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The Fig Tree Mission

The Fig Tree promotes communication among people in faith and nonprofit communities of the Inland Northwest. It seeks to break through divisions among people of faith to build understanding, and to promote unity and action for the common good, especially by means of The Fig Tree newspaper, communication media, resource directory, programs and events.

The primary purpose of The Fig Tree, as an ecumenical and interfaith organization, is to educate.

Through its media and programs, The Fig Tree seeks to:

  • Connect people of faith on common concerns;
  • Share stories of people living their faith values every day;
  • Explore faith, ethical and justice issues to find common ground;
  • Offer theological reflection and dialogue to foster understanding;
  • Network congregations and organizations to pool resources; and
  • Inspire people to join in common action locally and globally.

What is Peace/Solutions Journalism?

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The Fig Tree Newspaper

published on the first Wednesdays of September through June with 10,000 copies circulating to 30,000 readers. Through it, we seek to support ecumenical, interfaith, nonprofit and community efforts by connecting people, sharing stories, building understanding, stirring compassion, exploring issues, offering reflection, opening dialogue, networking people and inspiring people

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updated each month with more photos and stories than in the print edition. PDF versions are also available to download, along with event fliers, advertising rates and project descriptions. More than 7,800 unique visitors and 100,000 hits per month.

Resource Directory - Guide to Congregations and Community Resources

updated and published in print and online in the summer to connect people in the faith, nonprofit, human services and civic communities. 16,000 copies printed each year.

Published in collaboration with Directory Partners for 22-23 are: Rotary Club of Spokane 21, Banner Bank, Providence Health Care, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary U.S.-Ontario, Paul Viren & Associates, Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest, Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington, Innovia Foundation, Empire Health Foundation, the Community Building, Washington Trust Bank, Aging and Long-Term Care of Eastern Washington, Northwest Mediation Center, Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest, Fred Hutch Cancer Center, Eastern Washington University, St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Coeur d'Alene and Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels.

Faith in Action Dialogue

The Eastern Washington Legislative Conference each winter offers understanding of statewide ecumenical and interfaith issues that have impact on the lives and wellbeing of people in this region. We also offer other opportunities for gathering, discussion and worship. Videos of the sessions from the EWLC 2023 are available here.


The Spreading Seeds of Hope Benefits

2023 celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Publishing the Resource Directory. It will be in person at noon, Friday, March 3, at Cataldo Hall at Gonzaga University and raises funds for continuing and expanding The Fig Tree services.  It will also be virtual at breakfast time on Wednesday, March 15 or at one's convenience on YouTube. Sign up to attend or donate here.

Lunch-time Benefit (in-person)- March 3, 2023

Breakfast-time Benefit (on Zoom) - March 15, 2023