On Tuesday, August 25, Honolulu County Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued a second Stay at Home Order to begin Thursday, August 27, at 12:01 a.m. To comply with the Mayor's order, the Conference office will close at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, and will not reopen until the Honolulu County mandate is lifted. Your conference staff will continue, as best we can, to work from home and provide support for our ministers, congregations, and associations. Please understand that access to our files and other such "hard material" will be limited and not all requests can be met until the shelter-in-place mandate is lifted. We ask that you contact us by phone and email. We are working to remain available
The Hawai'i Conference, in coordination with Times Pharmacy, is hosting a drive-through Flu Shot Clinic at the Conference Office (1848 Nu'uanu Avenue, Honolulu) on Wednesday, September 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Plan to stop by and get your flu shot by Times Pharmacy staff. During this COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more critical to get a flu shot than in past years. Most insurance plans will cover the cost of the shot with $0 copay. Times Pharmacy is contracted with all major insurances including HMSA, Kaiser, UHA, HMA, HMAA, Tricare, and Medicare Part B. No appointment is necessary, but please email email@example.com if you plan to come by so we can ensure that we have enough
At its August 15, 2020 meeting, the Conference Council voted to hold the 2020 'Aha Pae'āina virtually. The 'Aha will begin with a conference-wide worship service on Sunday, October 4 and conclude with its Business Session on Saturday, October 10. Registration materials will be sent to the churches and pastors by the end of August with a registration deadline of 4:00 p.m. on September 23. Please note that due to planning needs, late registrations will not be accepted so be sure that your church has its delegates named by the end of August so that they can register as soon as the materials are received. More information will be forthcoming.
On Monday, September 14, 2020, all authorized ministers and members in discernment are invited to the Hawai'i Conference Pastoral Leaders Retreat, "Come to the Living Waters." This will be a hybrid event, with worship and workshops online, and in-person gatherings (following safety protocols) on each island. Our preacher for the morning worship will be John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. All pastoral leaders are encouraged to set aside this day to relax, as well as be renewed and encouraged in your ministry. Registration information has been sent to authorized ministers and members in discernment. Please contact the Conference Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific School of Religion (PSR)'s Theological Education for Leadership (TEL) Program is coming to Hawai'i! TEL is an online learning program of special courses and seminars for people who want to study theology and ministry in community. TEL is multicultural in its design and focus. The program may be engaged at the level that works for you—for personal spiritual formation, lay leadership training, professional growth, or continuing education. In Hawai'i, TEL students will come together at a host site (or virtually, at least for now) to participate in the online courses and seminars. Plans are underway for host sites on Hawai'i Island, Maui, Kaua'i, Lana'i, and O'ahu, with facilitators to s
COVID-19 has proven to be a worthy foe. It thrives in summer heat and jumps easily from one person to the next. How do we go about fighting this unseen interloper in our lives? The answer for a religious person is we fight COVID with science and with faith. Science is a gift of God to humans, just as faith is. Without a sustained engagement with science, faith is no more than magical thinking. Only when faith and science come together and address the causes of a disease with the spiritual implication of a disease can we prepare for the fight before us.
As people of science, let us heed what the medical experts are saying about wearing masks, physical distancing, avoiding large gatherings,
Shortly after the start of the shelter-in-place period during early April, Iao UCC on Maui sprang into gear and started its Food Distribution Ministry to members of the community—not just to those in Maui Kosrae Etawi and their own church members, but to individuals and families in the wider Maui community, where food insecurity is rising due to economic consequences from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about their ministry and view photos HERE.
The spread of COVID-19, especially on O'ahu, is a concerning sign about how the disease makes its way among people. We are now hearing that COVID is entrenched and endemic to those who live in Hawai'i. The virus is widespread among us, and we are being told that on O'ahu most residents have already been exposed, in one degree or another, to families in which COVID is active. As is being reported in the news, there may be a second lockdown in order to break the growing trend. The mayor of Honolulu County has restricted public gatherings to ten or fewer people. There is an exception for in-person worship by which congregations should gather no more people than can be safely physically distance