- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 3, 2019

The USS John C. Stennis is hosting informal Heathen services called sumbels in its chapel for a “small, committed” group of sailors.

A statement released by the carrier says Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Joshua Wood has been appointed Heathen lay leader for the carrier.

“I never felt like I connected with anything spiritual until I visited Norway and discovered a group of Heathens who opened my eyes to their religion,” fellow practitioner Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Joshua Shaikoski said, Military Times reported Thursday.

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The newspaper noted that Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Wood’s appointment was approved by commanding officers “on the basis of volunteerism, high moral character, motivation, religious interest and a letter of certification by the appointee’s religious organization.”

“Heathenry helped me connect with people on the ship that I would have just passed by,” Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Shaikoski added.

The carrier is operating in the Persian Gulf.

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