“Pa`akai a Malamalama”
(Salt and Light)
Reflections From the Dean
“A Private and Public Faith”
At the end of May, Pope Francis issued his now famous encyclical called “Laudato Si’ (translated “Praise Be to You”) – On Care for Our Common Home.” It has generated much attention, both positive and negative. One American Roman Catholic politician was asked for his opinion on the encyclical. He replied: “I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don’t get my economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope.” He continued by saying religion “ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting into the political realm.”
I have heard that same sentiment expressed by people who wonder about clergy and other Christians who cite their faith as a source for political or public policy positions. There is a concern that this kind of activity is somehow a violation of the constitutional concept of “Separation of Church and State.”
In truth, this issue is more complex than a catch phrase or slogan. The issue of Christians in public life requires nuance in order to discuss this topic intelligently. Accordingly, I am considering using our upcoming year of Faith Forum programs to explore the issue of the public role of religion at least from the perspective of Christian theology and tradition, and how this role relates to private or personal application of faith.
I look forward to your participation and input. The Faith Forum will resume on Sunday, September 13th.
Mahalo nui loa,
Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2015
Ministry Invitation – Opportunities for Service Abound!
As we prepare to enter the Program Year 2015-16, this is the perfect time for each of us to consider which ministry(ies) the Holy Spirit is attracting us to serve.
The opportunities for service run the gamut from Outreach to Cathedral Worship to counting Sunday’s collection plate to supporting Spiritual Formation. In recent years, the Cathedral has offered an annual Ministry Fair to show off all the areas of service that are available for people to participate in and offer their talents. This year we want to try something new.
In consultation with some of the key lay leaders, we decided that we should try an approach that reaches everyone. So instead of a one-day Ministry Fair, where all the opportunities are presented at various booths on the lawn, this year we will briefly highlight two ministry opportunities during the service, and then allow follow-up conversations with their ministry representatives under the Aloha Tent after the service. These invitations to ministry will begin September 13th and run for four weeks.
This is also a great time to start inviting your friends and neighbors, who are looking for a church home, to join you on Sundays. Together we do much for the world, as we join with Christ in ushering in God’s Kingdom.
Praying you’ll join us!
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Posted on Friday, August 14, 2015
Friday, August 7, 2015 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Von Holt Room
Please join us the Pacific Peace Forum for an evening in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki “Seconds from Disaster of Nagasaki,” a film about the bombing of Nagasaki. The film features in-depth reconstructions and astonishing insights into the truly momentous moments of the bombing of Nagasaki. The film will be followed by discussion of memories of the survivors.
The event and parking are free. Potluck supper at 6:00 pm – Please bring a dish to share.
For more information, please contact Dr. Ha’aheo Guanson (808) 330-3771 or Richard Salvador (808) 220-9686.
Posted on Friday, August 7, 2015