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In This Issue:
+ Bishop's Message for Lent
+ FACE and Affordable Housing
+ News from Camp Mokule'ia
+ Stewardship University: Registration Deadline Coming Up
+ Pacific Peace Forum Series
+ Canon Bettye Jo Harris to Speak on Civil Rights
+ Lent Madness to Feature King Kamehameha IV
+ Trinity Lent Retreat
+ AWAKE! High School Youth Retreat
+ Deadline Extended for UTO Special Anniversary Grants for Young Adults
+ Nellie Hartman Grant Applications Being Accepted
+ Bell Ringers of The Cathedral
+ Two Special Events Coming to Kaua'i
+ Altar Linens and Stoles Available for Purchase
+ The Parish Paper: Latest Issues Posted
+ Communication Updates
+ Presiding Bishop's Lent Message
+ Resources for Lent
+ New Resource for Personal Reflection
+ Presiding Bishop on Healing and Wholeness
+ Episcopal Church Proposed Budget Now Available for Review
+ Panelists Announced for the Climate Change Crisis
+ Marriage Task Force Calls for Gender-Neutral Language in Marriage Canon
+ Updated Safe Church Training Dates
+ Grant Opportunities in the Diocese
+ Chrism Mass and Education Day - Registration Now Open!
+ Online Filing of Parochial Reports Available
+ Eucharistic Minister and Visitor Training on O'ahu
+ 1-800 Number Has Been Discontinued
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The Cathedral of St. Andrew

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Standing Committee & Commission on Ministry
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Diocesan Conference Room

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Standing Committee
Bishop's Office

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Bishop's Reading Room

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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O'ahu Youth Gatherings
First Sunday evenings of the month. Visit the Episcopal Youth of Hawai'i website or Facebook page for more information.

Stewardship University
Saturday, February 28, 2015
The Cathedral of St. Andrew

AWAKE! High School Retreat 
& HIM Conference
March 19 - 21
MacCray Center, Honolulu

Chrism Mass & Education Day
Saturday, March 21, 2015
St. Peter's, Honolulu

Hui Pu Diocesan Youth Camp
June 26 - July 10
More info coming in April

2015 Safe Church Training
Please check under the island listings for a class taking place in your area. 


Parish Happenings


Sunday Adult Christian Formation Hour 
Sundays, 9:20 AM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Choral Evensong at The Cathedral
Ongoing every Sunday, 5:30 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Health and Harmony
Ongoing every Monday, 3:30 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Davies Hall, Honolulu

FREE Wednesday Noontime Concerts at The Cathedral
Ongoing every Wednesday, 12:15 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

March for Medical Mercy
Ongoing last Thursdays of the month, 10:00 AM
St. Elizabeth's to the Federal Building

Makiki Farmers Market
Ongoing every Thursday, 4:30 - 7:30 PM
St. Clement's, Honolulu

Jazz Vespers at St. Peter's
Ongoing every Thursday, 
6:00 PM (5:30 PM light refreshments on the lanai)
St. Peter's, Honolulu

Zumba at St. Luke's
Ongoing every Saturday, 9:00 AM
St. Luke's, Honolulu

Tai Chi at Epiphany
Ongoing every Saturday, 9:00 AM
Epiphany, Honolulu

Peace Forum Series: Climate Change Action
(Remaining) February 20

Harris at St. Christopher's
Sunday, February 22, 5:00 PM
St. Christopher's, Kailua
(See article at right)

Emmanuel Speaker Series: Estate Planning
Friday, March 20
Emmanuel, Kailua
More info coming...

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training
Saturday, April 11
St. Timothy's, Aiea

Eucharistic Minister & Visitor Training
Saturday, April 11, 9:00 AM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training
Saturday, August 1
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu



Christ Memorial Food Pantry
Ongoing Saturdays, 3:30 PM
Christ Memorial, Kilauea

Saturday Markets and Swap Meet
Ongoing every second Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM
All Saints', Kapa'a

Saturday Evening Jazz Vespers Communion Service
Ongoing Saturdays, 5:15 PM
St. Michael's, Lihue

Lifetree Cafe
Ongoing Tuesdays, 4:30 PM
& Saturdays, 6:30 PM
St. Michael's, Lihue

ReSource for Christian Spirituality Centering Prayer Group
Ongoing Tuesdays, 8:00 AM
St. Michael's, Lihue
Ongoing Wednesdays, 9:30 AM
St. John's, Eleele

