Register Today for ONA Workshop

Mike Schuenemeyer, UCC Minister for Health and Wholeness Advocacy, will lead a workshop for churches wanting to learn about the Open and Affirming (ONA) process.  The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Conference Office.  ONA is a way for churches to declare their welcome and inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons into the full life of the church.  Cost is $10 for lunch.  The deadline to register is next Tuesday, February 25.

Clergy Invited to Hawai'i Island Retreat

The Annual Clergy Retreat, hosted by the Hawai’i Island Association, will take place from Monday, March 31, to Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.  Click HERE to download the information and registration form that was mailed out to pastors.  To register and pay online, click HERE.  The deadline to register is next Friday, February 28.

Carbon Fast for Lent

Looking to give up something for Lent?  Try a carbon fast.  Sign up and each day of Lent, beginning March 5, Ash Wednesday, you will receive an email message suggesting an activity that reduces the amount of carbon put into the air.  Daily emails will continue through Easter Sunday, April 20. Click HERE to find out more and to sign up.

Pacific Health Ministries Offers CPE

Pacific Health Ministry is offering an Extended Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) course from July to December for working individuals interested in CPE but unable to attend the full-time course.  Deadline to apply is May 26, but early applications are encouraged.  Contact Pacific Health Ministry by phone at 808-591-6556 or e-mail at

Young Adults Will Gather During Interfaith Encounter

The North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) is offering an opportunity for young adults, ages 16 to 35, to experience an interfaith encounter during the 2014 NAINConnect in Detroit, Michigan, from August 10 to 13.  To apply and to find out about scholarships, click HERE.  Scholarship application deadline is April 15.

Women Share Reflections on Prison and Freedom

Former inmates of the Women’s Community Correctional Center will share original reflections on prison life, freedom and the challenges of transformation.  “Voices from the Inside,”  sponsored in part by the Pu'a Foundation, features alumnae of the Prison Writing Project.  The event is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the William S. Richardson School of Law building at the University of Hawai'i.
Submitted by Toni Bissen, Pu'a Foundation


Pastoral Changes

Alan Akana was called as Pastor of Koloa Union Church and began his ministry there on February 16.
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