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Gov. Mike Dunleavy has agreed to join Alaskans in prayer to seek healing and racial reconciliation. The online prayer gathering will occur on July 16 and will be hosted by Alaska churches and ministries. “Let us mobilize all pastors, prayer warriors, and Christians across Alaska to come together in one accord to pray for and bring racial reconciliation and healing to the state of Alaska,” Pastor Prince Nwankudu of Revive Alaska Community Services said in...

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They won’t physically gather in churches or city parks or banquet halls this year, but hundreds of Alaskans will join believers around the nation to bow their heads and turn to God during the National Day of Prayer. Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a proclamation recognizing May 7 as the National Day of Prayer, and stated that “faith has played a significant role in American history.” “Many Alaskans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through...

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Following updated health mandates released last week by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Catholic parishes across northern Alaska have begun to hold religious services, including distribution of communion. A letter published on April 28 by Fairbanks Bishop Chad Zielinski lays out strict protocols for every parish in his diocese. The letter begins with an acknowledgement that the COVID-19 pandemic has created an “intense, growing thirst for the Eucharist,” and a “burning desire to be back to church...

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From drive-in services, online worship and heavily sanitized prayer walks, Alaska Christians are preparing to celebrate Christ’s triumph over death and sin amid the dark shadow of COVID-19. With Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s announcement that churches could hold outdoor parking lot services, some faith-communities are planning open air Easter events. Most others are opting to go entirely online. Four Mat-Su churches pooled their resources to host an Easter celebration at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer....

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy is inviting Alaskans to seek divine assistance in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On April 10, which is Good Friday, the governor will host “Alaska’s Day of Prayer and Hope,” in which Alaskans across faith traditions will join in prayer and reflection. The livestream event will include a personal prayer from Dunleavy, as well as a moment of silence. He will be joined remotely by religious and community leaders across...

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy accepted nearly 18,000 pounds of needed medical supplies from Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian ministry with a long history of serving rural Alaskans. The donation arrived April 6 on a DC-8 aircraft from North Carolina that landed at Anchorage International Airport. Dunleavy asked Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham – son of the late preacher Billy Graham – for the resources to help build the state’s medical stockpile. The cargo included medical beds, masks,...

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Governor Mike Dunleavy is in conversation with pastors and ministers across Alaska to address their concerns about holding religious services during the COVID-19 outbreak. During his April 3 press conference, he emphasized the need for people to stay six feet away from each other during any gathering, including religious assemblies. “We are not sanctioning gatherings of individuals for services,” he said, but added that there may be ways for churches to hold services. “Some folks...

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Alaska’s pot stores and abortion clinics remain open, but our churches are closed. While we are told that we can’t risk spreading this disease with more than 10 people in a room, this apparently doesn’t apply to getting high or pulling unborn children apart as a “fundamental constitutional right.” In the First Amendment we can find religious freedom and peaceful assemblies alright, and in the Second Amendment self-defense. But abortion? Credit the courts for finding...

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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...

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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...