October 8, 2020
The Season after Pentecost - Ordinary Time
Featured photo:
Green and red ti leaves grace this issue of the Chronicle. Originally called ki, the plant was considered sacred. Today, every part of the plant is used from its leaves to its roots. (Photos by S. Nishioka)
Proper 23
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen..
(BCP, page 234-235)
From the Bishop:
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A Special Message from the Bishop: Conflict & Bonhoeffer

October 7, 2020

My dear Siblings in Christ,

We live in anxious times. I have received emails from folk that I do not know, about the upcoming election. Frankly, I have replied to all that I do not personally know and explicitly asked them to not send their personal opinions to me regardless of their perspective or position on issues or candidates. One person responded with ire and vitriolic castigation for depriving him of his right to free speech. He noted that in all the churches and denominations that he had sent his missive, I was the first to ask to be removed from his mailing list. I suspect that others just ignored him. He did agree to remove my name with a summary judgement of my soul and my Diocese. To be honest, I just don’t want to hear from outside my Diocese or the Episcopal Church. I did, however, say a prayer for the gentleman.  READ FULL MESSAGE HERE
Be sure to stay informed with the Bishop's latest messages by clicking on the button above left, and his new series of Bible Study videos on the right. All videos also appear on the Dioceseʻs YouTube Channel and Facebook page.
Chronicle Feature Story:
Blessing of the Animals
For many, honoring St. Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of the Animals that takes place on the first Sunday in October, is a special service when owners and their beloved pets can worship together. Some churches make it an event with pet-friendly goodies and activities with the St. Francis theme, but church life during a pandemic has had to adjust and adapt, including our schools. Pictured above, the Honolulu Police Department brought their K-9 Unit to be blessed in The Cathedral during the St. Andrew's Schools first K-12 Chapel of the year held over Zoom. Click HERE to view photos and videos from around the Diocese of this year's unique Blessing of the Animals.
Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.
Stay informed by visiting the Diocesan Convention 52 webpage HERE, or click on the logo above.
"Virtual" Annual Meeting of Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi:
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Read the Supplemental Rules document before registering.

It is highly recommended that all clergy and delegates attend voting training to ensure a smooth-running meeting. Please go to the meeting webpage for more information and to sign up.

Churches who have not submitted photos of those that have passed during the past year (from your Necrology Report), please do so no later than October 10 to be included in the Convention presentation. Email photos to Communications.
Registration Open
Invite Welcome Connect Free Webinar
Mary Parmer, the founder of Invite Welcome Connect (IWC), returns "virtually" to the Diocese of Hawai'i, leading a FREE webinar on Saturday, November 14, 2020, on Zoom. The webinar will run from 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon.

Parmer led workshops on Kaua'i and O'ahu last August on practices of of evangelism, hospitality, and belonging. But how do we implement these practices during a pandemic? Parmer will discuss launching IWC during a pandemic and address your questions and concerns. For more information and to register, click HERE.
The Episcopal Church and the 2020 U.S. Elections: An Overview of Resources
The Office of Government Relations has created a comprehensive suite of resources for advocacy, the U.S. Election, and 2020 Census engagement. Central to election engagement are the “Vote Faithfully” resources built up over the course of several election cycles and in coalition with ecumenical partners. These resources are designed for use year-round, emphasizing messaging that is non-partisan and informed.

As the United States gets closer to Election Day, November 3rd, The Episcopal Church will continue to release new resources, including an ongoing educational series on the basics of the election process and transition of power, four bulletin inserts from Sermons That Work focused on voter engagement and written for the readings on the four Sundays leading up to Election Day, and A Season of Prayer: For an Election, a novena prayer series developed with Forward Movement.

Other resources include a Plan Your Vote guide, toolkit for supporting others in your community to vote, a tool for recognizing and combatting disinformation and misinformation, and much more.

The Office of Government Relations, and members of the Episcopal Public Policy Network, have also continued advocacy through Action Alerts, direct meetings with Congressional offices, and sign-on letters, pushing for additional funding for the election given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants Available for Young Adult and Campus Ministry
Deadline to apply: November 20, 2020
The Episcopal Church announces its 2021 grants program for Young Adult and Campus Ministries currently engaged in or seeking new relationships with young adults on or off college campuses. Episcopal ministries or ecumenical ministries with an Episcopal presence are invited to apply. Eligible applicants include dioceses, congregations, or college/university ministries. Grant information and applications are available HERE. READ MORE
Episcopal Youth Ministry Network Webinars: First Tuesdays
The Episcopal Church kicked off it's first monthly webinar for youth ministry on October 6, coordinated by the Office for Youth Ministries and the Network Leaders who serve as a council of advice. If you are involved in youth ministry and are interested in attending these monthly webinars that take place the first Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM Eastern (8:00 AM Hawai'i), click HERE to sign up.
Update from Church Publishing & Chancellor on Media Sharing
With our dependence on online worship and communication during these times, we are being reminded of the complexities of licensing and copyright laws for media. We previously shared information about music licensing, movies and books.

