Church bells throughout Hawaii to toll on November 11, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the passing of Queen Lili’uokalani

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Queen Lili‘uokalani. Photo source: James J. Williams [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Queen Liliʻuokalani transcended this earthly life on November 11, 1917. At 8:30 a.m. on the 100th anniversary of her passing — November 11, 2017 — churches and temples are encouraged to toll their bells in commemoration.

The tolling of bells will be a central element to a program of remembrance advanced by two Native Hawaiian state senators, Sen. Brickwood Galuteria and Sen. Kai Kahele.

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St. Andrews Cathedral Queen Lili‘uokalani Bell (used with permission; source)

TIAH reaches out at Peace Day Hawaii event at Soka Gakkai International

Peace Day Hawaii 2017 “Journey for Peace with Aloha: Making Connections” was held this year on Saturday, September 16 at Soka Gakkai International (SGI-USA) Culture Center. Nainoa Thompson received the Distinguished Peace Maker Award.

Reaching out at the event were about 25 organizations with information booths — for example, “Medicinal Hui Mastergardener,” “Ceeds of Peace,” and “5th grade Iolani Peace Institute.”

literature table with TIAH banner and smiling TIAH representative

The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii had a good location and many came to our table. They especially enjoyed a “pick-one” of peace quotes from many famous people, literature, TIAH brochures, and peace stickers.

“Faith, Immigration, & Solidarity” is the topic of September 19 Interfaith Open Table

Open Table - figures identified with different faith traditions reach to each other across a tableThe September 2017 Interfaith Open Table event features a timely discussion of Faith, Immigration, & Solidarity.

It is important in these times that faith-based and social advocacy groups unite in Solidarity to resist destructive immigration policies and to provide support for neighbors, friends, and family at risk of being banned, profiled, detained, or deported. What concrete actions can WE take to build the social and political coalitions that we need for the communities that we need to live in?

A panel of speakers from the faith, advocacy, and legislative communities will invite discussion on Tuesday, September 19, 7 p.m. at 20 S. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813 (see map). For more information, including the list of panelists, see the related calendar item.

“Women’s Health & Community” is the topic of August 15 Interfaith Open Table

Open Table - figures identified with different faith traditions reach to each other across a tableAt the August 2017 Interfaith Open Table event, to be hosted at Harris United Methodist Church, we team up with Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii to present a panel entitled, “Act. No Matter What: Women’s Health & Community.”

Community activists across the spectrum of political organizing, health care, and faith based organizations discuss the critical role of women’s health for healthy families and healthy communities. How can diverse communities Act, No Matter What, to ensure the right policies, responsible practices, and effective organizations for access to women’s health care?

The event is Tuesday, August 15, 7 p.m. at 20 S. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813 (see map). For more information, including a list of panelists, see the related calendar item.

“Gangs & Drugs: Healing Hawaii” is the topic of July 18 Interfaith Open Table

Open Table - figures identified with different faith traditions reach to each other across a tableAt the July 2017 Interfaith Open Table event, to be hosted at Harris United Methodist Church, we will hear a presentation on gangs, drugs, and healing in Hawaii followed by a panel discussion featuring former gangbangers and addicts. What can WE do in the Interfaith Community to help ensure responsible policies, effective practices, and healthy organizations to help Heal Hawaii?

The event is Tuesday, July 18, 7 p.m. at 20 S. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813 (see map). For more information, including a list of panelists, see the related calendar item.

Sister Joan Chatfield speaks on her faith journey at July 3 Interfaith Conversations Windward

Sister Joan Chatfield, M.M., Ph.D.

Sister Joan Chatfield

Sister Joan Chatfield has been a Maryknoll Sister for 67 years. She says, “I feel like I’ve got another whole life ahead of me. I actually realize now the best times of my life are when I am with other religious persuasions and how we come together.” Sister Joan presents “My Faith Journey” at the July 2017 Interfaith Conversations Windward.

The event is from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pohai Nani Retirement Community, 45-090 Namoku St., Kaneohe, HI 96744.

For more information, see the related calendar item.

“The Big Me: A Challenge for Religion” is the topic of June 20 Interfaith Open Table

Open Table - figures identified with different faith traditions reach to each other across a tableAt the June Interfaith Open Table event, to be hosted at a meeting room near Ala Moana Center, we will hear a presentation on the Big Me (egocentric personality) and its dysfunctional characteristics plus a discussion on the role of religion in mitigating its negative impact on society.

The event is Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m. at 1350 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814 (see map). For more information, including a list of panelists, see the related calendar item.

“Faith, Work, Community” is topic of May 16 Interfaith Open Table

Open Table - figures identified with different faith traditions reach to each other across a tableAt the May Interfaith Open Table event, to be hosted at UNITE HERE! Local 5, we will discuss the Power of Faith plus the Power of Workers to build the larger social and political movements that we need for healthy communities. The event is Tuesday, May 16, 7 p.m. at 1516 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826 (see map).

Working people from a broad range of organizations and faith traditions will talk about how their faith intersects with their work — at their place of employment, in their communities, etc. What can faith communities, labor organizations, and individuals do to stand in solidarity with Hawaii’s working families?

For more information, including a list of panelists, see the related calendar item.

Public forum on “The New Sanctuary Movement” is May 15 at Church of the Crossroads

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Church of the Crossroads and Hawaii J20+ present a public forum entitled, “The New Sanctuary Movement: Welcoming Immigration Community,” on Monday, May 15 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu. Panelists are:

  • Rev. Mike Young, former minister at the First Unitarian Church Honolulu
  • Rev. Stanley Bain, FACE, Transition Coordinator
  • John Kawamoto, former Legislative Analyst
  • Mateo Caballero, Legal Director at ACLU Hawai‘i
  • Clare Hanusz, Hawai‘i Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

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Makahiki Night is May 5 at St. Andrews

large group of people outside in front of sailing canoeMakahiki Night at the Pacific Peace Forum will take place May 5th, 6:00 p.m. in the Von Holt Room of St. Andrews Cathedral.

Come, eat, and meet with others who are volunteering and supporting the Makahiki and BACPAC Programs at Waiawa and Halawa. Church and community organizations, family members, and businesses, will be recognized, and speakers will provide insight and learnings to the program. Please come!

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