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December 2013

Korean choir wcc assembly

World Council of Churches Assembly
initiates pilgrimage for justice, peace inviting churches to seed “the Good News."

Greg Falk

The Arc of Spokane builds respect for people with disabilities, opens retail thrift shop.

Maako Masango

WCC Assembly learns how Village Listening process of telling stories of gender injustice begins healing.

Opening Worship Opening worship at WCC summed up pains from divisions, oppression, injustice and violence in news around world.
Moumita Biswas

Moumita Biswas, of Church of North India calls for challenging “the politics of injustice with the politics of justice” at WCC Assembly.

Thursdays Black

WCC Women's Program starts Thursdays in Black protests seek
to end violence against women.


David Helseth - Alaska

A work team gathered by Yakama Chistian Mission adjust lives to rebuild flooded homes in Alaska before winter.

Thomas Schirrmacher

WCC, World Evangelical Alliance and Catholics agreed on a common statement on mission and evangelism.

Volunteer work teams are more than adventures; they are pilgrimages.

Crosswalk kids hand out sack lunches downtown

Faith-based disaster relief agencies help worldwide and here at home - links here.

Wherever we are, we take moments to be God’s presence for people

UN’s World Happiness Report gauges
costs of mental illness and health



November 2013

Mary & John Frankhauser

Mary and John Frankhauser helped create the Jublilee International Marketplace as a way to express their commitment to fair trade marketing principles.

power of five, ganesh himal Festival of Fair Trade, Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, will include the film, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for women " Sat.
house of prayer My Father's House of Prayer is moving a house across the Spokane River to become a center of prayer for all within the city.
Sister Helen Prejean Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, visited telling of her ministry with six death-row inmates and advocating ending the death penalty.
Interfaith panel The Interfaith Council of Spokane recently held a panel discussion with six young adults about their spiritual journeys.
Devi Fournier & Ryan Hamm

Coeur d'Alene pair write and illustrate a book for children that will be used by the HREI called Peace Polly from Pluto.


Eugene and Tina reflect on their lives, offering insights into their backgrounds and Spokane’s history over the years.

John Hancock John Hancock and friends are helping veterans tell their stories through organizing Warrior Songs retreats.

Goodwill Industries begins new employment program for homeless veterans and opens new "As-Is Outlet" store.

"Spokane at Prayer" will be presented by the Choreteur's plus an interfaith group of musicians on Nov 24th, St. Joseph Catholic Church.



October 2013

James Jewell, Lummi nation

Lummi Nation bring totem pole through Spokane to bring healing where land is being destroyed by interests in coal and shipping.

Helen Yost “Wild Idaho Rising Tide” connects concern about climate change with mega-loads going through scenic Idaho to tar sands.
Christian Summit prayer Christian summit is a call to action about four concerns:  jobs and the economy, quality of life, safety and security, and public health.
Etta Watkins

Etta Watkins shares her husband Happy Watkins' commitment to racial equality and helping within the community.

Grant Maclean Grant MacLean retires soon after years of working for justice through ministries of accompanying people through life's journeys.
Death Penalty Panel

In an interfaith panel on the death penalty, area Catholic, Jewish, Episcopal and Buddhist leaders share insights.

Cardboard Box City Family Promise and others raise funds for and awareness of homelessness with Cardboard Box City.

Sister Helen Prejean,speaks on insights from work in death-row ministry; "Dead Man Walking" play at Gonzaga Cataldo Hall October 11.

Human rights advocate, genocide educators honored with 2013 Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Awards at GU.

Pope sets a new tone in the midst of the cacophony of loud voices, inequities


September 2013

Lola Kalua

Central United Methodist Church (CUMC), has launched expanded services for the homeless, poor and vulnerable.

Wilma Bob Wilma Bob, vocational rehabilitation counselor at the American Indian Community Center, observes how disabilities can affect a person’s life.
Carole Dillon Group meets at the Convent of the Holy Names to pray, say the rosary, sing and read from “True Life of God,” by Vassula Ryden.
Sandy Mamola

Dirne Community Health Center meets health needs of 18,000 people in Kootenai County, families who struggle to make ends meet.

Carol Kawczyk Spokane Alliance helps people in congregations, labor and education build relationships as they share their passions, frustrations and hopes. 
Pat Rathman

Pat Rathmann has become active at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, helping set up several social justice task forces.

