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The Cathedral Faith Forum 2015

A Private & Public Faith: Seeking the Common Good

As I stated a few weeks ago, the role of religion and faith in the public sphere is an important issue that deserves serious inquiry. Just recently U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, “In fact, if I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion because that’s how integrated [religion] is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today entering college today, instead of majoring in Political Science [as I did 50 years ago].”

This year, our Cathedral Faith Forum programs will explore the issue of the public role of religion from the perspective of Christian theology and tradition and how this role relates to the private or personal application of faith. Of particular interest is the question underlying this subject: how can the Church help promote the common good?

We shall open with the first few sessions examining our biblical traditions and then going into the tradition from the early Church to the present. We shall be focusing on this topic on most of our Sunday Cathedral Forums through May–with some Sundays reserved for special topics. I have inserted the projected schedule for September through November.
Part One – The Biblical Precedent
The Dean & Rev. Neal MacPherson
The Prophet Nathan & King David
No Forum Mother Susan Farewell
Rev. Malcolm Chun
Naboth’s Vineyard
Rev. Neal MacPherson
Elijah in the Wilderness
Rev. Fr. Michael Lapsley, SSM
Public Theology and Healing
The Dean
W. Brueggemann – Prophet Imagination of John Bapt
The Dean and Rev. Stephanie Spellers
Public Theology and Mission
Part Two – The 20th Century Witness
Rev. Neal MacPherson
The Barmen Declaration
Rev. Neal MacPherson
The New Barmen Declaration
Rev. Neal MacPherson
W. Bruggemann – Communities of Hope
Feast of the Holy Sovereigns TBD
The Dean
Brueggemann – Prophet Imagination of Jesus

Please Join Us This Sunday, July 26, at 9:20 am for a Presentation by Ms. R. Leotele Togafau, Executive Director of FACE Hawai’i

Sunday, July 26, 2015
9:20 to 10:10 am

Von Holt Room

R. Leotele Togafau
Executive Director/Lead Organizer

FACE Hawai’i


Faith Action for Community Equity (, is a diverse, grassroots, faith-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Hawaii. FACE was founded in 1996, then in 2008, became a statewide organization when our Maui chapter was founded.


FACE exists to allow its members to live out our common, faith-based values by engaging in actions that challenge the systems that perpetuate poverty and injustice. We balance social, economic and community activity with a deep spiritual commitment. Our spiritual “centeredness” empowers us to return hope and love to the public arena.

Adult Formation Hour with Fr. Peter Allan, CR

Sunday, 6 Apr. 2014
Von Holt Room
9.20 am – 10.10 am

Allan_smallOur Cathedral Guest Lecturer for the second half of Lent and Holy Week Preacher is The Rev. Peter Allan, CR (Community of the Resurrection) from Mirfield, UK. He is Prior of the Community and Principal of the The College of the Resurrection. It is the only theological college in the Anglican Communion that shares its life with a monastic community. He will focus on how worship, liturgy, and spirituality transform us for Mission as the Body of Christ in the world.

Fr Peter joined the Community of the Resurrection in 1982 after serving in parochial ministry in the dioceses of St Albans and Oxford and as chaplain of Wadham College, Oxford. He studied music at Oxford and theology at the College of the Resurrection. At the College he teaches Moral Theology and Liturgical Music.

His current research centers on the role of the western chant tradition in the articulation of Christian doctrine. He is sub-warden of the Guild of Church Musicians.

Adult Formation Hour

A Series of Teachings on St. Paul
Sunday Adult Formation Hour
9:20-10:10 am in the Von Holt Room

You are invited to join us for three more weeks of study – as we consider ways to “Love Paul More!” (This 5-week series goes till Lent)

Christians have had a love-hate relationship with St. Paul for over 2,000 years now. If you find yourself wrestling with Paul in the Epistle readings – come and join in the discussion! We will look at some of his controversial issues – such as marriage, women, homosexuality and slavery.

Sunday’s Dean’s Forum – A Thrill of Hope

Sunday, 5 Jan 9:15 am
Von Holt Room

The Christmas and Epiphany Story in Word and Art

Come join us as we explore the Christmas and Epiphany stories from scripture as illustrated by John Augustus Swanson.  Our format for Dec 29th and Jan 5th is to view and discuss several short presentations on these illustrations.  Each painting is engaged theologically by one of the esteemed professors of the Biblical Studies at Chandler’s Divinity School (Emory); such as Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, Dr. Thomas Long, and Dr. Gail R. O’Day. We have booklets for everyone as we work our way through the various scripture stories in an art form you are sure to find wonderful.  Our forum will be co-led by The Rev. Susan Sowers and Dr. Susan Lukens.

Sunday’s Dean’s Forum – Join us for Adult Christian Formation

BishopFitzparickSunday, 24 Nov. 9:15 am
Von Holt Room

Bishop Fitzpatrick and Diocesan Historian, Stuart Ching, will lead the class to enlighten us with sharing about the story of Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV, our Holy Sovereigns. Please join us as we celebrate this and enjoy the learning.

The Web of Creation

Dean’s Forum
Sunday, 6 Oct 2013 9:15 am
Von Holt Room

Next Sunday’s Adult Education is “The Web of Creation”, and will be presented by Stanley Yon and The Rev. Dan Benedict. All these classes are in the Von Holt Room from 9:15 – 10:10 am.

Dean’s Forum – Kaleidoscope Bible Study

Kaleidoscope Bible Study
Sundays 9:15 am, Von Holt Room

For the Fall and Advent Season, Mother Susan and Susan Lukens will be leading Kaleidoscope lessons, blending this with an in depth study of the Psalms, and ending the season with a “ Journey to Bethlehem.” Come join us for prayer, reflection, and fellowship.

Sept. 22 – 29 Kaleidoscope
Oct. 6 St. Francis Day
Oct. 13 Kaleidoscope
Oct. 20 Intro to the Psalms
Oct. 27 Psalms Orientation
Nov. 3 Psalms Disorientation
Nov. 10 Psalms Reorientation
Nov. 17 Players in the Advent Story
Nov. 24 Feast of the Holy Sovereigns
December Journey to Bethlehem

Dean’s Forum – He Lei, He Aloha

Sunday, 8 September 9:20 am
Dean’s Forum in the Von Holt Room
He Lei, He Aloha: this is a lei of love

Discussion on the He Lei, He Aloha project.  “He Lei, He Aloha: this is a lei of love,” portrays the legacies of Queen Liliuokalani.  Starting in September 2013 and continuing through March 2014, as part of its 100th anniversary, the Hawaii Library System, including all libraries throughout the islands, will present a program that will celebrate the enduring legacies of Queen Liliuokalani – her music, her love of her homeland, and her complete dedication to the needs of her people.

Dean’s Forum – Episcopal Church and Anglicanism 101

ecusa-logoDean’s Forum
Sundays at 9.20 am in the Von Holt Room

The Dean’s Forum continues the series on “Episcopal Church and Anglicanism 101” on Sundays in the Von Holt Room at 9:20 am.  The series will continue through Sep. 1, with Bishop Fitzpatrick speaking on the Aug. 4 session.


Jul. 28 – Anglican Authority, Dean Brownridge
Aug. 4 – Anglican Polity, Bishop Fitzpatrick
Aug. 11 – Anglican Spirituality, Dean Brownridge
Aug. 18 – Episcopal Church in Cuba, Bishop of Cuba
Aug. 25 – Anglican Temperament, The Rev. Susan Sowers
Sep. 1 – The Church of England, The Rev. Nic Freeman