Some 2,500 grade school students from all over Oahu learned that bullying is a form of violence and how to help stop it Thursday at the first Student Anti-Bullying and Violence Convention, held by the nonprofit Adult Friends for Youth.
Sarah Beppu's son Dylan has a form of autism, which she said kept her from taking him to Mass. "He would inevitably have a meltdown," she said. "The smells of incense were too much, the music too loud, and he couldn't relate to anything."
Bishop Minerva Carcano of the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church, a national spokeswoman for immigration reform, will be preaching at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Pearl City.
The Faith in Action Diocesan Drama Community of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu will stage "The Passion of Christ," a two-act play on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, at Windward Community College's Paliku Theatre.
Some local Hawaiian leaders maintain that traditional concepts tied to dealing with lawbreakers have a place in modern prison rehabilitation efforts. Puuhonua were sacred places of refuge in ancient Hawaii, where warriors and others who had broken kapu could gain sanctuary and pardon.
The Cathedral of St. Andrew begins the season of Lent and its weekly Wednesday Lenten program with the 2014 Margaret "Peggy" Kai Memorial lecture "In at the Deep End: Exploring the Spirituality of Mission."
Four decades ago Jose Antonio Abreu began the "El Sistema" program with 11 children living in poverty. Today 500,000 youngsters are inspired yearly in that country as well as other youth across the globe.
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Michael Medved spoke at Temple Emanu-El this week about what he contends are "big lies" perpetuated by the media and critics of Israel's attempts at negotiating peace with Arab countries.
Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii today is honoring five winners of its annual Living Treasures of Hawaii honors, which recognize people in Hawaii who demonstrate excellence in their individual areas of endeavor and enrich society with their contributions.
Last fall Kari Adams, a rising high school soccer star, was running up and down practice fields and approaching the seventh month of pregnancy before she found out she was carrying a baby. Given her upbringing as a Catholic, Kari said, "I never thought of having an abortion."
"The Tao of Aloha" Symposium, a series featuring tai ji (tai chi) master and dancer Chungliang Al Huang, will be held Feb. 12 through 14. Huang began to compare the tai ji philosophy with the movements of hula throughout many summer seminars in Hawaii.
The event aims to help health care professionals, social workers, caregivers and others find meaning and wisdom in caring for someone with a terminal illness or in dealing with the death of a loved one.
A coalition of progressive interfaith leaders who took a stand for marriage equality in Hawaii last year is formalizing its intention to further affect state lawmaking, now focusing on meeting basic human needs such as food, shelter and education.
While the congregation at Unity Church of Hawaii accepts that their pastor has moved on to his "next big adventure" in eternity, many members are still stunned by the sudden death of the Rev. Sky Liko St. John, said Margie Hyatt, acting head minister of the Diamond Head church.
In 1952, a few years before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s name became synonymous with the civil rights movement, Samuel Eugene Cox took part in his first demonstration against segregation in Washington, D.C.
Bishop Larry Silva of the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu has invited nearly 100 Christian church leaders, as well as the public, to join him in a "Taize Prayer around the Cross" at 7 p.m. Friday at the University of Hawaii's Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish.
In Japan, millions of people flock to Shinto shrines for New Year's blessings called "Hatsumode." In Hawaii, people of all sorts of backgrounds and faiths also take part in the custom during the first three days of the new year.
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a nine-week course offering practical tools to gain long-term financial stability and success, will get underway next month at two churches on Oahu and one on Hawaii island.
For Rabbi Mendy Krasnjansky, Hanukkah was always the most fun of the Jewish holidays when he was growing up because he would receive toys and chocolate candy coins (gelt) and eat lots of jelly doughnuts.
The eight-day Jewish celebration of Hanukkah usually occurs close to Christmas, but this year the first full day of Hanukkah falls on the same day as Thanksgiving -- Nov. 28 -- a once-in-a-lifetime overlap.
An interfaith community gathering to celebrate Gov. Neil Abercrombie's signing of Hawaii's marriage equality bill -- known as Senate Bill 1 -- into law is set for Nov. 23 at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.
Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya, a Nepalese priest of one of the Vajrayana Buddhist lineages, will hold various workshops in Honolulu this week in addition to making appearances at Kapiolani Community College for International Education Week.
Envision a Christian church service during which participants may leave the pews to visit several prayer stations around the sanctuary, light candles and linger to say personal prayers, or meditate while seated on floor cushions.