The Spirit That Heals
Saturday, March 7, 8:30 AM
St. Michael's, Lihue

Kaua'i Sacred Day Walk
June 11 - 15
Koke'e State Park

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training
Saturday, September 12, 8:30 AM
St. Michael's, Lihue
Registration Coming Soon



Centering Prayer Group
Mondays, 6:15 - 8:00 PM
Trinity By-the-Sea, Kihei

Safeguarding God's Children Training
Saturday, February 14, 9:00 AM
Trinity By-the-Sea, Kihei

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training
Saturday, March 14, 8:30 AM
Good Shepherd, Wailuku



Free Community Meal
Ongoing every 4th Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
St. Augustine's, Kapaau

St. Jude's Women's Bible Study
Ongoing Tuesdays, 10:00 AM

Brown Bag Bible Study
Ongoing Tuesdays, 12:00 PM
St. James, Kamuela

After School Bible Story-time
Ongoing Wednesdays, 1:15 PM
St. Columba's, Paauilo

St. Columba's Home Bible Study
Ongoing Wednesdays, 4:00 PM

Evening Prayers of Healing
Ongoing Wednesdays, 5:00 PM
St. Columba's, Paauilo

St. Jude's Men's Bible Study
Ongoing Fridays, 9:00 AM
McKinney Place

The Labyrinth Book Group
Ongoing Fridays, 9:30 AM
Christ Church, Kealakekua

Regional Confirmation Service
Saturday, May 2, 10:00 AM
St. Columba's

St. James' Fashion Show & Mother's Day Tea
Saturday, May 9, 11:00 AM
St. James', Kamuela

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training
Saturday, September 26, 10:00 AM
St. Columba's, Paauilo





Part-time Administrative Assistant 

St. Peter's in Honolulu; 4 hours per day, 4 days per week (flexible); download detailed job description HERE.


If you would liked to post a position at your church, e-mail Communications with the information. Positions are also posted on the Diocesan website HERE.




Last Sunday after the Epiphany

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son
revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that
we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be
strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his
likeness from glory to glory; 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 217


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February 17, 2015


Message from the Bishop: Lent
Bishop Fitzpatrick

Aloha ke Akua:


Lent begins on February 18th with Ash Wednesday.


I hope this Lent can bring a time of joyful emptying and honest embrace. What do I mean? At the heart of our faith as Christians is the humility of God. Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio explains this from her understanding of Francis of Assisi: "God's love is expressed in Jesus. God loves us where we are with our frailty, weaknesses and insecurities. This is the meaning of his [Francis's] encounter with the God of compassionate love in the cross of San Damiano, He understands that while God is incomprehensible and ineffable he is at the same time 'bent over' in love for us, in and through the Son, Jesus Christ. God is infinite love and intimate in love; far beyond us yet intensely close to us" [Franciscan Prayer (St. Anthony's Messenger Press, 2004), p. 65].


Connecting with God from this Franciscan perspective does not begin with fleeing from the world to find God. God is found in the world around us. To truly encounter God, however, we have to empty ourselves of our fears, pride and pretensions. We can then embrace God who is all around us all the time.


Delio outlines a prayer practice suggested by Clare of Assisi to Agnes of Prague (Franciscan Prayer, pp. 66-67). Clare begins by urging us to "gaze" (intueri) upon the cross. This might remind you of Francis and his encounter with the image of Christ in the cross in the church of San Damiano noted above (for more information click HERE.) Clare is inviting us to a prayer of looking into the cross to search the depth of God that comes to us in the reality of frail humanity. Look again at the last verse of the hymn "Abide with me" (The Hymnal 1982 #662): "Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes; shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies; heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee; in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me."


The act of prayerful gazing leads us, according to Clare, to consider (considerare) the connection of our suffering to that of the God of love. Friendship with God begins with the understanding that in God's suffering through Christ, it is an act of becoming at one with all humanity.


Clare then presses on to call us to "contemplate" (contemplari) the mystery of such a God. For Clare, Christ becomes the mirror through which we can see ourselves as we are and as we are called to be. At once we are called to simplicity, humility and openness like God in Christ, yet in our reality too often we "crucify" God in our extravagance, avarice and need to control others. We can see in others and in ourselves both the sorrow of human sinfulness and the great capacity for love.


Clare does not end with some type of mystical understanding of God and the human condition. She then challenges us to "imitate" (imitation) God in Christ. The goal of prayer is compassionate love for others. Prayer drives us to be God's hands in this broken world to lift up the fallen and to bind up the broken, to be God's voice to speak words of love and truth, and to be God's feet to go where God's love is needed.


