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Evensong honoring Mtr. Anna Joo & Fr. David Oh

Sunday, Aug. 30, 5.30 pm
St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Anna,-David-OhThe Rev. Anna Joo and The Rev. David Oh will be honored at this Sunday’s Evensong at 5:30 pm, with blessings and thanksgiving for their ministries in the Diocese of Hawaii upon their return to South Korea. Mtr. Anna served as the Cathedral Curate from March of 2012 to July of 2013, serving as Chaplain to St. Andrew’s Schools, and assisting Fr. David with the Korean language Mission.  Most recently, Mtr. Anna and Fr. David have been the Vicars at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Honolulu. All are welcome to the Aloha reception which follows the service.

Cathedral Life – August 27, 2015

“Pa`akai a Malamalama”
(Salt and Light)

Reflections From the Dean

Theological Faith in the Real World

Christians face a challenge in living their faith. It often requires a subtle and insightful response to the world of work, family, relationships, and much more.

I believe that authentic Christian living requires a theological education, theological reflection, and contemplation. It is in that context that I highly recommend to you to participate in some offerings this fall that I hope will transform your life and ministry.

The first is my invitation for you to attend the informational presentation for Education for Ministry (EfM). It occurs this Sunday during the Faith Forum, and more detail is provided elsewhere in this issue of Cathedral Life. The second offering is for the women of the Cathedral to join Mother Susan in the Women’s Retreat (Saturday, September 19th), which is also noted elsewhere in the Cathedral Life.

EfM offers you the best opportunity for theological learning and reflection in the Episcopal Church. The Women’s Retreat is one of several spiritual offerings that enables us (men and women) to abide within God and gaze upon Christ as Christ gazes upon us.

Mahalo Nui Loa
To read the entire issue of Cathedral Life, click here.

Cathedral Life – Thursday, August 20, 2015

“Pa`akai a Malamalama”
(Salt and Light)

Reflections From the Dean

“A Private and Public Faith”

Dean Brownridge Photo - January 2015At 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,

Cathedral Life – Thursday, August 13, 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.

SusanOrdinationFB01The 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!

To read the full issue of this week’s Cathedral Life, please click here.

Pacific Peace Forum Presents “Seconds From Disaster of Nagasaki”

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.

Cathedral Life – Thursday, August 6, 2015

Wrap Up of a Successful School Supplies Campaign

Of all the years I have worked on drives to bring in school supplies, this has been the most successful. In previous years, we were pleased when we had one car trunk full of supplies to deliver to Kalihi Waena with a check of $600 or $700 for the school to purchase whatever supplies the students needed to be academically successful. This year, there was a bumper crop of both supplies and monetary donations.

School Drive Wrap-Up 2School Drive Wrap-Up 3On Monday, July 27th, representatives of the Outreach Committee drove two cars loaded with supplies plus the first of a set of checks totaling over $2,000. The administration and Parent Coordinator of Kalihi Waena were amazed and gratified to know they could provide for all the students–making them all fully equipped to take on their academic assignments.

The donations are blessed and the Outreach Committee meets with the Administration and
Parent Coordinator of Kalihi Waena to deliver the donated school supplies.

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Hula Classes – Thursday, August 13, 20, and 27, 2015

Leilani KūpahuKumu Hula Leilani Kaho’āno has been teaching hula since 1985. Her hula journey, as a young kahiko dancer in 1968, began under the direction of the late Hoakalei Kamauʻu. She would continue learning hula with Pearl Keawe, ʻEhulani Lum and Maiki Aiu-Lake. “Aunti Maiki” and other treasured “hulu kupuna” (respected elders) inspired hula with a spiritual essence of “Hula is Life.” Imparting this knowledge lead Kumu Leilani toward a commitment of teaching keiki to kupuna, with a special outreach into the “extraordinary abilities” (hearing, visually and intellectually impaired) communities.

