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Let us come together in prayer for the Nation

candle-flame-of-burning-candle-wallpaperEvensong for Justice and Peace
Sunday, July 10, 2016, 5:30 pm
The Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Episcopal Bishop of Hawaii
The Very Rev. Walter B.A. Brownridge, Dean of the Cathedral of St. Andrew

A Reflection by Bishop Fitzpatrick after a Tragic Week


As I said Morning Prayer this morning, I was stopped as I prayed Psalms 16 and 17. The final two verses of Psalm 16 (10 and 11) ran into the first two of Psalm 17 as a single prayer:

For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
nor let your holy one see the Pit.
You will show me the path of life; *
in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.
Hear my plea of innocence, O LORD; give heed to my cry; *
listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *
let your eyes be fixed on justice.

I was queasy all week as news from Baton Rouge and then St. Paul unfolded, and then absolutely nauseous last night watching the news from Dallas. It was a living moment of Lamentations 2:11: “My eyes are spent with weeping; my stomach churns; my bile is poured out on the ground because of the destruction of my people, because infants and babes faint in the streets of the city.”

The peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors in Dallas were calling us to wake up to systemic violence and the power of racism (all to too unconscious and self-distructive) that permeates our society and too often our very being. In the midst of a cry for peace with justice, an act of violence and misplaced hate by an individual destroyed more lives and fanned the flames of fear. Again the cry from the opening verses of Psalm 13 come to mind: “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me for ever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long shall I have perplexity in my mind, and grief in my heart, day after day?”

In the midst of violence, the cry of peace cannot be silenced. In the face of fear, only the demand for justice can triumph. At the end of John’s Gospel, Jesus assures the Disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

I call the Diocese of Hawaiʻi to prayer: for the repose of the souls of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and the police officers murdered in Dallas; for our nation that we might overcome the ongoing result of the sins of the past without violence and hate; and for ourselves that we might each be instruments of peace and justice.

Your brother in Christ Jesus,
July 8, 2016


Announcement of the Resignation of Dean Walter Brownridge

Beloved in Christ of St. Andrew’s,

WalterBrownridgeAs scripture tells us, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). It is in that spirit, that I must announce to you that I am resigning as Dean of the Cathedral of St. Andrew. My last Sunday will be July 17th.The reason for my decision is largely personal. I am exploring new ministry opportunities on the continent that will take Tina and me closer to our family (especially my 94 year old father) as well as positions that closely entwine faith and justice.This is the direction in which I feel called and compelled to pursue.

I treasured my time here as your Dean and the various things we have accomplished together. Over the past few years, in addition to our common prayer and worship, we have focused on formation and spiritual growth through the Dean’s Book Club, the Cathedral Faith Forum, the Spiritual Formation Group, Education for Ministry, and many other programs. Our youth formation program: Godly Play and The ROCK in collaboration with St. Peter’s Parish is exemplary. In addition to direct outreach to the homeless through our IHS meal preparation and Sandwich & Hygiene Ministry, we have also grown our social justice advocacy through participation in Faith Action Community Equity (FACE) and the Pacific Peace Forums. Through the Peggy Kai Memorial Fund and our Lenten workshop series we have been inspired by national and international leaders within the Anglican Communion such as the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Eric Law, Rev. Martin Smith, Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, and so many others.

I have learned a great deal as your Dean, both in times of joy and celebration as well as during difficulty and challenge.

It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your Dean for nearly five years. I am grateful to Bishop Fitzpatrick for appointing me Dean, and to you as the Cathedral congregation for your aloha and this opportunity to travel alongside you in ministry. I will miss you all, and I will continue to pray for you.

May God continue to bless each of you and your various ministries, and may God bless The Cathedral of St. Andrew.

Respectfully submitted with Aloha and in Christ’s Name,

(The Very Rev.) Walter Brownridge


Restoration of the Cathedral’s Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ


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Can you imagine the Cathedral of St. Andrew without the sound of its magnificent pipe organ?  The organ has harmonized hymns, resonated through the bodies of those attending worship and concerts, unified a community, and inspired countless people for generations.

The Cathedral’s Æolian-Skinner is the largest pipe organ in Hawai‘i and is a major asset to the musical life of Honolulu.  In addition to cathedral worship, the organ is essential for weddings, concerts by visiting artists and dozens of community groups, and for the worship and traditions of the St. Andrew’s Schools.

Under the stress of six decades of heavy, continuous use and various assaults ranging from a leaking roof to termites, …..


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