Church Publishing, Inc. has recently released information about their current permissions guidelines and practices for their books that can be viewed HERE. It includes The Book of Common Prayer, Hymnals, and other books.

In addition, our Chancellor, Wayne Yoshigai, expanded on his recommendations regarding the reading of books online as it applies to our Sunday Schools, after reading an article on edsurge.com. Yoshigai shares the following:

This article makes clear that teachers can continue to read books aloud on-line as they had done previously in the classroom. So, Sunday school teachers can do the same. However, what we were seeing is rectors doing one-time book readings that weren’t part of any school curriculum. That is the difference. Now, if a rector makes such readings a part of regular Sunday school or other school curriculum, in class room and on-line, then the exception could apply.
A Reminder on Phishing Scams
Online scams are here to stay and we need to remain vigilant. The Diocesan Support Center continues to receive messages about questionable emails from the Bishop, and also from their own clergy. It's always good to double-check if you are not sure after taking some precautionary steps. Here are a few reminders to help identify whether an email is legit:

  • Check the return email address. If the address doesn’t match the name of the sender, that's a red flag. (Some emails may use similar addresses to legit ones - check closely.)
  • Look for grammatical or spelling errors in the text of the email.
  • Never open attachments from unknown sources, especially those with an ".exe" extension that could launch an unwelcome virus or malware onto your device
  • Check the address at the bottom of the email. If it says “Pastor Tom” and Tom never goes by “Pastor,” it’s fake.

Finally, if the email appears safe and the sender is asking for money, goods or personal data, contact the person directly to verify.
To view a listing of churches offering online services with links to connect, click on the ONLINE WORSHIP button.
St. Augustine's, Kapa'au
This issue's featured service takes us to the Big Island where Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Oregon, Diana Akiyama, celebrated her final Sunday service at St. Augustine's on October 4. Enjoy this beautiful service with an exceptional sermon, baptism, and wonderful music by Mila Polevia, as they bid a fond aloha to their priest. Click HERE or on the image shown to view the service on their Facebook page.
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Holy Nativity Offers Christian Formation Opportunities
Holy Nativity welcomes one and all to join their online fall sessions for Christian Formation: Seeing the Hand of God in Liturgy, Art, Prayer and Literature. In November, the Rev. Libby Berman will be offering a short series introducing different methods of contemplative prayer. In December, Ed Moore will offer a short series on lifting up Advent themes in works of poetry and short fiction. Links will be posted on their website HERE or call the office at (808) 373-2131.
St. Timothy's Offers Up Free Frozen Meals to Congregations
The Rev. Dan Leatherman of St.Timothy's recently announced that they have received frozen Shrimp Creole and Jambalaya meal pouches from Schofield Barracks. He is offering them to O'ahu congregations or communities with feeding programs. Each pouch serves 8-10 people and should be kept frozen until cooking. Anyone interested should contact St.Timothy's at (808) 488-5747 or e-mail Fr. Dan HERE.
Emmanuel's 18th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza is ON!
For the past 17 years, one of the most anticipated and successful annual fundraisers in the Diocese is the Chocolate Extravaganza put on by Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Kailua. COVID-19 nearly forced the cancellation of this year's event which supports Family Promise, but they have forged ahead with a "pandemic" version. Although it will not feature the in-person chocolate feast, they will still celebrate chocolate by giving luscious treats to our first responders on November 21. They are accepting donations for Family Promise, and all donors will be entered in a prize giveaway. For more information and to make a donation, visit their website HERE
More Slippers for Kalihi Waena School
The Cathedral of St. Andrew has been providing ongoing support for Kalihi Waena School in myriad ways, and they were at it again with more slippers that are always in demand. Archdeacon Steve Costa loaded up his truck with slippers from KC Hawaii in Kaneohe to make the delivery to the school. He is pictured here with two school staffers. (Photo from the Cathedral of St.Andrew weekly e-news)
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
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.
Holy Apostle's Rubbah Slippah Drive
Holy Apostle's Episcopal Church in Hilo is conducting a "rubbah slippah" drive for the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island. Donations can be dropped off at the church office at 1407 Kapiolani Street through October 20. If you have questions, call (808) 935-5545.
St. Augustine's Happy Halloween Trick or Treat Drive-Through: Night of the Full Blue Moon
St. Augustine's will be hosting a drive-through Trick or Treat event on Saturday, October 31, from 5:00- 7:00 PM. They kindly ask not to arrive before 4:45 PM.
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
With the 2020 election approaching, how political can clergy get?
As vicar of Church of the Common Ground, a street-based ministry, the Rev. Kim Jackson serves homeless and vulnerable people living on the streets of Atlanta, Georgia.

