'Aha Registration Closes Today

Late registration for the 2015 'Aha Pae'aina ('Aha Iki, June 10-11; 'Aha Makua, June 12-13) will close at 4 p.m. today.  Because of catering counts, walk-in registration for the 'Aha Makua on June 12 and 13 will not be allowed this year.  Handbooks for the 'Aha Iki (June 10-11 at Kawaiaha'o Church) and Aha Makua are available online.

Workshops Teach Church Polity and Justice Action

Two, day-long workshops are being offered on Thursday, June 11 (Kamehameha Day), prior to the 'Aha Makua.  These sessions are open to all persons.  You do not need to be registered for the 'Aha to attend.
  • Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing—This intensive workshop, open to all who seek to "do justice," is especially helpful for missions or outreach committees.  It will take place at the Conference Office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be led by Ellen G. Carson and David Schlicher. Registration fee is $25. Click HERE to register.
  • UCC History and Polity—Three of the O'ahu Association’s five-course polity series will be offered at First Chinese Church of Christ (1054 S. King Street, Honolulu) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Included are “Ethos of the UCC & the HCUCC,” “Theology of the UCC,” and “Polity of the UCC.”  To register, email revkylel@gmail.com.

Relief Efforts Continue in Nepal

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 27 killed thousands and leveled villages.
  • You can support ongoing relief efforts through the International Emergency Relief of the United Church of Christ.  In addition to funds raised, UCC Disaster Ministries has contributed $40,000 to assist with food, water, medicine and temporary shelter.
  • Locally, the Society of Nepalese in Hawaii is sponsoring two musical nights of Nepalese culture and tradition to raise funds for relief and recovery in Nepal.  The performances will take place May 30, 7-8:30 p.m., at the University of Hawai'i Manoa Campus Center Ballroom; and May 31, 7-8:30 p.m., at Myohoji Temple (2003 Nu`uanu Avenue, Honolulu).  Suggested donations are $15 for students and $25 for others. 

Program Helps Non-Profits Finance Solar

Hawai'i Interfaith Power & Light will share information about the State of Hawai'i’s Green Infrastructure Loan Program (GEMS) to finance solar power systems. The workshop will be held at Central Union Church (1600 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu) on June 20, 9-10:30 a.m.  Advance registration is required.

Atlanta Event Invites Women of Color in Ministry

The annual conference of Women of Color in Ministry, to be held October 15-17, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia, will feature Asian-American, African-American and Hispanic women preachers and workshop leaders.  Limited scholarships are available; deadline to apply is June 1.


In Memory: Kathleen "Kay" Connor

Kay Connor, a former associate conference minister from 1988 to 1992, died May 20 in Peabody, Massachusetts.  She was also an interim pastor at Kapa'a UCC and pastor of Iao UCC, and later served churches in Wisconsin, California and Massachusetts.  Her family, including children Michael, Colleen, and Shawn, request that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, Massachusetts, or to former churches she served: Plymouth Congregational, Burlington, Wisconsin; Alameda Congregational, Alameda, California; or First Congregational UCC, Saugus, Massachusetts.
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