Standing with Protectors of Mauna Kea
July 24, 2019
The HCUCC Justice & Witness Missional Team was diligently working on a statement that reflects and respects the diverse perspectives among them. The statement was released on July 24, 2019 and can be viewed HERE.
Please note that the statement is from the Justice & Witness Missional Team, not the Hawai‘i Conference UCC, and the Church never speaks for all its members.
Read an article shared with the wider United Church of Christ, written by Eric Anderson, pastor of Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo, Hawai‘i, about what is happening on Mauna Kea.
"So... I wrote another thing...
And this story was hard. I didn't reach some people whose voices I really wanted to include. That happens, but I really regret it. I know how deep the reverence for Mauna Kea is by people with radically different notions of what should or shouldn't happen there. I know how a sinful history impairs trust in the present. I know that I have merely touched on layers of complex, earnest thought. It's not a simple situation. I can feel some of the pain that washes through our community. The best I can hope for in writing this story is that people who talked to me (and people who didn't) recognize their voices somewhere within."
Read the 100 Religious Leaders Statement of Solidarity with Kanaka Maoli Protecting Sacred Mauna Kea published on July 19, 2019. A number of those listed are from UCC churches and more names are being added. There is an updated list on a post originally published by Hawaii PAAM on their Facebook page on July 20, 2019.