Crisis in Syria Prompts UCC and Disciples Pastoral Letter

Read the pastoral letter of concern over the crisis in Syria issued jointly by Geoffrey Black and Sharon Watkins, the General Ministers and Presidents of the UCC and Disciples, respectively, and mission executives James Moos and Julia Brown Karimu. 

Hawai'i Island Gathers for 'Aha Mokupuni

Churches and ministers on Hawai'i Island will gather at Hilo Coast UCC for the 'Aha Mokupuni this Saturday, October 5, beginning at 10 a.m.  The agenda includes reports from delegates and visitors to last summer’s General Synod.

Register for O'ahu Fall 'Aha Mokupuni

Late registrations are being accepted for the O'ahu Association 'Aha Mokupuni to be held on Saturday, October 12, at Manoa Valley Church. 

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.

November 2013: "E-Newsletters: Worth More Than You Know"
December 2013: "Why a Sense of Belonging Matters"

UCC-Judd Street Hosts 20th Penny Carnival

UCC-Judd Street (467 North Judd Street, Honolulu) hosts the 20th Annual Penny Carnival on October 31, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  All are invited for food, fun, prizes, and games for pennies!  For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Randy Reynoso by phone at 808-286-2103 or by email at


In Memory:  Tyrone Reinhardt

Retired minister Tyrone Reinhardt died September 27 at the age of 72.  Ordained in 1968, Tyrone was pastor of several churches in Hawai'i and also served as chaplain, teacher, and conference staff in Hawai`i and Northern California.  Memorial service information will be announced later.

Pastoral Changes

  • Napua Burke began as Pastor of the Topside Moloka'i Churches on October 1. She most recently served as Pastor of Ola'a First Hawaiian Church in Kurtistown (Hawai'i Island).
  • Phil Reller will begin as Pastor of Pearl City Community Church on October 4.  He has been interim minister of several churches including, most recently, Los Angeles Filipino-American United Church of Christ.
  • The Church and Ministry Committee of the O'ahu Association terminated the ordained ministerial standing of Petaia Timoteo as the result of a fitness review. 

In the News

Retired minister Paul Brennan was featured in The Garden Island newspaper as a member of the Crusaders Quartet, whose members first sang together as college students in 1956.

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