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In This Issue:
+ Message from the Bishop: Congregational Assessment
+ Announcing live streaming video at Archbishop Desmond Tutu appearances
+ Safeguarding God's Children Training on Maui
+ Sexual Misconduct Prevention Trainings
+ 1% Support for Theological Education
+ Webb-Mitchell to speak at St. Clement's
+ Note from the Bishop on AFEDJ
+ Nominees considered for special task force on church structural reform
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Upcoming Meetings

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August Governance Meetings

Saturday, August 18:

Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

8:00 am - Standing Committee

11:00 am - Diocesan Council

1:00 pm - Commission on Ministry




Episcopal Church Women Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 22, 8:30 am

Parke Chapel & Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

For more info...


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O'AHU - Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Hawai'i
August 3 - 5


O'AHU - Clergy Retreat
August 12 - 14
Camp Mokule'ia, Waialua
MAUI - Safeguarding God's Children
Saturday, August 25, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Church of the Good Shepherd, Wailuku

Ho'ike Ulu Legacy Society Luncheons

Maui: Saturday, September 8

Kaua'i: Sunday, September 23

Big Island: October 11

O'ahu: Saturday, October 27

More info to come


Sexual Misconduct Prevention Trainings

Click on the island links below to register for that training:

O'ahu: September 15

Kaua'i: October 20

Maui: November 17

Big Island: December 1



A Journey of Faith,
A Promise of Hope


November 9 - 11
Cathedral of St. Andrew
Parish Happenings


O'AHU - Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Hawai'i
 August 3 - 5
Cathderal of St. Andrew


Webb-Mitchell speaks at St. Clement's

Saturday, August 11, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

St. Clement's, Honolulu

For more info...


Pau Hana on the Parish Lawn

Friday, August 24, 6:30 pm

St. Mark's, Honolulu

For more info...


A Taste of St. John's

 Saturday, October 13, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

St. John's By-the-Sea, Kaneohe

For more info... 





All Saints' Saturday Market

Every first Saturday of the month, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

All Saints' Lawn, Kapa'a


Film Showing - Sandaan: 100 Years of Filipinos in America

Friday, September 14, 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm

St. Michael's & All Angels, Lihue


Boogie with the Bishop

Saturday, September 22(Sesquicentennial Event for the Island of Kaua'i - More info to come.)




Centering Prayer Group

Mondays, 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Trinity-by-the-Sea, Kihei

For more info...


Altar Guild Event

Tuesday, September 4, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Good Shepherd, Wailuku

For more info...


30th Annual Kula Festival

Saturday, September 22, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

St. John's, Kula

For more info...


(See Diocesan Events above for Safeguarding God's Children training listing.)





St. James' Beach Potluck

Saturday, August 4, after 5:00 pm Mass

Kawaihae Park


St. James' Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, November 3

St. James' Episcopal Church, Kamuela

More info to come... 











Proper 13

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 - Book of Common Prayer p. 232



Bishop's Prayer

A Simple Prayer of Commitment:

Come Holy Spirit; fill me so that I can: Dedicate my heart to Christ Jesus, open my mind to seek truth and justice, lift up my hands to welcome the outcast and care for the broken, behold with my eyes the wonders of creation, hear with my ears the story of God in the world, and sing with my lips a song of God's love - with laughter and without worry.  And always in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

 - As shared in the Annual Meeting of the Convention 2011


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August 1, 2012


A message from the Bishop

Congregational Assessment in the proposed 2013 diocesan budget

Bishop Fitzpatrick  

Aloha Sisters and Brothers in Christ,


As we plan for the future in our congregations, I write to inform you that the Diocesan Council, at its regular June 21 meeting, decided to maintain the congregational assessment at 20% on operating income (as reported in 2011) for the proposed 2013 diocesan budget.  After an extensive and in-depth conversation, the Diocesan Council's elected members present (eleven of twelve -- Tom Kelly was on North America) all agreed that the 20% assessment best met the needs and missional goals of the Diocese.  I also sensed from the conversation there is no intent to lower the assessment in the near future (over the next three years).   There was a consensus that there is much to be done and that we need to do it together.  There was also discussion about the unique nature of ministry in Hawaiʻi. The proposed 2013 budget will be soon be published and posted on the diocesan website.  I hope this helps in planning congregation's budgets and program for the next three years.

