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Mat-Su residents are meeting this Saturday, Feb. 15, In the first of what will be a monthly meeting to educate and mobilize area Christians to engage politics and culture. Organizer Candy Sunderland said inspiration for the event came on the heels of a past prayer breakfast she attended for Palmer Mayor Edna DeVries in which pastors, politicians and Gov. Mike Dunleavy gathered to pray for elected officials. “Valley pastors and others asked if we would...

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Revive Alaska Outreach is the hub for Alaskans desiring to reverse of the spiritual statistics of Alaska from 70% non-religious to 70% Christian. It is a multi-church partnership where Christians gather to pray, listen to speakers, share evangelism strategies, and plan community outreach. The sixth annual Revive Alaska Prayer Conference occurs Feb. 8-9 at the University of Anchorage, Alaska, in Rasmuson Hall, room 101. The theme this year is “Prayer for the Government and for...

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced his “Conversations with Alaskans” town hall series, to engage Alaskans on their vision of the state’s future. The first event is Monday, Feb. 3 with others to follow with community leaders, business groups, non-profits, schools, tribes and the general public. “I am looking forward to engaging with Alaskans from every corner of our state in the crucial decisions for Alaska’s future,” Dunleavy said. The traveling town halls will pose the following...

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For those willing to engage in a frank and open discussion about abortion, the upcoming “Brave Conversations” event in Anchorage is the place to be on Jan. 23. The monthly event tackles a range of hot-button topics such as global warming, cultural privilege, faith issues, parental rights, school vouchers and other cultural, moral and philosophical ideas. The gatherings are not about shouting down an opponent or brandishing rhetorical swords. Rather, the goal is to foster...

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Calling anything “political” is now akin to an outright insult. Even politicians shy away from the “political” label these days. The word, however, simply means “pertaining to public affairs.” Anything dealing with people is political. Pretending you’re not political is pretending you have no influence on public affairs. Most people who claim they aren’t political simply mean they avoid divisiveness – they don’t readily voice opinions about public policies, or they look to befriend all...

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Jan. 9 is the next meeting for a group of Fairbanks educators working on a curriculum update that includes books and material that expose students to controversial LGBT sexual ideologies. The Curriculum Advisory Committee for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has already received community pushback for its first draft, which included LGBTQ material in high school social studies and English classes. A revised second draft could be ready for comment by Jan. 9....

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Why indeed? This is a question I have asked myself time and again throughout the process of developing and launching this news agency. For years I have traveled in many overlapping political circles. I have friends who fall on polar opposite sides of virtually every social issue, but I can still have a cup of coffee with them and hope they and their families and businesses are thriving – that their health is robust. Every...

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Benjamin Franklin, wrote that “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved.” Last night, I had the pleasure of watching “No Safe Spaces,” a wonderfully enlightening and chilling documentary by comedian and podcast king Adam Carolla and radio talk show host Dennis Prager. It’s a movie that opens your eyes about how our voices are being shut. And it...

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Are you looking forward to sitting down with family members this year in our ever more polarized political climate? What will you do when your brother brings up that topic? Are you the type to quickly change the subject and pull out a Christmas movie so nobody has to talk, or do your ears get red as you craft the perfect comeback to put that family member in his or her place? Families are complicated...

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This is the first in a series looking at how Alaska’s more prominent university campuses deal with controversial social issues on campus. The University of Alaska, Southeast (UAS) in Juneau is part of the University of Alaska system which includes campuses across the state. ABORTION & SEX ADVICE The Juneau campus strongly supports abortion services for all students. The school clinic provides students with access to contraceptives, including abortifacients which end the life of an...

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