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FāVS Religion News Roundup: Aug. 24, 2023


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FāVS Religion News Roundup: Dec. 7

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Parties canceled. Celebrations toned down. Hanukkah won’t be the same this year.

Hanukkah, a joyous Jewish holiday, which in the United States has often tried to rival Christmas in buoyancy if not glamour, will not be the same this year. With the Israeli military in the midst of a destructive showdown in its war with Hamas, few are in the mood to celebrate the holiday that begins at sundown Thursday.

WSU to Lead WA State’s First Comprehensive LGBTQ Survey

A team led by Washington State University researcher Traci Gillig has been awarded $500,000 by the Washington State LGBTQ Commission to conduct a survey of the state’s LGBTQ community.

FāVS Religion News Roundup: Aug. 24, 2023

Helping Gray Fire Victims, Mayor Woodward on Stage with Christian Nationalists, Whitworth Professor Named a Young Scholar in American Religion and Jehovah’s Witness Regional Convention in Russian

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How You Can Help Gray Fire Victims

Evacuation zones have now been lifted in Medical Lake after the Gray Fire tore through killing two and burning nearly 200 structures. As of Wednesday the fire was 25% contained and although progress is being made, victims have a long road ahead of them.

Fox 28 has a list of verified GoFundMe links on how you can help local families impacted by the families.

Mixing Church with State?

Other big news this week has been surrounding Mayor Nadine Woodward who attended a “Let us Worship” event this weekend, organized by self-proclaimed Christian nationalist Sean Feucht. While there, she was called on stage and prayed for by Matt Shea. Spokane City Council District 3 candidate Earl Moore and Spokane Valley city council candidate Jessica Yaeger joined Shea on stage at the Podium, along with Natalie Poulsen, a former candidate in the 2022 race for Washington State legislature. FāVS wrote a story about how faith leaders are responding, here.

New Young Scholar in American Religion

Kudos to Elise Leal, Whitworth assistant professor of history, who has been recognized as a 2023 Young Scholar in American Religion. She was one of 10 selected for the fellowship by the Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Leal came to Whitworth in 2018 and teaches courses on early America, women and gender and religious history. Her research focuses on historical intersections between cultural formation and religious belief and practice, particularly in relation to gender, childhood/youth and social reform in the late 18th and early 19th century United States.

Russian-Language Jehovah’s Witness Regional Convention

Finally, many Jehovah’s Witnesses from Spokane are traveling to Oregon this week for a Russian-language “Exercise Patience”! Regional Convention. The three-day convention program being held at the Woodburn Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses is expected to bring together over 700 Russian-speaking attendees from across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, including some 115 families who have immigrated from Russia or Ukraine within the past two years.

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 SpokaneFāVS.com, 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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Jess Pratt

The Pa. grand jury investigation into alleged systemic cover-up of child sex abuse within the Jehovah’s Witnesses: https://www.fox43.com/article/news/local/pa-grand-jury-investigation-systemic-cover-up-child-sex-abuse-jehovahs-witnesses/521-3ebc3df5-6044-4982-ac96-fc473c8a865f

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