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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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Religion: New Salvation Army leaders focus on public education
Thanksgiving is the time to count blessings and share them, especially with those who don’t have much to be thankful for. The Salvation Army has been sharing since founders William and Catherine Booth broke ties with their Methodist brethren to bring salvation, clothing and food to the poor and destitute of London. Kodiak’s new Salvation Army officers, Majors Mike and Jennifer Bates, are keeping up the tradition b...
Nov 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: David Sharp gets ‘rush’ out of communication
Communication has come a long way since the days when Kodiak Islanders vociferously paddled their kayaks from village to village to relay an important message. Today cell phones, the Internet and other quick ways of getting the word out are becoming so common that we take them for granted. The Alutiiq couriers felt the urgency of the message in their arms as they rowed, and in their lungs as they caught their brea...
Nov 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Southern Baptist volunteers find golden opportunities to serve
Some feel strongly enough about a cause that they pay (and pray) for the privilege of volunteering for it. Sixteen volunteers from the First Baptist Church of Tecumseh, Okla. paid for their own airline tickets, housing and meals, as well as the curriculum and materials for the USCG Star of the Sea Chapel’s Vacation Bible School in early July. More than 90 kids enrolled in the VBS, said Lt. David Bradley, Protestan...
Nov 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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