In Clare's second letter to Agnes, she wrote: "Gaze upon [Christ], Contemplate, as you desire to imitate. If you suffer with Him, you shall reign with Him, weep, you shall rejoice with Him, die on the cross of tribulation, you shall possess heavenly mansions in the splendor of the saints and, in the Book of Life, your name shall be glorious among people." (quoted in Franciscan Prayer, p. 69).


With Clare's fourfold prayer (Gaze, Consider, Contemplate and Imitate), I pray this Lent can be a time for us to be God's presence in our world today.


May you have a holy and life-giving Lent.


Aloha ma o Isa Kristo, ko mākou Haku,



The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick

+ Keali'ikoaokeakua

The following is from an e-mail sent by Bishop Fitzpatrick to all Clergy and Wardens on O'ahu, dated February 12:

FACE and Affordable Housing
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Attached is a description of an important initiative being undertaken by Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE).   Two of our congregations on Oahu (St. Elizabeth's and the Cathedral) are involved in addressing one of the most significant social challenges of our community - the lack of affordable housing and the growing homelessness program that results from it. 


On behalf of the Rev. Cn. Brian Grieves, the Diocesan Jubilee Officer, and our congregations already involved in FACE, I urge you and your congregation to join this effort by participating in FACE's initiative.  While all of you do wonderful outreach work in our communities, FACE is an advocacy based program that seeks real change - "to transform unjust structures of society" as called for by The Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion.  Our diocese has long been on record in support of these principles and many of us have been involved with FACE through the years.  It is again time to be involved.


This initiative on affordable housing is at a crucial and hopeful moment.  The mayor, governor, and legislature are all considering proposals to address this problem.  Our congregations can make a powerful witness to push this  issue forward.


Please take a few minutes to read the description of the project from FACE (HERE), and take a look at FACE's website.  Then consider putting it on the agenda of either your vestry/bishop's committee or outreach committee for action. 


I believe this is an opportune time to get involved in a serious social concern that sorely impacts the quality of life of people in these Islands.  Please become a part of FACE and join the struggle for affordable housing.  





The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick


The following is from an e-mail sent by the Bishop to Clergy, Wardens & Administrators dated February 13:

News from Camp Mokule'ia
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At the last Annual Meeting of Diocesan Convention, the Rev. David Turner, Executive Director of Camp Mokule'ia, and I both shared some exciting opportunities for the coming year at Camp Mokule'ia that I would like to reiterate to all of the congregations.
The first is that for the coming year the board of Camp Mokule'ia has made the decision to offer a 25% discount across the board for all charges (food, lodge, programming, etc.) for diocesan entities and individuals using the camp.  Please contact the camp to reserve your dates. If any congregations would like to use the camp and this discount is not enough, please contact my office and we will work with the camp to create an appropriate price.
Second, the camp has completely set aside some of the busiest days of the summer of 2015, June 26 - July 10, for exclusive use of the camp by our diocese.  Hui Pu, our Episcopal summer camp for youth grades 4 to 12 will happen during that time, but we would like to also see church retreats, vestry retreats, family camps, spiritual studies, and much much more happen at that time.  Please contact the Rev. David Turner if you are interested in helping to plan these two weeks.  This is a great opportunity for us to gather as a diocese in many different ways.
Third, please circle your calendars for Trinity Sunday (May 31, 2015) as our annual offering Sunday for Camp Mokule'ia.  Donations are presently centered on renovation efforts to create a new meeting space out of one of the houses at the Camp that used to be used for staff housing.  Any skilled carpenters, plumbers, electricians, roofers, painters that want to donate some of their gifts to this effort would be greatly appreciated as well.  Please contact David to let him know of your wish to assist.
Many other opportunities exist for our congregations to utilize and minister to and with Camp Mokule'ia.  This is our Camp and a wonderful resource for ministry.

(Camp information: Website, Phone: 808-637-6241, Reservations E-mail, David Turner E-mail)
Deadline to register is Friday, February 20!
Stewardship University Coming Back to Hawai'i!
Live-Stream Available for Neighbor Islands

Stewardship University will be taking place on Saturday, February 28, 2015, and will be held at The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Von Holt Room, from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.  


Stewardship University will be conducted by the Rev. Canon Timothy M. Dombek, Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving for the Diocese of Arizona. Nationally known for stewardship development, Dombek will delve into topics such as "How To Talk About Money" and "Year-Round Stewardship That You Can Do," which will help participants to build up the stewardship programs they already have in place.  He is the author of Making the Annual Pledge Drive Obsolete, published earlier in 2014.


