August 10, 2021
This issue's header photo was taken on the Big Island this past Sunday, where the St. James' Parish Congregations welcomed back the Rev. Steve McPeek (left). Steve was raised up for ordination at St. James' and is now serving at Christ the King in Frankfurt, Germany. He is pictured with the Revs. Marnie Keator and David Stout. (Photo from the St. James' Facebook page)
Proper 15
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
From the Bishop
In case you missed it, this message was originally released on August 4:


Aloha my dear Siblings in Christ Jesus,

I returned from visiting my Grandchildren in Rhode Island late Sunday to the new surge in positive COVID-19 cases here in the Islands. We are again faced with a difficult situation.

As with the broader community, there has a been a general relaxation of practices in our congregations over the past couple of months. The Customary in the time of Pandemic Updated 5 February 2021 is still the “official” word, but we are faced with a new situation. As the Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi, we must renew our vigilance.

As we consider the current situation, I assume all clergy, lay leaders (wardens, vestry/bishop’s committee members, members of Standing Committee and Diocesan Council, etc.) and lay church employees who can be vaccinated, have been vaccinated against COVID-19. I am aware that some individuals have not been vaccinated for medical reasons and that children under 12 are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Otherwise, I certainly hope all other Episcopalians in this Diocese have been vaccinated. I consider it imperative for our community and our moral responsibility to be vaccinated. READ FULL MESSAGE
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Encourages Americans to Get Vaccinated: “Do this one for the children”
To view the Presiding Bishop's video message, click on the image. The video will also be posted on the Diocesan website's home page for a limited time HERE.
Be sure to stay informed with all the latest COVID-19 updates in Hawai'i through the State's portal HERE. You'll find latest news updates, stats, media resources, information on Safe Travels, Vaccination sites, and much more. Quick links to separate County vaccine webpages are shown below:

Be sure to stay informed with the Bishop's latest messages by clicking on the button shown. All video messages also appear on the Dioceseʻs YouTube Channel and Facebook page.
Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.
Registration Now for CONVENTION 53 and Education Day
The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i takes place October 22-23, 2021, at 'Iolani School in Honolulu. This year's theme is "Remembering those who have gone before." Both the Annual Meeting and Education Day (on Reconciliation) will be live-streamed. There is no fee to watch but online viewers must also register. For more information and to register, go to the Convention webpage:
The Diocese's Reconciliation Task Force will be hosting this year's Education Day being held on Friday, October 22. The theme is on Reconciliation, and will feature guest speakers, Jonathan Okamura, PhD., Professor Emeritus from the University of Hawai'i, and Akiemi Glenn, PhD., founder and executive director of the Pōpolo Project. The event is free and will be live-streamed, but all attendees, whether in-person or online, must register. For more information about Education Day and to register, click on the button below.
Coming Up: Daughters of the King Retreat
All Episcopal women are invited to take part in the Daughters of the King (DOK) Retreat, taking place on Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM, at The Cathedral of St. Andrew.

While one of the goals of the retreat is to connect DOK members throughout the State of Hawai'i, this retreat will broaden the Episcopal community's view of the mission of the DOK organization in Hawai'i: Through prayer, service, and evangelism, we are Episcopal women dedicated to the spread of Christ's love and the strengthening of the spiritual life of our congregations.

For more information about the retreat, click on the image above to view and/or download the event flyer. For more information about DOK, visit the Diocesan website HERE. Note: With increasing COVID-19 counts, organizers are preparing for an online version of the retreat if need be.
News from the Diocesan Creation Care and Environmental Justice Task Force
The Creation Care and Environmental Justice Task Force is currently working on worship plans for this year's Season of Creation, which takes place September through October. For information about this global and ecumenical work, see If you would like to help in planning this worship event, please contact either the Rev. Jenn Latham HERE, or Vicar Bree Lloyd HERE.

