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Veradale UCC Vandals Charged

Four individuals have been charged with the crime of Malicious Harassment for the vandalism that took place on June 25, 2023, at the Veradale United Church of Christ. 

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.

Police Say Vandalism at Veradale United Church of Christ was a Hate Crime

In the week following the vandalism, Heywood describes an outpouring of community support, including from activists, nonprofits, and other religious institutions. An anonymous donor replaced the stolen flags, and folks from all over donated funds to a campaign to help the church purchase security cameras. But, something was missing: the support and official condemnation of the act from officials at the City of Spokane Valley. 

FāVS Religion News Update: VBS Assault, Hate Crimes and UCC Leadership

FāVS is launching a weekly religion news roundup to give readers a synopsis of what's going on this region.

Veradale UCC celebrates love in light of vandalism, theft

Even though it’s only been a week since Veradale United Church of Church experienced vandalism and theft, the halls of the church were filled with joy and love Sunday, where members of the church and community held a “Love is Greater than Hate” flash mob potluck.

Letter to the Editor: Veradale UCC Was the Target of Hatred

In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 25, 2023, someone chose to target Veradale United Church of Christ: Pride flags were stolen, banners for Black Lives Matter and Pride were torn down and diesel fuel was poured onto the grounds.

Veradale UCC to Host “Love Is Greater than Hate” Party In Response To Vandalism, Theft

The Rev. Gen Heywood and her congregation invite the community to a “Love Is Greater than Hate” flash mob potluck and dance on July 2, from 12-3 p.m., a week after their church experienced vandalism and theft.

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