Dear Cathedral Ohana:
It’s been a full and interesting week. In addition to the worship offerings and things going on in the office, I’ve had clergy friends visiting from the Episcopal Church in Micronesia (ECIM), headquartered in Guam. I began my journey with ECIM when I was baptized as an infant at St. Johns’ in Tumon Bay in July 1965. I then benefited from ECIM’s outreach ministry when I attended their school in junior high and then again when I served on the faculty as a third grade teacher in the late 1990s.
It was during this time that I felt compelled to walk in through the doors of the church on a Sunday morning and because of the hospitality and the unconditional welcoming that I received, I joined, became involved, and eventually discerned a call to ordained ministry. Having my friends here reminds me of that very special time – a time that was full, visceral, and extremely life-giving. It’s really hard to believe that almost 25 years after walking through the church doors for the first time, that I’m now an ordained minister and working in a downtown cathedral in Honolulu. One never knows where life’s twists and turns are going to take us and the mystery that’s involved in all of it can keep things interesting and fun. I’m very grateful for my faith journey and I feel blessed and how things have turned out and for the experiences I’ve had along the way.
This past Sunday we had the distinct privilege of having The Rt. Rev. Emelyn Dacuycuy from the Iglesia Filipina Idependiente with us as our guest preacher. The bishop and I had a very deep discussion about life and ministry in the Philippines and we enjoyed talking about our experiences there. As you know, I will be heading to Manila on September 8th to conduct a retreat for seminarians and faculty at St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary in Quezon City and the tie between Hawaii and the Episcopal Church in the Philippines is one that is vital and strong.
We were also pleased to have The Rev. Dcn. James Moore from ECIM with us on Sunday morning and he will join us again this coming Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30.
I have a project that I’d like to undertake in the Philippines and I am in need of magazines that have big, colorful pictures in them. If you have any that you are willing to give away, I’ll gladly take them. If they could come in by next week Wednesday, I’d be most grateful.
The Cathedral Chapter met on Tuesday evening and we approved the minutes and financial statements for July 2019. I will attach them here for your review and ready reference.
July Chapter Minutes July Financial Statements
During our meeting I gave a verbal report to chapter members and talked about our upcoming annual pledge drive. Please know that next year we will be down in income approximately $30,000 due to changes in our contract for wedding reenactments, and my hope is that that amount can be made up through giving from the congregation.
I also reported that sharing the responsibility for presiding at the Eucharist with Fr. Keleawe is working out quite well. In addition I informed that Chapter that we have an Ali‘i Sunday coming up on October 20 to honor Princess Kaiulani.
In terms of formation offerings, Fr. Keleawe has carried out a grief workshop, confirmation classes, as well as an Alzheimer’s workshop. Justin Salisbury also gave a forum a couple weeks ago on peace and justice.
I also briefed the Chapter on the clergy retreat that took place in Hilo on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this retreat as I felt it was important to be present for the meeting of the Chapter instead. I also reminded the Chapter that I will be away in the Philippines from September 8 through September 17 to conduct a retreat for seminarians and faculty of St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary in Quezon City.
I also reported that I officiated at two funerals at Cathedral and Nuuanu Memorial Park, and that Fr. Hee continues to conduct weddings and visit people in the hospital.
I also wanted the Chapter to know that plans are on the way to plant a hedge along the mauka boundary of the Cathedral property and to install four gates to delineate the boundary between the Cathedral and the school. This will be done at the school’s expense. We also have a World AIDS Day service coming up on December 1 in the Cathedral, as well as a forum on the ocean sometime in October (sponsored by the Priory).
On Wednesday afternoon I will leave for Hilo to show the ECIM clergy around the Big Island, including a luncheon at my grandmother’s home in Ahualoa (on the Hamakua Coast). I will be back on Friday afternoon and will preach and preside at all services in the Cathedral this weekend. Until we see one another at worship this weekend, please take care.