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Cathedral Life – May 21, 2015

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In this issue:

  • Pipe Organ Restoration Project
  • Worshiping in the Mother Tongue
  • Safety During Services
  • Nominees for the 27th Presiding Bishop
  • Benedictine Workday – May 30, 2015
  • Watch More. Laugh More. Pray More.  Join Daughters of the King, Sunday, May 24, 2015
  • Weekly Worship Schedule
  • Godly Play, The Children’s Gathering on the Square
  • Special Services and Concerts
  • Notes, Reminders, Deadlines
  • Room Reservation Requests at The Cathedral of St. Andrew
  • St. Paul’s Church Episcopal & Philippine Independent Church – Summer Bazaar – Saturday & Sunday, June 13 & 14, 2015
  • Clergy, Staff, & Chapter

Cathedral Life – May 14, 2015

In this week’s issue of Cathedral Life . . . 

Pa`akai a Malamalama” (Salt and Light) – Reflections From the Dean


Dean Brownridge Photo - January 2015The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ – is often depicted (from the Biblical accounts) as Christ literally elevating into the sky and then beyond. In spite of the picturesque beauty of those scenes (check the stained glass window in the Cathedral near the organ console), I am not sure that such scenes are theologically helpful.

When I was in the Holy Land, I began to understand in a new way the meaning of “liminal spaces and places.” A liminal place is a place of transition, of margin, a boundary that will be crossed. It is also a place of risk and even danger, because the new place is often unknown. However, it is what God calls us to do. We are called to leave the comfortable and move through the liminal into a new place and space.

In the Book of Acts, the Ascension scene has the Angels telling the Disciples:  “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” This seems to indicate something different than a lift off into space. Jesus himself told these “Men of Galilee” to go beyond their home turf to “the ends of the earth” proclaiming the gospel. Having been to Galilee now I think the prospect of the Disciples going beyond this rural outback to the great cities in the known world must have been frightening. Yet into the world they went, and into the world we must go. The ten days of Ascension tide is a kind of liminal space as we await the new thing God is going to do which will give us the courage to go forth into the world.

Mahalo Nui Loa


Cathedral Life – April 30, 2015

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Dean Walter and Dean TimFaith Forum on Sunday, May 3, will continue to present learning about Israel/Palestine with a presentation by our Dean Walter Brownridge on “Praying and Working for the Peace of  Jerusalem.”  Just back from his first visit to the Holy Land, the Dean will share his reflections as part of the North American Dean’s Conference held at St. George’s College Jerusalem under the leadership of Dean Hosam Naoum.  Please join the discussion as we in the Cathedral ohana hear reflections about the Dean’s journey to sacred sights, participating in interfaith dialogue, and witnessing first hand the struggles of living in an occupied land. The forum will take place in the Von Holt Room from 9:20 to 10:10 am.

Pictured:  Dean Walter and Dean Tim from the Cathedral in Nashville in front of the Church of the Holy Sepluchre in Jerusalem.

Cathedral Life – April 23, 2015

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Health Harmony and WellnessHarmony Health & Wellness – Upcoming Programs
Monday, April 27, 2015  – 3:30 pm, Davies Hall. On April 27th you will not want to miss a late afternoon, Himene and Mele of Queen Liliuokalani.  Join us for community singing with poi supper with hardy Hawaiian stew to follow.  Studies have shown that singing and music helps us to transcend the problems of the world, reduces stress and anxieties, and promotes wellness.

Cathedral Life – April 16, 2015

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Join Us for the Upcoming Central Oahu Regional Confirmation Service

The Rev. Susan Sowers

As a part of the Easter-tide celebration, Bishop Bob will preside at the Regional Confirmation, Reaffirmation, and Reception Service, held here at the Cathedral on Sunday, May 17th, at2:30 pm.  The congregations represented in our Region are St. Paul’s, St. Elizabeth’s, St. Luke’s, St. Peter’s, and St. Andrew’s.   Please come to support all those who are making “a mature public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism.” (BCP)

The Cathedral Ohana has two candidates for Reaffirmation, who have been through the Catechumanate process since January (Ann Reimers and Eve Morley).  This is a big step for them.   While they were previously baptized and confirmed, Reaffirmation allows them to sacramentally re-state their commitment to Christ in The Episcopal Church. Reaffirmation is not a rite that notes some fuller initiation into the Church, the Body of Christ, but it allows us to honor our growth in faith throughout our adult spiritual journey.   If any are interested in this process next year, please talk to your clergy, including the Rev. Dan Benedict, or John Condrey.

The Dean and I will be offering a series on the Fundamentals of the Faith on three consecutive Wednesday nights, starting April 29th, from 6:15 to 7:30 pm. (April 29th,May 6th, and May 13th).  If we have other members who might want to be Confirmed, Reaffirmed, or Received into the Episcopal Church from another denomination, please contact the Rev. Susan Sowers at

Blessings at Easter-tide!

The Dean’s Eastertide Pilgrimage

“Pa`akai a Malamalama” (Salt and Light) Reflections from the Dean – Eastertide Pilgrimage

Dean Brownridge Photo - January 2015First, I want to thank everyone who participated in our Holy Week and Easter services.  Everything was glorious! The Cathedral looked beautiful; the music was sublime; and the worship was holy and moving. I also wish to thank the Bishop, Mother Susan, Canon Renke, the Choirs, Judy Masuda, Rev. Dan and Mary O Benedict, Stacy Shigemura, and the dozens of volunteers who worked to make our Cathedral shine in every facet of our common life.  I am especially grateful for everyone’s help as I was struggling with illness and others had to step up.

As I continue to recover, I am preparing to depart for the annual Conference of North American Deans. This year it is a little longer because of the location and context. At the invitation of the Dean of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem, The Very Rev. Hosam Naoum, we Deans of Canada and the USA will be in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and Palestine from April 15th to the 23rd. We shall be staying at St. George’s College. This is where Deacon Honey Becker is serving and also where Susan Lukens just returned after serving there for 6 months.

The Conference will begin with Holy Eucharist, and then we begin a series of theological and historical presentations. Our first 3 days will be spent seeing and reflecting on significant sites of Jesus’ ministry and the early Church in Jerusalem and beyond. The remainder of our time will be based at St. George’s and will include presentations and discussions.

I ask you to pray for me and my fellow Deans on our pilgrimage, as I shall be praying for all of you.

Mahalo Nui Loa

Cathedral Life 3-26-15

Dean Brownridge

Dean Brownridge

In this week’s Cathedral Life 3-26-15, read the Dean’s Reflection, “In the Fullness of Time:  Holy Week at The Cathedral of St. Andrew” as well as “Next to Godliness” — A new ministry bringing toiletries to those in need, and much more . . . .

Cathedral Life – 3/12/15

Dean Brownridge Photo - January 2015“Pa’akai a Malamalama” (Salt and Light)
Reflections From the Dean

The Starbridge Novels and Pilgrimage of Spiritual Awareness

Beloved in Christ:

Lent is a season for the spirit – as Martin Smith would say. It is a season of self-denial, self- reflection and self-examination. These disciplines should lead to greater self-awareness and conversion. The Dean’s Book Club has started a journey that I invite you to participate in-regardless of whether you can join us on Wednesdays at 9:30 in my office. This journey is reading The Starbridge novels by Susan Howatch. The first book which we finished this past week has offered our book group the opportunity to explore the themes of Lent and the Christian life in a literary, historical, and entertaining context.

Click here to read the rest of the Dean’s article and the entire issue:  Cathedral Life 3-12-15

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