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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 | 61 61 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 | 68 68 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 | 48 48 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 | 19 19 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 | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Empty cup, eerie cockpit on dark morning
Reporting to you live from Anchorage — okay, I know it’s not really live, but I was alive when I wrote this — I am at the Snow City Cafe in Anchorage, where I finally got breakfast after being up more than four hours. Yes, friends, you read that right. I reported in at 0600 (that’s “0 dark-thirty” to you non-military) to the passenger terminal at Hangar 1 of Air Station Kodiak and arrived on time. To say I am not ...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cheap rooms in Heaven await rude people
If ever I need to be reminded that I have spent too much time doing church stuff, I need only ask a coffee shop barista or one of my nephews, "What are people talking about these days?" Or, "What should I write about in my column?" This Wednesday, I asked this of Matty, one of my favorite baristas at Harborside Coffee and Goods, and he said, "How about the power of politeness?" Whoa. Not as theologically relevant ...
Jan 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Have a merry coming to this Advent
Today is one of those Kodiak winter days where the fog and clouds are so thick that you wonder if the sun really rose that day (and you suspect that it didn't), and the rest of the world and its problems seem so far away, as though Kodiak were in some kind of bubble that has drifted off from Earth. Being the day before Thanksgiving, on the other side of Thanksgiving from Black Friday, the streets are only normally...
Nov 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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If you try sometimes you get Thanksgiving
Have you found that your default mood these days is dissatisfaction? Do you find yourself wishing you had someone else’s life? And do you realize that you break the commandment all the time: “Thou shalt not envy”? If you answered any of these yes, don’t feel bad. You’re getting a lot of support, even encouragement, to feel this way. Our culture, or at least our economy which needs us to keep spending, needs even m...
Nov 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fear, anger at root of fundamentalist violence
America has an anger management problem. And the most recent shootings are only one symptom of the problem. The main problem is that we can’t even talk about the problem. And anyone who ever took Psych 101 (or has studied human nature) knows that not talking about a problem only makes it worse. Not talking about something serious just lets the problem stew, until one day, someone blows his or her top, and then you...
Nov 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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