Survey Seeks Comments on Proposed UCC Statement

UCC General Minister and President John Dorhauer invites all members to complete a survey about a proposed mission statement for the denomination. The survey is the latest step in crafting a Purpose, Mission and Vision Statement that underscores the UCC's commitment to unity, radical hospitality and full inclusion.

'Aha Pae'aina Resources Now Available

Workshop handouts, sermons, keynote addresses, and photos from the 'Aha Pae'aina ('Aha Iki and 'Aha Makua) can be downloaded from the Conference website.  If you attended the 'Aha and did not receive an email inviting you to fill out a survey, email

End-of-Life Information Is Available in Ten Languages

Kokua Mau, Hawai'i’s hospice and palliative care organization, has made available advance care planning materials in ten different languages.  These include the Hawai'i Advance Health Care Directive and the official Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form for Hawai'i.

Train to Be Long-term Volunteer in Disaster

The UCC needs trained volunteers who can commit to long-term service (a minimum of one month) at a disaster site doing recovery work.  A training event to provide the necessary tools for this work will take place September 27 to October 6, 2016, at a location to be announced later.  Travel expenses to the training will be covered by UCC Disaster Ministries.  If you are interested or would like more information, send an email with your name and phone number to

FEMA Seeks Reservists for Disasters

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking Reservists to assist survivors and communities affected by disasters.  For information and to apply email

Contest Invites Churches to Be the Church

UCC Resources has launched a “Be the Church of the Month” contest.  Every month, after a new “Be the Church” statement is announced, churches will be invited to submit photos and/or video showing how they live out the statement.  Winning churches will be featured in UCC social media and UC News. For information click HERE.


Arctic Activist Speaks in Hilo this Sunday

Miho Aida, Arctic Refuge activist, filmmaker, educator and outdoor adventurer, will speak about the work of Gwich'in women who are struggling to preserve their sacred lands in Alaska.  The presentation will take place this Sunday, June 26, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Church of the Holy Cross (440 W. Lanikaula Street, Hilo).  For more information call 808-935-1283.

Clergy Invited to Conversation on Older Adult Spirituality

“The Conversation: Addressing Spiritual Needs in Older Adults” is the topic at a clergy conversation sponsored by Pacific Health Ministries on Thursday, July 14, 8-9:30 a.m., at St. Andrew’s Cathedral (229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu) in the Von Holt Room.  Reserve your seat before July 10 by calling 808-591-6556 or emailing  

O'ahu Association Convenes Ecclesiastical Council

The O'ahu Association will examine Terry Ogawa for ordination at an ecclesiastical council on Sunday, July 17, 4 p.m., at Community Church of Honolulu (2345 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu).  To ensure quorum, churches are asked to indicate whether they will attend or not by emailing or calling 808-791-5633.  Click HERE for more information and to download her ordination paper.

Waialua Church Sponsors Golf Tournament

Waialua UCC’s 4th Annual Sherwin Gervacio Scholarship Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, July 18, 12 p.m. kickoff, at the Leilehua Golf Course.  The tournament, named for Sherwin, who was a member of the church and student at University of Hawai'i when he died, provides scholarships for college students.  For information call 808-389-7223.


Pastoral Transitions

Bradstreet Smith, Associate Pastor of Makiki Christian Church, will retire after twenty-seven years of ministry this Sunday, June 26.  He will be preaching during the service. 

Kaua'i Minister Co-Authors Book

Olaf Hoeckmann-Percival, Pastor of Waimea UCC, along with former Russian exchange student, Nelli Mukhametshina, are co-authors of Daughter Henry, which shares Nelli’s experience on Kaua'i from 2012 to 2013.  They will host a book signing at Talk Story Bookstore in Hanapepe on Friday, July 1, 5:30-9 p.m.

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