November 24, 2021
This issue's header photo was taken at Tenney Theater this past Sunday, November 21, during a live performance of Anchored, a play about three remarkabe women (Queen Lili'uokalani, Queen Emma, Julian of Norwich) and the deep faith that got them through tragic circumstances. Read more in the featured article below. (Photo by S. Nishioka)
Thanksgiving Day
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them.  Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Bishop's Thanksgiving Message 2021
Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick shares a Thanksgiving video message, reflecting on St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures and Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. To view his video message, click on the image shown at left or HERE. To view the text version of his message, click on the button 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.
Anchored: Julian, Emma & Lydia...Another Trinity
The Diocese of Hawai'i was delighted to share the premeire performance of the play Anchored, on Sunday, November 21, 2021. The play, which was livestreamed on the Diocese's Facebook page, was held in Tenney Theater at The Cathedral of St. Andrew, to a limited audience (for safety protocols). READ MORE
Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.
Advent Resources
The Season of Advent begins this Sunday, November 28, 2021. Be sure to visit The Episcopal Church's Advent and Christmas Resource page HERE, that includes a number of curriculum options, activities, meditations, and more. Here are just a few:

Tune in each week on the Advent Resource page to hear the collect of every Sunday of Advent and Christmas Day read aloud by a member of The Episcopal Church.
Watch the 60th Anniversary of the Full Communion Concordat between TEC & IFI
In case you missed it, watch the special liturgy celebrating the 60th Anniversary Concordat on the Diocese's Facebook YouTube page HERE. The special event was led by Officiant Obispo Máximo Rhee Timbang (IFI), and the homily delivered by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. It also featured choirs from four seminaries in the Philippines and The Cathedral of St. Andrew.
Available for Purchase: Hawaiian BCP & Gospels
The Diocese has made available two very special publications for purchase:

  • The Hawaiian Book of Common Prayer, with over 400 pages of translated biblical scirpture liturgical prayers and orders of service, including King Kamehameha IV's preface as translated by him into English.

  • Nā ‘Euanelio Hemolele - This lectionary-sized book contains the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, in the Hawaiian-language, complete with diacritical marks. The book was a project of the Rev. Cn. Malcolm Naea Chun, 20 years in the making, and whose publication was funded by the Diocese's Commission on Native Hawaiian Ministry.

There is also an option to buy these as a set for a discounted price. To order your copies today click HERE.
Applications Open for General Convention Official Youth Presence 2022
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The Episcopal Church invites teens age 16 to 19 to apply to become part of the 80th General Convention’s Official Youth Presence, a group whose members have seat and voice in the House of Deputies.

Up to two youth from each of the church’s nine provinces will be selected to participate in the Official Youth Presence from July 4-14, 2022, in Baltimore, Maryland. Youth who are selected must also attend orientation and training in Baltimore from March 31 to April 2.

Applications and nomination forms are due by December 23, 2021. Nominators must not be related to the applicant. Spanish applications and nomination forms are also available. READ MORE
Mission: Joy Available FREE for Faith Communities
Two of the world’s most revered spiritual leaders are uniting one last time to share spiritual wisdom and cutting edge neuroscience that show us exactly how we can each access more joy, no matter our circumstances. And just in time, during these dark and divided days. 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu share their wisdom (and humor) through a laugh-out-loud funny documentary film called Mission: JOY, Finding Happiness in Troubled Times, that is inspired by their international bestseller, The Book of Joy. The film production team includes multiple Academy Award winners and Emmy winners, and is predicted, like the book, to be "the antidote to the times" (Boston Globe). It premiered at Tribeca, and has been featured in 34 film festivals and counting. 

The film is offered FREE OF CHARGE to faith communities and other groups in order to help further the Archbishop's and His Holiness's goal of making the film and its messages available to as many people around the world as possible, without regard to ability to pay. To host a screening for your congregation, simply sign up HERE (it takes 3 minutes) or email.
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
This past Sunday, November 21, many churches in the Diocese celebrated the Feast of the Holy Sovereigns (King Kamehameha & Queen Emma). Click on the linked church names to view a few of the live services.
St. Clement's Thanksgiving Dinner for RYSE
Mahalo to The Parish of St. Clement Church in Makiki for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner meal prepared for RYSE (Residential Youth Services & Empowerment) residents and staff. Since 2006, The Parish has been preparing home-cooked Thanksgiving meals for our community. We are grateful to The Parish for their ongoing love and support in our mission to end youth homelessness. (Photo and caption from the RYSE Facebook page)
Cathedral Artistry
The afternoon sun paints the interior columns and floors of The Cathedral with a vibrant abstract from the reflection of the magnificent stained glass window. (Photo by the Rev. Cn. Heather Patton-Graham from the Cathedral Facebook page)

