Justice and Outreach Ministries

Second Sundays Social Justice Series welcomes lawyer, writer, artist, and teacher Sonny Ganaden

Sonny Ganaden

In 2012, Sonny was the lead writer of the Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force Report, delivered to the legislature in 2013. He is an instructor in the Ethnic Studies and American Studies departments at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and his scholarship focuses on social justice and activism.

As an attorney and scholar, he explores the effects of prison privatization and the for-profit bail bond system on communities and culture. He is a frequent contributor to Hana Hou! The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines and in June, 2016 was named the Best Single Writer by the Hawai’i chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in Flux Hawai’i magazine. He is also a well respected artist, receiving the Jean Charlot award for printmaking and named an Artist in the Museum for the Honolulu Museum of Art in 2015.

Please join us in the Von Holt Room on August 13 at 9:15 in the Von Holt Room, as part of The Cathedral’s ongoing series exploring ways communities of faith can be agents of social change, empower local advocacy movements, and transform unjust social structures.

School Supplies for Kalihi Waena Elementary

The Need

Kalihi Waena is an elementary school 3.5 miles from the Cathedral. Many (76%) of its students are on free or reduced cost meals (breakfast and lunch.) The term ‘free and reduced lunch’ is an indicator of financial difficulties in a family, of poverty in a community, and often a predictor of how well students will do in school. When officials quantify struggling schools in poor neighborhoods, they cite the number of free and reduced lunches. It is a key measurement, like class size and test scores and graduation rates.

Financially stressed families frequently have to decide which bill was the most pressing. When choosing between using their limited money for rent, food, car repair or school supplies, the priority has to go to the family’s immediate survival needs. Sadly, this often means children are ashamed to show up for school at the start of the year without the necessary supplies.

For more than a decade, the Cathedral’s Outreach Committee has organized a school supplies campaign, in which members bring school supplies or monetary donations for Kalihi Waena to buy the supplies they need. With a large stash of our school supplies, the office staff can phone parents of absent students to say: “Don’t worry about the school supplies. Just send your children to school we have enough supplies for them.”

How you can help

You can contribute to the Outreach Committee’s campaign in three ways:

Delivery of school supplies to Kalihi Waena School, July 2015

Buying Supplies: If you are at Long’s, Office Depot or Fisher Hawaii and there is a good sale, buy multiples of the items available at a discount. The school supplies in greatest need are composition books and folder paper (wide ruled), boxes of crayons, magic markers and pencils. Download the list of recommended supplies here.

Monetary donations: You can also make out a check to Cathedral of Saint Andrew and write “School Supplies” on the memo line, or make an online donation specifying School Supplies. At the end of July, the Bookkeeper will make out a check to Kalihi Waena combining all those donations. A year ago, we gave the Parent Coordinator at Kalihi Waena a check for $600! That enabled her to shop for the school supplies most in need.

Go with Outreach Committee to Kalihi Waena: Be a part of the actual contribution. We will meet at the Cathedral on Monday July 31st at 1:00 and load the supplies into the cars. We will drive to Kalihi Waena and unload them in their conference room (see photo above, from 2015). Join us for a chance to talk with the staff and hear directly from them the difference it makes for the students and the school as a whole.

Whichever way you choose to contribute to this campaign, you will help enable students to feel ready for the new school year. They will also know that people in the community are concerned about their academic success. Their parents are relieved to know their child or children have supplies which they could not provide, and the teachers are also relieved to be able to present activities that the whole class will have the materials necessary to complete.

— Ann Dugdale Hansen
Outreach Committee Liaison to Kalihi Waena

Second Sundays Social Justice Forum

This Sunday, July 9, the “Second Sundays Social Justice Series” is honored to host Kim Coco Iwamoto from 9:30-10:20 in the Von Holt Room.

Kim Coco will share her perspectives on housing discrimination on Oahu and factors that cause a shortage of affordable housing for previously homeless families locally.

Please join us in our ongoing series exploring ways communities of faith can be agents of social justice and empower advocacy movements on a local level.

Our Shallow Subsidy has Housed a Family!

In the fall of 2015, articles about homelessness were featured in the newspaper on a daily basis. On October 12, 2015, the Reverend David Gierlach challenged all churches to house at least one homeless person. However, our Outreach and Social Justice Committee already had a plan. We had already approved the basic idea of a Shallow Subsidy and were starting to refine how to go about putting it into action.
A Shallow Subsidy is a strategy to help homeless have sufficient money to rent an apartment. Often families have some income but not enough to rent at Honolulu prices. A Shallow Subsidy (think “scholarship”) of a few hundred dollars per month might be enough when added to their own income to boost them up to Honolulu’s market rate.

