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Conference Minister's Christmas Greetings

Hear a short message from our Conference Minister for this Christmas season.

Traditionally, I should say I wish everyone a Mele Kalikimaka. However, given the impact of COVID-19, "merry" may not be how we describe this Christmas season. Family gatherings will be limited. Keiki we are used to welcoming might visit only over the phone or internet. Kupuna might refrain from seeing others in order to manage their risk of exposure to the coronavirus. Like you, Kerrie and I are adjusting our expectations as to how we will spend Christmas. There is little doubt that this Christmas will be more lackluster than merry.

So instead of wishing you a Merry Christmas, allow me to wish you a Blessed Christmas. In the midst of these feelings of loss, I encourage us to remember the underlying joy of this season—that God was in Jesus Christ reconciling the world to Godself. Seek the blessing of your salvation and take joy in God's compassion and kindness towards the world.

If I have understood my Hawaiian language studies correctly instead of a Merry Christmas, I wish you all a Ho'opōmaika'i 'ia Kalikimaka. I wish you a Blessed Christmas where angels sing of peace on earth, shepherds are awed by a baby in a manger, and the world is changed.

David Popham, Conference Minister

You are encouraged to share this message! If you'd like the video file to show the message in a virtual worship service, email

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