Brian and Debbie Wraspir

Kira's Kloset at St. Luke Lutheran Churchkeeps alive Kira’s spirit of giving to her community by helping families with clothing.

2013 Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Awards will be presented Oct. 22, at Gonzaga University

Coeur d’ Alene Tribe’s STOP Violence Program of speakers and workshops Friday, Sept. 27 at Event Center in Worley, Idaho


June 2013

Mary Ann Farley

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) are celebrating 125 years of service to education and advocates for justice in Inland NW

Holden Village - Carpenters Holden Village program goes on road during two year mine remediation and renovation of the village buildings.
Rebecca Nappi and Jim McPherson Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media gives awards and focuses on effects of media and teens for the program and contests.
camp season 2013

Reports from eight area church camps detail how 2013 summer camping season will challenge campers and build community.

Hannaha Teachman Providence Adult Day Care Center offers respite and support to caregivers while providing clients services and restorative therapies.
Ken Gilbert

Ken Gilbert, Computer business retiree, brings problem-solving skills to volunteering in Coeur d'Alene community.

Article Lutheran Community Services NW continues help for Veterans after special funding ends.

Zephyr Lodge, Christian Conference Center on Liberty Lake, an historic building and site is for sale, proceeds to scholarships.

Editorial Nonprofits, faiths need to challenge sequester cuts in their sector.

Happy Planet Index offers another way to measure well-being.




May 2013

Hospice Chaplains

Through a ministry of presence, Hospice of Spokane’s staff chaplains engage spiritual care needs of clients and families.

Kirk Ruehl Chaplain Kirk Ruehl of Kennewick led a workshop "looking back and giving forward" helping participants use their stories.
Bob Driscoll Bob Driscoll’s work with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare furthers his sense of ministry and call to draw people together.
Don Barlow

Don Barlow, leader of a men’s grief support group, says that each person deals with loss and grief in different ways.

Rabbi Michael Goldstein Rabbi Michael Goldstein, and Temple Beth Shalom accommodate diverse traditions, beliefs and practices of the area Jewish community.
Karla Parbon

Karla Parbon follows her calling to share her Christian faith through movement versus through words.

Bob Frohne

Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program  works with “at-risk” youth from six months to 18 years of age in a variety of settings

Roy Johnson

Roy Johnson, a retired mathematics professor, brings Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA) to Spokane in July.

Lena Lopez Schindler

‘Tapping into the abundance,’ - Speakers at the 2013 Fig Tree Benefit Lunch share insights on how the Fig Tree helped them make connections.

Spokane Chapter of Links, Inc will honor barber, Larry Roseman, Faith Washington and Nordstrom, Inc., in Spokane.
Victim Advocate at the Family Support Center, Colville, recommends resources called "Start by Believing"
Our media opportunities today are an incredible gift for good, it’s our choice how we use the gifts we have been given

Hope comes through engaging with problems to contribute to solutions

April 2013

Alex Barry

Gonzaga Prep art students create bowls for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl program.

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart discusses how to honor Holocaust victims and promote social justice. Essay contest winners discuss how to resist genocide.

Lake Chelan Lutheran Church welcomes veterans with five day vacation retreat that offers forgiveness that heals.
Lura Sutherland L'Arche Spokane has two residential communities in the Logan neighborhood where residents grow, learn and heal together.
Carla Peperzak Carla Peperzak continues the tradition of educating children and adults in our area about the Holocaust.
Michelle Culbertson

Michelle Culbertson honored at Yom HaShoah for work in Belgium resistance during World War II when she was a teenager.

yom hashoah 2013 Yom HaShoah service on April 7 features Holocaust resisters and Tony Stewart from Task Force on Human Relations.
Jennifer Bokma

One Church One Child program at Lake City Community Church encourages foster parents and churches supporting their work.

Rose Wear Attorney Rose Wear brought the Homeless Outreach Providing Empowerment (HOPE) program to Spokane at 4 outreach locations.
Amy Knapton

Our Kids: Our Business focuses on the role of the community to give children a safe, strong start in life, says Amy Knapton.

