Faith Leaders in Anchorage aim for unity and peace through new initiative | Alaska Insight

Religious leaders in Anchorage are responding to deep divisions over racial equity, social justice, and economic inequality with a new initiative called “Reconciliation: Race, Justice, and the Gospel,” that promotes reconciliation and healing between people of different ethnic backgrounds and beliefs.

Leaders in faith from Alaska’s largest city discuss their plans to unite people locally and in the future, statewide, during a time of anger, resentment, and mistrust.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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