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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014
Sundays Feb. 16, 23, and March 2
Drop off at Sunday Aloha Hour
Once 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
The people of St. Paul’s Saipan are very grateful for our generosity!
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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.
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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.
Community Organizer, FACE
Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Giving Gifts to Young Children - Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Outreach Committee invites you to bring a smile to a less fortunate child this Christmas. Please help by placing a wrapped toy, marked infant to 6 year old, under our Tree of Hope. Our Tree of Hope will be in the Narthex of the Cathedral on Sundays December 8th thru December 22nd.
Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013
Saturday, 14 Dec. 9 am
Meet at Kalihi Waena School
As it has for the past several years, the Justice and Outreach Committee will distribute about 2,000 pounds of meat to families of students at Kalihi Waena Elementary School on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at about 9 a.m. Distribution will take place at the school, following Kalihi Waena’s annual Christmas Breakfast. We anticipate that at least 200 families will participate in this program, which is jointly sponsored by P&E Foods.
Justice and Outreach Team members helping last year with food distribution to Kalihi Waena School.
Kalihi Waena Elementary School serves some of Hawai`i’s most economically disadvantaged students. Some 70 percent of the school’s 560 pupils live below the federal poverty line, and most are very much in need of the high quality protein the Cathedral’s meat distribution provides.
The Cathedral regularly provides support to Kalihi Waena students, including sponsoring an annual drive for school supplies and financial support for students who cannot otherwise afford field trips, in addition to Christmas meat distribution.
We are looking for about 6 8 volunteers to help with the distribution. Volunteers will need to be at the school, 1240 Gulick Ave., at about 8 am to organize the distribution, which will finish about 10 am. Volunteers should contact Elizabeth Conklin, event coordinator,email@example.com, to volunteer or for more information.
Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013
Saturday, 23 Nov 2013 6 pm
St. Andrew’s Cathedral
An interfaith gathering for healing and celebration through prayer, music, and readings
Led by over three dozen clergy, hundreds will gather at St. Andrews Cathedral (229 Queen Emma Square) on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 6 p.m. to give thanks for the passage of SB1, the new law allowing same-gender couples to marry in Hawai’i. The Very Rev. Walter Brownridge, Dean of the Cathedral says, “The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i joins Buddhists, Shinto, other Christians, and Unitarian Universalists in both celebrating marriage equality and providing healing to our community after a divisive and sometimes heated special session.”
According to The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kupono Kwong, minister of the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, “Religion played a front and center role in this debate. The fact that over 100 religious leaders throughout Hawai’i endorsed marriage equality speaks volumes. We worked hard, we prayed hard, now we’re going to party hard (in a holy way, of course) because religious freedom has triumphed.”
Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013
Hawai`i Public Radio (KHPR) was excited about the Cathedral of St. Andrew’s growing focus on reaching out to the community in need of fresh produce. Bill Sage, KHPR radio show host, and Beth-Ann Kozlovich, KHPR executive producer of talk shows, invited Susan Lukens, Cathedral director of formation, to speak on behalf of the Cathedral about the start of our outreach ministry organic garden project. Interviewed on the air, Lukens announced that there would be a kickoff blessing of the garden space on Sunday, Sep. 15. The live broadcast focused on a bit of history about the Cathedral and how the garden space connects with the spirit of its founder, Queen Emma, and the Cathedral’s future plans to partner with the Institute for Human Services (IHS) to use the garden space as a learning tool for farming, the use of the Cathedral’s Davies Hall commercial kitchen to educate about food preparation, and their serving this food to those in need. Click here
to listen to this broadcast.
September 12 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Syria Conflict; Somatic Experiencing(R); Cochon 555; Downtown Garden
By Beth-Ann Kozlovich and Chris Vandercook
The broadcast interview shined a light out into the listening community of Honolulu about our wonderful sense of kuleana blessed with the Holy Spirit. What a celebration indeed, and we are grateful to Hawai`i Public Radio for their continued support of the Cathedral.
Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013
Pacific Peace Forum
Friday, 6 September 6 pm
Von Holt Room
Peace and Nonviolence Training ”The Nonviolence of Liliuokalani, Gandhi, and King”, Pot-Luck
Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013
As in past years, the Outreach Committee will solicit donations of supplies for Kalihi-Waena School. We will be accepting donations July 14, 21, and 28, and delivering them on Tuesday, July 29. Priority items include composition books, pencils, crayons, and folders. Complete lists of requirements for each school are posted at Fisher Hawaii and available online at http://kalihiwaena.com/.
Thank you to all for your generous donation for our Saipan outreach collection!
Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013