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My Nation, My History

My Nation, My History

Gary Holthaus has been AUUF's called minister since November 2012. In addition to delivering messages during worship services, Gary manages AUUF staff and supports its volunteer-led ministries. Holthaus represents the UU Faith and AUUF in the community and at religious forums. Originally ordained as a Methodist minister, Holthaus has also made a living as a poet, author, educator and non-profit administrator, and has been involved in environmental and social issues for 60 years. He first came to Alaska in 1964 to teach school in Naknek. He worked for the Alaska Methodist University where one of his projects was to help Alaska Native students remain in school. Later, he became the first director of the state's bilingual education effort and helped put together Alaska's bilingual education law. Gary was the founding director of the Alaska Humanities Forum, and for nearly 20 years he developed many of the programs that are still part of this non-profit's activities. Outside Alaska, Gary t