Welcome to an ecumenical sharing of life, faith, and ministry in what many call the Great Land.
We have chosen Newarchangel as the name of this journal for what it might suggest. The name is taken from a small town on the west coast of Southeast Alaska. The first people to make that location home were the Tlingit. Their name for their village is Sheet’Ka. Once the Russians arrived and made the site the capital of their American possessions, they named it Newarchangel. Finally, when Alaska was transferred to the United States, the Americans adapted the Tlingit name and have known this town on its snug Pacific harbor as Sitka.
From its beginning this place of many names has been blessed with abundance and diversity. That has been true in nature and humanity. Many peoples have come together in Sheet’Ka, participated in trade, exchanges of cultural riches, and have been exposed to new ideas.
It is in this spirit that this journal has been established. The clergy and laity of the Church in Alaska are invited to use this journal as a place to get a glimpse into the Christian experience of their brothers and sisters in faith. In this time of great cultural and technological change it is beneficial to our shared faith that we learn from each other. All of us face the same challenge of being the most effective presence and witness for Christ as possible in this Great Land. We will do this best when we do it together.
You will find links to contributions arranged by category in the column to the right. Simply click the category that interest you to find what has been offered.
Fr. Dave Elsensohn