Honoring Alaska's Russian Orthodox Heritage


It will probably not surprise too many people to learn there is a rich Russian Orthodox history in Alaska. The Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church is a part of this tradition. Just as the mission of all Russian Orthodox churches, the Holy Resurrection strives "... to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to 'Go into all the world and make disciples of all Nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all [things that He has] commanded' so that all people may be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth." This truth includes preaching the word of God, utilizing the various languages of the continent to reach as many as possible, being a symbol of the body of Christ in North America and being faithful to the tradition of the church, and witnessing the truth by God's grace and the power of the Holy Spirit. The church's fellowship program, the Fellowship of Orthodox Stewards, helps the Outreach Ministries of the Orthodox Church in America reach out to the world. Among other service activities, this requires stewards to reflect in prayer and stay committed. The Holy Resurrection Church is located on Kodiak Island, near a variety of hotels and the Fort Abercrombie State Park. It is one of more than 90 Russian Orthodox Churches in Alaska, many of which are located in the remote Aleutian Island villages.

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