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The Fig Tree announces 2018 Benefit speakers

Along with recruiting hosts and guests for the Benefit Lunch, Friday, March 9, and Benefit Breakfast, Wednesday, March 14, The Fig Tree announces the eight 2018 speakers, four at each event.  The theme they will address is “Including Everyone: We Need Each Other.”

Lunch speakers will  be:

• Sima Thorpe is executive director of The Arc of Spokane, which helped deliver directories last summer.

• Hershel Zellman plans the annual Yom Hashoah commemoration at Temple Beth Shalom;

• Christina Kamkosi is program coordinator of Empire Health Foundation, which helped underwrite the Resource Directory as a 2017 community partner,

• James Casper of Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho, was featured in a recent article.

The breakfast speakers are:

• Mark Kinney of Thrivent is a new writer, an advertiser and community partner.

• Kristine Hoover is director of Gonzaga University’s Institute of Hate Studies, which has been featured in recent articles.  She also helped lead a workshop on responding to hate at the Eastern Washington Legislative Conference.

• LaRae Wiley of Spokane’s Salish School was featured in an article and later a report on a rally after graffiti was painted inside the school

• Bishop Emeritus William Skylstad, a long time follower and supporter of The Fig Tree, continues to be involved ecumenically and in Columbia River ecosystem protection.

For information, call 535-1813 or 535-4112, or email

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