Events: Reasons for the faith, pro-life outreach

    Below is the most up-to-date roundup of upcoming events, presentations and opportunities to engage Alaska’s culture from a Judeo-Christian perspective that seeks the common good.



    A former sniper for Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Order will be in Alaska later this month to share his dramatic conversion story, which eventually led him to faith in Christ.

    At age 17, Tass Saada become a sniper for the PLO. At one time a chauffeur for Yasser Arafat, and a Muslim immersed in anti-Israeli activity, he eventually returned to America, started a family, and converted to Christianity. In three separate events in Alaska, Tass will share his story and describe the motivations and aspirations of those who live in the Middle East, while also outlining a peaceful solution.

    Tass will first speak Oct. 29, 7 p.m., at Change Point Church in Anchorage. The next night he will be at Farm Loop Community Center in Palmer for a 6:30 p.m. presentation. The final talk will be Oct. 31, 11 a.m., at Alaska Bible College in Palmer.



    Reasonable Faith Anchorage is a group that wishes to interact with, challenge, and grow together in the knowledge of God and defend the Christian worldview. Inspired by the idea that all Christians should be ready to give an intelligent reason for their faith, the group seeks to study the Christian faith, and at times other worldviews, through the lenses of science, philosophy, biology and history.

    Reasonable Faith meets in Anchorage on the second Thursday of each month, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm., at Coffee and Communitas (12100 Old Seward Highway). All who seek out the truth, specifically the truth of Christianity, are invited to join in the collegial and cordial academic discussions. This includes Christians, agnostics, atheists, and those of other religions. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook Page or send an email to


    Project Rachel is a confidential support group for post-abortive women and others who have been impacted by abortion. This ministry of the Archdiocese of Anchorage is open to all faith backgrounds and is free and open to the public. For more information, call the group’s confidential phone line at 297-7781 or toll-free (866) 434-3344.



    A docudrama on the incredible life of Saint Faustina will show in two Anchorage theaters later this month. The film, “Love and Mercy: Faustina,” traces the life of an unknown religious sister in the 1930s who lived in an age marked by conflict, despair, lack of respect for human life and dignity. Saint Faustina reportedly experienced dramatic visions of Christ calling mankind to “turn with trust to my mercy.” The film will show for one night only, Oct. 28, in more than 700 movie theaters across the United States. In Anchorage the movie shows at both Century 16 Theaters and Regal Tikahtnu at 7 p.m.



    Alaska Bible College in Palmer is hosting its second annual Apologetics Conference, Oct. 29-30. This year the college has partnered with Ratio Christi, ChangePoint Church and Clear Water Church to present the conference which is titled: “Reasons for the Faith: Engaging Today’s Culture.”

    Plenary speakers include Dr. Corey Miller, president and CEO of Ratio Christi and Dr. Travis Dickinson, professor of philosophy and Christian apologetics at Scarborough College. The conference talks will explore questions like, “Why do students walk away from the faith?” and “Is the Bible really God’s Word” and “Is Jesus down with doobies?” Other presentations are titled: “Is God a moral monster?” and “Where has all the wisdom gone?” Additional talks will be provided by local pastors and teachers. The conference includes the option to purchase multiple meals including a special dinner with the plenary speakers. Click here to sign up for meals. Click here to see the full speaker list and schedule for the upcoming conference.



    The fall campaign of 40 Days for Life is underway in Anchorage and Soldotna where pro-life advocates are peacefully praying outside of Planned Parenthood clinics. The vigil runs until Nov. 3 in Anchorage and Nov. 6 in Soldotna.

    For more information about how to participate in the Anchorage vigil, contact organizer Patrick Martin at (907) 232-2211 or email him at or click here. For information about the Soldotna vigil, call Beck Hinsberger at 252-2953 or Velvet Danielson at 252-8051. Click here for more information.

    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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