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Alaska Bishop David Mahaffey is 'everyman'
The jeweled mitre looks like a king’s crown and symbolizes the headship of the Orthodox Church. David Mahaffey wears one. Mahaffey was consecrated as the Orthodox Church in America’s Alaska bishop in Sitka earlier this year. He is the diocese’ first resident bishop since 2007, when then bishop, Nikolai Soriach, was forced to resign at the request of the Orthodox Church in America Synod. During the interim, Alaska ...
May 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard chaplain feels God’s protection amidst strife
Chaplain Aaron Wesson calls it “one of the most painful and challenging times” in his life. Only days after his unit arrived in Sangin, southern Afghanistan, several Marines from the group were killed in action. “There was pain and sadness for those we had lost and also a burden for the families back home,” said Wesson, who now serves as Coast Guard chaplain in Kodiak. Wesson said he had the “unique privilege” of ...
Apr 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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Community members reflect on meaning of Easter
Grief seems to have the final say: the death of loved ones, inspiring community leaders, precious pets; the collapse of vibrant dreams; the assault on life-preserving institutions and sacraments; the pall of war. Amidst the eulogizing, the insatiable longing for the touch of a person no longer there; for happiness that has faded and a foundation that seems to be crumbling, a special day springs forth out of the as...
Apr 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
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Todd Hailey encourages youth to own their faith
If Todd Hailey could pick a theme for his Church of the Nazarene youth group, it would go something like this, “Know your faith and let it shine.” Hailey encourages kids to serve the community in the name of Christ. For the past two years he has led the youth in a Christmas “sock drive” for the Brother Francis Shelter. Hailey got the idea to serve the community in this way while he was hosting his Oldies Show at K...
Mar 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Faithful take to the streets on Triumph of Orthodoxy Sunday
Except for the modern dress of many of the participants, the procession could have been lifted out of a scene in ancient Jerusalem, Athens or Constantinople. Orthodox faithful from Holy Resurrection and St. Innocents parishes carried images of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary (Theotokos,) John the Baptist, and other holy people who exemplified the Christian faith. The progression was led by a cross bearer and clergy,...
Mar 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
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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 | 94 94 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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