An effort to become a more viable, welcoming church might include replacing the old straight-backed wooden pews at the Parish of St. Clement in Makiki with individual, upholstered chairs that can be configured in cozier arrangements.
The religious exemption of the marriage equality bill now being drafted by the Hawaii Legislature will do little to protect the religious freedom of churches and individuals who believe homosexuality is a sin, says the Rev. Allen Cardines of the Hope Chapel Nanakuli church, and a major organizer of various Christian community groups.
The annual International Day of Nonviolence and birthday celebration of Mohandas Gandhi, pioneer of the strategy of nonviolent civil disobedience and leader of Indian independence, will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Gandhi statue at Kapiolani Park, adjacent to the Honolulu Zoo entrance.
Hawaii leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are encouraging members to urge state lawmakers to exempt the church from any potential obligation tied to the proposed marriage equity bill.
State Sen. Will Espero (D, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point), a practicing Catholic, is putting his personal religious beliefs aside to support a proposal for same-sex marriage, which he maintains is a matter rooted in equality and fairness.
Episcopal minister Elizabeth Zivanov of The Parish of St. Clement maintains that recent arguments made by the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu against same-sex marriage are "incredibly offensive" in that they group homosexuals with the Bible's sinners, who, unless they change their ways, face eternal damnation.
Rosh Hashana begins the solemn observance of the Jewish New Year at sunset Wednesday and concludes with Yom Kippur on Sept. 14, a period of deep self-examination and making things right with one's fellow man and God.
Jesus Christ may have dined at the same table with prostitutes and tax collectors and embraced them in love, but he never condoned their behavior, says the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu's Bishop Larry Silva.
Going to church, temple or any house of faith on a regular basis may take care of the soul, but the Rev. Wally Fukunaga, founder of the Sunrise Ministry Foundation, said his organization is trying to "broaden the landscape even more" and give the spirit a playground in which to frolic.
Kalihi Union Church rose from the destruction of Honolulu's Great Chinatown Fire of 1900, which wiped out the bubonic plague as intended and took with it the rat-infested squalor where early immigrants lived when it burned out of control.
Gene Corpuz, a spokesman for Dignity Honolulu (LGBT Catholics), added his group's voice to other national gay rights organizations in praising Pope Francis for his remarks about homosexuals early this week.
The national conversation about racial stereotyping triggered by the Florida trial over the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin might benefit from going through the same steps of reconciliation that Hawaii residents must take to finally achieve peace over the toppling of the Hawaiian kingdom, said one organizer of the Hawaii Forgiveness Project.
As the daughter of immigrant farmworkers living in Texas near the Mexican border, Bishop Minerva Carcano of the United Methodist Church has seen people risk their lives and those of their children in desperation to find work in this country.
The Buddhist ceremony of floating lanterns on water to light the way for ancestral spirits journeying to the afterlife is well known by Hawaii residents. Less familiar is the ritual that greets these spirits for the start of obon season.
South African activist and theologian Allan A. Boesak urged a group of ecumenical church leaders this week to be more outspoken against inequities between the rich and poor, with particular remarks about reconciliation efforts toward Native Hawaiians.
Say "handbells" and people usually think of Salvation Army volunteers ringing away while collecting Christmas donations. Lee Skoda, a ringer with the Mele Mai Paki Lima Community Handbell Choir, said making music with handbells is a lot more complex than that.
Christians celebrate this Sunday as Trinity Sunday to honor the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all considered one God — a concept that is difficult to understand and one rebutted by different sects and denominations.
More than 40 interfaith congregations on Oahu and Maui and their allies have used their political muscle through Faith Action for Community Equity to take care of basic needs of Hawaii residents, especially the poor, sick and marginalized members of society.
Katherine Crosier, who recently retired after serving as organist for the Lutheran Church of Honolulu for 35 years, is playing as much of the kind of music she and her husband love before she goes blind.
First Unitarian Church of Honolulu will celebrate two milestones next week: its 60th anniversary as a certified member of the American Unitarian Association and the 100th anniversary of the completion of its Nuuanu church building.
Religious fanaticism has been cited as a possible motivating factor in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, but fundamentalists who take a literal approach to Scripture are warping theology to justify other needs, said Tamara Albertini, a University of Hawaii associate professor who is writing a book on Islamic philosophy.
