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.

man with conch and woman with lei and flower head garland

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.

Dr. Saleem Ahmed to speak at Jan. 12 Interfaith Conversations Windward

Dr. Saleem Ahmed The topic of the January 12, 2017 Interfaith Conversations Windard is “Can Muslims, Christians and JewsLive Together in Harmony?” The guest speaker is Dr. Saleem Ahmed, a well know advocate for interfaith relations and cooperation. He is the founder of All Believers Network and the author of several books.

The event takes place from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Pohai Nani Retirement Community (Club Room, 2nd floor) in Kaneohe. For more details, see the related calendar item.

Eleven “Sparks of Hope” Honored at 2016 Community Awards Celebration

It Is Our Problem. Stepping Up to Responsibility.

Rallying a community for a car wash to raise money to save a hospital? At age 100 still leading others in daily prayer support? Helping newly released prisoners integrate and return to responsible living? Organizing tirelessly for affordable housing week after week? Standing with and for women veterans and women’s issues? Bringing joy with free ukuleles or fellowship over soup? Removing bee swarms? Working for immigrants, trafficking, and victim’s rights? Devoting hours to sustainability and environmental action? Read more

Rep. Au Belatti to Be Keynote Speaker at Awards Dinner

October 12, 2016

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Bishop Stephen Randolph Sykes

Representative Della Au Belatti Responds to the Call
To Speak at The Interfaith Alliance Hawai‘i
14th Annual Awards Celebration Dinner

Representative Della Au Belatti, outdoors with lei

Representative Della Au Belatti

The Interfaith Alliance Hawai‘i is pleased to announce that Representative Dela Au Belatti, answered the call on short notice to be the keynote speaker at its 14th Annual Awards Celebration Dinner on October 23rd. Soon-to-retire, Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, originally scheduled, was called out of town. True to Representative Belatti’s call to service, she agreed to step in to the role. Read more

Events around the island to celebrate International Day of Peace

In 2007, Hawaii became the first state to recognize Peace Day. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Read more

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