One Billion Rising

Join the throng for the fourth annual One Billion Rising gathering to end violence against women and girls, Tuesday, Feb. 16, noon in the State Office Building Atrium. One Billion Rising is a worldwide movement and the Juneau gathering will be one of the hundreds that will take place across the globe. Juneau speakers include First Lady Donna Walker, and there will be lots of music! Come, rise with us for justice and freedom! Our church is again serving as one of the sponsors of the celebration. Be there!


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Wrestling Jeruselum March 3 – 6

Along with Congregation Sukkat Shalom, Juneau People for Peace and Justice, and Perseverance Theatre, our congregation, Northern Light United Church is excited to cosponsor Wrestling Jerusalem, a one person play about the Israel and Palestine. March 3 – 6, 2016 at the JAAC, 350 Whittier Street. Thursday and Friday shows are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2. Set in the United States, Israel, and Palestine; WRESTLING JERUSALEM follows one man’s journey to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Author/Actor Aaron Davidman’s solo performance is a personal story that grapples with the complexities of identity, history, and social justice. While […]


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2015 Annual Meeting was a Great Success

The Annual Meeting of NLUC was held after church on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Everyone enjoyed great food with many dishes prepared by members of the congregation. The Middle School Sunday School class prepared homemade muffins for the potluck. The Men’s Prayer Breakfast set up the tables, and the Middle School class helped with the tablecloths, napkins, and silverware. Thanks go to Judy Knight for coordinating the meal arrangements. Corey Schlosser-Hall, the Executive Presbyter of the Northwest Coast Presbytery called the meeting to order and brought greetings from the Presbyterian congregations in the Northwest. Corey announced that our presbytery is […]


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Phil’s Thoughts, February 2016

Falling on March 27, Easter is early this year (the earliest it can be is March 22), and this means Lent, the 40 day season of preparation before Easter, begins February 10 (Ash Wednesday)! As has been our church’s tradition, we will hold a Wednesday 6:30 p.m. study during Lent. We begin on the 10th with a brief Ash Wednesday worship service followed by our first study session. This year, our study guide will be Brian McLaren’s book, A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions that are Transforming the Faith. McLaren is a former pastor and prolific author. His work […]


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Living and Growing: Cultural Humility

Cultural Humility by Phil Campbell for Living and Growing Juneau Empire August 16, 2015 I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in those days it was one of the most racially segregated cities in the country. Tulsa has made progress over the years, but like many cities it remains significantly segregated. While living there as a young adult, I helped lead a Free University class that was designed to introduce white Tulsans to the African American neighborhoods in the city. I was working as the education/information coordinator for the Target Area Action Group (TAAG) which was the citizen’s participation agency […]


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Report from the UMC Annual Conference, Part II – But wait…aren’t we already a Welcoming Congregation?

Our tag line is “No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” Doesn’t that say it all? Who doesn’t feel welcomed? Well, as a heterosexual, Alaskan-born, English-speaking, able-bodied, Master’s degree graduate, middle-class, married white woman who has deep family history in Northern Light, I’m definitely the wrong person to ask. All the stars of privilege are aligned for me (except perhaps arguably my female gender). There are no roadblocks between myself and any place of worship, especially in regards to my sexual orientation or gender identity. In Phil’s article in the […]


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Phil’s Thoughts, August 2015

There is a Peanuts comic strip that features the character Linus who is sighing. His big sister Lucy criticizes him for wasting time with sighing, declaring that sighing has no value. Linus responds, “‘When we do not know how to pray as we ought, the Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.’ Romans 8: 26.” The subsequent frame reveals Lucy with a big frown, followed by her conclusion, “I don’t know whether to slug him or to go back to Sunday School!” I am frequently recall this cartoon for a host of reasons, especially as we anticipate returning to […]


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Sermon, July 26, 2015

Dialog not Debate Phil Campbell, Northern Light United Church, Juneau, Alaska Texts: Ephesians 4: 1-6, 11-16 1I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is […]


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My Turn “Faith Support for Marriage Equality”

Faith Support for Marriage Equality by Phil Campbell for the Juneau Empire Recent polls indicate that the U.S. populace is split in its reaction to the June 26 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same gender marriage. Many assume that people of faith line up with the opponents of same gender marriage, but often this is not the case. Religious traditions are divided. Within Christianity, the United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church and others support same gender marriage in church as well as society. The congregation I serve is affiliated with two denominations and their official positions differ. The Presbyterian Church […]


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Sermon, June 28, 2015

Idols Closer to Home Phil Campbell, Northern Light United Church, Juneau, Alaska Texts: Matthew 7: 1-5 1“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. 2For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. 3Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 4Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the log out of […]


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