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Youth Corner, May 2013

A 2004 movie called Garden State shares the story of how the main character struggles to face the complex emotional layers of his mother’s death, whose funeral is the only reason he returns home after a 9-year hiatus. A scene in the film takes us to a fireside conversation at the mansion of a high school friend who had struck it rich after inventing “silent Velcro.” It’s one of those subtle-yet-obvious metaphors that asks the viewer to consider how much value some people place in one of the approaches to grief and transition: “Let’s just pretend it’s not an issue […]

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Phil’s Thoughts, May 2013

Both our sponsoring denominations, the Presbyterian Church USA and the United Methodist Church, are “learned clergy” traditions. This means that pastors prepare for ministry through graduate education. This includes study of theology and biblical interpretation, along with professional training in preaching, Christian education, pastoral care, and running an organization. Additionally, those serving in ministry positions are expected to participate in regular continuing education. A congregation supports this by granting its pastor study leave. At Northern Light, I am given two weeks per year for continuing education. Last year, I attended a national preaching conference in Atlanta. This year, my continuing […]

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Youth Corner, April 2013

Greetings! This month, I will step aside and let the DNA (Douglas, Northern Light, Aldersgate) Youth Group members speak for themselves. On March 16, twelve DNA members gathered to learn more about how various socioeconomic issues impact folks who require the support of the Glory Hole for housing and food. DNA members collaborated to document their experience, and below is what they prepared: A perfect Juneau—where everyone has food to eat and a place to stay the night. Doesn’t that sound like a nice place to live? Well, places like the Glory Hole are working 24/7 to make this a […]

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Phil’s Thoughts, April 2013

Last month I was one of the speakers at the Juneau Choose Respect Rally. Choose Respect is an initiative of the Governor’s office to stem the tide of domestic violence and sexual assault in our state. Incidents of abuse are alarmingly commonplace, and statistics reveal the disturbing reality: 58% of Alaska women have experienced intimate partner or sexual violence. It is past time to end this epidemic. To do so will take the efforts of all. This is not a matter only of individual initiative or government policy. It takes both – personal responsibility and adequately funded programs of intervention, […]

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Youth corner, Feburary 2013

Greetings! I am happy to report a fantastic result of the DNA Youth Group’s overnight lock-in and PET Fundraiser: on December 30: the youth raised close to $700 while riding the PET device around the NLUC fellowship hall for TWELVE consecutive hours. This means we can send two PET devices with the Alaska delegation to Guatemala this summer. Many thanks to those who pledged money to support the fundraiser! If you have pledged but not sent in your total amount, please contact me ASAP. Another update is the successful Alaska UMC Youth Mission Immersion weekend that took place between January […]

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Youth Corner, January 2013

Greetings and Happy New Year, The DNA (Douglas, Northern Light and Aldersgate) Youth Group had a packed holiday season. We checked out the first installment of Tolkien’s epic, The Hobbit; we sauntered joyfully through the streets of Douglas singing (and sometimes shouting) holiday carols; and we  gathered for an all night lock-in at Northern Light. Lots of fun and lots of fellowship! As we transition out of the Advent season and look toward Epiphany and Easter, we will start to ask deeper questions about what it means to be in relationship to each other and to “others.” What does it […]

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Phil’s Thoughts: December 2012

Advent is the time of year on the Christian Calendar when we get ready for the coming of God’s Messiah. The emphasis is not on the arrival itself, but on all the steps necessary to make ready for it. Thus, on December 2 we will prepare the church by hanging the greens and putting up the Christmas trees. Children and families will prepare that day by making Advent crafts they can make use of in their homes. Preparation doesn’t stop there. Our Sunday School classes are preparing the Heifer Project Living Gift Market that will take place December 9. Getting […]

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