September 30, 2021
This issue's header photo is of the banner displayed at the Cathedral of St. Andrew, in support of masking and vaccinations during these extraordinary times. The lower portion is from Mark 12:29-31. The banner, designed by Canon Heather Patton-Graham, can be ordered for other churches who would also like to display one. (Photo from the Cathedral Facebook page)
Proper 22
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From the Bishop
The following message from the Bishop was emailed on September 24 to church leadership in the Diocese, and is related to the article further below from the Episcopal Church on "My Way of Love for Small Groups":
Presiding Bishop Curry's Invitation:
A Church That Looks and Acts Like Jesus
My dear Siblings in Christ Jesus,

Please see the video message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry HERE. In it, the Presiding Bishop is setting a challenge for the Episcopal Church.

This continues his call to all Episcopalians to walk “My Way of Love” (the seven practices to grow into a Jesus-centered life: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest). I also call your attention to the small group resources for congregations now available HERE.

It is very important for each leader – lay and ordained – to read the following (and the attached), to look at the material in the links (and watch the videos noted), to incorporate “My Way of Love” into our practice as individuals and as the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi, and to accept the Presiding Bishop’s invitation.

I think his call provides the theological and spiritual basis for our own Diocesan priorities and re-formation:

  • The Diocese is committed to developing and sustaining spiritual growth, vitality, curiosity, and well-being within our churches. 
  • The Diocese seeks to strengthen our identity as one 'ohana and the relationships within our 'ohana among clergy, lay leaders and congregations.
  • The Diocese is focused on improving the capacity for communication within our congregations, across the Diocese, and into our communities as we engage in evangelism.
  • The Diocese is committed to the reconciliation of God’s people within our Islands and our Church.
  • The Diocese is committed to the care of God’s creation and environmental justice for God’s people.

The priorities grow out of the Strategic Initiatives work of the Diocese undertaken four years ago and the commitments of the Episcopal Church for racial and environmental justice as established by General Convention.

More will be coming on this in the near future, but as the leaders of the Diocese, it must begin with you.

Yours faithfully,

The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick
 (Pronouns: he, him, his)
In case you missed it, more of the Bishop's recent messages:
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
(September 21, 2021)
Aloha my dear Siblings in Christ,

The ongoing reality of COVID-19 has presented many challenges to the Church as we try to engage the governmental guidelines and the instruction from health care professionals. In the Episcopal Church, we have listened closely and tried to follow the direction of the best that medical science and civil authority can offer.

With the Delta Variant and other possible variants extant in the world today, what should we do? First and foremost, we must continue to encourage every member of the Episcopal Church who is medically eligible to be vaccinated. There is no reasonable reason whatsoever for someone in the Episcopal Church to seek a religious exemption from being vaccinated based on the teaching.. READ FULL MESSAGE
Bishop's Video Message: Pandemic, Job, Love
September 22, 2021 - The Bishop reflects on the current COVID-19 status in the church and our communities, the Book of Job, and love .(Click on his image to view.)
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.
The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i takes place October 22-23, 2021, and will be held virtuallyThis 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:
NOW POSTED on the Convention webpage under the e-Workbook Documents section: Proposed Budget, Nominees, and Resolutions.

Zoom Training - In preparation for the online Annual Meeting, the Diocesan Support Center will be holding live Zoom training sessions as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 5 at 1:00 PM for those who will be using a desktop or laptop
  • Wednesday, October 6 at 1:00 PM for those who will be using a tablet
  • Thursday, October 7 at 1:00 PM for those who will be using a smartphone

For clergy and delegates who cannot make the live training sessions, they will be recorded and posted to the Convention 53 webpage HERE.

Register ASAP to get your free gift while supplies last!
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 viewers must register. For more information about Education Day and to register, click on the button below.
For those interested in viewing past journals of the Diocese's Annual Meetings, they have been digitized and posted on our website HERE. Journals go back to 1956, and meeting coverage in the E-Chronicle from 2011.
This Saturday! ECW Annual Meeting
ECW logo
The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Hawai'i will be holding their annual meeting this Saturday, October 2, beginning at 9:00 AM. This will be an online meeting "Engaging & Connecting Women via Zoom!" Along with the business meeting, it will be a time to check in and see how all are doing, especially during these challenging times. Contact Louise Aloy via email HERE for Zoom information.
Job Openings at Camp Mokule'ia
Camp Mokule'ia has several job openings for:

  • Assistant Program Director (Full-time)
  • Food Service Director (Full-time)
  • Site Staff (Full-time)
  • Gardener (Part-time

For more information, contact Darrell Whitaker HERE.
Episcopal Church Announces ‘My Way of Love for Small Groups’ Resource for Spiritual Growth
Responding to a hunger for deeper discipleship among Episcopal congregations, creators of the My Way of Love initiative announce an upcoming new spiritual journey guide, video and other materials designed for small groups.