I share the following if you wish to speak to a member of Diocesan Council (I have parenthetically noted the member's term and county of residence) about the conversation and the direction of the Diocese:


Membership of Diocesan Council:

The Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick, President

Mr. Peter Pereira, Treasurer

Mr. Keane Akao, Vice President (Lay, Honolulu, 2014, Honolulu)

The Rev. Michael Barham (Clergy, At-Large, 2013, Honolulu)

The Rev. Tom Buechele (Clergy, At-Large, 2012, Hawai'i)

Ms. Penny Chu (Lay, Hawai'i, 2014, Hawai'i)

The Rev. Dallas Decker (Clergy, At-Large, 2012, Hawai'i)

Dr. John Decker, Assistant Treasurer (Lay, At-Large, 2013, Maui)

Ms. Lisa DeLong (Lay, At-Large, 2014, Honolulu)

Mr. Tom Kelly (Lay, Maui, 2013, Maui)

The Rev. Paul Klitzke, Assistant Secretary (Clergy, At-Large, 2013, Honolulu)

Ms. Amy Null, Secretary (Lay, At-Large, 2012, Kauai)

Ms. Mary Schulz (Lay, At-Large, Kauai)

The Rev. Robin Taylor (Clergy, At-Large, 2014, Kauai)


Your Servant in Christ Jesus,


The Right Reverent Robert L. Fitzpatrick 


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Hawai'i residents will have a rare opportunity to hear Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as he makes four public appearances on O`ahu beginning August 3.  (The previously scheduled Bishop's Luau has been cancelled due to a change in Archbishop Tutu's schedule.)  The Cathedral of Saint Andrew will be hosting Archbishop Tutu and is arranging live streaming video coverage of all events to appear on their website.  For those who are unable to see him in person, this will be a welcome feature.  For more information on Archbishop Tutu's visit, go to the event website HERE.

Safeguarding God's Children Training on Maui
Register now for the August 25 Workshop

Safeguarding logoThe next Safeguarding God's Children Training on Maui will be taking place on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Wailuku, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  To register for this training online, click HERE. Deadline to register is August 17, and enrollment is limited to 20 per session.


Safeguarding God's Children is required of all clergy, Vestry and Bishop's Committee members, and anyone (paid or volunteer) who works with children.  This includes Sunday school teachers, youth group leaders, and preschool and school teachers.  All members are encouraged to attend the workshop to increase the awareness of how to watch for warning signs of child abuse.


For more information or if you have any questions, e-mail Lani Kaaihue, Events Coordinator, or call her toll-free at 800-522-8418, ext. 309. 


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Sexual Misconduct Prevention Trainings coming up this fall

As part of the Safe Church Policy, Sexual Misconduct Prevention Trainings are required of clergy, staff, Vestry and Bishop's Committee members, anyone in a supervisory position, and Eucharistic Visitors.  This is not to be confused with Safeguarding God's Children Trainings.  The dates, times and locations are as follows:


Oahu - September 15, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Cathedral of St. Andrew, Von Holt Room


Kauai - October 20, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

St. Michael and All Angels, Lihue


Maui - November 17, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Trinity by-the-Sea, Kihei


Big Island - December 1, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

St. James, Kamuela (Waimea)


To learn more about the Diocese's policy on Sexual Misconduct Prevention Trainings, visit the diocesan website HERE. There is also registration information for the scheduled training classes at the bottom of the webpage, or click on the island links in the Diocesan Events listing in the left-hand column of this e-news.


1% Support for Theological Education

A message from the Bishop

None of the Episcopal Church seminaries receive monies from the General Convention budget and thereby must rely on the good will of the church members and other resources to provide the financial underpinning necessary to accomplish their mission. Over the last 20 years the General Convention has encouraged the church to give generously to this important work through 1% giving (1% of net disposable budgeted income) to the seminaries of the Church.

I hope your congregation has made provision to fulfill the 1% asking and that individual members are encouraged to give to a seminary of the Episcopal Church.  Churches can send their support directly to the seminaries (there is no reason to send the money through the Bishop's office).


Because of long term capacity and financial stability, depth of faculty and generous financial aid, I urge those called and affirmed to ordination (as postulants in this Diocese for ordination to the priesthood) and who will be educated/formed in a residential three-year Master of Divinity (M. Div.) program to visit three seminaries:  

Virginia Theological Seminary

3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304

The School of Theology, The University of the South
735 University Ave, Sewanee, TN 37383-0001

Seminary of the Southwest
501 E.32nd Street, Austin, TX 78705

Virginia Theo SeminaryOur newest diocesan ordinand, the Reverend Leo Loyola, graduated from Virginia, and he is now serving on the Windward side of Oahu, and our own Ernesto "JaR" Pasalo will be heading to Virginia in August to begin studies on an M. Div.  With these two being our most recent seminarians, Virginia has emerged for now, as the primary seminary of the Diocese. 


A postulant must attend a seminary with the Bishop's approval.

The seminary of our Province (VIII) is:


Church Divinity School of the Pacific
2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709-1217

We have historic and Provincial ties to CDSP. 

I send my personal support to the seminaries from which I have degrees [General Theological Seminary (M. Div.) and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (D. Min. in Preaching)], CDSP and Virginia (since that is where we have had and now have seminarians). 