Emmanuel Food Drive
Mahalo donors and volunteers! The November 20 Thanksgiving Drive-By Food Drive benefiting the Hawaii Foodbank was a huge success! Many thanks to Pam Zoller and Carolyn Remedios for organizing the event! Thank you to Joe Krueger and his Le Jardin Academy students for volunteering and raising money! Thank you to Mike Emerson for delivering the pallet of collected goods to the Hawaii Foodbank! What a blessing it is to be able to bless others! (Photos and caption from the Emmanuel Facebook page)
Coming Up: St. Timothy's Charcuterie & Crafts
On Sunday, December 5, 2021, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Aiea will be hosting a special Charcuterie and Crafts event, from 3:00-5:00 PM. Your $35 donation includes card making or wreath making, supplies, food and beverages. Vaccine card and picture ID will be checked at the door. St. Timothy's is located at 98-939 Moanalua Road in 'Aiea. For more information contact the office at (808) 488-5747.
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Celebrating Our Holy Sovereigns
KIA Receives Community Award
Congratulations to the Kapaʻa Interfaith Association (KIA) for being named the 2021 Recipient of the "Challenging Religious and Political Extremism" Award from The Interfaith Alliance of Hawaiʻi (TIAH), in recognition for KIA's years-long commitment to bring local houses of worship of different faiths together for interfaith dialogue, worship, and social outreach during the Thanksgiving holiday! All Saints', along with several other Kapa'a churches and temples, belong to KIA, and have sponsored an annual Thanksgiving community meal for nearly 20 years.
Maui Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Celebrating Our Holy Sovereigns
Coming Up: Eucharistic Minister/Visitor Training
A training for Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors will be taking place at Good Shepherd in Wailuku, on Saturday, December 4, 2021. These are licensed ministries in the Diocese of Hawai'i. This licensed lay position must be renewed every there years. Fr. Moki Hino will be leading the training. To comply with Diocesan pandemic policy, all participants must be vaccinated. For more information or to reigster, please call the parish office at (808) 244-4656.
Hawaiʻi Island
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Reminder: Christmas Shoppe & Cheer at St. James'
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, December 4, 2021, for St. James' Christmas Shoppe & Cheer. Buy Christmas decor and baked goods in a festive setting on and around the Thrift Store Lanai from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Can't make it in person? We'll also have an online silent auction for select items and experiences, opening November 27 and closing the night of December 4.

All the proceeds will benefit community feeding programs, Kohala Animal Relocation and Education and the Hawaii Island Humane Society. Help us feed people and feed animals — and bring some needed Christmas cheer to our community — by contributing items to the bake sale or online auction, volunteering to staff the event, and wearing your favorite holiday apparel while there. Please contact co-organizer Jeanne Cooper via the parish office HERE to sign up or get more information.
Coming Up: Movie Night at St. Columba's
Mark your calendars for Friday, December 17, 2021, for a showing of the animated film, The Star. t is a fantastic family movie about the birth of our Lord. Show starts at 6:00 PM. St. Columba's is lcoated at 43-1425 Hauola Rd, in Pa‘auilo. For more information, contact the church office HERE.
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
Photo: Reuters
Episcopal leaders react to guilty verdicts in killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia
[November 24, 2021] [Episcopal News Service] Three white men on Nov. 24 were found guilty of murder in the February 2020 killing of Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery, a case that has been at the center of a broader reckoning with racial injustice in the United States. READ MORE

Presiding Bishop on the Today Show: How to express Gratitude
[November 24, 2021 TEC Facebook] Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and Rabbi Sharon Brous, who blessed President Biden at the prayer service during his inaugural, join the 3rd Hour of the Today Show with timely perspective on how to express gratitude at Thanksgiving. VIEW VIDEO
Episcopal delegates to COP26 climate conference share lessons of hope and struggle with the church
[November 12, 2021] Delegates representing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and The Episcopal Church at the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference presented a summary of their work to the church on Nov. 12, saying they felt empowered by their presence even though the ultimate outcome of the conference remained uncertain. READ MORE
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