Although all individuals are welcome, Clergy and lay leaders are encouraged to sign up as teams to strengthen their stewardship programs. Participants will gain a common understanding of stewardship possibilities and reap the benefits all year long!  


The workshop is free of charge. Airfare stipends are not available.  Neighbor island participation will be via a live-stream internet connection. Please contact Bill Skelton directly by e-mail for live-stream access. To view a detailed schedule of the event, click HERE, or to register click HERE.


Pacific Peace Forum Series: February 20, 2015

The final Pacific Peace Forum series on Climate Change in Action takes place on Friday, February 20, at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Aiea, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. This is the third gathering of the series that will highlight Voices of the Pacific. The Pacific Peace Forum is a collaboration with the Cathedral of St. Andrew, the Pacific Islander Ministries of St. Elizabeth, and the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center. For more information, contact the Rev. Kaleo Patterson at (808) 330-3769, or visit their blog site HERE.
Canon Bettye Jo Harris to Speak on Civil Rights
Canon Bettye Jo Harris will be a featured speaker at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Kailua, on Sunday, February 22, at 5:00 PM. Harris, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of all minorities, recently received the NAACP Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Bettye Jo's grandfather was a slave and she remembers the segregation from her early years vividly. Harris moved to Hawai'i in 1962, and led the campaign to establish the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in Hawai'i. The President of the Honolulu Branch of the NAACP said that she "has spearheaded every monumental civil rights advance in this state."

An evening with Bettye Jo is an evening you will not want to miss, on this First Sunday in Lent and last Sunday in Black History Month. Pupus will be served following the event. For more information, contact St. Christopher's at (808) 262-8176. St. Christopher's is located at 93 North Kainalu Drive in Kailua.


Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 25!
Lent Madness to Feature King Kamehameha IV
Lent Madness
Lent Madness fans are gearing up for another season of... well, madness! Thursday, February 19, will be the first day of voting between Gregory the Illuminator and Brendan the Navigator, as the Saints begin the battle for the Golden Halo.

Some of you may remember our first introduction to Lent Madness in 2012, when our very own Queen Emma made it all the way to the final round, a feat that left the bloggers busy, and the world a little more familiar with our beloved Queen.

This year, her husband, King Kamehameha IV is on the list. He will be facing William Laud next week, Wednesday, February 25. The winner will advance to the next round until the final battle on Wednesday, April 1. 

Lent Madness is a fun and educational way to learn about the different Saints. In 2010, the Rev. Tim Schenck came up with this engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church's Calendar of Saints during Lent. In 2012, he partnered with the Rev. Scott Gunn who was also the Executive Director of Forward Movement, creating a website and expanding its exposure.  You can learn more about Lent Madness HERE, and don't forget to vote!!! Mark your calendars on Wednesday, February 25, and vote for King Kamehameha IV! 
Trinity Lent Retreat - Saturday, March 7

Trinity By-the-Sea in Kihei, Maui, will be holding a Lenten Retreat on Saturday, March 7, from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.


Proclaim, Seek, Strive: Justice as Sacrament

We will explore how our baptismal covenant sends us forth to "seek that of Christ in all people." Following the teachings of Jesus, we are called to serve and to be the voice of those in need. How do we, as modern believers, answer the call for justice in the complex world today? This Lent, instead of giving something up, how do we give to?


Registration is requested. Brown bag lunch. Beverages provided. Donations gratefully accepted to further the outreach work of A Cup of Cold Water Care Van, a joint outreach of Maui Episcopal and neighbor churches.


For further information and to register, e-mail Deacon Cris South or call (808) 281-7170.


AWAKE! High School Youth Retreat
March 19 - 21

AWAKE! the Diocese's annual high school retreat, will be taking place on March 19 - 21, 2015. Once again, high school youth from around the Diocese are invited to come together at the MacCray Center in Honolulu, for three days of worship and fellowship at the Hawaiian Islands Ministries Conference (HIM). The conference draws thousands of Christians from around the state to worship together, listen to well-known speakers and participate in a variety of workshops at the Hawaii Convention Center. Youth will also see the Jesus Culture Concert Friday evening. For more information and to register, visit the Episcopal Youth website HERE, or contact Sarah Klitzke, Diocesan Youth Director, at (800) 536-7776.  Register before February 26 to save $50!
Deadline Extended for UTO Special Anniversary Grants for Young Adults
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The deadline for the United Thank Offering Special Anniversary Grants for Young Adults has been extended! The new deadline for young adults to submit applications to their diocesan bishops is March 17. From there, bishops will select one application per diocese. Applications are due from the diocesan offices on March 27, at 5:00 PM Eastern. 

