October 26, 2023

This issue's header photo was taken on Friday, October 20, during Convention 55's Opening Eucharist Service in St. Alban's Chapel, 'Iolani School. Clergy in attendance gathered for a group photo following the service that included the ordination of the Diocese's newest deacon, Mary Margaret Smith, pictured left of the Bishop. (Photo: S. Nishioka)

Proper 25

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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CONVENTION 55: It's a wrap!

The 55th Annual Meeting of Convention wrapped up early this past Saturday; a surprising achievement considering the number of resolutions that were being considered. There were five that included first-time substitute resolutions and one from the floor, that Bishop Bob remarked was probably the first one he's witnessed since his time in the Diocese. Thanks to his years of experience and ability to control and keep everything on track, the meeting was able to end in a timely manner. Electronic voting, which was introduced in last year's Annual Meeting, went smoothly, and the meeting as a whole went well.

Convention 55 actually started off on Friday, October 20, with an Education Day, Opening Eucharist, and Aloha Reception. Education Day consisted of presentations from three of the Diocese's ministries: The Racial Reconciliation Task Force, Environmental Justice & Creation Care Task Force, and the Deacon's Ministry. Both tears and hilarity were in abundance. The Diocese's Archdeacon, the Venerable Steve Costa, shared poignant and moving accounts in two of the sessions, while the Environmental Justice and Creation Care's "game show" brought about lots of laughter with team names like Confused Coconuts and Frustration Jason Momoa ---whaaat?

After the presentations, folks put together items for the BacPac Prison Ministry before heading to St. Alban's Chapel for the Convention Eucharist. The Diocese's newest deacon, Mary Margaret Smith, was ordained into the diaconate. The open choir, with singers from around the Diocese, was fabulous, especially considering their only practice together was just minutes before the service! The Aloha Reception followed with a delicious Hawaiian buffet.

We were delighted to have two Convention Chaplains from the Society of St. Francis, Brother Ambrose Cristóbal and Brother Thomas Steffensen. Folks enjoyed Brother Steffensen's prayers and especially his Friday sermon which was thoughtful and reflective, while Brother Ambrose kept us chuckling throughout the event with anecdotes delivered in his style of "pidgin." The reaction to his brief Opening Prayer for the Annual Meeting was definitely a first; eliciting laughter and applause, with an A+ for delivery!

Be sure to look out for the Special Edition Convention Chronicle coming out next week, with full coverage, convention videos, and tons of photos! For the first time, we are also including a live-recording of the Bishop's Address in its entirety.

Mahalo to everyone who participated, and to the Diocesan Support Center team led by veteran Rae Costa, for all of their hard work putting together this year's convention. (Photos: S. Nishioka)

Record Attendance at Prayer Vigil for Red Hill Defueling

On Sunday, October 15, 2023, clergy from the Diocese of Hawai'i led a prayer vigil on Halawa Valley Street, at the entrance to the controversial Red Hill Defueling site. The vigil drew a record number of supporters thanks to Healani Sonoda Pale and other Hawaiian organizations who coordinated the effort. Pictured in the photos are the Revs. Kaleo Patterson, Haaheo Guanson, and Archdeacon Steve Costa. Also joining them was Brother Ambrose Cristóbal from the Society of St. Francis, who was on island for Convention 55 as one of the guest chaplains. For more about Red Hill's defueling process, click HERE. (Contributed photos)


Help us… help you… help those affected by the Maui Wildfires!

Due to the generosity from people around the Diocese, country, and globe, we want to make sure we can help wherever help is needed. Assistance isn’t limited to just people currently on Maui (there are many who have taken people in on other islands), nor is it ever limited to Episcopalians. To send a request for financial assistance, click on the button above.

EARTH-FRIENDLY PET CARE - In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Augustine's on Hawai'i Island shared a link to earth- and pet-friendly care! In their online newsletter they shared: When it comes to toys and supplies, make sure there are no toxic chemicals, such as lead or arsenic which is often found in tennis balls, or unsustainable materials, such as un-recycled plastic. Learn about ways to love your pet and creation HERE.

2024 FORMA - January 22-25, 2024, Virtual watch parties TBA

2024 Clergy Retreat - January 29-31, 2024, Camp Mokulēʻia, O'ahu

2024 Vestry Orientation (New or not!) - February 10, 2024 (Virtual)

2024 Spring Training - March 23, 2024, The Cathedral of St. Andrew, O'ahu

Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.