“My Way of Love for Small Groups” expands on the individualized spiritual journey laid out in My Way of Love and offers step-by-step guidance, scriptures, prayers, and reflections for nine weekly group gatherings. The resources will be available in early October; a sample can be found at this link online. READ MORE
Anglicans Ablaze Global Conference
All are invited to attend the online Anglicans Ablaze Global Conference taking place October 6-9, 2021. The conference is hosted by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, with the theme, A Jesus-Shaped Life: "Love God, Love the World, Make Disciples." Guest speakers include our own Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

The cost of the conference is only $5. The organizers have intentionally set the price as low as possible to give access to as
many who would like to attend. We ask those who can pay more to please donate toward meeting AA2021 expenses. For more information and to register, click on the event flyer.
Community of Retired Clergy Energized!
"Retirement" can have connotations of slowing down and taking it easy, but for many of the retired clergy in the Diocese, retirement has been energizing. Although the pandemic has put a damper on travel and visits with loved ones, it has allowed them to channel that energy into more creative pursuits. Their newest project, called Talk Story, will be a compilation of stories shared by our retired clergy. Humorous, tender, sage, and thrilling, be on the lookout for the first in a series of stories to be shared in the next Chronicle.
Reminder: New ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Classes begin October 5
Free ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi classes are starting Tuesday, October 5, 2021, on Zoom, under the tutelage of Kumu Kū Souza (ʻIolani School). We are continuing this endeavor to not only facilitate better knowledge and familiarity with the language, but also because, as the Bishop often mentions, “language bears culture.” Last year’s session was only open to clergy, and those interested can continue their studies with a “Session II”. This year’s “Session I” is open to all members of the Diocese of Hawaiʻi (clergy and lay).

Tuesdays, starting October 5, 2021, planned ending March 29, 2022
  • 5:00-5:45pm Session I (first-time students)
  • 6:00-6:34pm Session II (continuing students)

For more information, or to sign up, please contact Cn. Sandy Graham HERE. Space is limited (particularly for Session I).
Dial 808 To Make Local Calls
Just a reminder that beginning on October 24, 2021, all local calls, including those on the same island, will require you to dial area code 808 + telephone number. The change comes as the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) adopts 988 as a new three-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline starting July 6, 2022. In order for it to work, all service providers must implement mandatory 10-digit local dialing. Be sure to update all your contacts with their area codes.
CPG Planning for Tommorrow Conference Postponed
The Church Pension Group's Planning for Tomorrow Conference, originally scheduled for November, has been postponed. They are looking at possible dates in 2022. Stay tuned!
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Coming Up: "Ask the Bishop" from the Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. Andrew will be hosting an "Ask the Bishop" talk story on Sunday, October 17, 2021. The livestream will take place between their 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM services. Folks are asked to submit their questions ahead of time via email through the Cathedral office HERE. More information to come!
Coming Up: Webinar on America's History of Race and Racism
Join this special webinar on Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 10:00-11:00 AM (HST): "An Honest Look at the history of race leading to honest engagement with one another."

This workshop is an overview of Sacred Ground (a film and readings-based dialogue on race) including discussion of clips from the films. Experienced facilitators will offer guidance for how to form small groups to walk through key chapters in America's history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family stories, economic class, and political and regional identity. For more information and to register, click HERE.
Helping Our Community
Like many of our churches in the Diocese, the folks at St. Luke's in Honolulu continue to do their best to serve their community despite the challenges and restrictions of the pandemic. Shown above is their recent collection of school supplies and food to be distributed to those in need. (Contributed photo)
Wallyhouse in the News
St. Elizabeth's Wallyhouse was recently featured on KITV news (September 14, 2021). The feature addressed the growing demand at food pantries despite falling unemployment numbers.
Pictured above, barbara (intentional lower case) bennet who manages Wallyhouse, shared how they were giving out 3,000 bags a month a year ago, but has grown to 5,000. To view the video clip, click on the image or HERE.
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Project Vision Hi‘ehi‘e Showers Inaugural Event at All Saints'
On Thursday, September 16, 2021, Project Vision brought their mobile shower trailer to All Saints' Episcopal Church in Kapa'a, to offer hot showers to houseless guests, and will continue to do so every first and third Thursdays of the month between 12:00-3:00 PM. The brand new trailer includes two enclosed private stalls with a toilet and hot shower. Between guest showers, the Project Vision crew sanitizes each area, and can handle up to 20 showers per visit.

