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Faith has room for aiding immigrants, cleric says

By Pat Gee
Moses traversed the river Nile’s waters to escape a death sentence for all newborn Hebrew boys

Monthly pop-up offers food, aid to isle homeless

By Pat Gee
On the last Thursday of this month, the Rev. Greg Johnson will walk up and down South King Street, inviting homeless people to follow him to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church to enjoy a hot meal, maybe pick up some gently used clothes, and touch base with various organizations that offer assistance.

Temple Emanu-El taps longtime educator to serve as its rabbi

By Pat Gee
The executive board of Temple Emanu-El has selected Ken Aronowitz to serve as the Nuuanu-area temple’s new rabbi.

Choir seeks new members ahead of tour

By Pat Gee
The Hawai‘i Sacred Choir is looking for children and adults to join the group as it prepares for a singing tour that will take the choir to the National Cathedral.

Ceremony honors 3 ‘heroes of forgiveness’

By Pat Gee
One of Linda Fujikawa's life missions is to teach her students to see beyond themselves and to understand the importance of forgiveness and peace.

Events mark 70th anniversary of Nagasaki blast

By Pat Gee
Three events this month will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, which brought an end to World War II.

Mental illness conference stresses empathy, understanding

By Pat Gee
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Hawaii in partnershipwill join with two churches will to hold a conference on "Mental Health: A Compassionate Response" from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Parish of St. Clement, 1515 Wilder Ave.

Doctor shares gospel walking door to door

By Pat Gee
On weekends, when Dr. Elliot Kalauawa isn’t seeing patients at the Waikiki Health Center, he makes house calls in the Kapolei area.

Annual ceremony celebrates peace, fosters forgiveness

By Star-Advertiser staff
This year’s Hawaii International Forgiveness Day will focus on the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which led to the end of the war in the Pacific and World War II.

Observance marks bishop’s 10th year as head of church

By Star-Advertiser staff
A special Mass and dinner reception Tuesday July 21 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa celebrated Bishop Clarence “Larry” Silva’s 10th anniversary as head of the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.

Women's shelter seeks donations to stay afloat

By Pat Gee
Frightened, desperate and with nowhere else to turn, some women who leave abusive spouses run to an emergency shelter with nothing more than a few items in hand.

Makiki obon service will honor Japanese immigrants

By Star-Advertiser staff
An interdenominational obon service, during which dozens of ministers from various Buddhist sects will chant sutras, will be held Saturday to remember pioneer Japa­nese immigrants buried in a common grave on the slopes of Punchbowl.

Workshop to address anniversary of nuclear bombings

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Hawaii Forgiveness Project is accepting registration for a free workshop commemorating the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japa­nese cities of Hiro­shima and Naga­saki.

Homeless to benefit from Laundry Aloha

By Pat Gee
Eight parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Hono­lulu will be handing out rolls of quarters and laundry soap to the homeless next week as part of a new outreach project called Laundry Aloha, a spinoff of the national Laundry Love movement.

Conventions through August focus on being more like Jesus

By Star-Advertiser staff
Thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be attending three-day conventions in Mili­­lani every weekend until Aug. 21.

Ringing praise!

By Pat Gee
A joyful noise made by the sounding of bells, gongs, horns and other instruments at the Church of the Crossroads on Sunday joined a chorus of voices ­in support of Pope Francis in Rome, as he threw the weight of the Roman Catholic Church behind saving the planet.

Big Isle Episcopal church has new priest and vicar

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Rev. Diana Akiyama has been appointed by Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick of the Episcopal Diocese to be the new priest and vicar at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Kapaau on Hawaii island.

'Islam 101' offers insight on Muslim beliefs, rituals

By Star-Advertiser staff
Saleem Ahmed, founder of the All Believers Network, will conduct an audiovisual presentation July 13 on "Islam 101" and discuss challenges faced by Muslims on the actions of extremists.

