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One word drives writer on journey to forgiveness
Leslie Leyland Fields had come across that little word in the Lord’s Prayer thousands of times, and now she stumbled over it, as if it were a roadblock, interfering with her communication with God. As. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” That word sent Fields on a journey of forgiveness and healing, which is the subject of her new book, Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers. The jo...
Feb 28, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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Seminarians inspired by spiritual renewal in Albania
Anastasios, the vibrant Greek Orthodox archbishop who helped Albania awaken from its spiritual slumber after a long, brutal reign of Communism, is calling on Orthodox believers throughout the world to embrace the missionary zeal that once defined their church. A former St. Herman’s Seminary professor and a current student at the school have heard the archbishop’s call. Dr. Jeffrey Macdonald, who taught Church hist...
Feb 14, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak is field course for upcoming seminary graduate, Scott Adkins
Scott Adkins is set to graduate from seminary in 2015, but this third-year student of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., has already had a sort of commencement exercise. Serving St. Paul Lutheran church, Adkins is fulfilling his junior year requirements as an intern pastor. The training started when he kissed his wife, Amanda and son, Peter, goodbye in St. Paul and headed up the road with the family dogs, Chewbac...
Jan 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lois Stover is unofficial ‘ambassador’ for her culture
If the Sami have a goodwill ambassador, it is Lois Stover. Wearing a traditional ghaki, Lois loves to tell about the Scandinavian aborigines of Finmark, who emigrated to Alaska in the twilight of the 19th century. Thursday, Feb. 6, is Sami National Day, but for Lois, a fourth-generation Alaska Sami, any day of the year will do for a celebration. As she talks about this part of her ancestry (she is also Yup’ik and ...
Jan 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Berean youth pastor teaches kids Christian apologetics
A lot of church kids lose their religion when they get out into the world, says Berean Baptist Church youth pastor Juston Lantrip. With that in mind, Lantrip is teaching courses in apologetics — using rational argument and information to preserve the faith. The message Lantrip hopes will be embedded in the hearts and minds? “The Gospel is completely and utterly sufficient,” he said. “People try to add all sorts of...
Jan 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Russian New Year’s Masquerade Ball – More than a century of tradition
As Kodiak people hunker down for a long, dark winter, they are rejuvenated by a parade of characters, some comical, some grotesque, some noble. A number in the parade are personifications of inanimate objects — chairs, pillows, a deck of cards. They make their appearance at the Russian New Year’s Masquerade Ball, Kodiak’s annual defiance of the long winter. It is called Russian because the masquerade is based on t...
Jan 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: Daria Safronova-Simeonoff discovers church culture in Kodiak
It was suppressed for more than 70 years in her homeland, but when Daria Safronova-Simeonoff came to Kodiak Island, she discovered the Russian Orthodox culture that had been denied her. Simeonoff, the Church Slavonic language and Russian church history instructor and archivist at St. Herman’s Seminary and instructor of Russian at the Kodiak College, said the people of Kodiak Island never lost the faith preached to...
Jan 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: Afghan, American friendship brings ‘peace on earth’
Faez Enayatulla is enchanted by the beauty of Christmas. He loves the multicolored lights, the decorated trees, the gleeful Christmas music and the telling of the Christmas story. In Faez’s native Afghanistan, a predominantly Muslim population doesn’t observe Christmas. The message of “Peace on Earth, good will toward men” appears to be an impossible dream. Peace? Afghanistan has known precious little of it. Faez ...
Dec 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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Herman Squartsoff: His heart was full, his freezers deep
With news of Herman Squartsoff’s death last week, Facebook friends posted a barrage of pictures and notes of sad farewell. In many of the pictures, Herman was on the water, joyful and content. The water gave him purpose. He harvested its fish, ducks and seals. He was not content to enjoy the sea’s bounty and beauty by himself. He loved to share what he believed had been given to him by God. At Christmas, we ponder...
Dec 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Best Christmas Pageant’ and live Nativity highlight Kodiak Christmas offerings
Colored lights glow all over town, Bing Crosby croons “White Christmas,” the choir rehearses for its big concert and “It’s A Wonderful Life” once again delights television audiences. In case you’re still not convinced the Yuletide season is here, Kodiak churches offer programs and activities that convey the message of Christmas in a variety of ways: Advent services, Nativity scenes, Christmas tree-lighting ceremon...
Dec 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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