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In wake of hate, Spokane congregations find faith in each other

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

In the last week, the Spokane area has seen hate crimes. First, Pullman police are investigating the vandalism of a WSU student’s car as a hate crime. In Spokane, police are investigating a racist slur spray painted on the wall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center.

With all this, churches across the city are showing faith in one another. KHQ visited some congregations Sunday during their services to see what can be done.

Unitarian Universalist Church immediately addressed the acts during their service.

“It doesn't mean we can't take charge of our own communities and say this isn't going to happen in Spokane,” says minister Todd Eklof.

He’s urging his congregation to stand against hate.

“We will continue to do what we can to influence how we treat one another in the Spokane community and Spokane area,” he says.

At Morning Star Baptist Church, Esther Kelley, one of the members, says that’s important.

“We need to have hope. You can live three days without water. Couple days without food. But try to live without hope. It's impossible,” Esther says.

That's something she's teaching her students.

“You need to speak up because you would want somebody to do that for you,” she says. “The only way for evil to win is for good people to do nothing.”

The crimes are still being investigated. If you have any tips, give police a call. 

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