Daylong fasts teach self-control, forgiveness

By Pat Gee
A couple from Libya and their two young children will be among scores of Muslims meeting for evening prayers and breaking daylong fasts during the monthlong observance of Ramadan at the Muslim Association of Hawaii's Manoa mosque.

Moiliili Hongwanji expects huge crowd at 'world's biggest' Fourth of July bon dance

By Star-Advertiser staff
Organizers of this year's Moiliili Hongwanji Bon Dance are billing it as the "world's biggest Fourth of July bon dance."

Hawaii's faithful show solidarity

By Pat Gee
During a Honolulu interfaith prayer vigil held in the wake of the shooting deaths of nine people in The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Caro­lina, local clergy urged attendees to speak out against racism and violence directed toward black people throughout the nation.

Dances and services open obon season at isle temple

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin will launch its obon season next weekend, honoring the dead with bon dances followed by a series of services in July.

Kaimuki school to break ground on new facility to open in 2016

By Star-Advertiser staff
Kaimuki Christian School is poised to break ground on its newest building, the Clarence T.C. Ching Educational Center.

St. Andrew’s Schools begins the search for a new leader

By Star-Advertiser staff
St. Andrew’s Schools trustees have engaged the services of a professional search firm to find a successor to Sandra Theu­nick, who has announced she will retire as head of the St. Andrew’s Schools at the end of June 2016.

Religious urged to tackle issues, 'stop judging'

By Pat Gee
The Rev. Jonipher Ku­pono Kwong of the First Unitarian Church of Hono­­lulu and his husband were among the first same-sex couples to tie the knot minutes after marriage equality was legalized in Hawaii.

Historic Ewa church installs new pastor

By Star-Advertiser staff
The historic Ewa Community Church, affiliated with the United Church of Christ, ordained and installed Randy R. Reynoso as its new pastor this month.

Expert copes with anxiety over afterlife

By Pat Gee
With the scriptural prospect of paradise awaiting him in the Pure Land, University of Hawaii professor emeritus Alfred Bloom knows that he should be dancing for joy as he faces the end of his life.

Lutheran church marks organ's 40th anniversary

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Lutheran Church of Hono­lulu will celebrate on May 24 the 40th anniversary of its organ, which was made by master organ builder Rudolf von Beckerath.

Shavuot service to feature dedication of Torah scroll

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Oahu Jewish Ohana will hold a Morning Festival Service of Shavuot this month, at which it will dedicate its first Torah scroll and its portable ark.

Windward church awards 10 Holmes scholarships

By Star-Advertiser staff
Windward United Church of Christ has awarded its 2015 Holmes Scholarships to 10 high school students.

Churches must go into world to grab faithful

By Pat Gee
Faith leaders looking to fill their pews face stiff competition for the attention of church members with lures ranging from ballgames and ideal surf conditions to a demanding list of chores or even a leisurely brunch.

NY street name to honor St. Damien

By Gary T. Kubota
Molokai resident Clarence Kahili­hiwa says there was a time when even conversation about Hansen's disease and those afflicted by it was hushed, "taboo" subject matter.

Through the fire

By Pat Gee
Helen Abe was understandably tentative, standing in her bare feet before a bed of burning coals. At age 87 she was about to take a step of faith in a purifying ritual meant to cleanse her of negative karma and invigorate her life.

Nuuanu temple to hold rare Buddhist festival

By Pat Gee
Hsu Yun Temple in Nuu­anu is inviting the public to witness a rare Festival of Water and Land, considered the ultimate of Chinese Buddhist rituals.

Fair, vermicomposting classes on tap for Earth Day

By Star-Advertiser staff
Nuuanu Congregational Church will celebrate Earth Day next week with free community classes on vermicomposting and a "Green Day II in Nuu­anu" fair.

Minister gets to 'nitty-gritty' in 'How to Pick a Spouse'

By Pat Gee
After several years of counseling single adults on how to choose the right person to marry, the Rev. Dan Chun, a longtime pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu, saw that 90 percent of those who followed his advice were still hitched more than 20 years later.