The Chinese Buddhist Association of Hawaii, known for its ornate green-and-red Hsu Yun Temple in Nuuanu, celebrated its 60th anniversary by bringing in 16 monks from China to carry out elaborate ceremonies every day this week.
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church welcomes children and adults to sign up for participation in the Aloha Music Academy workshop. The event begins April 8 and culminates with a performance April 14 at 9 a.m. at the church in Kalihi.
Daphne Hookano, a former addict once convicted of selling drugs, and the Rev. Sam Cox, a soft-spoken Methodist minister, come from different backgrounds but share the same vision of transforming the lives of women once they leave prison.
Sixty-three faith congregations on Oahu took in 116 homeless parents and children from off the streets last year, feeding them and helping them get back on their feet until they found stable places to live.
Some Catholics are hoping that Pope Francis' empathy for the poor and his advocacy for social justice as a Jesuit priest might take the focus off hot-button political issues in which the Roman Catholic Church has become embroiled, says the Rev. Jack Ryan, who once conducted the diocese's only Spanish-language Masses on Oahu and Hawaii island.
Christian Holy Week events this month begin with Palm Sunday on March 24 to celebrate the entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, and culminate in the observance of his resurrection on Easter Sunday, March 31.
The Diocese of Honolulu remains tight-lipped on recent lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and teachers in Hawaii, but its general response to nationwide scandals that surfaced in the past 10 years has been to acknowledge that violations have occurred, and to offer support to the victims.
Spending one-on-one time with a priest in the confession booth used to be a weekly habit of devoted Catholics 40 years ago, but now the norm is attending communal penance services twice a year during the current Lent season and Advent before Christmas.
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was on the minds of 75 Saint Francis School seniors Thursday at "Bagels with the Bishop," a series of breakfast chats between Catholic school seniors statewide and Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva.
Sporting gold-trimmed purple robes and a broad smile, the Rev. David Gierlach stood on a bustling Chinatown street corner Wednesday, offering passers-by the rite of having black ash smeared on their foreheads.
Rabbi Peter Schaktman, whose departure from Temple Emanu-El of Honolulu in September was the result of conflicts that divided the Jewish congregation, is offering an alternative place of worship and study on Saturday mornings for people who left the temple.
Kyle Kajihiro, winner of Church of the Crossroads' 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Peacemaker Award, said his becoming a peace and justice activist was sparked by insults to his ethnicity while attending college in Oregon in the 1980s.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the pope's representative to the United States, will be among those attending the final tribute today to the canonization of St. Marianne Cope in Kalaupapa, Molokai.
For the Japanese, observing "shogatsu," or New Year's rituals, ensures an auspicious start to the next 365 days, but in Hawaii local people of all races and religions join in the custom of visiting a Shinto shrine for a blessing and to pick up a variety of elaborately fashioned good-luck charms.
Instead of dreading the darkest days of the year, Neolithic pagans came to realize that the winter months would usher in longer days of sunlight — so vital to their sustenance — and they started celebrating the coming light with traditions still treasured during Christmas today.
Sandra Armstrong never felt the envy some Jewish children experience when Christian friends get to open oodles of gifts, hang decorations on a fragrant tree and enjoy other glitzy festivities of Christmas.
New Hope Windward's annual Christmas production, which brought 90 performers and support staff to the Kailua women's prison Wednesday evening, restores hope in those behind bars who feel society has forgotten them, inmates say.
Lisia Talakai has been running around telling everyone at the Women's Community Correctional Center that she will get to celebrate Christmas with her son for the first time in 13 years, thanks to the "Star Light, Star Bright!" Christmas program.
Chabad of Hawaii, Temple Emanu-El Honolulu and Congregation Sof Ma'arav will hold their annual Hanukkah, or Festival of Lights, celebrations over eight days beginning on the eve of Dec. 8. There will also be a community event on Maui.
Sponsors of the 51st annual Nuuanu Valley Interfaith Thanksgiving this year found in U.S. Rep.-elect Tulsi Gabbard a keynote speaker whose core values of diversity, unity and service to others are shared by many religions.
When King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma invited the Anglican Church to Hawaii 150 years ago, they wanted to establish a church that not only honored Jesus Christ, but one that respected Hawaiian culture and met the needs of its multi-ethnic community.
Pieper Toyama, head of school at Pacific Buddhist Academy, will receive The Interfaith Alliance Hawai'i's "Flame of Hope Award" at the organization's 10th annual Awards Celebration and Dinner on Nov. 18 at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin.
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