Register for Church Leaders Event

The deadline to register for the Church Leaders Event is today.  The event will take place on Saturday, February 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Nu'uanu Congregational Church (2651 Pali Highway).  This year’s event features workshops led by UCC conference attorneys.  Keynote speakers are Donald Clark, UCC General Counsel, and Cathy Green, President of the United Church Insurance Board.  Cost is $25 for O'ahu attendees and $85 for Neighbor Island attendees (includes airfare).  Click HERE to download the information and registration form mailed to churches.  Click HERE to register on-line.

Associations Hold Gatherings

  • Hawai'i Island Association’s 'Aha Mokupuni is this Saturday, January 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Church of the Holy Cross (440 West Lanikaula Street, Hilo).  Insurance Board agent David Takagi will talk about church insurance.  Click HERE for the flyer.
  • Kaua'i Association will convene a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 5:30 p.m., at Lihue Christian Church (2943 Kress Street, Lihue).
  • Tri-Isle Association will gather for its 'Aha Mokupuni on Saturday, January 26, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Po'okela Church (200 Olinda Rd., Makawao).  Click HERE for the flyer.
  • 'Aha Halawai of the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches (AHEC) will take place February 22-23 at Kalihi and Moanalua Church (1313 Kamehameha IV Road, Honolulu).  Registration deadline is February 1.  Click HERE for the registration packet. To register online, click HERE.

New on the Website

The Church & Ministry Committee of the O'ahu Association held its annual luncheon for Members in Discernment at the Hawai'i Conference Office on Wednesday, January 9.  Click HERE for photos.

CHHSM Celebrates 75th Anniversary

The 75th Annual Meeting of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) will be held from February 28 to March 3 in Chicago. Theme for this anniversary gathering of UCC health and welfare-related institutions is “The Promise of our Passion-Driven Moment.” For information and to register, click HERE.

Young Adults Invited to Be Stewards at Major Ecumenical Assembly

The World Council of Churches (WCC) invites applications from young adults, ages 18 to 30, interested in participating as stewards at the Tenth WCC General Assembly to be held in Busan, South Korea, from October 23 to November 10, 2013. One hundred fifty young people will be selected to participate in the Steward Program, which will consist of training for ecumenical leadership, assisting with an international event, and planning an ecumenical project. Click HERE for more information. Click HERE for an application.

Kalaupapa Exhibit Featured on Moloka'i

Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa, the support and advocacy group for patients at Kalaupapa, sponsors an historical exhibit from January 9 to February 3 at Saint Damien Church Hall in Kaunakakai.  The exhibit focuses on the strong relationship between the people of Kalaupapa and the Royal Family and is a traveling version of the one on display at 'Iolani Palace.  The exhibit is open Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Click HERE to view the flyer.

Make Donations for Homeless

The Woman’s Board of Missions for the Pacific Islands is collecting donations of toiletries, blankets, jackets, pillows, clothing, beanies, eyeglasses, etc., for its ongoing outreach to the homeless in Hawai'i.  For information or to make a donation, contact Melinda at 808-224-9452 or Clara at 808-791-5647.

Kaua'i Church Offers Retreat Cottage

Church of the Pacific makes available to those visiting Kaua'i a one-bedroom guesthouse for reflection, retreat, or sabbatical. For information about the cottage, click HERE.  For availability, contact the church office by email at or by phone at 808-826-6481.


Service Observes Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

All are invited to the annual ecumenical service observing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity to be held Thursday, January 24, 6:30 p.m., at Our Lady of Peace Cathedral (1184 Bishop Street, Honolulu). All clergy are invited to wear clerical vestments from their own traditions. Clergy will vest at the Kamiano Center (building adjacent to the Cathedral) at 6 p.m. and process together into the Cathedral.   A reception will follow the service. Click HERE for more information.

O'ahu Association Offers Polity Course

The O'ahu Association offers a five-course series on UCC polity and history for those seeking UCC ministerial standing.  The next session, “Ministry,” will be held in the Upper Room at Manoa Valley Church (2728 Huapala Street, Honolulu) on Saturday, January 26, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Courses are free, but you must reserve a place.  Contact Anne Findlay-Chamberlain by email at by January 25 if you plan to attend or want more information.

Webinar Teaches Recovery after Disaster

Church World Service will present webinars on the basics of Long Term Recovery on January 29 and 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. (Hawai'i Time) each day.  Each webinar session will last approximately 75 minutes, with a 15-minute break between sessions.  Register by clicking HERE.

Manage the Challenges of Aging

Kaumakapili Church, as part of its Malama Mauli Ola series, will host experts speaking about how to keep kupuna at home safely and prevent health problems that are common to elders.  The program will take place on Saturday, February 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the church (766 North King Street, Honolulu).  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, call the church office at 808-845-0908.

Sakura Ensemble Hosts Special Concerts

The Sakura Ensemble, which includes members of Church of the Holy Cross and Ho'olokahi Congregational Church, will host two separate programs on Monday, February 4, at Church of the Holy Cross (440 W. Lanikaula Street, Hilo).  The Rudolph Steiner Musical Education Children’s Program begins at 10 a.m., followed by the Japanese Sumie Art Presentation & Lessons at 2 p.m.  Call the church office at 808-935-1283 for more information.

Preacher Keynotes Britt Lectures

Anna Carter Florence will speak at the Britt Lectures, to be given over three evenings, February 15-17, 7 p.m., at First United Methodist Church (1020 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu). Carter Florence, the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, will also lead a workshop for clergy on Monday, February 18, 9 a.m., at the church.  Click HERE to find out more about this annual event sponsored by the Hawai'i District of the United Methodist Church.

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