Conference Office Closed Next Monday

The Conference Office will be closed on Monday, January 19, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Bulletin Inserts Promote Henry Opukaha'ia Scholarship

The Stewardship Missional Team has created a bulletin insert to help churches promote the Henry Opukaha'ia scholarship fund, which supports continuing education for clergy and seminary study for ministerial candidates.  Learn more and download scholarship applications from the Conference website.

Clergy Discuss World Religions at Annual Retreat

The Annual Clergy Retreat hosted by the Hawai'i Island Association will take place from Monday, March 9, to Wednesday, March 11, at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.  “Christian Theology of World Religions” is the focus of this year’s program.  Click HERE to download the information, including a brochure introducing the program, and registration form.  To register online, click HERE.

New Webinar Series Begin with Healthcare and Homelessness

The Justice and Witness Missional Team of the Hawai'i Conference will sponsor occasional webinars addressing justice-related issues.  Join us and learn more about these upcoming topics:
  • Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"): What It Means for You, Tuesday, February 10, 3 p.m.  Ellen Godbey Carson and Aryanna Abouzari, health law attorneys at Honolulu law firm Alston Hunt, Floyd and Ing, will discuss how this law is transforming the health care industry and how it will impact each of us.  To join the webinar on February 10 click this link:
  • Homelessness in Hawai'i and the Sit/Lie Law, Tuesday, March 17, 10 a.m.  Faith communities have pursued a broad range of responses to homelessness including Oahu's new Sit/Lie Law.  Connie Mitchell, Executive Director of Institute for Human Services (IHS), and Ellen Godbey Carson, attorney and former IHS board president, will discuss how people of faith can collaborate to address this issue. To join the webinar on March 17 click this link:

Back Bay Invites Mission Volunteers

Group and individual volunteer opportunities are available at Back Bay Mission, a community ministry of the United Church of Christ located in Biloxi, Mississippi. For more information, visit and click on the “Get Involved” tab.

Church Seeks New Century Hymnals

Ka Hana O Ke Akua Church is seeking donations of used copies of the New Century Hymnal.  If you can help, contact Lea Twigg at


Crossroads Honors Peacemaker

Church of the Crossroads will honor Ellen Godbey Carson with the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peacemaker Award on Monday, January 19, 7 p.m., at the church (1212 University Avenue, Honolulu).  For more information about the event, contact the church office at 808-949-2220.

Volunteers Needed for Homeless Census

The Institute for Human Services (IHS) is looking for volunteers for its “Point in Time Count” to help collect information from the homeless population on O'ahu.  Volunteers who are at least 18 years old are needed from January 26 to 30 and must participate in an orientation.  For more information and to volunteer, call IHS at 808-447-2810 or send email to

Community Church Garage Sale Supports Christian Education

The Christian Education ministry of Community Church of Honolulu (2345 Nu‘uanu Avenue, Honolulu) will hold a garage sale on Saturday, January 31, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Stephen Mark Hall.  For more information, call Manu at 808-595-7541.

AHEC to Install Waiola Minister

The Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches (AHEC), during its 'Aha Halawai, will install Jeffery Crews as Pastor of Waiola Church.  The service of installation will take place on Saturday, February 21, 10:30 a.m. at the church (535 Waine'e St., Lahaina).

O'ahu Association Convenes Ecclesiastical Council

The O'ahu Association will convene an ecclesiastical council on Sunday, February 22, 4 p.m., at Windward United Church of Christ (38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua), for the purpose of examining Josh Hayashi for ordination.  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 his ordination paper.


Kaua'i Church Celebrates 125 years

Hanapepe United Church of Christ (Kaumuali'i Highway at Kona Road) was recently featured in an article in The Garden Island newspaper about its upcoming 125th anniversary year kick-off to be held Saturday, January 24, 5:30 p.m., at the church.


Pastoral Changes

  • Clement Malani retired as Kahu of Laupahoehoe Congregational Church on January 4, 2015.
  • Jeff Glass ended as Interim Minister of Church of the Pacific on December 31, 2014.


Church Seeks Christian Education Director

Community Church of Honolulu is seeking a full-time Christian Education Director.  For more information, contact Pastor Ron Williams at or 808-595-0104.

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