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A retired airline pilot, Sherrie Laurie, didn’t see this trip coming. She started volunteering at Anchorage’s Downtown Hope Center and then became director three years ago. Initially she just hoped to demystify the homeless and overcome her general discomfort with the population. Quickly, however, she felt compelled to help meet the growing needs of Anchorage’s most vulnerable women and men. MEETING ‘HEART NEEDS’ “This began with a Baptist pastor and his wife in 1978, simply...

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Faith is a major factor in the lives of many U.S. soldiers. Military men and women lean on this pillar through deployments and combat, but also in dealing with challenges of missing milestone events and uprooting families due to frequent reassignments around the world. In the midst of these difficulties, military chaplains serve as spiritual advisors, mentors and leaders. As commissioned officers they lead religious services, offer sacraments, provide spiritual and moral counsel and accompany...

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“Same-sex couples, too, may aspire to the transcendent purposes of marriage and seek fulfillment in its highest meaning.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, 2015 in the decision Obergefell v Hodges Leading up to and following the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling mandating that all states issue marriage licenses to individuals of the same sex, a question regularly surfaced for those of us who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman:...

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Last month U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at the University of Notre Dame Law School, sharing his thoughts about religious liberty in present-day America. Among the many striking statements in Barr’s speech were the following: religious liberty is “a right towards men,” but “a duty towards the Creator,” and a “duty … precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of civil society.” Also, “We have no government armed...

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Disaffected Boy Scouts leader Danny Brooks is now the point man for Trail Life USA in Alaska, where he helps found and support local scouting troops that teach boys to love and serve God while enjoying his creation. Brooks is one of the original members of Trail Life USA. He attended the group’s founding convention in September 2013 in which 1,200 former Boy Scouts officials from around the nation gathered in Nashville, Tenn. The meeting...

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Katrina Jackson, a representative in the Louisiana State House, boldly proclaims that she is a black, Democrat and unapologetically pro-life. She brought that message to Alaska last week during a fundraising event for the Alaska Family Council in Anchorage. Speaking to an audience that included Gov. Mike Dunleavy and many movers and shakers in the conservative and pro-life community, Jackson challenged Alaskans to think outside party lines when it comes to core issues like marriage,...

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Carol Szopa knows firsthand the profound healing possible for women who have experienced abortion. A registered nurse in Anchorage she has spent nearly 20 years grieving and praying with women who have endured tremendous guilt from their decision. Szopa is a long-time volunteer with Project Rachel, a faith-based post-abortion healing program that began in Anchorage in 2000. Along with 11 volunteers, she helps facilitate a nine-week program to help women recover from abortion. Project Rachel...

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The following news items are provided to assist Alaskans in supporting faith-based and pro-life efforts to address some of the most pressing challenges in our state.   PREGNANT MOTHERS NEEDED FOR FREE ULTRASOUNDS The pro-life Community Pregnancy Center in Anchorage has received a new ultrasound machine to assist pregnant Alaskan women. As part of the machine’s installation, nurses receive three days of training. During that time, the center needs pregnant mothers to volunteer as “models”...

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It’s been nearly 25 years since a group of dedicated Girl Scouts leaders felt compelled to finally break from their beloved scouting organization to launch a Christ-centered program called American Heritage Girls (AHG). Today AHG has over 1,160 troops, including nine in Alaska, that serve more than 52,000 girls across the United States.   CHRIST-CENTERED ALTERNATIVE Concern about the Girl Scouts’ openness to groups like Planned Parenthood and organizations that promote sexuality and gender identity...

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In 2010 Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski initially voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In 2013, however, she changed her mind and voted for same-sex marriage, so long as religious freedom remained intact. Now, with most of those freedoms stripped, the LGBTQ lobby is counting on her support. But so are her fellow Catholics and Christians across Alaska and the nation. ACT AIMS TO CURTAIL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EXEMPTION Coming...

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