The Task Force is also excited to learn what you are doing or what resources you have available for creation care and environmental justice! We have begun compiling an informational picture of the overall creation care and environmental justice work of each of the churches in the diocese and in other statewide conferences (i.e. asset-mapping). This includes advocates connected to our churches who are working at local and state levels. The purpose for this asset-mapping is to strengthen our network, our awareness of each other's work, and our ability to match needs with resources. You are welcome to contact us and share your work with us. We will be calling you at each of our faith communities. Anyone who is interested in helping with these conversations and/or putting together this asset map, please contact Jenn or Bree at the contact information above.
FREE Wisdom of Kalaupapa Series Project Now Being Offered
Quarantined for Life: More than 8,000 People Banished to the Kalaupapa Peninsula on the Island of Moloka'i
The Wisdom project is producing five video‐supported workshops for churches, which take us beyond the pain of human suffering and injustice to the triumph of God’s life‐giving work in the Kalaupapa settlement. The purpose of the series is two‐fold: 1) to draw upon the wisdom of kūpuna (elders) of Kalaupapa (those affected by Hansen’s Disease, otherwise known as leprosy) as they overcame the challenges of exile, social isolation and separation from family, to become resilient people of purpose; and 2) to be inspired by their example as we face our challenges today.

The Wisdom of Kalaupapa is being offered to churches as a set of five workshops. They focus on God’s redeeming work in the human conditions of:
  • Personal Response to Crisis: From Fear to Faith
  • Disruption to `Ohana: From Separation to Restoration
  • The Long Haul: From Despair to Hope
  • Speaking Your Truth: From Oppression to Freedom
  • The Path to God’s Future: From Estrangement to Forgiveness

The video preview from the first workshop is ready for viewing HERE. The first full 90‐minute interactive workshop is available for scheduling with churches as well. Modules are offered in
zoom and in‐person formats by facilitators of the Wisdom team. As modules continue to be developed, the project welcomes family stories about everyday experiences of the people of Kalaupapa.

For more information, to schedule your church for a workshop, or to share a family story, please contact ReSource Director Phyllis Meighen HERE or call 808‐647‐4346. Mahalo nui loa for partial funding from the following foundations: G. N. Wilcox, Dora Isenberg, Elsie Wilcox, and Vidinha.

The Wisdom of Kalaupapa project is a collaboration of the Hawai‘i Conference UCC Formation Team, ReSource for Christian Spirituality, and Episcopal churches on Kaua‘i.
United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26)
Invitation to join Presiding Bishop’s COP26 virtual delegation - Apply by August 20
The Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop’s delegation will participate virtually at COP26 in November. As delegation members, we stand in solidarity with smaller nations, such as those in the Pacific Ocean, who already feel the leading-edge effects of climate change. All Episcopalians 18 years or older are invited to apply to be a delegate, and young adults (ages 18-40), and Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQ Episcopalians are especially encouraged to apply. For more information and to apply, click HERE.
Back-2-School, Back-2-Ministry Resources
Although many churches have suspended in-person Sunday School and youth programs due to COVID-19, we still want to remind everyone of the resources available from The Episcopal Church's Evangelism Initiative. Click HERE to go to the Episcopal Church's Evangelism webpage with a number of links and downloads for back-to-school, and Sunday School resources, along with a special back-to-school video by Presiding Bishop Curry.
Reminder: Online Thrift Shop Gathering August 18
A number of churches in the Diocese have successful thrift shops that serve their communities, but also generates (sizeable) income for the congregations. If your church has a thrift shop, or is considering one, please join us on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, from 10:30-11:30 AM, for a conversation on this topic.

The online Zoom gathering will be led by the Diocesan Support team of Canon Sandy Graham, Rae Costa (Business Manager), and Danny Casey (Accountant). Our plan is to have folks share with each other the joys, struggles, plans, etc., of your ministries for the first half hour, and then invite other congregations who are considering starting a thrift shop ministry to ask questions of the group. Clergy, thrift shop leaders, wardens, treasurers, and those interested are encouraged to attend. Please email Canon Sandy for Zoom connection information.
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Holy Nativity Welcomes The Rev. Jennifer Briggs Latham
The Reverend Jennifer Briggs Latham, "Jenn," feels blessed to be joining the Holy Nativity team as curate this October.

Jenn graduated from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in May of 2020 and was ordained in July of 2020 in the Diocese of Iowa. Since moving to Hawai'i two years ago with her husband, Mike, and children, Miles and Anya, she has served part-time on the ministry team at St. Matthew's Waimanalo.

