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October 2014 News Events

Temple holds special Erv Shabbat Service Oct. 10

Temple Beth Shalom in Spokane will hold a special Shabbat service of Welcome and Solidarity, "Standing Together Against Hate," as an opportunity for those who want to show support for TBS and Congregation Emanu-El after the desecration of Temple Beth Shalom on Yom Kippur.

The service will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, at the Temple Beth Shalom at 1322 E. 30th Ave. The service is for people of all faiths to come and stand in solidarity with the Jewish community.

"In the Jewish faith, this is the time of year when we take special care to open ourselves to family, friends and community. What bettera time to stand in solidarity together—people of all faiths and none—as we reject hatred and intolerance, and instead champion respect for diversity," said Jennifer Bortz, president of Temple Beth Shalom.

Advocacy awareness events are planned

The Faith Action Network (FAN) of Washington, Parish Social Ministries of Catholic Charities and The Fig Tree have set the Eastern Washington Legislative Conference in 2015 for Saturday, Jan. 31, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th Ave.

This fall, FAN is holding 15 regional geographic cluster meetings for its 82 advocating faith communities. 

In Eastern Washington, one was held in Leavenworth.

The Spokane Cluster meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway.

People interested in helping plan the Eastern Washington Legislative Conference will meet at 3:30 p.m., Oct. 4, at Salem, right after the cluster meeting to decide on speakers, workshops and themes. 

FAN is also organizing Candidate Forums to educate voters during the fall election season.

For information on the FAN events, call 206-625-9790.  For information on the Eastern Washington Legislative Conference, call 535-4112 or 216-6090.


Neighborhood Harvest Health Fest is Oct. 31

The South Perry Learning Center-Neighborhood Networks, the NAACP and African-Americans Reach and Teach Health Ministry are collaborating with community agencies and congregations to host a Harvest Health Fest from 3 to 6 p.m., followed by Trunk-or-Treat on Friday, Oct. 31.  The event includes music and children’s activities.

Bethel African American Episcopal Church, Martin Luther King Jr Family Outreach Center, the Spokane Ministers Fellowship, Grant School, the Spokane Regional Health, CHAS Clinic, Molina, Avista and other partners will share information to bring awareness about health and safety through booths at the Emmanuel Family Life Center, 631 S. Richard Allen Ct., said Betsy Williams of the South Perry Learning Center-Neighborhood Networks.

The NAACP will also have a station to receive ballots.

For Trunk-or-Treat, people they recruit will park their cars along Richard Allen Ct., Newark and Ivory between the center and Grant School to give out treats.

For information, call 535-6913.


Former Secretary of State speaks in Spokane

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak for Whitworth University’s fall President’s Leadership Forum, at noon, Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Spokane Convention Center.

From 2005 to 2009, she was Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. She was the second woman and first African-American woman in the position.  She was also the first woman National Security Advisor.

The biannual President’s Leadership Forum draws national leaders to provide insight on contemporary issues.

As provost of Stanford University from 1993 to 1999, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget. She is now Denning professor in global business and the economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and a professor of political science at Stanford University.

Her books include No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family.

For information, call 777-4974 or visit

PJALS plans protest to challenge speaker

The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane plans to protest outside Spokane Convention Center on Thursday, Oct. 9, to challenge the legacy of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is speaking at Whitworth’s Fall Leadership Forum.

“We will challenge her record of misleading the country to go to war in Iraq.  That resulted in 875,000 disability claims of veterans, 2.8 million people displaced and 150,000 deaths, including 13,000 American troops,” said Liz Moore, director of PJALS.

“We are also protesting because she approved torture in the name of our country.  It has impact on the individuals tortured and on our role in the world,” she added.

Liz said that members of PJALS have expressed their concerns to Whitworth staff, professors, alums and sponsors.

Those protesting will meet outside the Community Building at 35 W. Main at 11 a.m. and march to the Spokane Convention Center, where they will communicate their concerns through signs, chants, leaflets and street theater.

For information, call 838-7870 or visit


Transitions’ benefit will be on Oct. 9

Transitions’ annual “People Who Care Event,” Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park includes breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and lunch at noon.

It introduces the community to Transitions’ services and the women they serve as its five programs work to end poverty and homelessness among women and children in Spokane. 

For 19 years, this agency has hosted the event that features speakers who share their stories of growth and success, and a video sharing the impact of its programs.    

This year, Transitions seeks to raise $130,000.  It seeks event sponsors, table sponsors, table captains and guests.  In 2013, Transitions served 1,471 women and children; assisted 53 women in furthering their education; supported 65 who found employment; provided 73 women with one-on-one vocational counseling, and empowered 85 women to move into permanent housing.

For information, call 328-6702, email or visit 

Latter-day Saints offer ‘Gift of Family’ event

For people interested in learning about their family roots, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is offering a community event, “Find Your Family—Gift of Family History,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 at 21022 E. Wellesley in Otis Orchards.

Participants, who can come and go, will use an online program,, where with a few names of ancestors, dates and locations they can find their connections to past generations.  They will receive a “My Family History” starter kit to begin building a family tree that includes stories and pictures.

For information, visit


Cardboard City is fundraiser for Family Promise

Family Promise of North Idaho - Cardboard Box City - will be held overnight from October 3 to 4th at Fernan Elementary School, 520 N. 21st St., Coeur d'Alene, ID. This event benefits homeless children and families in North Idaho.
Participants supply and decorate cardboard boxes in which to sleep overnight;
and find sponsors and collect pledges for the event.

Arrival and set-up time is 4-6 p.m.
Soup line 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Live music and prizes from 6-9 p.m.
Breakfast, Oct. 4, 6:30-7:30 a.m.
Tear-down and clean-up 6:30-8 a.m.

