Culture Archives - Alaska Watchman
 

HomeCategoryCulture Archives - Alaska Watchman

American flag and church steeple against very clear blue sky
https://cdn2.alaskawatchman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/14215613/Church-and-flag-1280x720.jpg

How much can a pastor say from the pulpit regarding politics, candidates and ballot initiatives? Can clergy educate their congregation on key political and social issues? When do religious leaders cross the line and put their churches in jeopardy of losing tax exempt status? All these questions and more are answered by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in a new detailed legal guide provided for pastors and churches. ADF is a national group of nearly 3,400...

https://cdn2.alaskawatchman.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/27215524/Looking-out-window-pic-1280x720.jpg

Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued his 11th and 12th statewide health mandates on March 27, ordering all Alaskans who are not engaged in critical infrastructure or essential services (see list here) to stay home and cease most intrastate travel in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. As of Sunday there were 114 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Alaska, the first being announced 18 days ago. Seven cases (6.1%) have required hospitalization and three cases (2.6%)...

https://cdn2.alaskawatchman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/23162137/Juneau-abortion-endorsment-pic-1280x720.jpg

Juneau has followed Anchorage in adopting a nearly identical resolution mandating that nearly all people in the City and Borough of Juneau hunker down and remain home as much as possible during the coronavirus pandemic. The orders take effect at 5 p.m., March 24, and remain until April 7. During this time, residents are required to stay at home except for the following reasons: To work in critical jobs (read the resolution to see the...

https://cdn2.alaskawatchman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/24221252/Women-Healing-1280x720.jpg

Anyone arriving in Alaska from outside the state is now required to self-quarantine for 14 days according to a new mandate from Gov. Mike Dunleavy. This applies for residents, workers or visitors. The mandate is effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 25. Businesses involved with critical infrastructure industries, which require workers to enter Alaska, must submit a plan for maintaining operations while outlining how they will avoid the spread of COVID-19. This protocol is due...

https://cdn2.alaskawatchman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/27070149/40-days-pic3-1280x720.jpg

The annual spring 40-Days for Life prayer vigil, which was under way in more than 500 cities around the world was suspended on Sunday due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Each spring and fall, pro-life advocates from across the globe gather outside Planned Parenthood clinics to pray for an end to abortion. Alaskans were gathering outside Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in Anchorage and Soldotna. “This was the toughest decision I’ve made serving as President &...

https://cdn2.alaskawatchman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/11094940/Smoking-weed-1280x720.jpg

While all non-essential Anchorage businesses are under direct orders from Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to close shop in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, recreational marijuana dispensaries are exempted and remain ready to sell pre-rolled joints, gourmet edibles and a host of weed related accessories. Berkowitz issued his order on March 23, mandating most businesses to close and send employees home. Businesses deemed “critical,” however, are exempted. These include companies that deal in...

https://cdn2.alaskawatchman.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/23142020/Ambulance-pic-1280x720.jpg

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Juneau, emergency responders are implementing a temporary “quarantine at home” protocol for certain 911 calls. The first coronavirus case was confirmed in Juneau over the weekend – an adult patient who was not hospitalized but is remaining isolated at home. According to a March 23 notice from the city, when 911 is called requesting an ambulance, one will be dispatched with a trained medical provider....

https://cdn2.alaskawatchman.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20153226/Communion-pic-1280x720.jpg

Hundreds of churches in Alaska and millions around the world have suspended what most Christians cherish as one of the highest forms of communion with Christ – the Lord’s Supper. Due to concern over spreading coronavirus, churches across Alaska have halted public celebration of this millennia-old practice, which entails the use of bread and wine, and dates back to the time of Christ. Catholic and many Protestant and Evangelical churches have temporarily suspended the practice...

https://cdn2.alaskawatchman.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/19130832/Blood-Bank-pic-1280x720.jpg

A shortage of O negative and O positive blood has led the Blood Bank of Alaska to issue a call for needed donors. The Blood Bank needs continual blood donations of all blood types in order to meet the need for blood in Anchorage and throughout Alaska. Currently the group needs 700 donations in the coming weeks. The Blood Bank is taking donations by appointment only in order to ensure the safety of donors and...

https://cdn2.alaskawatchman.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/18123029/Faith-task-force-pic-1280x720.jpg

Pastors, priests and religious leaders across Alaska are joining forces to provide outreach, supplies and services to Alaskans most affected by the social and medical impact of the coronavirus. Alaska Faith Leaders COVID-19 Task Force launched last week to serve as a central hub and liaison between faith groups and the Office of Governor Mike Dunleavy. “It has become necessary for all pastors and churches to come together and support the government in their efforts...

News that matters to us all

The Alaska Watchman aims to raise awareness of key issues affecting Alaskans. Coming from a broadly Judeo-Christian
perspective, we are committed to the highest standards of journalism and ethical reporting.
Our reports look to inform and equip Alaskans to effectively engage the culture for the common good. Please keep your comments respectful.

Supporter

News Tips

Alaska Watchman 2020 © All Rights Reserved