Re-enactment honors meeting between queen, Baha'i leaders

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Baha'i Community of the Hawaiian Islands this week commemorated the 100th anniversary of a historic meeting between Queen Liliuokalani and the U.S. delegation of Baha'is.

New York Polyphony to hold isle concert

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Honolulu Chamber Music Series will pre­sent New York Polyphony in concert at 7:30 p.m. March 28 at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

Unity Church has new senior minister

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Rev. Jack Bomar, a native of Tennessee and founder of Blessing Hands USA Inc., is the new senior minister at Unity Church of Hawaii.

Panel examines faith-driven violence

By Pat Gee
Why is it that peace-espousing faiths are often associated with some kind of violence occurring in the world?

Speakers to discuss death penalty

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 14, 2015
Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is co-sponsoring an event titled "Dialogue on Death Penalty: Legal, Ethical and Buddhist Perspectives," 8:30 a.m. to noon March 21 at the Buddhist Study Center, 1436 University Ave.

Jewish filmfest will screen ‘Keeping Up With the Steins’

By Star-Advertiser staff
The opening-night reception for Temple Emanu-El’s 13th annual Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival is Saturday, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Hono­lulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S. Bere­ta­nia St.

Isle faith conference expected to draw record 5,000

By Pat Gee
A record audience is expected for the annual Hawaii Island Ministries Hono­lulu Conference on March 19-21 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center — a cross-generational event that will offer seminars covering topics especially problematic to middle- and high-schoolers, says the Rev. Dan Chun.

Event will address nonviolence across faiths

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Interfaith Alliance Hawai‘i has scheduled a forum of national and local scholars titled “Non-Violence: Philosophy and Practice in World Religions” that will take place at 6:30 p.m. March 12 at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, 1727 Pali Highway.

Reflection with jazz

By Pat Gee
Underscoring the solemnity of Lent, a jazz quartet will be striking a contemplative chord at St. Peter's Episcopal Church on Thursday evenings preceding Easter.

Pilgrimage unites pastor with poor

By Pat Gee
United Methodist Church pastor who wanted to experience what the poor and outcast endure has dedicated recent years to living with those who "sleep under the stars."

Christian singer to stage isle show

By Star-Advertiser staff
Christian recording artist Amanda Vernon will hold a free concert featuring a mix of interactive songs, Scripture stories, personal testimony and a "call to action," 7:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 24 at The Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

Conferences to promote 'freedom' for women

By Star-Advertiser staff
Arise, a women's ministry at Inspire Church in Wai­kele, is organizing a series of conferences with talks focused on empowering women.

Unified in prayer

By Pat Gee
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hono­lulu held a Taize "prayer around the cross" ecumenical service Thursday to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Righting wrongs

By Pat Gee
Growing up in a small Appalachian town in Tennessee, Ellen Godbey Carson was raised in an insulated, privileged world in which she rarely crossed paths with black people.

6 earn acclaim for excellence

By Star-Advertiser staff
Teachers of hula, lei making and Japa­nese culture are among the 2015 Living Treasures of Hawai‘i Recognition Program’s award winners who will be honored next month by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.

Sandy Hook mother spreads positive view

By Star-Advertiser staff
Scarlett Lewis, the mother of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim, will share her views on "Forgiveness, Gratitude and Compassion in the Face of Personal Tragedy" on Jan. 18 at Temple Emanu-El.

Egyptian painter helps transform isle Coptic church

By Pat Gee
Calmly working atop scaffolding above the altar at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Alewa Heights, Egyptian painter Sawsan Salib seems oblivious to the height as she puts final brushstrokes on Jesus' Last Supper.

Menorah lighting celebrates Hanukkah

By Pat Gee
The orthodox Jewish synagogue, 410 Atkinson Drive, next to the entrance of the Ala Moana Hotel, will hold its annual menorah-lighting in Waikiki and parade on Wednesday, and a "Grand Hanukkah Party," including games and treats for keiki, on Friday.

