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Not the final farewell, but always à Dieu
This week, after waffling seriously over whether or not I could actually leave Kodiak, I am knee-deep in moving boxes and to-go containers from final lunches out with friends I don’t want to leave behind when I board the Kennicott Ferry on May 5 bound for Fairbanks. To my naysayers, you will be disappointed to hear that you aren’t getting rid of me that easily. Our dear editor has granted me the opportunity to con...
Apr 29, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Millenials embracing community service
Last week I was privileged and burdened to read the 28 scholarship applications for the 2016 Rotary Scholarships. I say burdened, because I thought they should all get scholarships, and had a very difficult time, with my fellow Rotarians Larry LeDoux and John Butler, being able to weed out only four recipients. What made it difficult was how articulate most of the applications were, how involved in the community a...
Apr 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Spiritual victory not shown in final score
To all you UAA women’s basketball fans out there, I feel your pain — watching your team get so far in the NCAA tournament, just to lose in the end. My Tar Heels did the same thing in the men’s tournament, and it felt agonizingly unbelievable. It was hard enough to be one of only a handful of fans on the island, where everyone else was acting like it was just another day and going about their everyday business. I w...
Apr 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Love wins over fear in divine self-sacrifice
One of the questions that plagues thinking people who just don’t get church (and many who do attend church) is, “Why would a loving God sentence his son to an excruciating, tortuous death?” As we come through the long journey that is Holy Week and which is about Christ’s last loving acts with his disciples, then being betrayed by one of those disciples, tried and found innocent, but flogged and spit on and taunted...
Apr 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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When the mission gives way to good times
When I was working as a camp counselor at Camp Leach on the Pamlico River in Washington, North Carolina, we were told the following story that made a huge impression on me. Apparently, there was a seaside village that became concerned about the number of boats that kept crashing on the rugged coast, so several townspeople held a meeting and talked about ways to care for shipwreck survivors, as well as ways to keep...
Mar 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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CHICK PRIEST: Where I went wrong last week and in youth
Do any of you have as much trouble as I do admitting you’re wrong? Well, here goes. (Deep breath.) I was wrrrr... I was wrrrroo... I was wrong. (Gulp) Last week I practiced some irresponsible journalism. Without checking it out first, which would have been easy to do with a simple phone call, I speculated why my Orthodox and Catholic clergy weren’t present at any of the monthly ministerial gatherings I have attend...
Mar 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Churches join for ecumenical Lenten service
As some of you know, I am often one of the biggest critics of the church, especially when we aren’t being very Christ-like, so I want to be one of the first to acknowledge when we are acting as if we all believe in the same God (go figure!). Two ecumenical efforts happening in Kodiak are the Lenten soup suppers and worship with the “Three Saints” and the Good Friday Community Service. First, let me distinguish bet...
Mar 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ash Wednesday a reminder of mortality
Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Once again I had the privilege of saying those words to one person after another as I solemnly made the sign of the cross in ashes on each one’s forehead. Some of the first ashes flake off and fall on one person’s nose, and without thinking, I say “sorry” and try to brush them off. The young man smiles in the solemnity, and says, “It’s OK.” It’s okay, beca...
Feb 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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God suits up for anyone who really asks
What’s on your mind these days? The primaries, Super Bowl, St. Mary’s fish fry, or upcoming Serendipity Auction? Or maybe the Hospice Valentine’s Ball on Feb. 13? For a town that is supposed to be hibernating in the off-season, we have a lot going on. I’m somewhere between putting away my Christmas decorations, having left my tree up until Candlemas — Jesus’ presentation in the temple 40 days after his birth — and...
Feb 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Blame Mondays, Obama or Bush, or …
You know the “Mutts” cartoon? The one with the dogs and cats with many different personalities and a few humans who are not at all central to the plots? I recently stumbled across one featuring the grumpy cat, Sourpuss, described by the artist as “the cat who hates Mondays and stays under the couch,” and Earl, “the mutt with a big heart who cheerfully tugs on the leash in the walk of life.” In it, Earl asks Sourpu...
Jan 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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