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For Saturday, March 28, 2015


Holy Week / Easter

The 114th annual Easter Sunrise Service at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl is slated to cap Holy Week and Easter events in the coming week. Here’s a list of services and events:

>> Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Services at the Wai­kiki church at Eaton Square, No. 208, 438 Hobron Lane, include Palm Sunday at 10 a.m.; Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.; Good Friday, 7 p.m.; and Easter Sunday, 10 a.m. Call 922-6011 or visit princeofpeacewaikiki.com.

>> Cathedral of St. Andrew. The Episcopal diocese’s main cathedral, 229 Queen Emma Square, will begin Holy Week with the first of four evensongs on Palm Sunday, 5:30 p.m. The Cathedral Choir will sing settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, by composers Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611), Francois Couperin (1668-1753) and Peter Hallock (1924-2014). During Wednesday’s evensong the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist, Lindsay Groves, will join the Cathedral Men’s Schola for the Peter Hallock setting, which is scored for men’s voices and cello. Holy Communion will be given at all four services. For more information, visit 808ne.ws/1HUp82H or call 524-2822, ext. 217.

>> The Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish. The Catho­lic parish on the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus will conduct its annual ecumenical Taize “Prayer Around the Cross” service at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday. The candlelit service, based on the style popularized by the Taize Community of Brothers in Burgundy, France, will include meditative chants, Scripture reading, prayer petitions and the veneration of the cross. The large Taize cross will be displayed in the center of the chapel for worshippers to gather around and pray for those who suffer injustice. Parking is available free on campus in front of the Newman Center, mauka of the Korean Studies Center, or at the St. Francis School parking lot behind Newman. Call 988-6222 or professor emeritus Jon James at 944-6983.

>> International Baptist Church. Stan Ponz, senior pastor, invites the public to two Easter Sunday services: 7:30 a.m., Kaka­ako Park (follow the signs to a pavilion), and at 10:30 a.m. at the International Baptist Church, 20 Dowsett Ave. For more details, call 595-6352.

>> Easter sunrise service. The Hawaii Council of Churches Foundation’s 114th annual Easter celebration will be at 6:15 a.m. Easter Sunday at Punchbowl Cemetery. The Rev. David Rivers, senior pastor of Central Union Church, will deliver the message. Music will be provided by Hawaii Aloha and the Central Union Youth Choir. Gates open at 4:30 a.m. Parking available in the crater. For additional information, call the Rev. Sam Domingo, 384-8701.

Meetings / Events

Rabbi’s talk. As part of its “A God I Can Believe In” adult education series, Temple Emanu-El is showing a Skype presentation of Rabbi Peter Berg at 10 a.m. Sunday at the temple, 2550 Pali Highway. Berg, who serves as senior rabbi at The Temple in downtown Atlanta, will speak about his beliefs related to who or what is God, life after death, and the presence of God during tragic events such as the Holocaust. Berg has worked extensively with advocacy groups on issues related to civil rights, the environment, hate crimes and mental illness. In 2013 he was named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in the United States. For more about the free event, call 595-7521 or visit shaloha.com.

Passover meals. Chabad of Hawaii welcomes the community to Passover meals at its temple, next to the entrance of the Ala Moana Hotel at 410 Atkinson Drive. The First Seder dinner will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday; the Second Seder will be at 7:45 p.m. April 4. Both will feature traditional customs, hand-baked “shmurah matzo” (matzo made according to strict standards for the Seder), wine and gourmet selections. Reservations are required. Discounts are available for residents and groups. No one will be turned away due to lack of money. For more details, send email to info@chabadofhawaii.com or call 735-8161. Visit chabadofhawaii.com for the weeklong schedule of Pass­over events.

All Believers Network. At its monthly meeting, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Unitarian Church of Hono­lulu, 2500 Pali Highway, the interfaith group will discuss “Building Bridges Among Faith Communities — A Retrospective.” Sister Joan Chatfield and Clarence Liu, former chaplain of Hospice Hawaii, will be the featured speakers at the meeting. For information, send email to BishopSykes@hawaii.rr.com. 

Buddhist study course. Dexter Mar will teach a series of workshops on developing personal ways to embrace and live by Buddhist principles, based on the Eightfold Path, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, starting April 4 and wrapping up May 23 at the Buddhist Study Center of Hawaii, 1436 University Ave. Mar is a minister lay assistant at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin Temple, a Shin Buddhist sect. Cost is $20 per person; tuition assistance and scholarships are available. Call 973-6555 to register.

Send announcements to Star-Advertiser religion writer Pat Gee at pgee@staradvertiser.com.

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