The following events provide Alaskans with opportunities to engage the wider culture for the common good. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to send us news about events that are open to the public.
‘OUR FATHER’ PRAYER IS ANSWER TO IDENTITY CRISIS
In a culture consumed by a crisis of identity, it is necessary to remember the words of the one prayer Jesus gave to the world – “The Our Father.” On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Deacon Kevin Klump, of St. Michael Church in Palmer, will deliver a presentation in Anchorage that looks at a prayer which reveals the source of mankind’s supernatural dignity — that they are made sharers in the Divine sonship of Jesus himself. The talk will look at why “no prayer is more pleasing to God; no prayer more powerful against temptation; no prayer more ready to raise up the sinner.” Hosted by the Anchorage chapter of Catholics United for the Faith, the event is free and open to the public. It will take place Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the upper room banquet hall at Gallo’s Mexican Restaurant in Anchorage (8615 Old Seward Hwy.). The talk begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to order food and drinks. The evening will include a 45-minute presentation, followed by a question and answer session until 8:30 p.m.
FOSTERING ‘REASONABLE FAITH’
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 email@example.com.
ABORTION OUTREACH OFFERS HEALING
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.
WOMEN CONFRONT PAIN OF LOSING A CHILD
Anchored in Hope is a peer-led ministry intended to solidify healthy reliance upon God’s promises rather than isolation, shame or silence that so often follows infant loss and pregnancies ending in miscarriage. A local group of Alaskan women launched the outreach at Anchorage Baptist Temple. Women at any stage of the grief process can join. The meetings, which occur from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays, are open to all women, and a strong referral network is already in place for anyone who desires formal counseling. Click here for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIBLE STORY HOUR AT LIBRARY
In response to the ongoing and controversial Drag Queen Story Hour events at Anchorage’s Loussac Library, a group of Christians started holding their own story hour gatherings to offer children stories, songs and conversations based on the Bible. The Good News Club was started earlier this year after Anchorage residents voiced concern about the library’s decision to let drag queens read stories to youth that promote cross dressing and gender confusion. The Good News Club utilizes material from Child Evangelism Fellowship, an international organization that equips Christians in providing short programs designed to bring the Gospel of Christ to children. The programs are provided in homes, public schools and community centers all over the world. The Anchorage event includes a simple Bible lesson, presented at a young child’s level, library book reading and the singing of Christian children’s songs. The next Good News Club is Dec. 18, 11 a.m., on the fourth floor of the Loussac Library in Anchorage.
WATCHDOG GROUP EXPOSES BUSINESSES THAT BACK LIBERAL ACTIVISM
Launched in 2013 2ndVote.com is an international conservative watchdog that exposes corporations and organizations that fund liberal advocacy. By putting big business on watch through its extensive research on the most important issues of the day, 2ndVote’s mission is to expose the corporate influence on matters of culture and policy and turn the tide on the attacks on conservative values and principles. The idea behind 2ndVote is that Americans vote twice – once at the ballot box and then again by the companies and organizations they choose to support financially. To learn more about how to align conservative values with everyday financial spending decisions and other contributions, go to 2ndVote.com.