UCC Video Addresses Religious Bigotry

Trading Places” is a video produced by the UCC promoting interfaith understanding by depicting faith leaders experiencing the power of walking in one another’s shoes and houses of worship.  Further information, including study guides, FAQs and more, can be found at ucc.org/tradingplaces.

Prayer Vigil Supports Climate Action

Be part of a prayer vigil for climate action, sponsored by Hawaii Interfaith Power, on Friday, January 20, and Tuesday, January 24, 5-7 p.m. both days, at Church of the Crossroads (1212 University Avenue, Honolulu).  For more information, email chuckkb@gmail.com.

Award Honors Outstanding UCC Clergywomen

Every General Synod, the Antoinette Brown Award is given to trailblazing ordained clergywomen who have provided significant leadership in the United Church of Christ.  To nominate someone for this award, fill out the nomination form by March 1.

Korean Church Partner Invites Visitors

The South Seoul Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, a mission partner of the Hawai'i Conference, is inviting a delegation to attend its Presbytery meeting the week of April 24.  Churches interested in creating a partnership with a local church in Korea may wish to send one person as part of the delegation. Individuals are responsible for their own travel costs; housing and transportation will be provided by Presbytery hosts.  To find out more, email cbuck@hcucc.org or call 808-791-5640.

Focus Groups Meet Next Week

Hawai'i Conference members and clergy are invited to participate in the Conference-wide assessment by sharing and ideas at focus groups.  Meetings will be held on Kaua'i and Maui next week:

  • 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), as part of the Tri-Isle Association’s 'Aha Makua (see below)

Annual Event Equips Church Leaders

Be sure to register by February 8 for the Church Leaders Event taking place on Saturday, February 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Central Union Church (1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu).  Cost is $45 for O'ahu attendees and $100 for Neighbor Island attendees (includes airfare).  Click HERE to download the information and registration form.  Click HERE to register online now.

UCC Loans Assist in Building Projects

Staff from the UCC’s Church Building and Loan Fund (CB&LF) and the Cornerstone Fund will be in Hawai'i for the Church Leaders Event on February 25.  They will also be available to visit churches planning to purchase land or building or to undertake a building project.  To arrange for a visit on February 22, 23, or 24, email leehenrychang@hcucc.org or call 808-791-5640.

Discernment Starts with New Beginnings

Chris Davies, UCC Coordinator for Congregational Assessment, Support and Advancement, will be in Hawai'i for the Church Leaders Event on February 25.  The following week, she can also meet with churches interested in finding out how the New Beginnings program can help discern God’s direction for their future.  To schedule a visit with Chris, email daviesc@ucc.org.

Clergy Will Meet in Kona for Retreat

“Pastoral Care in Multiple Religious Settings” is the theme of the annual clergy retreat taking place March 6-8 at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.  The retreat, hosted by the Hawai'i Island Association, is open to all clergy.  Register online or click HERE to download the registration packet. 


Taizé Service Highlights Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

As part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which runs from January 18 to 25, the Hawai'i Council of Churches and Honolulu Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church will hold a Taizé service of sacred music, scripture and prayer tomorrow,  January 19, 7 p.m., at the Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish on the University of Hawai'i campus at Manoa.  All are invited.  Clergy may wear clerical vestments from their own traditions.

Pearl City Church Hosts Music Festival

Pearl City Community Church (933 Lehua Avenue, Pearl City) will host a Music Festival on Sunday, January 22, at 6:30 p.m.  For more information call 808-836-4579.

Tri-Isle Gathers for 'Aha Makua

The Tri-Isle Association’s Spring 'Aha Makua will be held on Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pookela Church (200 Olina Road, Makawao).  Among the business items to be discussed are: Authorized Ministers Continuing Education and Boundary Training Policy, proposed Bylaws amendment regarding Church and Ministry Committee, and recognition of UCC Pohnpei as exploring congregation.

Miloli'i Celebrates with 'Aha Mele

Hau'oli Kamana'o Church invites churches to “Aha Mele La Elima,” a commemoration of the 1868 earthquake and tidal wave that wiped out the village of Miloli'i but not the church.  The celebration will be held on Saturday, February 4, beginning with story and song at 9:30 a.m., followed by 'Aha Mele and worship from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Participating churches are asked to call 808-937-1310.

Spiritual Unity in Diversity Is Lecture Topic

The Britt Lecture Series of the Hawai'i District of the United Methodist Church will feature Loyd Allen, Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation, presenting “One Christian Spirituality.”  He will speak on February 17, 18, and 19, beginning at 7 p.m. each day, and on February 20 at 9 a.m., all at First United Methodist Church (1020 South Beretania Street, Honolulu).
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