The Outreach Committee chose to work with Family Promise of Hawaiʿi with whom we have partnered since 2007. Family Promise (familypromisehawaii.org) carefully screens families, accepting into their program only those with no drug or alcohol or untreated mental illness. Families in the program are housed in participating churches, one week at a time, while Family Promise caseworkers help them find a home and provide counseling and other services. Since Family Promise of Hawaiʿi began operation in 2006, they have succeeded in getting 80% of their families into sustainable housing within three months. The Cathedral’s participation consists of helping provide meals for our partner church, First Christian, during the three or four weeks they host the families each year.

We asked Christel Magallanes, MSW, Program Manager to find us a worthy family. A couple months later, Christel found a hard-working mother, Lina, who holds down two jobs at Subway and Lowes. Her husband, Kolini, who uses a wheelchair, watches over their two children: son, Dravyen and daughter, Analyse.
Lina and family found an apartment in Kalihi that they are able to afford with the help of our $300 per month subsidy. They were overjoyed to move into their own place a couple weeks ago and would like to meet us. Lina and family will attend church on Sunday, October 23rd for the 8:00 service. Please welcome and congratulate them on working hard to improve the conditions of their lives.

Over the next twelve months, Lina and family will continue to receive our $300 Shallow Subsidy. Christel Magallanes, Program Manager at FPH will continue to coach Lina on budgeting and building her employment skills to increase her monthly income. By one year from now, Lina and family should be financially independent.

We as a parish can be proud that we have taken action to solve Honolulu’s homeless problem: we have housed one family using a Shallow Subsidy for a year.

– Ann Dugdale Hansen
Outreach and Social Justice Committee

The Cathedral’s Outreach Committee has donated $3,600 as a “shallow subsidy” for one year’s assistance ($300/mo.) to a family in the Family Promise program moving into new housing. This is to fulfill our promise to the Diocese of a year ago to help house at least one homeless family.




Emalani Garden

Established in 2011 and located behind Davies Hall, this ministry cares for the homeless populations by growing vegetables, herbs, Hawai’ian and Polynesian plants. The garden supplies vegetables and herbs for IHS meals and the Sandwich Ministry, and also educates school children at St. Andrew’s Schools. Our head gardener, Mark Haberer, meets with adult and children volunteers from Easter Seals each Tuesday. The Emalani Garden Committee plants seedlings, weeds the garden plots, and harvests crops. Additional volunteers are always welcome! For more information or to volunteer, email Priscilla Millen.

Cathedral’s Social Justice Ministry Ka’ala Farms Excursion

Saturday, Jun. 14, 2014, 7:45 am
Meet at St. Andrew’s Cathedral Parking Lot

The St. Andrew’s Cathedral Social Justice Ministry crew invites you to participate in a hands-on all-day excursion to Ka’ala Farms to learn about the significance of doing social justice work specifically in Hawaii. Learn about the Kanaka Ma’oli way of life and help maintain the taro lo’i on the only 100% sustainable farm on Oahu! Lunch will be provided and we ask for a $5-10 donation per person which will go directly to Ka’ala Farms programs with the Wai’anae community.

Come join us on Saturday, June 14th. Meet at St. Andrews parking lot at 7:45 am. We will caravan to the farm in Waianae. The entire event will be from 8:30am – 3pm. RSVP on Facebook (optional) www.facebook.com/events/1459523387618405 or
RSVP via email to Kathryn Xian: kathy.xian@thecathedralofstandrew.org.


The Bread of Life Which Satisfies

A New Ministry Opportunity – Jesus says, “I am the bread of life.”  From the Altar, we’ve experience this “bread from heaven;” a bread freely offered to us, and which satiates a hunger within like nothing else can.  Weekly we gather to worship and receive a fore-taste of that Heavenly Banquet.  As we consume the body of Christ, bit-by-bit we “become what we receive.”  This sacrament works on us.  Transforms us.  We too become bread for the world.

During Lent, I would invite the congregation to continue in this “sacrament of love” (coined by Martin Luther), and extend that feeding of Christ from the Altar out into our neighborhood.  Just as Jesus came to feed the hungry-poor, both body and soul, our baptism commissions us into that same work.  This Lent – in worship, in special speakers like the Rev Martin Smith, in sacred music – we will be fed, body and soul.  In response to God’s gracious love, we are starting (again) a small Sandwich Ministry for the houseless and hungry living near the Cathedral.  We’ve been looking for ways in which God might have us better use the kitchen in Davies Hall – and this ministry is perhaps one more opportunity to do so – especially if it catches on.

