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As of Saturday, September 13, 2014

LAST UPDATED: 10:45 p.m. HST, Sep 12, 2014

Fourth Annual Peace Day Interfaith Celebration. The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is sponsoring the International Day of Peace service, 7 p.m. Friday at its betsuin temple, 1727 Pali Highway. The service will feature speakers and music, with the theme of "Sharing Peace."

In 2007, Hawaii became the first state to recognize Peace Day, declared by the U.N. General Assembly. Peace Day is observed around the world on Sept. 21. Event co-sponsors include the Pacific Buddhist Academy, Hongwanji Mission School, The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii, Hawaii Association of International Buddhists and Hawaii Conference of Religions for Peace. For information, send email to hqs@honpahi.org.

Queen Liliuokalani International Day of Peace, 330-3769. A solidarity gathering is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at Iolani Palace. The event will include community singing and prayers, speakers, peace and nonviolence education, and a potluck. Photo and video art will also be featured, along with music by Palani Vaughn, Leon Siu, Umi Sexton and Simplisity.

Among the sponsors: Malama Makua, Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center, Matsu­naga Institute of Peace, Pacific Peace Forum, Hawaii Interfaith Alliance, St. Andrew's Cathedral, Pacific Islanders in Community Action, the Hawaii Forgiveness Project and others. For information, call or send email to Kahu Kaleo Patterson, president of the reconciliation center, at pjrcgo@gmail.com.

John 17:21 Ministry, 497-1415. The ministry, which promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in Christian churches, will have its monthly second-Sunday fellowship session, 4 p.m. Sunday at Wesley UMC (Community Hall), 1350 Huna­kai St. (near Kahala Zippy's Restaurant and First Hawaiian Bank). The event includes a free dinner and a raffle to participants who arrive on time. The ministry provides free transportation home. If you have any questions or requests for accommodations, call the ministry's phone line. If you, your church or someone you know would like to volunteer, host a meal or take part in the fellowship, worship service or prayer request, opportunities are available.

Congregation Sof Ma'arav, 595-3678. The congregation's Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will be later this month and early next month, respectively, at the First Unitarian Church of Hono­lulu, 2500 Pali Highway.

» Rosh Hashanah — 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24, followed by potluck dessert; 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26.

» Yom Kippur: Kol Nidre Eve:6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6:45 p.m. Oct. 4, followed by a community break-the-fast until 9:30 p.m.

For the full schedule of High Holiday activities, call or visit www.sof­ma­arav.org.

Religion writer Pat Gee is writing a new blog, "In the Spirit," available free at inthespirit.staradvertiser­blogs.com. Send your announcements and photos of recent and future events to pgee@staradvertiser.com.

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