Jodo Mission is collecting dorm stories

By Star-Advertiser staff
Jodo Mission of Hawaii is looking for students or former residents who lived in the dormitory behind its Makiki temple who can help fill a gap in its 82-year history.

'Ultra-running monk' will give talk in isles

By Star-Advertiser staff
Dubbed the "ultra-running monk," Acharya Ryo­jun Shio­numa has completed two of the most difficult practices of the Buddhist Shu­gendo tradition: the Omine Sen­ni­chi­kai­ho­gyo (1,000 days trekking on Mount Omine in southwestern Japan) and the Shi­mu­gyo (a fourfold renouncing practice).

'Light, love and wisdom' live on

By Pat Gee
The late Rev. Mitsuo "Mits" Aoki taught people to take charge of the end of their lives — to view those days as a vital closing act, a time for tying up loose ends and appreciating what's important.

Concert will benefit academy

By Star-Advertiser staff
Cultural diversity and ancient traditions will be celebrated at a benefit concert set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Pacific Buddhist Academy. Performances will include ancient music of the Japa­nese imperial court and traditional Indian dance.

3 events showcase international rights activist

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Hawaii Friends of Sabeel, the Muslim Association of Hawaii, the Hawaii Coalition for Justice in Palestine and various other organizations and University of Hawaii departments and centers will host three events featuring Noura Era­kat, an international human rights attorney and activist.

Holiday donations sought to aid children and imprisoned moms

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Catholic Diocese of Hono­lulu's Prison Ministry is collecting donations to bring together children and their incarcerated mothers at the Women's Community Correctional Center on Oahu for a Christmas party.

'Lua patrols' tidy rest stop toilets for delegates

By Pat Gee
When Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, he was modeling the role of a humble servant that he wanted his followers to adopt. Local Jehovah's Witnesses are following his example by forming "lua patrols" to clean public restrooms and restock supplies.

Documentary highlights sovereignty effort

By Star-Advertiser staff
A free public screening of "Hawaii: A Voice for Sovereignty" will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the Von Holt Room of the Cathedral of St. Andrew in honor of the annual "Feast of the Holy Sovereigns."

24,000 in Hawaii for conference

By Pat Gee
An estimated 24,000 delegates from 11 countries, mostly in Asia and South America, are slated to attend an international convention of Jehovah's Witnesses spanning two weekends this month at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

Chinese Christian group to hold anniversary event

By Pat Gee
Chartered in 1877 by the kingdom of Hawaii's royal decree, the Chinese Christian Association of Hawaii was born from necessity because "in the early days we were a minority and we had to stick together," said member Cyril Wong.

Donations will help job fair for veterans

By Star-Advertiser staff
In an effort to assist Hawaii's homeless veterans and other members of the military in need of support, the Roman Catho­lic Diocese of Hono­lulu's Office for Social Ministry and its partners are collecting donations for an event dubbed "Stand Down and Job Fair."

Churches add light to Halloween fright

By Pat Gee
Should Christians celebrate Halloween or not? One controversial view is that Halloween customs pay homage to the devil and glorify superstitious pagan rituals, thereby opening a gateway to hell, a perusal of Christian websites reveals.

Fatima statue to visit the isles

By Star-Advertiser staff
The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in Hawaii Nov. 1 through 21, visiting at least 13 parishes on Oahu and one on the Big Island, according to the Hawaii Catho­lic Herald.

Freedom of religion will change world, cleric says

By Pat Gee
The Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, national president of the Interfaith Alliance and a strong advocate of the separation of church and state, is urging the local interfaith community to continue to pursue religious freedom for people of all faiths.

New edition of bilingual Bible available

By Star-Advertiser staff
A new edition of the Hawaiian-English language New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs is now available. This marks the first time the bilingual Bible includes the modern Hawaiian text alongside New American Standard English text and that Psalms and Proverbs appear in a bilingual format.

