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RNA Members Name Middle East War and Its Impact Top Religion Stories of 2023

The Israel-Hamas war, along with the rise in antisemitic and Islamophobic incidents in the U.S. and around the globe, were named the top international and domestic religion stories of 2023 by members of the Religion News Association.

Spokane Valley Pastor Stands Out for Interfaith Efforts, Emphasis on Inclusive Christianity

Though the Rev. Gen Heywood doesn’t call herself a leader, she’s become a leading voice in support of inclusion and against extremism in the Inland Northwest.

When Violence Hits Home

And there it is. Liss and Caitlin are not safe, not in Colorado Springs, maybe not anywhere. Holding hands in public, exchanging a soft kiss, making the loving gestures I take for granted with Carla, carry risk for Caitlin and Liss. They are always watching, always aware of their surroundings, take nothing for granted. But to some extent, this last 10 days shows none of us is as safe as we might have believed.

VIDEO: Coffee Talk on Building Dialogue, Hate & Violence

SpokaneFāVS hosted the Coffee Talk: ‘Building Dialogue for Justice in Response to Hate and Violence’.

FBI report: Jews the target of overwhelming number of religious-based hate crimes

Newly released FBI data shows that Jews and Jewish institutions were the overwhelming target of religion-based hate crimes in the United States last year.

Ask A Jew: Is America more, less, or equally anti-Semitic now?

The Guardian reported earlier this year that 2017 saw, according to the Anti-Defamation League, “the largest year-on-year increase since the Jewish civil rights group began collecting data in 1979” -- a staggering 57 percent surge!

Since election anti-Semitic and racist vandalism has plagued region

White Supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis carried rifles, Swastikas and Confederate flags in a city over 2,500 miles from Spokane. But hate and bias incidents are just as much of a reality here.

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