All Saints' members will also be providing sack lunches, and welcome volunteers and organizations to help with this effort. For more information, Contact Carolyn Morinishi through the church HERE. (Photos from the All Saints' weekly e-news)
Maui Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Clergy Transitions:
Holy Innocents Welcomes the Rev. Bruce DeGooyer
The Rev. Bruce DeGooyer has been appointed Vicar (quarter-time) at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Lahaina. DeGooyer, who retired last year after serving at Trinity By-the-Sea in Kihei, will begin at Holy Innocents on October 1, 2021. He also currently serves as the Chaplain to Retired Clergy in the Diocese, and is an excellent photographer whose stunning photos have appeared in a number of Chronicle issues.
Lifting Up Youth at the Queen Emma Athletic Club
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Wailuku has been home to the Queen Emma Athletic Club that serves the youth the community through weightlifting. In August, Hanalei Kauhaahaa came in 3rd in the Clean and Jerk at the Pan American Championships, an Olympic-style weightlifting competition that was held in Monterrey, Mexico. Hanalei represented Team USA in the 102 kg weight class. He also previously won a national title in the 2020 American Youth National Championships last December. (Photos and article from the Good Shepherd e-news)
The Big Island Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Preschool Chapel at Holy Apostles
Pastor Katlin (McAllister) and Uncle Lindy (Marzo) brought Chapel back to Joyland on September 15, 2021. After a very long hiatus due to the pandemic, 25 little children, along with their teachers, learned prayers and songs, and enjoyed a Bible video about Jesus and the little children. Preschool Chapel takes place once per month as a freely given ministry to share God's love with Joyland Preschool (owned and operated by Crossnet Ministries). (Photo and article from the Holy Apostles e-news)
Coming Up: Annual Oktoberfest at St. Jude's
St. Jude's annual Ocktoberfest goes "take out" style on Saturday, October 9, 2021. The menu includes brats, sauerkraut, potatoes, onions, carrots and a dessert. Donations are welcomed but if you can't spare anything at this time, that's fine too! We'll be serving from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM or whenever the food runs out, so don't be late or you might miss out! St. Jude's is located at 92-8606 Paradise Circle in Ocean View. For more information contact the church office at (808) 838-7000.
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
Photo: William Nunnally/ELCA
Presiding Bishop among 12 faith leaders in White House meeting on bills supporting families, workers
[Septemmber 22, 2021] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joined 11 other faith leaders representing the ecumenical advocacy group Circle of Protection during a Sept. 22 visit to the White House to advocate for passage of legislation supporting families, workers and citizens. READ MORE
Photo: David Zadig/Diocese of Massachusetts
Movement grows to honor Bishop Barbara Harris with a feast day on her date of death
[September 29, 2021] Dioceses and Episcopal leaders are joining a growing movement to add Bishop Barbara Harris to The Episcopal Church’s calendar of Lesser Feasts and Fasts. They are lining up diocesan resolutions that will ask the 80th General Convention to advance her elevation to the status of a church saint at its meeting in July 2022, just two years after her death. READ MORE
Photo: Carolina Digital Library & Archives
‘My Name Is Pauli Murray’ brings trailblazing Episcopal saint’s story to a wider audience
[September 28, 2021] In the new documentary “My Name Is Pauli Murray,” filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen paint a picture of an unsung trailblazer who remains relatively unknown despite her lasting influence on American society. Episcopalians know her as the first African American woman to be ordained a priest and as a pioneer in the struggles for racial and gender equality. READ MORE
Photo: Lynn Collins
Deputies of Color organize for change in Episcopal Church, society ahead of General Convention
[September 24, 2021] A group of Episcopal clergy and lay leaders who self-organize as the Deputies of Color will kick off their preparations for the 80th General Convention on Sept. 25 with an online conference focused on “Truth Telling,” during which Episcopalians share their various experiences with racism in the church and in society. READ MORE
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