In honor of its 125th anniversary, the United Thank Offering (UTO) has created a special $1,250 grant for young adults (ages 21-30) to provide start-up funds for a new project that focuses on any of the Five Marks of Mission. The funds are not permitted for the continuation of on-going ministries.


One grant will be awarded in each of the nine provinces of The Episcopal Church.

For more information click HERE, or e-mail the Rev. Heather Melton, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society's UTO Coordinator.


Nellie Hartman Grant Applications Being Accepted
Applications for the Nellie Harman "Here I Am Send Me" grants are now being accepted through Holy Nativity Episcopal Church. Nellie Hartman was a longtime member of Holy Nativity and upon her death, she left endowed funds to be used for the preparation of young men and women for a life of Christian service and/or mission work.

Accordingly, Holy Nativity Church is offering individual grants and stipends of up to $5,000 for work-study, educational, and enrichment opportunities to eligible individuals. Applications must be received by the Church by March 31, 2015 to be considered.

This fund is available to individuals seeking to prepare themselves for a life of Christian service or mission. Ms. Hartman's expressed objective for all of the recipients of the monies from the fund was that they develop a personal Christian rule of life, support Judeo-Christian values, come to know Jesus Christ and the "fun" of life, experiencing the joy which comes from serving both God and humanity as summed up in the two great commandments.


For more information and to obtain an application form, visit the Holy Nativity website, or call Holy Nativity Church at (808) 373-2131. 


Bell Ringers of The Cathedral
The Bell Ringers of The Cathedral of St. Andrew will be blessed this year with the presence of Paul Wall from Bath, England to conduct Bell Ringing Training.  He will be in Honolulu from Thursday, February 12, to Friday, March 27.  Paul is a trained instructor in the Art of Change Ringing and will be available at the below times to provide an introduction to those who are interested:

Tuesdays - 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Thursdays - 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Saturdays - 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Visitors are welcome to come and watch during bell ringing practice times. If you are interested in learning about the bells or training, please contact the Mackintosh Bell Tower Captain, Richard Harris, at (808) 321-0747 or e-mail him.


Two Special Events Coming up on Kaua'i 
The ReSource for Christian Spirituality program of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lihue, will be hosting two very special events. Space is limited at both events, so register early!

The Spirit That Heals - Saturday, March 7, 2015
This will be a full day of workshops featuring special guest and keynote speaker, the Rev. Kaleo Patterson, who will be covering the topic, Aloha is Peace! His focus will be on the "peaceful and non-violent" traditions of certain indigenous peoples of Asia and the Pacific. Other experiential workshops being offered that are grounded in the Christian tradition include Healing Art, Centering Prayer, Labyrinths, Essential Oils and more. For more information, download the flyer HERE, or call (808) 245-3697. 

Kaua'i Sacred Day Walk - June 11 - 15, 2015

Limited to 10 young adults between the ages of 18 - 35, the Kaua'i Sacred Day Walk is an experience unlike any other, that will take place in the beautiful and serene setting of Koke'e State Park. Participants will be staying in the Waineke Cabins and spend unhurried time with others while exploring their relationship with God & Jesus. Dr. Nancy Wiens and Sam Yates serve as the Emergence Wilderness Guides leading this event. The Sacred Day Walk is open to all Christian denominations. For more information, download the flyer HERE, or contact Phyllis Meighen at (808) 647- 4346, or e-mail her. You can also download the registration packet HERE.
Altar Linens and Stoles Available for Purchase
Churches in the Diocese will be happy to learn that Altar Linens are once again available for purchase! The Diocesan Altar Guild used to meet every Tuesday to sew, but has since stopped with the aging and passing of members. 

"Since the passing of Rosella 'Rags' Newell, who was the Chair of the Diocesan Altar Guild for many years, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) from various churches have all pitched in to sew the altar linens," said ECW President Louise Aloy. "We are building up the inventory and wanted to spread the word to all churches."

A group of dedicated ECW ladies from Good Samaritan, St. Luke's and St. Mary's are busy cutting, sewing, hand-stitching crosses and ironing, learning as they go, and Louise says that they will continue to do what they can to provide our local churches with linen.

