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This weekend Spokane Friends will be hosting Francisco Burgos, executive director of Pendle Hill, a well-know Quaker retreat and conference.

His talk, which is open to the general public, will be July 19 at 10 a.m. here.

“The Spokane public is invited to join the meeting, one we feel will offer a sensitive understanding from the Quaker position that in silence each person’s innermost needs will be addressed. Discernment is expected in sharing insights vocally when Dr. Burgos speaks to our meeting,” the church stated in press release.

Pendle Hill’s vision is to create harmony in the world by transforming lives.  The Quaker institution, founded in 1930 out of a 17th Century tradition, speaks against the burdens of racism, and is active vocally about ending oppression and building a nation based on principals of faith.

Burgos is noted for giving new energy and depth to Pendle Hill’s community-centered offerings.

Paul Blankenship, spiritual leader of Spokane Friends, said in a press release, “Our community is honored by his gesture in support of common values.”  

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Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.

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