Abraham Joshua Heschel, a Jewish rabbi, once said, “Speech has power. Words do not fade. What starts out as a sound, ends in a deed.” The words we use, in conversation and on social media, seem especially powerful right now, as we grapple with a pandemic the president has labeled “The Chinese Virus,” and as many Americans join in the Black Lives Matter movement and continue to fight for equality.
This virtual coffee talk, hosted by Spokane Faith & Values, includes panelists: Former Spokane NAACP President Phil Tyler; Reverend Melissa Opel, Spokane Buddhist Temple; SpokaneFāVS Board Secretary & columnist Elizabeth Backstrom; and Emily Willet, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MA, LMHC). Registration is required at https://bit.ly/3fU2USV (www.Facebook.com/SpokaneFaVS).
On the first Saturday of every other month, SpokaneFāVS hosts “Coffee Talk,” which is a community forum about issues of faith and ethics. We are currently holding these forums online. Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1255481984794934/