Read UCC Justice & Peace Newsletter

The monthly UCC Justice & Peace Action Network newsletter provides information about events, resources and opportunities for witness throughout the denomination.  The current issue includes ideas and materials for observing Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11.

Help Prioritize Legislative Issues for UCC Advocacy

Take a survey to help the Washington office of the United Church of Christ discern its legislative advocacy priorities for 2017. Responses will help the denomination understand issues important to UCC advocates.

Register for Annual Clergy Retreat

“Pastoral Care in Multiple Religious Settings” is the theme of the annual clergy retreat taking place March 6-8, 2017, at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.  The retreat, hosted by the Hawai'i Island Association, is open to all clergy.  Register online or click HERE to download the registration packet mailed to ministers this week. 

Reminder: Submit Offerings by January 10

Churches should submit contributions to Our Church’s Wider Mission and UCC special offerings to the Hawai'i Conference by Tuesday, January 10, 2017, to receive credit for 2016.  If you have questions, contact Ngu Castro at 808-791-5628 or

Check Website for Advent Resources and Events

Events, services and resources for Advent and Christmas can be found on the Hawai'i Conference website, including these:
  • Mokuaikaua Church (75-5713 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona) presents “A Journey to Bethlehem, a Live Nativity Experience,” on Saturday, December 17, 5-8 p.m.
  • Windward United Church of Christ (38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua) invites those facing challenge, loss or grief to a Blue Christmas worship service on Wednesday, December 21, 7 p.m.
  • Waialua United Church of Christ (67-174 Farrington Highway, Waialua) will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Saturday, December 24, 6:30 p.m., with supper following.
  • Kaumakapili Church (766 North King Street, Honolulu) will present a Hawaiian cultural emphasis to its Christmas Eve service on Saturday, December 24, 7 p.m.


Gathering Promotes Empowerment of At-Risk Females

Community workers, professionals in the healthcare and justice systems, and those with interest are invited to “Mana Wahine,” a gathering to help and empower at-risk females integrating Native Hawaiian healing practices with Western approaches and methodologies.  The gathering will take place January 12-15, 2017, at Aulani Disney Resort in Kapolei.  For more information and to register, visit the Pu'a Foundation website.

Continuing Education Includes Boundary Training and Ministry Topics

Elizabeth Dilley of the UCC’s Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization Team will lead boundary training (three hours) and introduce proposed changes to the UCC Manual on Ministry (three hours) at a clergy continuing education workshop on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Conference Office.  To register, email  A $10 fee for materials and lunch will be collected the day of the workshop.
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