They also have lots of Hawaiian print stoles available (some pictured here). To place an order, you can download an order form HERE, and if you  have any questions, e-mail Louise Aloy.


The Parish Paper: Latest Issues Posted

The latest issues of the Parish Paper are now posted on the Diocesan website HEREMarch's topic is: What Churches Can Do to Increase Social Media Security, and April's topic is: Finding God's New Call in the Same Place

The Parish Paper is a monthly publication for congregations giving ideas and insights to which the Diocese subscribes.
From the Editor:
Communication Updates
godly-enter-key.jpg It has been a joy and privilege to bring you upcoming news announcements (E-News) and to share the "happenings" taking place around the Diocese (E-Chronicle). As I recently explained to one reader, it makes it a lot easier to put together an issue of the E-Chronicle "when there is so much joyful news to share."  So thank you all for the great work you are doing in your churches and communities.

For the past several years, the E-News has been going out twice a month around the 1st and 16th of the month, but will soon change to the first business day around the 7th and 21st, so as not to conflict with the E-Chronicle. The dates were tested in January and work well.

As a reminder, if you have upcoming activities or special announcements, it goes in the bi-monthly E-News, and should be submitted about a week before publication date, although last minute entries can sometimes be accommodated. Diocesan-related event articles remain under the reminders section until the event has occurred, but individual church events are featured just once, and then listed in the left-hand Parish Happenings column until it has taken place. Plan accordingly so that it doesn't appear too early or too late.

Please also share photos and stories of events and activities that have occurred to be featured in the E-Chronicle which goes out every other month. Submit these items no later than a week before publication date with photo credits. (Next issue is April, so the deadline would be around March 23.)

Although some churches already include me in their newsletter mailings and send specific items to post (thank you!), most do not. If you are not online, chances are that we are missing you completely! Please feel free to send me an e-mail to see how we can help you build an online presence, a website, and/or expand your reach into the community... and as always, stay informed --- and keep us informed!

Mahalo & Blessings,
Sybil Nishioka
Communications Contractor
[email protected]


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Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori 
Lent Message 2015
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Lent is about to begin. That word in English comes from an Old English word that means "to lengthen," and it's a reminder of the days getting longer as we move toward summer out of the dark of winter. 


But in a number of other languages, particularly Spanish and French, the word for "Lent" reflects "forty days," "cuaresma." Forty days of wandering in the desert, forty days of Jesus out in the desert. 


It's also about a journey.  And it's a journey that is about enlightenment if we're willing to think about it that way. 


Lent is an ancient tradition of solidarity and preparation for those who look forward to Baptism at the Easter Vigil.  It has always been a time for prayer and study, fasting, self-denial, and alms-giving, sharing what we have with those who do not have.  Prayer is an opportunity to reflect on who walks with us in the desert, who brings light into the world. Study is an opportunity to do the same kinds of things looking at the history of our tradition, where have human beings found light and direction in their journey through this world.  Fasting and self-denial are an inward-reflection on what it is that keeps us in the dark, or what it is that keeps us directionless, or that keeps us overly self-focused.  And it becomes an invitation to turn outward and share what we have with those who have not.  To build solidarity among God's people and the rest of the earth. 


One of the most memorable Ash Wednesdays I ever spent was in San Jose, Costa Rica, in a school for children. I was asked to place ashes on the foreheads of toddlers.  It was a provocative experience in the deepest sense, reminding very small children that they are mortal. 


That cross that comes on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday is a reminder of the cross that's put there at Baptism.  You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own forever.  The cross that comes at Ash Wednesday is a reminder that you are dust and to dust we shall return, that we share that dust with every other human being who has ever walked this planet, that we share that dust with the stars and the planets, that we share that dust with all that has been created.  We are made for relationship with creator and creation. 


Lent and cuaresma is a journey to walk toward that light.  May it be a blessed one this year. 


The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church


Resources for Lent from the 
Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society
The following are offerings from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society for a reflective, meditative Lenten season.
  • Live webcastThe Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will offer a live webcast of a traditional Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of Ashes on February 18,  at 12:10 PM Eastern from Grace Church, New York City. The webcast will be available  HERE. 
  • Justice and AdvocacyThe Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will offer a seven-part Episcopal Public Policy Network series "Engaging Poverty at Home and Around the World."   The series will begin Ash Wednesday and will be available HERE
  • United Thank OfferingUnited Thank Offering, a Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society ministry for the mission of the whole Church, will provide a daily scripture passage from the Daily Office through Facebook  HERE and Twitter (#unitedthankoffering).
  • Throughout Lent - Continue Lenten observances throughout the 40-day period with the Word of the Day from the Society of St. John the Evangelist  to be posted daily on The Episcopal Church website.
New Resource for Personal Reflection:
Daily Prayer for All Seasons
Daily Prayer for All Seasons is now available for free downloading on the website of The Episcopal Church HERE.

