Conference Office Closes for Holiday

The Conference Office will be closed next Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

Look for Mailing on Yearbook Forms

A mailing to churches this week gives instructions on submitting information for the UCC Yearbook.  Churches have the option of entering yearbook data online or filling out paper forms.  Deadline for submitting information is March 1.  Email or call 808-791-5645 if you have questions.

Exemptions Received from Attorney General

A law enacted last year requires churches to apply for exemption from annual registration as a charitable organization with the Office of the Attorney General.  The Hawai'i Conference received notice that the Conference, the five associations and all local churches have received the exemption.  A letter to churches explains the law and how to verify the exemption.  (Please note that this is separate from the General Excise Tax exemption and the annual corporate filing fee.)

Focus Groups Meet on Kaua'i and Maui

As part of the Conference-wide assessment, clergy and members of Hawai'i Conference congregations are invited to share comments and ideas at focus groups.  Focus group meetings will be held on Kaua'i and Maui this month:
  • Tuesday, January 24, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Lihue Christian Church (2943 Kress Street, Lihue)
  • Friday,  January 27, 6–7:30 p.m., Keolahou Congregational Church (177 South Kihei Road, Kihei)
  • Saturday, January 28, 10–11:30 a.m., Pookela Church (200 Olinda Road, Makawao)

Clergy Are Invited to Take Ministry Survey

UCC clergy and Members in Discernment (MID) are invited to participate in “Flourishing in Ministry,” a national study on clergy well-being. Ministers and MIDs should receive instructions via email on February 7, or click HERE for information.

'Aha Halawai Registration Deadline Approaches

Next Monday, January 16, is the deadline to register for the spring meeting of the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches.  The 'Aha Halawai will be held February 17-18 at Kahikuonalani Church (757 Ho'omalu Street, Pearl City).  Click HERE for the registration packet.  To register online, click HERE.  

O'ahu Association Seeks Nominations

The O'ahu Association is seeking nominees for various positions on its board and committees.  For a full listing of positions, click HERE.  Submit nominations to by Friday, February 3.  Elections will be held during the association’s spring 'Aha Mokupuni on May 6.


Standing Rock Protectors Share Stories

Numerous people from Hawai'i stood with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota this past fall to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Hear their stories at a gathering this Saturday, January 14, 6-9 p.m., at Central Union Church (1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu).

Crossroads Honors Peacemaker

Church of the Crossroads will honor Patricia McManaman with the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Peacemaker Award on Monday, January 16, 7 p.m., at the church (1212 University Avenue, Honolulu).  For more information call 808-988-4242.

Ho'okuikahi Commemorates Queen Lili'uokalani

The 25th Annual Ho'okuikahi will commemorate Queen Lili'uokalani and her efforts toward justice, nonviolence and reconciliation.  The service will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 7 p.m., at Kaumakapili Church (766 N. King Street, Honolulu). For more information email or call 808-330-3769.

Service Seeks Christian Unity

As part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Hawai'i Council of Churches and the Honolulu Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church invite all to a Taizé service of sacred music, scripture and prayer next Thursday, January 19, 7 p.m., at the Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish on the University of Hawai'i campus at Manoa. Clergy are invited to wear clerical vestments from their own traditions.
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