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The 202nd ‘Aha Pae‘āina in 2024

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“Do not call to mind the former things or consider things of the past. Behold, I am going to do something new, now it will spring up; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” -Isaiah 43:18-19

Theme:  Ho‘āla Hou
To arouse, stir up, renew, restore, revive, raise.

When: Thursday, June 13 – Saturday, June 15, 2024

Where: Central Union Church (1660 S. Beretania St., Honolulu)

The 202nd ‘Aha Pae‘āina will be in-person again for the first time since the onset of COVID! While delegates must attend in person to participate fully, we plan to livestream the worship services, keynotes, and business session for others to tune in! View the schedule and check back here for those sessions.
 
JOIN IN SONG!
Attending in person? Bring your instruments and voices! Practice "Gather Us In" for the opening worship service.

YOUTH
We are excited to have 40 youth (spanning grades 6-12) from five islands participating in the ‘Aha youth event! If you're interested in sponsoring a youth and helping to make participation more accessible, learn more HEREView the packing list and draft schedule.

Keynote Speakers

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The Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson is the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ (UCC), elected at the 34th General Synod in 2023. She is the first woman and the first woman of African descent to serve as the leader of the denomination. Prior to accepting this call, Rev. Thompson, a Jamaican immigrant, served in the national setting of the UCC for 14 years, including as Minister for Racial Justice, and as the Associate General Minister for Wider Church Ministries and Co-Executive for Global Ministries. Rev. Thompson will deliver the message at the ‘Aha Makua opening worship and participate in other activities throughout the event.

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The Rev. Dr. James Fouther, Jr. is the Western Region Generosity Officer with the United Church of Christ. Prior to joining the UCC Staff, Rev. Fouther served as pastor at the United Church of Montebello in Denver, Colorado; Adjunct Instructor at Iliff School of Theology; and Pastor of Church of the Open Door, UCC in Miami, Florida. Rev. Fouther will serve as our theological reflector during the ‘Aha Makua.

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