Churches in Korea Invite Prayers for Peace on August 9

The National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) invites churches around the world to pray for peace and reunification in the Korean peninsula on Sunday, August 9, prior to Korea’s independence day on August 15.  A suggested prayer and worship service (with communion liturgy) have been prepared.  The UCC General Synod recently adopted a resolution calling upon UCC members to pray for peace and reconciliation efforts.

Summary Clarifies Synod Resolution on Israel-Palestine

A fact sheet clarifies misunderstandings that have arisen from General Synod’s recent passage of the resolution, “A Call for the United Church of Christ to Take Actions toward a Just Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” 

Resources Help Prepare Houses of Worship for Emergencies

Recent church shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, are a reminder of how vulnerable houses of worship can be.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a variety of resources and information to prepare for various emergency situations and to help make churches safe places for all. 

Kaua'i Association Installs Kapa'a Hawaiian Pastor

View photos from the installation service of Barry Mick as Pastor of Kapa'a First Hawaiian Church on Sunday, July 12.

Opportunities Abound for Clergy Continuing Education

David Vasquez-Levy, President of Pacific School of Religion, will lead a study of migration stories in the Bible as a way of understanding migration movements today and how they affect churches.  The study will be offered twice: 
  • O'ahu:  Tuesday, August 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hawai'i Conference Office.  (This takes the place of the August monthly O'ahu Clergy Gathering.)  For more information email
  • Maui: Wednesday, August 19, 5:30 to 9 p.m., at Wailuku Union Church (327 South High Street, Wailuku).  To register, email
Stephen Boyd, UCC Minister for Chaplains and Specialized Ministries, will discuss clergy boundaries and self-care on Friday, September 4, 5-9 p.m., at Wailuku Union Church (327 South High Street, Wailuku, Maui).  To register, email Participants should read Saying No to Say Yes, by David Olsen and Nancy Devor, prior to the class.  Order the book at
For more information about these and other continuing education opportunities for clergy, go to the Learning Opportunities page on the Conference website.


Church Administrators Invited to Meet and Share

Church office support staff, secretaries and administrators are invited to the Church Administrators Gathering on Wednesday, August 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Conference Office (1848 Nu'uanu Avenue, Honolulu).  Lunch will be provided.  RSVP by August 17 by emailing, or calling 808-537-9516, or from neighbor islands 1-800-734-7610. 

Churches Can Offer Supportive Ministry for Veterans

All are invited to “Moral Injury,” a day-long workshop on ministry with and support of veterans returning home from combat.  The workshop will be led by Stephen Boyd, retired military chaplain and currently UCC Ecclesiastical Endorser for chaplains, and will take place at Windward United Church of Christ (38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua) on Saturday, September 12, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  To register, email or call 808-537-9516.  There will be a $20 fee, payable at the workshop, for lunch and materials.

Tri-Isle Association Will Convene 'Aha Makua

The 'Aha Makua of the 'Aha O Na Mokupuni O Maui, Moloka'i A Me Lana'i (Tri-Isle Association) will take place on Saturday, September 5, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Kamehameha Schools Maui (275 Aapueo Parkway).  Included in the agenda will be boundary training for lay persons presented by Stephen Boyd, UCC Minister for Chaplains and Specialized Ministries.

O'ahu Association Offers Polity Courses

The O'ahu Association offers an on-going series of free courses on UCC polity and history for those seeking UCC ministerial standing.  Lay members and authorized ministers are welcome to audit the series.  For more information, contact Kyle Lovett at  Sessions coming up are:
  • “Ministry in the UCC,” on Saturday, September 19, 9 a.m. to noon, at Manoa Valley Church (2728 Huapala Street, Honolulu)
  • “Ethos of the UCC and the Hawai'i Conference UCC,” on Saturday, November 21, 9 a.m. to noon, location to be announced. 

Atlanta Event Gathers Women Ministers of Color

The annual conference of Women of Color in Ministry, to be held October 15-17, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia, will feature Asian-American, African-American and Hispanic women preachers and workshop leaders.  Early bird registration ends on August 1. 

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