Professional experiences have included: Experience Aloha 10-month U.S. Tour, Snoopy on Ice, 49er Halftime performance, Slack Key Masters National Tour, Celebration of Aloha, Hawaiʻi Stars Extraordinary Abilities, and award-winning Aloha Festivals floats. These experiences lead her to an elevated level of knowledge through the cultural wisdom and intimate relationships of treasured Hawaiian cultural practitioners. She is also a Kumu Hula graduate of Kumu Ed Kalāhiki and Kumu Kaleo Miyasato. Kumu Leilani also works as a professional Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse.

Location: Von Holt Room
Thursdays: August 13, 20, and 27

Times: *Gracious Ladies (Ages 60 and older) 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Beginner Papa A’a (Ages 18** and older) 6:30 to 7:30 pm

***Advanced Papa A’a (Ages 18 and older) 7:30 to 8:30 pm

Monthly Tuition: Cathedral Members – Complimentary; all others $30.00

Class Needs: Comfortable clothing, water bottle, binder, paper, pencil/pen

*Gracious Ladies – dancers with “extraordinary abilities” are welcomed

**Must be 18 years or older and have graduated from high school

***Advanced Papa A’a – basic comprehension of hula steps and ability to transition through hula movements with minimal guidance

For additional information, please contact Kumu Leilani at or 808-352-0013

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.

Cathedral Life – July 23, 2015

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

Aloha Mai Kakou,

Dean Brownridge Photo - January 2015It is SO GOOD to be back after just over 3 weeks away from home, family, and the Ohana of The Cathedral of St. Andrew. I have been back a week and much as happened as Cathedral life moves on, and today we had the joy of witnessing the marriage of Susan Sowers and Donna Van Winkle.

My time away was alternately busy, contemplative, and refreshing. It also gave me time to reflect on ministry and mission as an Episcopal Cathedral. Part of my reflection has been inspired by the words of our Presiding Bishop-elect the Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry. In Salt Lake City, Bishop Curry calls us to be focused on mission as expressed in three key areas of ministry: (1) making disciples; (2) offering ourselves in service to all in need; and (3) giving prophetic witness to re-orient society to the dream of God for justice, peace, and reconciliation.

These three areas are shaped by our Five Marks of Missions and in the future weeks, I intend to amplify on what this might mean for us in community. However, this Sunday at our Faith Forum we shall hear from the new Executive Director of Faith Action for Community Equity (F.A.C.E.) Ms. R. Leotele Togafau about how faith-based organizing movements are essential to building more just communities in the world.

Mahalo Nui Loa

Also in this week’s issue of Cathedral Life:

– Curious about the General Convention?  Join Bishop Bob on Sunday, August 2, 2015, from 9:20 to 10:10 am in the Von Holt Room
– Different Ways to Donate to School Supplies for Kalihi Waena
– Join Daughters of the King for Another Dibley Romp!  Sunday, August 2, 2015, Noon to 2:00 pm (RSVP required)
– Welcome to Sylvia Pope-Young, Administrative Assistant for Calendar Management
– Calling All Children/Youth for the Inaugural Prince Albert Commemorative Sunday, August 23, 2015
– Education for Ministry “EfM” – Information Session – Sunday, August 30, 2015, 9:20 am in the Von Holt Room
– Summer Weekly Worship Schedule
– Notes, Reminders, Deadlines
– Prayer Request
– Room Reservation Requests at The Cathedral
– Clergy, Staff, and Chapter

Cathedral Life – July 16, 2015

Curious About the General Convention?
Join Us on Sunday, July 19, and Sunday, August 2, 2015
9:20 to 10:10 am – Von Holt Room

General Convention LogoCome join us at the Faith Forum, this Sunday, July 19 (Dean Walter), and August 2(Bishop Bob), as our Dean and Bishop speak about their experiences at General Convention 2015 in Salt Lake. Each will offer comments on the significance of what was decided and offer us insight from their “seat,” in either the House of Deputies or from the House of Bishops.

Also note that Bishop Bob’s annual visitation with the Cathedral is Sunday, August 2nd. He will celebrate at all three services. At the 10:30 am service, the Bishop will name the Reverend Daniel Benedict as Honorary Ecumenical Canon of The Cathedral of St. Andrew in honor Dan’s ministry to the Cathedral as well as to the United Methodist Church and the Order of St. Luke.

Read the full issue of Cathedral Life here.

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