I am also collecting money to support a seminary of the Philippine Independent Church (Iglesia Filipina Independiente or IFI), Aglipay Central Theological Seminary in Uradanta City.  The Episcopal Church is full communion partners with the IFI and many in our Diocese have historic ties to the IFI.  I consider this an extension of support for theological education.  If you would like to support the work of Aglipay Central Theological Seminary, please do send the money to me here at the office (checks can be made payable to "The Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi" with a notation for the "IFI Seminary"). 

Also, remember that Theological Education Sunday (TES) is officially recognized on the first Sunday in February. It is a day parishioners set aside to pray and give for all laity and clergy whose ministry is Christian education, wherever that ministry happens - in the home, preschool programs, parishes, colleges, universities, and seminaries. Established in 1999 by the Episcopal Church, this Sunday on the church calendar is an occasion for all parishioners to focus on education as a key aspect of mission. I am sure any of the seminaries would welcome the opportunity to somehow be a part of your congregation's Theological Education Sunday program.  Be sure to contact them early. 

Theological education is important for the Church and there is still a place for strong residential programs.  The support of the churches and individual Episcopalians is essential.




The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick


Webb-Mitchell to speak at St. Clement's
Webb-MitchellPastor Brett Webb-Mitchell, will be speaking about his life, ministry and writing in the areas of gay parenting and advocacy for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, at the Parish of St. Clement on Saturday, August 11, from 5:00 - 6:00 pm.  As an ordained minister in the Presybterian Church, Brett has served eight congregations, began a religious non-profit School of the Pilgrim, and is the proud father of two young adults.  He has also authored books on a host of subjects.  For more information, visit the diocesan website HERE

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A note from the Bishop:

General Convention taught me that concern about the future of Palestine/Israel is important to the Diocese of Hawaiʻi.  We had more members of this Diocese testify at hearings regarding the crisis in the Holy Land than any other Diocese.  We have diverse opinions, but there is a consensus that it important to support the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.  I hope congregations will include the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in your outreach ministries and that individuals be urged to donate.  I also urge everyone to sign-up on the AFEDJ electronic mailing list.  See the news below from AFEDJ. 


The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick 


The following are excerpts from an article in the July Newsletter of the AFEDJ.

General Convention supports the work of the Diocese of Jerusalem

Schori AFEDJ AFEDJ and the work of the Diocese of Jerusalem had a strong presence at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Indianapolis.


With the Presiding Bishop, Katherine Jefferts Schori, and the Diocese of Los Angeles, AFEDJ co-hosted a reception of about 100 persons for Bishop Suheil Dawani, who attended the Convention for about three days. Following Bishop Dawani's gracious remarks recognizing the vital partnership of the American Episcopal Church with Jerusalem and the important support of AFEDJ, Bishop Glasspool, speaking on behalf of the Bishop Bruno, LA, told of the resolution their Diocese brought forward which commended support for Ahli Hospital in Gaza.  The resolution passed both Houses unanimously.


Our convention has called the whole church to deepen our commitment to a just peace in the Holy Land. This is a priority in mission. As American Friends we must be engaged in the history and contemporary issues of its people and invite others into that study. Further, we need to encourage everyone to make a pilgrimage and to be generous in support of the mission of the Diocese of Jerusalem. 


To read this article in its entirety, go to the AFEDJ website HERE and click on the latest newsletter link in the right-hand column.


Nominees considered for special task force on church structural reform

Episcopalians wishing to be considered to serve on a General Convention-mandated task force focusing on church restructure may access an online nomination form HERE. People may nominate themselves or others.  Nominations will be accepted until Thursday, August 23.


Approved at the recently-concluded General Convention 2012, Resolution C095 calls for development of a 24-member task force charged with presenting a plan to the next General Convention in 2015 "for reforming the Church's structures, governance, and administration."


The task force members will be appointed by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies,  the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, by September 30.  According to the resolution, "The membership of the Task Force shall reflect the diversity of the Church, and shall include some persons with critical distance from the Church's institutional leadership."

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Hawai'i - Updates


Ho'ike Ulu Legacy Society Luncheon dates set


Convention XLIV: 44th Annual Meeting of the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i


Sing in England for a week The Hawai'i Sacred Choir


General Convention Wrap-up: Re-envisioning church for the 21st century




Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Hawai'i August 3 - 5, 2012


2012 Annual Clergy Retreat August 12 - 14, 2012


How long will your endowment last?


Liturgical Arts Conference at Kanuga August 19 - 24, 2012


Blessed to be a blessing: Tools for stewardship campaigns




Announcing the new Diocesan Website


Videos available of Presiding Bishop and Archbishop Desmond Tutu




SESQUICENTENNIAL: The Episcopal Church celebrates 150 years in Hawai'i


Stay in touch through Facebook!


Updated Manual of Business Methods for congregations now available




Rev. Tom Buechele serves as Interim at St. Jude's


Continuing Education Policies and Grant Forms


Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation


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