To participate, sponsor, show support or volunteer, call Family Promise at 208-777-4190.
OR  stop by Cardboard Box City on the evening of Oct. 3rd!

Turner Lectures are Oct 6 to 8 in Yakima

The Turner Memorial Lectures will explore “The Past and Future Church: From the Ends of the Earth to Our Doorstep” from 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Englewood Christian Church in Yakima.  Speakers are the Rev. Michael Kinnamon, past general secretary of the National Council of Churches and visiting professor of ecumenical collaboration in interreligious dialogue at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, and the Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, author of The Tribal Church and Reframing Hope.  For information, call 253-893-7202 or email


50th Annual Convention set for Episcopal Diocese

The 50th Annual Episcopal Diocese of Spokane Convention will be Friday to Sunday, Oct. 17 to 19 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel, 6 W. Rose St. in Walla Walla.  It will include celebrating the 150th anniversary of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walla Walla.

Speakers are the Rev. Marianne Wells Borg, who served Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Ore., and the Rev. Jarmo Tarkki, theology instructor at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.  For information, call 624-3191 or email

Immaculate Heart announces October schedule

Five October events are planned at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd.:

• For Coffee and Contemplation, an ecumenical spiritual discussion, Fr. Armand Nigro, SJ, will speak on “Our Unconditionally Loving God” from 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15.

• Sister Mary Eucharista, SMMC, will lead a Day of Prayer on the Angels, “Protectors, Friends, Guardians, Guides,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22.

• Father Patrick Baraza, formerly of Kenya, will speak at a dinner on “Islam II: Islam, Arabia and the World,” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 28. 

• Yakima Diocese Bishop Emeritus Carlos Sevilla, SJ, is the keynote speaker at 9:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, for IHRC’s annual “Hope, Peace, and Healing” fund-raising event, “Let the Spirit Work in You: The Power of Retreat Ministry.”

• Fr. Joachim Hien will speak on trauma of and hope for wounded warriors for a Vietnam Veterans Day of Prayer on “Walking Wounded with the Resurrected Christ” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5.  As one of the “boat people” seeking refuge in the U.S., he saw the ravages of the Vietnam War on his people and the soldiers. 

For information, call 448-1224 or visit

Nonprofit event explores organizational health

“Flow: Carving Pathways for Greater Good” is the theme for the fourth annual Inland Northwest Nonprofit Conference on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Lincoln Center, 316 N. Lincoln St. in Spokane.

Erica Mills of the University of Washington and Seattle University, will speak at 7:45 a.m. on “Using Words to Change the World.”  Bob Maurer, director of behavioral sciences for Family Medicine Spokane and the University of Washington School of Medicine faculty, will speak at lunch on “One Small Step Can Change Your Life.”  A Wednesday, Oct. 22, pre-conference workshop will discuss “What You Need to Know to Run a Nonprofit.”

The event will explore how to “navigate the rapids” to organizational health and growth through workshops on: telling the nonprofit’s story to diverse audiences, giving nonprofit leaders tools and helping nonprofits achieve their goals.

For information call 253-330-8850 or visit

Amen, Amen’ exhibit opens at Jundt

An exhibition “Amen, Amen: Religion and Southern Self-Taught Artists in the Mullis Collection” features more than 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics created by self-taught artists from the American South. 

It opens Oct. 4 with a reception from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, at Gonzaga University’s Jundt Art Museum. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday through Jan. 10, 2015.

Organized by the Jundt Art Museum, the exhibition will be in both the Jundt Galleries and Arcade Gallery. It is part of the Fall Visual Arts Tour and “Create Spokane,” October’s celebration of local arts and culture.

The reception includes a musical performance on “Amen, Amen” themes, sung by the Gonzaga University Chamber Chorus, directed by Timothy Westerhaus, at 7 p.m. in the Jundt Galleries.

“Amen, Amen” is a survey of selected objects from a private collection in Atlanta with religious or spiritual images. The objects are borrowed from the collection of Carl and Marian Mullis.

Paul Manoguerra, director/curator of the Jundt Art Museum, said, “The Southern artists in ‘Amen, Amen’ felt compelled, for visionary or didactic reasons, to create religious imagery.”

“Amen, Amen!” includes some painted angels and devils by Georgia self-taught artist R. A. Miller, a regional celebrity who once decorated his farm with hundreds of whirligigs and other works.

The sight of his property caught the attention of the Athens, Ga.-based rock group R.E.M., which in 1984, with filmmaker Jim Herbert, chose Miller’s home as the setting for their “Left of Reckoning” music video.

The exhibition also contains examples of Southern face jugs, ceramics in the form of devils.

“Amen, Amen!” deals with the Christian fervor and conviction of the artists. Their stories and visions present personally meaningful and often edifying conceptions to give the viewer a sense of God’s plan, Paul said.

Objects with religious themes created by Southerners unschooled in the art world and its academic institutions represent an essential part of the shared American visual heritage, he said.

“Amen, Amen” shows the artists’ attempts to investigate the nature of sin and suffering, the conflict of good and evil, and mysterious workings of the supernatural and divine in the world.

The collector, Carl Mullis, was born in Lancaster, S.C., and received a bachelor’s in economics from Yale University and a law degree from Emory University Law School.

He was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice before entering private practice in Atlanta.  In 1994, he started collecting the works of self-taught artists.

An exhibition tour with Paul begins at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 10. The Jundt Art Museum invites school, community, and church groups to schedule staff- or docent-led tours of “Amen, Amen.”

For information call 313-6613 or email

Published by The Fig Tree, 1323 S. Perry St., Spokane, WA 99202
509-535-4112 / 509-535-1813


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