The Spokane Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest is coming to Spokane September 8 to 28. This series of events includes the Earth and Spirit Festival featuring internationally acclaimed author, environmentalist and “think outside the box” theologian, Matthew Fox, which will take place on September 28 at Unity Spiritual Center.

The Spokane Compassion Games are a part of the International Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest movement, designed to increase the compassion shown in the world to oneself, others and the Earth. Interfaith events, peace ceremonies, volunteer opportunities and the culminating Earth and Spirit Festival will make up this year’s Compassion Games.

The Earth and Spirit Festival is co-sponsored by One Peace, Many Paths; Unity Spiritual Center and the Sisters of the Holy Names. “This exciting day will feature workshops, children’s activities and a resource fair of environmental organizations,” shares Joan Broeckling from One Peace, Many Paths, a spiritually oriented peace group that promotes compassionate service.

Goals of the Earth and Spirit Festival include increasing community collaboration and volunteerism toward more sustainable practices, aligned with the World Sustainable Development Goals; reconnecting with a sense of the sacredness of the Earth and its connection to our life journeys; providing new information and motivation for individuals and families to adopt sustainable and compassionate habits of living.

For more information or to volunteer for a service project, visit Facebook.com/CompassionSpokane, email OnePeaceManyPaths@gmail.com or call 509-536-2811.

SPOKANE COMPASSION GAMES EVENTS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15: Interfaith Potluck and Speed Faithing Dialogue, 5-7:30 p.m. “Speed Faithing” is a fun way to share perspectives and dialogue about things that matter. In groups of three, participants share their thoughts relating to specific spiritual practices and beliefs drawn from the world’s religious traditions. We come to discover commonalities and honor differences. Everyone welcome, whether or not connected to a faith community. Bring a potluck dish. Cost: Free. Goodwill offerings welcome. Location: Unity Center of Divine Love and Light, 4123 E Lincoln Rd., Spokane.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20: Pathways to Peace, 6-8 p.m. Co-sponsored by Gonzaga University and the Peace and Justice Action League (PJALS). 5th Annual World Peace Flag Ceremony, preceded by a program about de-nuclearization. The Flag ceremony is a deeply moving, visually stunning group affirmation that peace is possible. Cost: Free. Goodwill offerings welcome. Location: Gonzaga University Hemmingson Center, 702 E. Desmet, Spokane. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: Earth and Spirit Festival, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The festival celebrates our connection to the Earth and will help us develop more sustainable and compassionate habits of living. Event includes workshops on sustainability, earth stewardship, earthing and perspectives on caring for the Earth, children’s environmental activities and childcare for kids ages 2 to 11, and an environmental resource fair.

12:30 to 2 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Matthew Fox. Internationally known spiritual activist and co-founder of the Order of the Sacred Earth, Fox is a voice for hope, empowerment and action in stewarding the one home we all share.

Cost with Matthew Fox keynote: $20/adult, $15/student (advance ticket purchase recommended), Cost (without Matthew Fox keynote): $10/adult, $5/student 12 to 18, $20/family payable at door. Location: Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard, Spokane. Reserve Matthew Fox tickets at: www.buytickets.at/OnePeaceManyPaths/287037. For more information, visit Facebook.com/CompassionSpokane or email OnePeaceManyPaths@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE PROJECTS

Volunteers are invited to join One Peace, Many Paths in several community service projects, including:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9: Fall Cleanup at Drumheller Springs Park, 10 a.m. – noon. Includes weeding, cleanup, native species preservation at historic Native American site in Spokane. RSVP to OnePeaceManyPaths@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14: Lands Council Spokane River Cleanup, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

RSVP on LandsCouncil.org.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18: Food Sorting at Second Harvest Foods Distribution Center, 12 – 2 p.m. RSVP to OnePeaceManyPaths@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25: Food Sorting at Second Harvest Foods Distribution Center, 6 – 8 p.m. RSVP to OnePeaceManyPaths@gmail.com.