UCC Leaders Address Racism in Pastoral Letter

A Pastoral Letter on Racism honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the ideals of equality, service and beloved community that he lived and died for.  The collegium of officers invites congregations to read it in services as a conclusion to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday, January 25.

New on the Website

View photos from the Tri-Isle Association 'Aha Makua held Saturday, January 17. During the meeting held at Lana'i Union Church, the Association installed Sarah Rentzel Jones as Pastor of the church.

Taize Service Highlights Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

As part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Hawai'i Council of Churches and Honolulu Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church invite all to a Taizé service of sacred music, scripture and prayer tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish on the campus of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.  Clergy are invited to wear clerical vestments from their own traditions. 

Webpage Lists Learning Opportunities

A new page on the Hawai'i Conference website lists learning opportunities, including continuing education courses for ministers, Members in Discernment and anyone in a church-related vocation.  Opportunities are listed by date, topic and location, and will be continuously updated.  Click HERE to visit the page and learn more.

Maui Caregivers Discuss Care of the Seriously Ill

“Was that what the patient wanted for end of life?” is the topic of an advanced health care planning conference for chaplains, ministers, health care and social service professionals, and others who care for seriously ill patients.  The conference, sponsored by HMSA, Maui County Office of Aging, Pacific Health Ministry and others, will be held February 13, 1-4:30 p.m., at Maui College. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Register by calling 808-270-7755.

Service Communities Bring Together UCC Young Adults

Young Adult Service Communities bring together young adults, age 21-35, for nine months of work with community agencies or congregations and opportunities for reflection and vocational discernment.  There are six locations throughout the United States, each running from September 2015 to July 2016.  Housing, food stipend, and health insurance are provided. Application deadline is February 15.

O'ahu Youth Invited to Gather Together

Youth 'Ohana UCC, or YOU, gathers youth from UCC churches on O'ahu.  The next gathering will be at Community Church of Honolulu (2345 Nu'uanu Avenue) on Saturday, February 21, 6-8 p.m. Details of the Association-planned trip to the 2016 UCC National Youth Event in Orlando, Florida, will be shared, along with plans for upcoming fundraisers.  Youth leaders and parents are also invited.  Contact Manu Naeole by email at manu@cchonolulu.org for more information.

NYE Bound Youth on O'ahu Plan Fundraiser

A steak or chicken plate lunch fundraiser to raise money for youth attending the 2016 National Youth Event in Florida will be held on Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Pearl City Community Church.  Tickets go on sale beginning in February. Lunches can be delivered to O'ahu churches to coincide with the ending of worship.  Adult and youth volunteers are needed.  Contact Randy Reynoso by email at randyrreynoso@gmail.com.

Interim Ministry Network Offers Classes

The Interim Ministry Network offers training for ministers interested in interim ministry through its Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry (FTM) courses, including these:
FTM: The Work of the Leader is a three-day introductory course to interim ministry and will be offered February 24-26, 2015, in Los Angeles.
FTM: The Work of the Congregation builds on the first course and provides tools for congregational leadership during times of transition.  This class will be held March 2-6, 2015, in Jacksonville, Florida.  
For more information and a full listing of classes to be offered in 2015, click on the links above.

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