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Spokane’s religion wrap-up: Princess Bride, Experiencing God, Shakespeare, Gonzaga Prep and Agnostics

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Remember Rob Reiner’s classic fairy tale, “The Princess Bride?” You can watch it for free under the stars on Sunday on the lawn of St. John’s Cathedral. The event, called Bishop’s Lawn, begins at 7 p.m. with free hotdogs and beverages. The show starts at 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Also on Sunday, “Experiencing God,” a musical by the Associational Choir, can be heard at Dishman Baptist Church. The community is invited to the performance, which begins at 6 p.m.

And, since we’re talking about entertainment, I may as well mention “Twelfth Night,” which isn’t hosted by a church but is still a good opportunity for some family fun. Hosted by Friends of Pavillion and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, the play will be Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Liberty Lake’s Pavillion Park.

William Brown, the director, explains the play this way, “Illyria is the foreign setting for Shakespeare's glorious comedy ‘Twelfth Night.’ It is a land in the grip of a kind of carnival madness where love is caught as quickly as the plague, identities are mistaken, songs are sung, liquor is drunk, duels are fought, and grown people make fools of themselves longing for what they cannot have. Join us in Illyria.”   

It’s back to school time in Spokane and Gonzaga Prep has a new principal. Cindy Reopelle is the first female lay principal in the school’s 126-year history. You can bet we’ll be bugging her for a story soon.

Gonzaga Prep’s freshmen class, by the way, saw a 13 percent increase from last year. That brings total enrollment to 875 students.

Finally, a wildly popular story from SpokaneFAVS this week comes from Kyle A. Franklin, our newest contributor. He wrote, “Agnosticism vs. Apathy,” which is blazing its way across the Web at this very moment. Give it a read, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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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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