Over 100 Episcopal Bishops from all over the country gathered in Fairbanks for the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church last month (September). It was the first time the House of Bishops meeting occurred in Alaska. On Saturday, September 23, 2017 groups of Bishops gathered at locations around Fairbanks and traveled to several villages throughout the Interior to "walk on the land" with the communities and to offer a blessing of the land, the water, the wildlife, and the people. At 2pm in every location, including Eagle, Fort Yukon, Venetie, Arctic Village, Beaver, Allakaket, Huslia and Tanana, Bishops led simultaneous prayer services followed by the blessing ceremonies. In Tanana the Bishops, who came from New York, Idaho, Montana, Virginia, South Carolina, Massachusetts and Washington, were greeted shortly after arriving with king salmon sandwiches and dip, and an assortment of wild blueberry desserts as they mingled with community members for lunch. They were later joined by several children who played musical instruments and sang hymns during the service and ceremony, which started in the St. James Episcopal Mission Church then moved out to the bank of the Yukon River. After marveling at the size and beauty of the river and the vast Alaskan landscape surrounding the village, the Bishops spent time thanking community members, taking selfies with children and checking out a pair of large bull moose racks on the bow of a boat that stopped for gas after a successful hunting trip. Here Bishop Ted Gulick of Virginia, left, talks with Tanana resident Mary Starr, right, while eating lunch before the service.