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Spokane’s Religion Wrap-Up: big banks, food injustices, Baha’is and Christian thrillers


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The 2012 annual meeting of The Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ began in Pasco this morning. The conference is being live streamed here. One of the big things on the agenda is the resolution, “Divesting from Big Banks,” which reads, “…some of the largest banks in America have acted and are acting in ways that conflict with the social justice values of the United Church of Christ.”

The Rev. Jim CastroLang is blogging about the conference here.

The Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod (ELCA) is also having its annual assembly this week in Wenatchee. The Synod council has already been examining several issues, including the state’s gay marriage legislation as well as issues surrounding food injustices. Updates can be found here.

Also meeting this weekend is The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States, in Chicago. Spokane Valley resident Joseph F Urlacher is there and has agreed to tell SpokaneFAVS all about it when he gets back next week. Until then you can follow the assembly’s Twitter feed.

So that’s a hint of what’s coming next week. In case you missed it this week, our top story was by our science writer Bruce Meyer who wasn’t impressed with Christian fiction/thriller writer Frank Peretti’s recent talk at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls.

“Peretti’s definition of truth was a fixed point of reference. It must have two qualities: it must be separate from you, and it cannot move,” Peretti said. Meyer, however, disagreed.

Big plans this weekend? I’m spending Sunday covering a kiss-in at the mall. Intrigued? Click here.

Have something you think should be included in next week’s wrap-up? Email it to [email protected]

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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