Maui van provides water, food and more

By Star-Advertiser staff
In its first year, A Cup of Cold Water, a community care van stocked with water, food and other basic provisions, has assisted more than 5,600 of Maui's neediest people. The Episcopal churches on Maui — Trinity-by-the-Sea in Kihei, Good Shepherd Wai­luku, Holy Innocents Lahaina and St. John's Kula — launched the all-volunteer outreach mission in October 2013.

Atomic-bomb exhibit sends message to youth

By Star-Advertiser staff
Educating people, especially the young, about the need for world peace is an endeavor close to Masago Asai's heart because many of her relatives suffered or died from cancer, an aftereffect of the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan during World War II.

Dignity Honolulu marks its annual Solidarity Sunday

By Pat Gee
Five members of Dignity Hono­lulu, a group of about 20 LGBT Catho­lics, attended Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Catholic downtown as part of the group's annual Solidarity Sunday observance.

Coach Niumatalolo portrayed in 'Mormons'

By Pat Gee
Ken Niumatalolo, a former Radford High School and University of Hawaii quarterback who went on to become a successful U.S. Naval Academy football coach, is one of six devout Mormons from around the world featured in the new film titled "Meet the Mormons."

Team effort launches as Pahoa lava nears

By Megan Moseley Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 4, 2014
Churches and other faith-based groups in Pahoa are working in tandem with disaster relief officials as the community preps for the possible flow of lava across the town's major highway. Efforts now underway build upon ongoing outreach tied to the aftermath of Tropical Strom Iselle.

Annual fest is a rite of passage for keiki

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine's annual Shichigosan Children's Festival features special blessings for children ages 3, 5 and 7 — three good luck numbers in Japanese numerology.

Join others for 'journeys'

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Sunrise Ministry Foundation is accepting registration for its "Journeys to Wellness III" seminar for healing of the mind, body and spirit from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Community Church of Honolulu, 2345 Nuuanu Ave.

Events across isle celebrate Yom Kippur

By Star-Advertiser staff
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The Jewish New Year High Holidays, which got underway this week with Rosh Hashana, concludes with Yom Kippur celebrations Oct.

Meditations

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Gandhi International Institute for Peace of Hawaii is inviting the public to a celebration marking Mahatma Gandhi's 145th birthday. The event is slated for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Group to honor social justice reformers

By Star-Advertiser staff
Several individuals and groups devoted to social justice issues will be honored at The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii's 12th annual Community Awards celebration and banquet. The event will feature the theme "Transformation to a Better World" and the Rev. C. Welton Gaddy.

Diocese appoints director for youth safety

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Catholic Diocese of Hono­lulu has named Kristin Leandro as director of its safe-environment and charter compliance program, which is responsible for overseeing adults who have frequent contact with minors and investigating child abuse allegations, among other duties.

Newman Center to host series on aging

By Star-Advertiser staff
A three-part series focusing on issues tied to aging is set to get underway Sept. 22 at the Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish on the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus. The first part will feature Sister Joanne Dehmer addressing "Aging with Wisdom, Grace and Compassion."

'One reality' guides followers of many faiths

By Pat Gee
Conversation about religion is frowned upon in some social settings for fear it will touch off heated debate. But that was not the case at the recent All Believers Network (Belnet) annual conference.

Extremists take Quran passages out of context, Belnet founder says

By Pat Gee
Saleem Ahmed, a Muslim who founded the All Believers Network (Belnet), says the Quran inspired him to start the interfaith group in 2003 to promote harmony and peace among the world's diverse religions.

Fair highlights 'Light and Sound' workshop

By Pat Gee
At this year's Eckankar Spiritual Fair attendees are invited to experience "Adventures in the Light and Sound of God" through past lives, dreams and soul travel. The public may drop in at any time during the free event set.

West Oahu group forms new Unitarian branch

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Unitarian Universalist Leeward Ohana Group will be launched as a new branch of the Unitarian Universalist church on Sept. 13 at Island Pacific Academy in Kapolei. The Rev. Jonipher Kupono Kwong, minister at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu (FUCH), will deliver the opening sermon.