For the 6 Sundays during Lent 2014 (starting March 9th), we’re looking for a few people each week to make the 25 sandwiches and assemble the lunch bags after their particular Sunday service.  Later that afternoon, a couple more folks will meet at the Cathedral with Fr. Walter Stevens and/or myself to venture out and distribute the lunch bags nearby.

The Holy Spirit’s been working on many of us to “do something” for the hungry we encounter in our midst.  As you’ve heard the Dean pronounce after the consecration: “The Body of Christ; become what you receive!”  Much like our Lord – we too are invited to feed others!  Please email me if you want to help feed the hungry on one of these Lenten Sundays (susan.sowers@thecathedralofstandrew.org).  There’s also a sign-up sheet under the Aloha Tent.  Also indicate if you would prefer to be on the sandwich-making-team in the kitchen, or distribute the meal that afternoon.  Monetary donations for this ministry are also welcome!

Christ’s Eucharistic life continues in us. We give thanks to God for our lives, and then are shared to feed the world.

Gratefully yours,
Mother Susan…+

Saipan Clothing Drive

Sundays Feb. 16, 23, and March 2
Drop off at Sunday Aloha Hour

SaipanClothingDriveOnce again, your Outreach Committee is collecting gently-used clothing to send to St. Paul’s Saipan. The parishioners there, many of whom are displaced garment workers, either use the clothing or sell it in local swap-meet markets to raise funds for basic necessities. We will accept clothing on the Sundays Feb. 16, 23, and March 2. There will be a collection box each of these Sunday’s under the Aloha Tent. Clothing can also be brought to the office during those weeks. The donated clothing will be blessed on March 2 and shipped to Saipan the following week.

Please contribute only clothing in wearable condition (no missing buttons, tears, or stains), and items suitable for wear in warm climates. Alas, this is not the place to get rid of your old mainland
winter items!

The people of St. Paul’s Saipan are very grateful for our generosity!

Climbing Poetree

On Saturday, February 8th from 7P to 11P at Tenney Theater of St. Andrew’s Cathedral (229 Queen Emma Sq. Honolulu, HI), the dynamic, Brooklyn-based female duo CLIMBING POETREE will grace the stage with their award-winning multimedia production of HURRICANE SEASON. Selected for a month-long run at the world renowned National Black Theater in Harlem with sold-out shows, HURRICANE SEASON is a two woman show that interweaves powerful spoken word poetry, stunning visuals, animation, and a sound collage of music and testimonials to bring forth renewed hope in the face of worldwide globalization. HURRICANE SEASON connects the issues that surfaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the “unnatural disasters” that disenfranchised communities are experiencing nationwide and worldwide on a daily basis. HURRICANE SEASON tackles global warming, environmental injustice, policing, prisons, militarization, corporate domination, gentrification, and displacement as they manifest from one gulf to another, with a powerful tale of resistance, resilience, creativity and survival.

Oahu will experience a special version of HURRICANE SEASON entitled: “Underground Voices TRANSFORMING Unnatural Disaster”, localizing the general theme of the event by integrating local poets and musical guests to address the cross-pollination of “unnatural disasters” amongst Oahu’s Hawaiian and Pacific Islander immigrant communities. Hawaii’s Own include: Singer and Cultural Ambassador – PAULA FUGA; Slam Poetry Group – PACIFIC TONGUES (a.k.a. Youth Speaks Hawaii); and DJ/Emcee/Youth Mentor – SEPH1. The evening will also weave in Climbing Poetree’s special musical guests, LEAH SONG & BIKO of the Atlanta-based music group RISING APPALACHIA.

FACE – Cathedral House Meetings

F.A.C.E. (Faith Action for Community Equity) is a grassroots community-organizing group. The Cathedral of St. Andrew is a member of F.A.C.E. Through the end of January, FACE will be conducting House Meetings in the various member churches and organizations. House Meetings are small group (10-12 people) discussions that focus on the specific issues and concerns of the individual churches or organizations. This listening process is a key component of how FACE chooses the issues that it works on. This work is done by comparing the various notes from the meetings and seeing which issues are of concern for multiple churches in Honolulu.

If you are interested in participating please contact the Dean’s Office.

James Fitzpatrick
Community Organizer, FACE

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