King’s notion of the beloved community and the notion of the mystical Body of Christ.
The Flannery Chair of Roman Catholic Theology is an endowed gift to further theological study and teaching at Gonzaga.
Shawn, a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, is a former convenor of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. She is author of more than 100 publications, including “Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race and Being” and “The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille.”
For information, call 313-6782.
Lobna Saeed, Fulbright language teacher from Cairo, Egypt, will speak on “Women Rising, Women Uprising: The Status of Women in Egypt” for International Women’s Day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 8, in the Academic Center at the Riverpoint Campus of Eastern Washington University.
There will hula dancing from Whitworth’s Hawaiian Club, plus workshops on reproductive rights, feminism, domestic violence and a woman’s philosophical approach. Sponsors include the women’s and gender studies departments at EWU and Whitworth, the American Association of University Women, Planned Parenthood and the United Nations Association of EWU.
For information, call 359-2898 or email email@example.com.
The 87th Annual Novena of Grace in Honor of St. Francis Xavier will center on the theme, “Following Jesus to Jerusalem” from Saturday, March 8, to Sunday, March 16, at St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone. The presenters, who are spiritual directors in the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) program, are Beverly Austin, Sherry Fischer, the Rev. Steve Kuder, SJ, Jim Pearson and Sister Elaine Thaden, OSF.
Beverly has worked for more than 20 years in Jesuit secondary education. Sherry has been a pastoral minister at St. Aloysius for 15 years. Steve is a professor in religious studies at Gonzaga University and presides at Sunday liturgies at St. Aloysius. Jim has been a teacher and coach in the Catholic school system for 30 years and now teaches at Gonzaga Prep.
Elaine, a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, has ministered in Spokane for 25 years at St. Charles School, St. Ann Home and St. Joseph Family Center. Daily novena services are at 12:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. The 5:15 service includes mass. There will also be a blessing with the St. Francis Xavier relics at the end of each service.
For information, call 313-5896 or visit www.stalschurch.org.
The featured speaker for the Peace and Economic Justice Action Conference, Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Ft. Wright Dr., is the Rev. Kristin Stoneking, executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), the oldest interfaith peace and justice organization in North America.
Kristin is completing a doctoral degree in interreligious studies and nonviolence education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.
The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, is sponsoring the conference with an 8:30 p.m. reception on Friday, and workshops and the keynote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
For information, call 838-7870 or visit pjals.org/2014conference.
In partnership with Whitworth University, the Presbyterian Church USA is holding a live and online Conversation on Unity with a Difference Wednesday, March 12, to Friday, March 14, at Seeley Mudd Chapel Sanctuary at Whitworth. Participants will consider issues of race, gender, and religious identities, and how disciples of Jesus Christ might constructively engage these realities in ways that exhibit the love and justice of God. Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday. For information, call 777-4345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of Compassion in Spokane will present a program on “Good News about Good Works and Good People: Is Compassion Contagious?” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, at Emmanuel Family Life Center, 631 S. Richard Allen Ct. Mary Stamp, editor of The Fig Tree media, and Tracy Simmons, editor of the Spokane Faith and Values website, will describe their work, their missions and their motivations. For information, email email@example.com.
The Leadership to Make a Difference Institute, a partnership between University of Idaho Extension and the Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude will present “Leadership to Make a Difference” on Wednesday, March 26, to Friday, March 28, at Spirit Center, 465 Keuterville Rd. in Cottonwood, Idaho. The training helps people develop leadership abilities and learn skills to make a difference. Topics include leadership styles, leading effective meetings, building teams, dealing with conflict, partnering with others and courageous leadership. For information, call 208-962-2000 or visit www.Spirit-Center.org.
Patrick McCormick, professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University and author will present a retreat, “God’s Beauty: A Call to Justice” Friday, March 28, to Sunday, March 30, at Spirit Center in Cottonwood, Idaho. “Beauty—in God, creation, our neighbors and vibrant communities—calls us to love one another and practice God’s justice,” said Patrick, who teaches Christian ethics, medical ethics and Catholic social teachings. For information, call 208-962-2000 or visit www.Spirit-Center.org.
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