Isle group rallies support for Israel

By Pat Gee
Hawaii and Israel are on opposite sides of the world, but when it comes to matters of the heart, both stand on essentially the same ground, former Gov. Linda Lingle said at a "Pro-Israel Rally" this week at the state Capitol.

Monthly march backs medical coverage for Micronesians

By Star-Advertiser staff
Lawyers working on changing legislation to allow Micronesians to continue receiving Medicaid benefits will deliver an update on the legal struggle at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Kalihi.

'Common Muslims' fend off Islamophobia

By Pat Gee
Whenever Muslim extremists trigger headlines worldwide for their latest atrocities, Islamic history professor Abdul-Karim Khan of Leeward Community College is approached by students, faculty and friends who ask: How can these terrorists possibly use religion to justify their aggression?

All Believers event to end sign-up soon

By Star-Advertiser staff
Aug. 25 is the registration deadline for next month's All Believers Network (Belnet) workshop, which will explore similarities and differences in the religious traditions of the world. The Sept. 1 workshop is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Hawaii's Shidler Hall auditorium.

Navy navigator emerges as pacifist after witnessing bomb’s devastation

By Pat Gee
Seeing Nagasaki two months after it was shattered by the atomic bomb on Aug. 9, 1945, was enough to turn Navy navigator Bill Hanson against war the rest of his life. "It was a terrible sight. The destruction is hard to describe," said Hanson.

Lessons of Nagasaki are kept alive

By Pat Gee
As a second-generation survivor of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in World War II, Masago Asai of Hono­­lulu is one of only three members of her extended family who have survived cancer.

Choir works on settling loans for trip to England

By Pat Gee
The Hawaii Sacred Choir recently returned from its history-making performance at Ely Cathedral in England, but now it's time to pay the piper. The choir includes 38 members, both adults and children.

Walk will commemorate bombing of Nagasaki

By Star-Advertiser staff
A candlelight peace walk to downtown's Naga­saki Peace Bell, slated for Aug. 9, will commemorate the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Naga­saki as well as express gratitude for nearly seven subsequent decades without nuclear bomb explosions.

Love is the special ingredient

By Pat Gee
One of the oldest Chinese congregations in Hawaii, St. Peter's boasts a wealth of cooks who mastered their culinary craft while satisfying family appetites for decades, said the Rev. Diane Martinson.

Cathedral to house remains of second isle saint

By Star-Advertiser staff
St. Marianne Cope is returning to Hawaii to stay. The remains of Hawaii's second saint will reside permanently in Hono­lulu's downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, according to the Hawaii Catholic Herald.

Annual isle forgiveness day to focus on silence

By Star-Advertiser staff
The event, set for 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Kai­muki area university's Mystical Rose Oratory, will be a "celebration of the power of forgiveness and its origins in silence," and an attempt to draw hundreds of people "into a sincere, reflective silence," said organizer Michael North in a news release.

Prayer sought for youngest immigrants

By Pat Gee
The Rev. Stan Bain, co-organizer of the Hawai‘i Coalition for Immigration Reform, is urging people of all faiths to take part in this weekend's national interfaith Weekend of Compassion and Prayer for Unaccompanied Migrant Children, which lasts until sundown Sunday.

Makiki Cemetery obon service to honor immigrants

By Star-Advertiser staff
Japanese immigrants buried in a common grave in Makiki will be remembered at an obon service set for Saturday, with dozens of ministers from various Buddhist sects gathering for sutra chanting.

Closer to God

By Pat Gee
It was during Ramadan last year that Deanna Wathen took the "shahada" vow to become a Muslim, willingly taking on the self-discipline the faith requires and finding peace and maturity in the process.

Iraq sectarian crisis is tough to decipher

By Pat Gee
It is difficult for the average American to understand what the fighting is about between the Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Iraq. Even local experts have trouble unraveling the conflict between the two main sects of Islam.

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