Developed by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music and authorized by the 77th General Convention in 2012 (Resolution A055 here), the prayers in Daily Prayer for All Seasons are presented according to liturgical season beginning with Advent and progressing through Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, and Easter.  In addition, two sections are offered for Ordinary Time: Creation and Rest.


In each, all prayers are grouped according to eight particular themes: praise, discernment, wisdom, perseverance and renewal, love, forgiveness, trust, and watch.


Daily Prayer for All Seasons "was compiled and written by a diverse team of people from all over the United States," according to the Introduction of the book.


Presiding Bishop on Healing and Wholeness

Healing is the primary work of people of faith and the communities of which they are a part.  Christians, as disciples of One who came to save (rescue, heal, make whole) the world and its inhabitants, seek to heal their relationships with one another and with all that is.


Episcopalians believe this is God's mission and we are its ministers or servants.  We are meant to seek to repair what is breached and broken, to stitch up what is torn, to heal what is sick, to release what is imprisoned and oppressed, to comfort the dying, to encourage the ignored, forlorn, and grieving.  Our life finds meaning in responding to the cries around us and within us, as individuals in community.  We follow One who was himself vilified, tortured, and finally executed for proclaiming the possibility of reconciled relationships in communities divided by poverty, violence, and religion.


The tragic death of Thomas Palermo challenges us all to attend to the work of healing.  We cannot restore what is past, but we can seek reconciliation and wholeness for all who have been affected - the Palermo family, Heather Cook, the biking community and others in Baltimore, the Diocese of Maryland, bystanders and onlookers who have witnessed any of these traumatic events.  READ MORE


Episcopal Church Proposed Budget 
Now Available for Review

[February 11, 2015] The proposed budget for The Episcopal Church in the 2016-2018 triennium is available for viewing HERE.  The document was approved by The Episcopal Church Executive Council at its January meeting.


The proposed budget is now submitted to the General Convention through the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance, which will meet to consider the proposed budget February 23 - 25.  That committee will conduct hearings at General Convention and present a Budget to a joint meeting of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies on July 1. READ MORE


Panelists Announced for The Climate Change Crisis
The Climate Change Crisis, presented by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society on Tuesday, March 24, and addressing one of the most significant topics in today's society, will feature panelists well-versed in the critical areas of the environment and the impact of climate change on our world.


The 90-minute live webcast will originate from Campbell Hall Episcopal School, North Hollywood, CA. In partnership with Bishop J. Jon Bruno and the Diocese of Los Angeles,The Climate Change Crisis will begin at 11:00 AM Pacific.

The forum will be moderated by well-known climatologist Fritz Coleman of KNBC 4 television news. 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will present the keynote address.


Two panels, each 30 minutes, will focus on specific areas of the climate change crisis: Regional Impacts of Climate Change; and Reclaiming Climate Change as a Moral Issue. READ MORE


Marriage Task Force Calls for Gender-Neutral Language in Marriage Canon

[Episcopal News Service] The A050 Task Force on the Study of Marriage is recommending that the 2015 meeting of General Convention authorize Episcopal Church clergy to officiate at same-sex marriages.


The task force proposes the change in its just-released Blue Book report by way of a resolution (numbered A036) that would revise Canon I.18 titled "Of the Solemnization of Holy Matrimony" (page 58 of The Episcopal Church's canons here).


The revision removes, among many edits, the language of I.18.2(b) that requires couples to "understand that Holy Matrimony is a physical and spiritual union of a man and a woman." Removing that and other gender-specific language from the canon, the report says, addresses the mandate in the group's enabling resolution that it "address the pastoral need for priests to officiate at a civil marriage of a same-sex couple in states that authorize such."  READ MORE

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UPDATED: Safe Church Training Dates
The Church's Safe Church Policies require church leadership and those working with children to attend special training classes. The following classes have been set up with more to come. Please read the Safe Church Policies to note the differences between Safeguarding God's Children and Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training, and to see if you are required to attend a class. 
  • Saturday, March 14 - Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training (Good Shepherd, Wailuku, Maui) - Click HERE to register.
  • Saturday, April 11 - Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training (St. Timothy's, Aiea, O'ahu) - Click HERE to register.
  • Saturday, August 1 - Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training (The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu, O'ahu) - Click HERE to register.
  • Saturday, September 12 - Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training (St. Michael's, Lihue, Kaua'i) - Registration coming soon.
  • Saturday, September 26 - Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training (St. Columba's, Paauilo, Big Island) - Click HERE to register.
Bishop's Scholarship Funds: Apply Now!
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i has two scholarship funds available for students:

1. The Bishop's Scholarship Fund, for baptized members entering an Episcopal Church-related school in the Diocese of Hawai'i for the first time, limited to kindergarten to grade 12.

