UCC Files Suit Against North Carolina Law

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ filed suit against the State of North Carolina this past Monday, April 28, in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina. The suit argues that the state's marriage laws violate the First Amendment rights of clergy and the principle of "free exercise of religion.”  More information, including a fact sheet, downloads, and videos can be found on the UCC website.

New on the Website: Annual Lumana'i Scholarship Awards

The Annual Lumana'i Scholarship Award Banquet was held on April 24 at Central Union Church. Graduating Samoan youth were recognized for their academic achievement, leadership, and community service in various award categories.

Register by May 5 for 'Aha Pae'aina

Deadline to register for the 2014 'Aha Pae'aina is next Monday, May 5. Information was mailed to churches and can be viewed online.  Late fee of $30 will be charged after May 5. Late registrations will be accepted until May 27 at 4 p.m.


Woman’s Board Meets on May 17

“Reflecting Righteousness,” the 143rd Annual Meeting of the Woman’s Board of Missions for the Pacific Islands, will be held on Saturday, May 17, 9:30 a.m., in the Parish Hall at Central Union Church (1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu).  Tickets are $30 and include lunch. For information or to purchase tickets, call Executive Director Clara D. Priester at 808-791-5647 or 808-990-0503. 

O'ahu Association Offers Polity Course

The O'ahu Association offers a series of courses on UCC polity and history for those seeking UCC ministerial standing.  The next session, “Theology of the UCC,” will be held at Windward UCC on Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Lay members and authorized ministers are welcome to audit the series.  Courses are free, but contact Kyle Lovett at RevKyle@hawaii.rr.com if you plan to attend.


Ecclesiastical Council to Convene at Kaua'i 'Aha Mokupuni

An Ecclesiastical Council will be convened this Saturday, May 3, at the Spring 'Aha Mokupuni of the Kaua'i Association, to examine Mary Herbig for ordination. The 'Aha Mokupuni begins on Friday, May 2, at Wai'oli Hiu'ia Church (5-5363A Kuhio Highway, Hanalei), with dinner at 5 p.m., followed by 'Aha Mele.  Saturday’s program begins at 10:30 a.m. with worship and includes meetings of the Kaua'i Council of Hawaiian Congregational Churches and the Association.

Tri-Isle Churches Gather for 'Aha Mokupuni

The spring meeting of the 'Aha O Na Mokupuni O Maui, Moloka'i Ame Lana'i will be held this Saturday, May 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Waiola Church (535 Wainee Street, Lahaina).  Members of the Moloka'i Youth Council will sell fresh Moloka'i bread to raise funds to attend the Western Regional Youth Event in Seattle this summer.  Bread can be pre-ordered by calling 808-936-5913.

O'ahu Association to Gather

The O'ahu Association will gather for its Spring 'Aha Mokupuni on Saturday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Makiki Christian Church (829 Pensacola Street, Honolulu).  The program includes discussion of homelessness and mental illness in Hawai'i, particularly how they impact churches engaged in outreach ministry to the houseless. 

Hawai'i Island Introduces Boundary Training at 'Aha Mokupuni

The 'Aha Mokupuni of the Hawai'i Island Association will be held on Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Church of the Holy Cross (440 W. Lanikaula Street, Hilo). In addition to business items, boundary training for churches will be presented.


Kawaiaha'o Church is seeking a Part Time Administrative Assistant and a Ministries Facilitator/Project Coordinator

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