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.
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.”
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.
The 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.
At 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?
At 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 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.
At 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.
At 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.
- 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
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!