2.  The Chang Clergy Children's Scholarship Fund, for children of clergy under the age of 24, entering preschool, kindergarten to grade 12 and college/vocational school.

The deadline to apply is 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 26, 2015. For more information and to view the complete eligibility criteria, application process and form, click HERE.
Grant Opportunity Application Announcement
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Information on the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i 1% Diocesan Council Grants are now available online HERE (scroll down to "Grants"), or click HERE to download the 2015 Program/Project Grant Request Guidelines and Checklist.  Funding is designated primarily in support of new projects with the intent to assist groups in getting projects on a sound and sustainable footing.  Consideration will be given to existing projects that have shown continued growth and impact on their communities, but need an extra layer of support in order to meet goals.


Registration Now Open!
Chrism Mass and Education Day
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The Annual Chrism Mass and Education will take place on Saturday, March 21, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Honolulu. The day will begin with the Chrism Mass where the Bishop blesses the oils of chrism (for baptism), healing and the catechumenate.

Following Chrism Mass will be an Education Day featuring guest speaker, the Rev. James W. Farwell, Professor of Theology and Liturgy at Virginia Theological Seminary. His work is in liturgical and sacramental theology, theories of ritual and religion, comparative theology and theologies of religious pluralism.  The topic for Education Day will be Liturgical Enculturation Regarding Rites of Initiation. This event is open to all clergy and lay people.  For more information and to register, click HERE.


Online Filing of Parochial Reports Available
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All churches should have received a memo and packet from Diocesan Treasurer, Peter Pereira, regarding the 2014 Parochial Reports. Reports are due on March 1, 2015, but online filing began January 2. To view the memo and all supporting documents and forms, please visit the Diocesan website HERE, and scroll down to "Parochial Reports". 
Eucharistic Minister & Visitor Training on Oahu
There will be a Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor Training coming up on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at The Cathedral of St. Andrew, beginning at 9:00 AM. The trainer is the Rev. Walter Stevens. 

Both EMs and EVs should attend the morning session, which will begin at 9:00 a.m. That session will last 2-1/2 hours. Those intending to be Eucharistic Ministers only, can then leave. Those who intend to be Eucharistic Visitors will stay for the afternoon session, which will last until 3:30 p.m.  For more information and to register, click HERE. Space is limited, so register early.


Reminder:  1-800 Number Discontinued
The 1-800 number to the Office of the Bishop has been discontinued effective January 1, 2015. Be sure to update the contact information in your websites, letters, databases, etc. 

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Did you miss an edition of the E-News? Listed below are the titles of some recently published announcements. To see the complete article, click on the linked issues below or visit the Diocesan website's 

Bishop's Scholarship Funds Deadline March 26

Diocese Grant Opportunities

Good Friday Offering for Jerusalem and Middle East

Mission Centered Episcopalians

Godly Play Conference

Message from the Bishop: Alcohol Policy in the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i

Updated Safe Church Training Dates

ECWO: Introduction to the Brotherhood of St. Andrew

Peace Forum Series: Climate Change Action February 6, 9 & 20

Registration Now Open for Stewardship University
February 28

Registration Now Open for Chrism Mass and Education Day March 21

EM & EV Training on O'ahu April 11

Clergy Transitions: Conley, Albinger, Crowe

Alcohol and Liquor Policy

1-800 Number Being Discontinued

Online Filing of Parochial Reports Available

TREC Issues A Word to The Episcopal Church

Bishop's Calendar and Reading List for 2015

St. Michael's Offers Spirituality Center

Convention XLVI 

A Pastoral Message on Climate Change

2015 UTO Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The Toolkit from The Episcopal Church

Task Force on Study of Marriage

Style Guidelines for The Episcopal Church updated



Contact Information
Sybil Nishioka, Editor

Office of the Bishop
229 Queen Emma Square
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 536-7776, ext. 326