At the end of August 2021 she will complete a year-long clinical pastoral education residency as a chaplain for Pacific Health Ministry at Queen's Medical Center. Jenn has served on the diocesan task force for Creation Care in both Iowa and Hawai'i, and looks forward to continuing this ministry. (Photo and article excerpts from the Holy Nativity weekly e-news).
Cathedral Blesses & Names New Pū
On Sunday, July 25, the Cathedral welcomed two new pū into the liturgical ministry of St. Andrew’s. The pū in Kahoku’s left hand was a gift to the Cathedral from Master Navigator and Cathedral member, Billy Richards. This pū, named Moananuiākea, was a gift to Billy from The Rev. Canon Malcolm Naea Chun. The pū in Kahoku’s right hand was a gift to the Cathedral from Orvis Scholar John Alexander. This pū, named Kūnuiākea, was of John’s personal collection. It was in service at ‘Iolani School during John’s 40-year tenure there in the Performing Arts Department. Much mahalo to Billy and John for these gifts, and Mahalo ke Akua for all. (Photo and article from the CSA Newsetter)
Emmanuel's Growing Family
While Emmanuel's priest is on maternity leave, retired clergy, the Rev. Frank Chun welcomed Nathan Thomas Janczyk into the Body of Christ. (Photo from the Emmanuel Facebook page)
Back to School with Lots of Supplies in Hand!
St. Elizabeth's Sunday School teachers prepared a ton of bags fills with school supplies to distribute to the children as they head back to school this week. (Photo from St. Elizabeth's newsletter)
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
All Saints' Inaugural Organ Concert
All Saints' Episcopal Church in Kapa'a will be hosting their first in a series of concerts on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at 2:00 PM. The inaugural concert will feature Peter DuBois, who is the Director of Music and Organist at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY. For more information, contact the church office at (808) 822-4267.
Maui Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
The Big Island Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
St. Augustine's Welcomes New Vicar on November 1: The Rev. Jennifer Masada
(The following is an announcement from John Sakai, Bishop's Warden, St. Augustine's)

I am very happy to announce that the Rev. Jennifer Masada has accepted the Bishop Committee's call to be the next Vicar of St. Augustine's, Kapaau, Hawai'i. Bishop Fitzpatrick has approved her appointment to this position. Rev. Jennifer has served at St. Augustine's on several occasions as a supply Priest during the past 5 years, so many of you may have met her previously. She comes to us with over 10 years of experience at New Song Episcopal Church in Coralville, Iowa. She serves as Priest of a diverse congregation providing pastoral care, healing ministry, youth and adult education.
Full-time Keiki, Youth, and Family Ministries Coordinator
St. James' Parishes (Includes St. James', St. Columba's, and Beach Mass
For more information, visit the Diocesan website HERE.
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
Photo: Matthew Taylor
St. John’s in Washington gets full Lego treatment as brick-building parishioner pairs faith, hobby
[August 5, 2021] In Matthew Taylor’s imagination, the historic church in Washington, D.C., that sits across Lafayette Square from the White House is 144 “studs” long (about 45 inches). It is 15 inches wide, rises about 2 feet from its base and is made from as many as 5,000 bricks, many of them purchased online from after-market sellers around the country and the world. READ MORE
Photo: Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service
Episcopalians among those arrested in Poor People’s Campaign rally for voting rights, wage hikes
[August 3, 2021] Several Episcopal clergy and lay leaders were among more than 200 demonstrators who were arrested and detained Aug. 2 in Washington, D.C., while rallying with the Poor People’s Campaign in favor of legislation that would benefit disenfranchised voters and low-income Americans. READ MORE
Photo: Bechara Damouni
Arab- and English-speaking Episcopalians form unique faith partnership in Michigan
[July 27, 2021] Two Episcopal congregations in Dearborn, Michigan — one Arabic-speaking, the other English-speaking — have been sharing worship space, liturgy, Bible study, conversation and food, and are partnering to create beloved community together. READ MORE
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Church Chuckle
10 Ways to Attract Communicants Back to Church
By Fr. Gregory Johnson, Diocese of Hawai'i
(Inspired by the challenges congregations are facing as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic)
1.   Serve a 2009 Chateau Margaux for communion
2.   Replace communion hosts with gluten-free Ritz crackers
3.   Give a $100 Starbucks gift card to communicants who remember the lessons
4.   Use CBD oil for anointing
5.   Promise the sermon will be less than 10 minutes
6.   Offer VIP backstage passes to meet the worship band
7.   Encourage Millennials and Zoomers to use their smartphones during church
8.   Use aroma therapy diffusers with lavender oil instead of incense
9.   Serve Crispy Crème donuts and Black Ivory coffee after the service
10.  Offer a “forgive any sin” promotion for those who are fully vaccinated

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