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BRIEF: Panel at WSU to address gay friendly churches

By Tracy Simmons

Faith leaders from Pullman-area gay friendly churches will participate in a panel discussion from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at Washington State University.

The panel, organized by the Gender/Identity Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center, will address two main questions. First, What is the significance of being able to live openly in one’s place of worship? And second, how does your faith community show that it is welcoming and affirming to LGBT members?

The panel will be in the Campus Union Building lair.

BRIEF: Symposium to focus on poetry and scriptures


By Tracy Simmons

On March 23 and 24 Dr. Willis Barnstone will speak on “Poetry as the Voice of the Divine in the Gospels and Gnostic Scriptures” as part of the Roger Williams Symposium at Washington State University in Pullman.

Barnstone is a translator and poet, a Guggenheim Fellow, Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry and professor emeritus at Indiana University.

The event is sponsored by Interfaith House at WSU and the Common Ministry. It is free and open to the public.

The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 23 on the WSU campus in CUE Room 203. On March 24 it will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Community Congregational United Church of Christ.

Meet Dr. Rob Snyder, our interfaith spirituality writer

Dr. Rob Snyder

Lots of religions are represented on SpokaneFAVS, so Rob Snyder will fit in perfectly as its new interfaith writer.

He is the interim director of the Interfaith House at Washington State University and an adjunct faculty in the philosophy department. He holds a doctorate in Chinese philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies and an M.A. in Christianity and Buddhism, also from CIIS. Snyder teaches courses on world religions, science and religion, Islam, and ethics at WSU. He gives workshops on dream work and spirituality. He offers classes on meditation at the Interfaith House.

Previously a Benedictine monk, he has trained as a spiritual director and practiced many different forms of spiritual disciplines. His passion in life is the spiritual journey and service to others on this journey. Snyder works with students, staff and faculty integrating the intellectual and spiritual life. He is committed to interfaith dialogue and the development of understanding of various religious and spiritual paths.

Email: robsnyder@interfaith-house.com

Website: http://www.interfaith-house.com

Meet Pearce Fujiura, our Buddhist contributor

Blogger Pearce Fujiura

Pearce Yoichi Fujiura is a 28-year-old fourth year veterinary student at Washington State University in Pullman. He grew up in the small town of Sunnyside, Wash. and has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Wildlife Ecology and a minor in Japanese.

He’s been an active member of the Buddhist community for 13 years.

“I am a SLAM poet and a distance runner, and have had an interest in theology my whole life,” he said.

Fijiura’s been published as a student editor for the WSVMA journal and as a contributing poet for the New York poetry magazine Tickled by Thunder.


Welcome aboard Pearce!