UCC Leaders Offer Post-Election Pastoral Letter

“We, the Officers and Council of Conference Ministers of the United Church of Christ, call upon the church to seek a pathway that envisions a just world for all. Those who celebrate this election must show a humility that honors the pain of those whose dreams were dashed by the outcome. Those who grieve must find a courage and hope found in a faith not in earthly power, but in the redemptive love of our Risen Christ.”  Read the whole pastoral letter.

View Photos of Recent Events

  • Kauaha'ao Congregational Church celebrated its 175th Anniversary on November 5.
  • The O'ahu Association installed Gloria Imamura as Associate Pastor of Makiki Christian Church on November 6.
  • The 'Aha Mokupuni of the Kaua'i Association met at Lihue Christian Church on November 6.

Assessment Focus Groups Move to Hawai'i Island

As part of the Conference-wide assessment, focus groups are being held in every geographical association for clergy and members of Hawai'i Conference congregations to share comments and ideas for the Conference.  Next week, focus groups will meet on Hawai'i Island.
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7-8:30 p.m., Church of the Holy Cross (440 W. Lanikaula Street, Hilo)
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Imiola Congregational Church (65-1084 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea).  This is also the Fall 'Aha Mokupuni of the Hawai'i Island Association.

Mokuaikaua Selected for National Grant Program

Mokuaikaua Church was selected to participate in the Partners for Sacred Places national grant-making program, which will provide the church aid and access to capital grants.

Find Advent and Christmas Resources

Links to resources for Advent and Christmas are available on the Hawai'i Conference website.  If your church would like to post Advent or Christmas events or worship service resources, send submissions to coconutwireless@hcucc.org.

Pledge Your Support for Gun Violence Prevention

Join faith communities nationwide in Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend, which takes place December 14-18.  Pledge your support, and find resources for remembering victims of gunfire, praying for those who have lost loved ones, and educating one another on strategies to reduce gun violence.

Ecumenical Advocacy Event Mobilizes for Action

Ecumenical Advocacy Days gathers thousands of Christians annually for worship, reflection and learning on a wide variety of domestic and international policy issues.  This year’s gathering, “Confronting Chaos, Forging Community,” will be held April 21-24, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The weekend will culminate with a congressional lobby day at Capitol Hill.

Youth Will Be Fully Involved at General Synod

When General Synod meets next summer in Baltimore, youth will be fully integrated into the heart of the entire program.  Find out more about Youth@GeneralSynod and prepare now to attend.


Central Union Series Addresses Moral Injury

“Soul Repair: Recovery From Moral Injury After War,” is an ongoing series on Monday evenings until November 21, 5:30 p.m., in the Fireside Room at Central Union Church (1660 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu).  For information email step@hawaii.rr.com.

Crossroads Hosts Fall Fair

Church of the Crossroads (1212 University Avenue, Honolulu) hosts its Fall Fair, featuring food, plants, auction, and rummage sale, on Saturday, November 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Proceeds benefit the missions and ministry of the church.  For information, call 808-949-2220.

Tri-Isle Association Affirms Pohnpeian Church

UCC Pohnpei Maui was received as a UCC church at the Tri-Isle Association’s 'Aha Mokupuni last spring.  The Association invites all to an affirmation and recognition of that standing at the church (725 Kauhikoa Road, Haiku, Maui) on Sunday, November 27, at 2 p.m.

Save these Important Dates

Church Leaders Event in February
The 2017 Church Leaders Event will be held Saturday, February 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Central Union Church (1660 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu).  Full information and registration will be mailed in December. 
Clergy Gather in Early March
The 2017 Hawai'i Conference Clergy Retreat will be held from Monday, March 6, to Wednesday, March 8, at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona on Hawai'i Island.  Details and registration information will be available in January.

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