This coming January, she hopes to serve them in an additional setting: the Georgia Capitol, as a member of the state Senate. READ MORE
Episcopal Service Corps deploys full roster of young adults to serve communities despite COVID-19
After the coronavirus pandemic hit in mid-March, most of the local Episcopal Service Corps members were forced to complete their service work remotely under unexpected constraints because of the public health crisis. READ MORE
Becoming Beloved Community NOW webinars posted
Thousands of racial justice and healing leaders and practitioners across The Episcopal Church gathered to build community, craft strategy and equip each other for action during a series of “Becoming Beloved Community NOW” online gatherings at the end of July 2020. These webinars are now available for viewing HERE.
General Convention Task Force invites Episcopalians to participate in survey “Social Justice and the Episcopal Church: A Call for Stories”
Responses requested by November 5, 2020
The Task Force on Theology of Social Justice Advocacy invites Episcopalians to participate in a survey, “Social Justice and the Episcopal Church: A Call for Stories”. In the work of contemplating the theology of social justice advocacy in The Episcopal Church, the Task Force recognizes that different people have vastly different perspectives and experiences.

The members of the Task Force would like to gather stories and deeper perspectives to support their work on behalf of the Church and invite Episcopalians to consider sharing their experience by completing the survey, “Social Justice and the Episcopal Church: A Call for Stories”. READ FULL ARTICLE
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STAY-CAYS AT CAMP MOKULE'IA: Camp Mokule'ia's fall "Stay-Cay" packages are filling up fast! There are only a couple of weekends still available: October 23-25, and November 13-15. It's a wonderful way to escape the confines of the pandemic and enjoy all the great outdoor activities the Camp has to offer in a safe and friendly environment. Package prices include meals and activities. To learn more, click on the flyer at left, or visit the Camp Mokule'ia website HERE.
YOUTH WEEKLY COMPLINE SERVICE: Fr. Jar Pasalo, the Diocese's Youth and Young Adult Missioner, has launched a weekly LIVE Compline on the Episcopal Youth of Hawaii Facebook Group page. All are invited to join in every Thursday at 8:00 PM. All sessions are available for viewing on the page if you miss it. If you are interested in assisting/leading Compline, contact Fr. Jar HERE.
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS! Hurricane season runs through November. Be prepared and make sure your 14-day emergency supplies are in place. For more information visit the State of Hawai'i's Emergency Management webpage HERE.
PALAKA FACE MASKS FOR SALE: Don't forget to order your palaka face mask from the Good Shepherd Women in Ministry for only $5 each plus postage. All sales benefit their outreach ministries. Place your order via contact form HERE, and mail your check to 2140 Main St., Wailuku, HI 96793.
The Presiding Bishop’s delegation to the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW 64) invites all to join the online study group Beijing +25: Celebrating the Blessing, Realizing the Dream This series of webinars, blogs and conversations are facilitated by the delegates from July through November 2020. To download the schedule, click HERE. For more information and to register, click HERE.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM OUR CHANCELLOR: LICENSE REQUIRED FOR LIVE STREAMING MUSIC: As you may know, U.S. copyright laws do not apply for the performance or display of copyrighted works during on-site religious services. However, this religious service exemption does NOT apply to livestreaming or retransmission of the service over the Internet. Churches using copyrighted music in a live streamed service must either obtain specific written permission or a streaming license. Please review the article for more information HERE. Please contact me if you have any questions or call (808) 282-6088.

PROPER LICENSING NEEDED FOR MEDIA SHARING: Like the music industry, movies and books require permission to be shared publicly. For churches interested in showing movies, public performance rights can be obtained from two companies (representing different studios): Swank Motion Pictures (includes Disney and faith-based films) and Criterion. For reading books online, permission should be obtained from the author (or copyright holder).
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