Buddhist Study Center releases new Dharma Light Program class schedule

a bodhi tree leaf with "Dharma Light Program: Illuminating the Buddhist Path"The January-July 2017 class schedule for the Buddhist Study Center’s Dharma Light Program is now available. Course offerings include introductions to Buddhism as a whole as well as Jodo Shinshu Buddhism specifically, a series on various denominations of Buddhism in Hawaii, and a course comparing and contrasting Buddhism and Christianity.

For the full schedule and a link to the registration form, see Dharma Light Classes on the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii website.

“Pathways to Peace in the Workplace” with Maya Soetoro-Ng on April 28, 2017

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Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, The Reverend Fujitani Interfaith Program of Chaminade University, invites you to a free event with keynote speaker Maya Soetoro-Ng, director of the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution, University of Hawaii at Manoa on April 28, 2017, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The event will take place in the Mystical Rose Oratory at Chaminade University, the campus chapel (see map).

Respondents are:

  • Pieper Toyama – Former Headmaster, Pacific Buddhist Academy
  • Jim Walsh – Director of Pastoral Planning, Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu
  • Vima Lamura – Vocalist, Composer, Author, Speaker, Vedic tradition

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the parking structure.

For more information, contact Dr. Regina Pfeiffer at 808-739-8536 or rpfeiffe@chaminade.edu.

Preceded by Satsang by Vima at 6:30 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.

“Reflections on Embracing the Baha’i Faith” on March 28, 2017

small image collage of courtyard with camels and people in robesThe All Believers Network presents “Reflections on Embracing the Baha’i Faith” on Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church of Honolulu (2500 Pali Highway).

Long time adherents Mollie Sperry and Steve Paschal will share profound impacts of the Baha’i Faith on their perspectives and lives.

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“Aloha Dreamers in Hawaii” — March 21 Interfaith Open Table to feature Aloha Dream Team

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TIAH/ADT Interfaith Open Table
Tuesday, March 21st, 7 – 8:30pm

Open Table - figures identified with different faith traditions reach to each other across a tableWHAT: “Aloha Dreamers in Hawaii,” a TIAH (The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii) Interfaith Open Table featuring Aloha Dream Team.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30pm

WHERE: The First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, 2500 Pali Hwy, 96917, 808-595-4047

CONTACT: Cheryl Bellisario, 808-321-4549

Immigration policy has always been a hot topic of debate and has only become more so with the new presidential administration. One group of people who are currently in a very difficult position are Dreamers. This group of youth were brought to the U.S. as children but are undocumented. Read more

Early March events include a Middle East roundtable and a faith journey

On Wednesday, March 1, there will be an afternoon roundtable and discussion on the UH Manoa campus entitled, “Perspectives on the Contemporary Middle East.” Topics to be explored include, “Should there be a Palestinian Spring? An Outsider’s View” and “Palestinian Internal Politics and Conflicts.” The event is free and open to the public and will be held in Kuykendall 101 from 3-4:30 p.m. For more information, see the related calendar item or contact Prof. Peter H. Hoffenberg (808) 956-8497 or peterh@hawaii.edu.

John Heidel vintage photoOn Monday, March 6, the Interfaith Conversations Windward event in Kaneohe will feature Rev. John Heidel discussing “My Faith Journey.” The event will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Pohai Nani Club Room 2nd floor. For more information, see the related calendar item.

Crossing cultural boundaries through dialogue is topic of Feb. 21 Interfaith Open Table

Open Table - figures identified with different faith traditions reach to each other across a tableThe topic of the Interfaith Open Table event on Tuesday, February 21 is “The Role of Dialogue In Crossing Cultural Boundaries.” Allison Jacobs, Co-Chair of the First Unitarian of Honolulu’s ADORE Group (A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity), First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, will facilitate a panel discussion.

From the event flyer: “Sharing stories [about race and ethnicity] brings us closer together and brings new dimensions of our lives into our communities of faith and peace.”

The event begins at 7 p.m. at First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, 2500 Pali Highway. For more information, please see the related calendar item.

TIAH Participates in World Interfaith Harmony Week

On October 21, 2010 a unanimous call of the United Nations General Assembly for “A Common World,” created the World Interfaith Harmony Week as it was introduced by the King of Jordan.

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A traditional chant opened the breakfast gathering.

Recognizing that the moral imperatives of all religions, convictions, and beliefs call for peace, tolerance, and mutual understanding:

  1. Reaffirms that mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace.
  2. Proclaims the first week of February of every year the World Interfaith Harmony Week between all religions, faiths and beliefs.
  3. Encourages all States to support, on a voluntary basis, the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship during that week based on Love of God and
  4. Love of the Neighbor, or based on Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor, each according to their own religious traditions or convictions.

As part of this coordinated worldwide effort by the UN to focus attention on the positive aspects of religious differences, communities around the world are encouraged to host a variety of events that focus attention on positive aspects of religious differences during the first week of February each year.

This year Interfaith Open Table of The Interfaith Alliance of Hawaii hosted Hawaii’s first World Interfaith Harmony Week event. Read more

Rev. Elden Buck is speaker for Feb. 6 Interfaith Conversations Windward

Rev. Elden Buck in a large dining roomRev. Elden Buck, ordained in both the Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ denominations, is our speaker for the Monday, February 6, 2017 Interfaith Conversations Windward. Rev. Buck and his wife served as missionaries to Micronesia for 25 years.

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.

Ho’oku’ikahi Day, or Reconciliation Day, is January 17

black and white image of Queen LiliuokalaniJanuary 17 is Ho’oku’ikahi Day, or Reconciliation Day, in honor and remembrance of the justice, reconciliation, and nonviolence of Queen Lili’uokalani.

This year’s 25th anniversary event will be held at 7 p.m. at Kaumakapili Church, 766 N King St in Honolulu. For event details, see the related calendar item.

The day commemorates the anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a 1993 public apology by the United Church of Christ to Na Kanaka Maoli at Iolani Palace and Kaumakapili Church, and a 1993 U.S. apology to Native Hawaiians made in Public Law 103-150. Ho’oku’ikahi Day has been commemorated each year since 1993. In 2014, the State Legislature resolved that January 17 of every year be recognized as Ho’oku’ikahi Day.

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