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Spokane’s religion wrap-up: kissing, Earth Day and Desmond Tutu


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Five days later, Monday’s marathon city council meeting remains the talk of the town. Residents shared strong opinions, some supporting and some opposing same-sex marriage, and the council ultimately decided to table the issue indefinitely. No one left happy.

In response some Spokanites have teamed up with Washington United for Marriage and will be holding a flash mob kiss in on April 29 at River Park Square. “As many of you know we my have to vote on the issue of whether or not everyone in Washington state has the right to legally marry. We are doing this flash mob to demonstrate our support of marriage equality,” the Facebook invite reads. “Please come with the person you intend to kiss.”

Also next weekend, the Shower of Stoles will be in town. This exhibit was planned before the council meeting, but the timing is pretty right-on. Bethany Presbyterian Church and the Eastern Washington University Pride Center will host the exhibit, which is a collection of liturgical items, each representing the life of a GLBTQ person in the church. The exhibit will be April 28-May 4.

You know SpokaneFAVS will have more on both these events, so stay tuned.

Tomorrow is Earth Day Spokane. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Main Street between Browne and Division there will live music, kid’s events and lots of other cool stuff. The party goes until midnight. You can find specifics on the Earth Day Spokane website.

Next month Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be at Gonzaga to deliver the undergraduate commencement address. It’s causing quite a stir, as some Catholics say Tutu shouldn’t be honored by the university because of his liberal views. Gonzaga isn’t backing down though. President Thayne McCulloh gave an interview to SpokaneFAVS about it.

This week Whitworth announced its keynote speaker would be Jena Lee Nardella, who co-founded Blood:Water Mission with the Grammy Award-winning band Jars of Clay. I haven’t seen any petitions.

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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