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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Eastern Washington Conference 2016 addresses upcoming legislative session

the Inland Register

(From the December 17, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

The 2016 Eastern Washington Legislative Conference will offer speakers and workshops calling people of faith to consider “Our Responsibility for the Common Good.”

The conference is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th Ave. in Spokane.

Organizers are Catholic Charities Spokane, the Faith Action Network, the Inland United Methodist District, and The Fig Tree, an ecumenical newspaper based in Spokane.

Holy Names Sister Linda Haydock, executive director of the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center in Seattle, will speak on “Connecting Global UN Goals with Local/State Issues.”

There will be workshops on environmental issues, the impact of I-1366, concerns about education, criminal justice, and state policy implications of the Parliament of World Religions.

I-1366 was an initiative passed last November. According to the website, “The measure would decrease the state retail sales tax rate on April 15, 2016, from 6.5 percent to 5.5 percent. The sales tax rate would not be decreased if, by April 15, 2016, two-thirds of both legislative houses refer to the ballot a vote on a constitutional amendment that requires two-thirds legislative approval or voter approval to raise taxes, and majority legislative approval to set the amount of a fee increase.”

Dominican Sister Sharon Park, executive director of the Washington State Catholic Conference, and Rev. Paul Benz, co-director of the Faith Action Network, will assist with workshops and give briefings on issues before the 2016 session of the Washington State Legislature.

Area faith leaders will also present reflections and prayers for those gathered and for the year’s legislative process.

Nonprofit agencies and ministries will bring displays to share resources about legislative initiatives and their programs as ways to serve the communities of the region.

Cost of the event is $20/person with an RSVP by Wednesday, Jan. 20, or $25 at the door. The price includes a light lunch.

“This educational event invites people of faith to consider how their faith teachings call them to be involved in having a voice on hunger, housing, creation, jobs, education, justice, equality, taxes and more,” said Mary Stamp, editor of The Fig Tree.

For information, call 535-1813, or email Fliers are available online at

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