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The Anchorage Assembly is set to proclaim Nov. 20 as a “Transgender Day of Remembrance” at its Nov. 19 meeting. A resolution to this effect is scheduled for a vote to “honor transgender people around the world whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence.” The resolution aims to support “a forum for the transgender community and allies to raise awareness of the threat of violence faced by transgender people, and the prejudice and discrimination...

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Sen. Dan Sullivan is among those praising President Donald Trump for nominating an historic number of conservative judges to the federal bench. Last week the president had his 158th judicial nominee confirmed. This includes two Supreme Court justices, 44 Circuit Court judges and 112 District Court judges. Approximately one out of every four active judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals has now been appointed by Trump. “President Trump has nominated a historic number of...

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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 after months of intentional planning and prayer. As she pondered the depth of her own miscarriages, Ashleigh Levesque became aware that God was prompting her to reach out to others who were suffering. With...

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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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With all absentee, questioned and special needs ballots counted, conservative, pro-life and pro-family candidate Brian Endle has lost – by just 25 votes – a race for a seat on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. On the Nov. 5 election night Endle led Tim Hale by two votes, 983 to 981. The final count, however, gave the victory to Tim Hale – 1135 to 1110. Voter turnout was just 10.3% of all registered voters. In the...

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Below is a roundup of upcoming events, presentations and opportunities to engage Alaska’s culture from a Judeo-Christian perspective that seeks the common good.   CHRISTIAN OUTREACH OFFERS FREE THANKSGIVING DINNERS Christian outreach offers free Thanksgiving dinners Frontline Mission, a nonprofit Christian outreach in Wasilla, will hold its annual Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Curtis D Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla. Last year the outreach provided 1500 Thanksgiving meals,...

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Alaska educators are being encouraged to adopt a new educational model that claims to be more child centered. Coined “Whole Child,” the model was developed by ASCD, an educational reform group that aims to transform schools by encouraging them to focus more on emotional, social and physical health issues. Promotional flyers for ASCD’s Whole Child approach emphasize broad themes about empowering students, expanding health services and meeting the needs of the “whole” child. Unmentioned in...

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As winter settles in, Alaskans have choices to make when it comes to buying steamed lattes and winter gear. 2ndvote.com highlights businesses that uphold traditional beliefs about marriage, the sanctity of life and other issues of concern to shoppers who want to spend money at businesses that share their values. Recently, the national non-profit group highlighted North Face and Starbucks as businesses that should be avoided for those who share long-held beliefs about the sanctity...

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