O'AHU: At The Cathedral...

This Saturday! Good News Garden Gathering

Join in with the Eden Guild this Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, and tend to the gardens and grounds around the Cathedral. We begin with prayer under the Aloha Tent. For more information, contact the Cathedral office at (808) 524-2822.

Incredible Night of Singing with the Cathedral Choir

On Sunday, October 22, 2023, the Choir of the Cathedral of St. Andrew and O'ahu Choral Society Chamber Choir, joined forces to present a concert of mystically beautiful choral and organ music by William Byrd, one of the most celebrated composers of the English Renaissance, who died in 1623. Pictured above, the Cathedral choir delivered a breathtaking rendition. (Photo from the Cathedral Facebook page)

HAWAI'I ISLAND: Tomorrow! Kohala Cares Benefit Celebration at St. Augustine's

Our community partner, Kohala Cares, distributes free groceries every Tuesday at 4:30PM in the St. Augustine's parking lot. Peter Pomeranze and his team raise money each week to purchase over 100 bags of groceries for the Kohala Community. If you would like to help Kohala Cares, join them for their fundraiser held at Walker Hall on Friday, October 27, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM! There will be live music, delicious food and a silent auction with many wonderful items and services! See the poster shown for more details. If you'd like to volunteer, donate items and learn more, please contact Peter at alohapeter@yahoo.com.

MAUI: Coming Up! A Day of Healing in Upcountry Maui

St. John's Episcopal Church (Kula) and The Rotary Club of Maui are co-sponsoring "A Day of Healing"...for all who are experiencing grief, PTSD, or any kind of trauma as a result of the Wild Fires on Maui in August. The gathering will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, at St. John's, 8992 Kula Highway. There will be grief and healing exercises, opportunities to share experiences, pilgrimage walk on the labyrinth, and a nutritious lunch. Transportation can be arranged from Lahaina, Kihei and Central Maui. To sign up, contact the Rev. Heather Mueller at (808) 430-0120, or email her HERE.

KAUA'I: Coming Up! St. Michael and All Angels' 60th Anniversary Celebration

All are invited to a very special service and celebration at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, as they honor our Holy Sovereigns and celebrate the church's 60th anniversary. The event takes place on Sunday, November 5, 2023, beginning at 10:00 AM. There will be live music, hula, and a luau lunch to follow. Aloha attire suggested. For more information, contact the church at (808) 245-3796. St. Michael's is located at 4364 Hardy Street in Lihue.


(Visit the Diocesan website HERE for more information.)

  • OʻAHU: The Cathedral of St. Andrew - Seeking Volunteer Docents
  • OʻAHU: St. Stephen's Church, Wahiawa - Organist (Part-time)
  • HAWAI'I ISLAND: Holy Apostles - Minister of Music (Part-time)
The Episcopal Church & Beyond

Presiding bishop returns from surgery, chairs Executive Council meeting confronting violence, division, change

[10/25/23] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, recovering from a Sept. 20 surgery, returned as chair of Executive Council on Oct. 25 at its meeting this week, after missing its last meeting in June. In his opening remarks, he said that he was “profoundly grateful” for the overwhelming support and prayers from across the church and beyond. READ MORE

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Reminders (Previously Announced)

Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry Grants Now Available - Episcopalians are invited to consider how their community might serve young adults—on and off college campuses—and apply for an Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry grant for the 2024-25 academic year. The deadline to apply is November 13, 2023, with decisions announced in early 2024. Applicants are encouraged to use a discernment and planning guide prior to submission. Find application forms, selection criteria, sample applications, a timeline, budget guidelines, and more at this link.

The United Thank Offering Board is pleased to announce the availability of its 2024 UTO Annual Grants, with a focus on projects that welcome and include “the stranger.” Application deadlines are December 1, 2023, for Anglican Communion partners and January 19, 2024, for dioceses of The Episcopal Church. More information—including criteria for applicants, sample budgets and timelines, and helpful hints—as well as application and other forms are available online in English and Spanish HERE. READ MORE

Required Safe Church Training - This is a reminder that Safe Church training is mandatory for all clergy, employees, vestry members, and most volunteers. Please read The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i Safeguarding Policy and the Diocesan Safe Church Training Webpage. This training needs to be renewed every three years. Contact your church's Safe Church Administator or priest for more information, or if you have questions, email Nani Carroll.

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