June 19, 2013

'Aha Pae'aina Wrap-up

Mahalo to Mokuaikaua Church and the Hawai'i Island Association for hosting the 191st 'Aha Pae'aina earlier this month!
  • Click HERE to see pictures, access videos of the keynote address, and hear audio recordings of workshops.
  • Special offerings were received during the two 'Aha Makua worship services.  Offering from the Friday morning worship totaled $1,337 for the Vesper Maile Ito Fund.  The offering received Saturday morning to benefit Our Church’s Wider Mission totaled $1,237.
  • See the new video of Our Church’s Wider Mission, produced by the Hawaii Conference, shown during the Saturday morning worship.

Kalaupapa Sunday Resolution Passes

The resolution to establish a Kalaupapa Sunday received unanimous approval by delegates to the 191st 'Aha Pae'aina.  The Conference Council will now take steps in the implementation of this resolution, including the setting of a suggested date or dates and the dissemination of resources, including resources that have already been prepared. 

New on the Website

In addition to being the keynote speaker at the 'Aha Pae'aina, Allan Boesak participated in two other events this month.  Posted on the website are photos from the Community Forum held June 15 at Keawala’i Congregational Church on Maui, and the Ecumenical Clergy Gathering held June 18 at 15 Craigside in Honolulu. 

Read New Issues of Parish Paper

New issues of the Parish Paper have been posted on the website.  Feel free to copy and share these with your congregation as part of the Hawai'i Conference subscription.

July 2013: The Great Recession: Its Effects on Congregations and What We Learned
August 2013: Clergy Groups: Are They Worth the Investment?


Hawai'i Island Praise J.A.M.

Church of the Holy Cross and Kalapana Mauna Kea Church are hosting Praise J.A.M. on Friday, July 19, 6–9:30 p.m. at Church of the Holy Cross (440 West Lanikaula Street, Hilo).

Purchase Kaumakapili Lu'au Tickets

Tickets for Kaumakapili Church’s 42nd Annual Benefit Lu'au on July 20 are on sale now.  To purchase a ticket, stop by the church office (766 N. King Street) Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call 808-845-0908.


In Memory: Thomas Okuma

Thomas Okuma, 93, died May 22.  The Rev. Okuma was pastor of churches in the Hawaiian Evangelical Association (now Hawai'i Conference UCC) from 1946-1949.  He also served as a missionary to Angola from 1950 to 1961 and later as secretary for the World Council of Churches program on Racial and Ethnic Relations.  He is survived by daughters Yuki Okuma and Katy White, daughter-in-law Ann, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Information about memorial service is to be announced.


Insurance Board Seeks President and CEO

The Insurance Board, which administers the property and liability insurance program for churches and related ministries of the United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Presbyterian Church (USA), seeks a President and CEO.  

General Secretary/President Sought for NCC

The National Council of Churches (NCC)  is searching for a General Secretary/President, the top staff leadership position in the 63 year-old ecumenical organization representing about three dozen denominations, including the United Church of Christ. Deadline to apply is July 8.

Job Openings at UCC National Offices

The national offices of the United Church of Christ announce several openings.  View positions and descriptions for more information.
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