Religion

Bishop David, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Diocese of Alaska, presents a certificate of appreciation to Patrick Kearney at the end of Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Chruch on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2015. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

‘Dedicated servant of God’: Bishop honors St. Nicholas parishioner

Patrick Kearney helps keep downtown church running.

 

People hold candles as they gather for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Opinion: They were us

In the recent commemoration for the Princess Sophia sinking of 100 years ago, in describing the Sophia’s passengers the speaker repeatedly used the phrase, “They… Continue reading

 

Barbara Sheinberg speaks about growing up in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood a couple blocks away from the Tree of Life synagogue where 11 people were killed by a gunman on Saturday. An overflowing crowd gathered at Temple Sukkat Shalom on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, to honor the memory of the people killed. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Community members gather to mourn Pittsburgh shooting victims

People of all ages and backgrounds were in attendance.

 

Personnel from Chesed Shel Emes Emergency Services and Recovery Unit gather near the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Robert Bowers, the suspect in the mass shooting at the synagogue, expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told officers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents made public Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Local synagogue to honor Pittsburgh victims

Everybody is welcome at the service.

Personnel from Chesed Shel Emes Emergency Services and Recovery Unit gather near the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Robert Bowers, the suspect in the mass shooting at the synagogue, expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told officers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents made public Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Thumbing our nose at death

Halloween is our way of facing our fears head on.

Sister Marie Lucek OP, of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, photographed on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, is retiring her job after 12 years in Juneau and moving to her Order’s sister house in Wisconsin. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A sister’s next act: Longtime Juneau nun retires

Sister Marie Lucek OP has worked for the parish of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in downtown Juneau for 12… Continue reading

Sister Marie Lucek OP, of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, photographed on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, is retiring her job after 12 years in Juneau and moving to her Order’s sister house in Wisconsin. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Living & Growing: I can be an imbecile

I have no idea what I’m doing most of the time. Take dinner the other night. There is always an element of adventure in our… Continue reading

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of The Art of Living Foundation leads a group meditation at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, as part of his West Coast Tour that also includes San Francisco and Seattle. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Spreading ‘mental hygiene:’ Spiritual leader visits Juneau

Correction: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that the Sealaska Heritage Institute gifted Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with a Chilkat robe. The gift… Continue reading

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of The Art of Living Foundation leads a group meditation at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, as part of his West Coast Tour that also includes San Francisco and Seattle. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. (Courtesy Photo | Art of Living Foundation)

Spiritual guru to visit Juneau

A spiritual leader with an enormous international following is visiting Juneau this month — with 1,000 followers in tow. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s devotees will… Continue reading

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. (Courtesy Photo | Art of Living Foundation)
Pastor Cale Mead, left, was installed as the new pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Juneau this week. His daughter Amelia and wife Lauren pose for a picture by his side. (Photo courtesy Lynda Barker)

Christ Lutheran welcomes new pastor

Cale Mead grew up all over western Wisconsin. Because his mother, Dawn, was a nurse, and his father, Chris, served in the Army, Mead lived… Continue reading

Pastor Cale Mead, left, was installed as the new pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Juneau this week. His daughter Amelia and wife Lauren pose for a picture by his side. (Photo courtesy Lynda Barker)