Benefit Speakers

Benefit speakers report how Fig Tree helps them make connections


Making connections is about people power, sharing that empowers


March 2013

Patty Martin

An environmental activist, Patty Martin from the small town of Quincy, received Sierra Club award for work on the impact of the 6 large data centers - "the cloud" on the area.

huffmanparent A Temple Beth Shalom Kosher dinner planner values reviving faith in her family's life, by involving everyone in the community work.
Breean Beggs - keynote Breean Beggs, Spokane attorney and advocate for just causes, relates how he learned to engage and emphathize to change hearts and minds.
Lonnie Mitchell

Smart Justice Campaign encourages Spokane County commissioners about alternatives to the criminal justice system that can be safer and more cost effective.

Paul Benz, FAN

Paul Benz, FAN co-director, urges congregations to pray for the legislators in their districts and to call them to adopt policies that “put our prayers into action.

Shar Lichty

Shar Lichty of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane’s Death Penalty Abolition Group continues to work for legislative efforts to abolish the death penalty.

Greg Cunningham Issues of immigration reform, environment, caring for poor, and other faith and values discussed at 2013 Eastern Washington Legislative Conference.
Tibebe Eschete, Whitworth visiting professor

Visiting Ethiopian scholar, Tibebe Eshete recounts consequences of ideas, and faith as he challenges students to widen perspective.

Michelle Gutz-Kleng Lutheran Church of the Master in Coeur d’Alene has a thriving community garden, where members of the church and community grow a variety of produce.
Linda Maraby

Eastern Washington Legislative Conference discussed advocacy tools - partnering, campaign styles, motivating people, community organizing and advocating congregations.


Benefits feature people telling how stories in The Fig Tree help ‘make connections’


Ongoing efforts to make needed changes eventually bring results


Fuss over funding a study overlooks the goal of sharpening seniors’ skill

February 2013

Sharon Cowan

Community leaders, including new leaders, remember Martin Luther King, Jr.and apologize for "unfortunate acts" during civil rights and right here in Spokane.

IngaJablonsky Inga Jablonsky, retired SFCC language teacher, promotes cross-cultural exchange with new books about German sisters as pioneers to the inland northwest.
Bishop Blase Cupich

Bishop Blase Cupich has been in listening and discerning mode since arriving in the Diocese of Spokane, now calls for justice and responding to needs.

Tia Griffin

Tia Griffin gives presentations on the "Report Card on Racial Equality" as a volunteer for Washington Community Action Network in Spokane.

James Wilburn

James Wilburn, achievment gap specialist at Lewis & Clark HS, and the new president of Spokane NAACP chapter, works to stem dropouts.

Barbara Filo

Barbara Filo, retired Whitworth art history professor, has published a story, Return to Budapest, which emerged from her experiences to combat prejudice.

Kathy Kramer

Kathy Kramer, a rural pastor at Elmore UMC, Potlatch Idaho, enjoys spending time listening to the people she meets.

Lance Jacobson

Firefighter, Lieutenant Lance Jacobson, connects with people on the street facing loss, homelessness and even death.

Judge Mitchell

Judge John Mitchell and Mental Health Court address needs which jail cannot meet in Kootenai County, Idaho.

Regina Malveaux

Regina Malveaux is named the new Executive Director of the YWCA. She is recognized as an advocate for women, youth and children.



Kahlil Wilson Moore

January 2013

Tina Kamkosi

Tina Kamkosi, an international student at Whitworth University, has traveled her life’s journey in Malawi and in Spokane, sees that “God is faithful and God provides."

Father Frank Bach Catholic Charities of Spokane has built a 51-unit housing for chronically homeless people called Father Bach Haven, named for Father Frank who has a heart for homeless people.
Mabel Elsom The community and congregations can help anti-human trafficking efforts says Mabel Elsom, Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) in Spokane.
Father Frank Case, GU Father Frank Case, Gonzaga University VP of Mission says, while fewer are entering the priesthood, more lay people are recognizing they have “religious vocations.
Crystal Gartner

Through Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, Crystal Gartner is building coalitions to inform people about health, environmental and infrastructure effects of increased coal trains.

Peggy Troutt Calvary Baptist Soup Kitchen has gone from feeding five people to feeding up to 150 in the former parsonage beside the church on E. Third.
Habitat North Idaho

A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) is North Idaho Habitat's program to assist people who own their homes, but can't afford to keep up with repairs.

The Most Rev. Katharine Schori

The Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church USA, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, says the church seeks agile ways to do mission.

Article Legislative Conference, featuring Tia Griffin, Washington Community Action Network and Spokane attorney Breean Beggs, offers reflection and informs on issues, advocacy

Creating the ‘common good’ requires everyone taking responsibility


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