BISHOP'S LENT MESSAGE 2024
February 21, 2024
Na ke aloha ‘o Ke Akua ma loko ‘o Iesu Kristo, e aloha iā ʻoukou a pau!
As I live into Lent 2024, a time for self-reflection and amendment of life, I have been praying a poem (entitled “Love III”) by the Anglican poet and priest George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) each day:
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BISHOP'S MAHALO LETTER FOR MAUI RELIEF
December 28, 2023 (Released January 11, 2024)
Feast of the Holy Sovereigns
Aloha my dear Siblings in Christ,
Here in the Christmas Season, I write to thank all those who have been so generous in the months following the August fires on Maui. Gifts of financial and personal support have come from around the world. We have been supported by the prayers of many more. I have been moved to tears by all of the love and generosity.
As a Diocese, we have received the following donations (these numbers do not include donations made directly to A Cup of Cold Water or Holy Innocents): READ FULL MESSAGE HERE
THE BISHOP'S NEW YEAR'S MESSAGE 2024
January 1, 2024
Feast of the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
“But when the fulfillment of the time came, God sent his Son, born through a woman, and born under the Law. This was so he could redeem those under the Law so that we could be adopted. Because you are sons and daughters, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son or daughter, and if you are his child, then you are also an heir through God.” Paulʻs Letter to the Galatians 4:4-7
Na ke aloha o ke Akua ma loko ‘o Iesu Kristo, e aloha iā ʻoukou a pau!
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THE BISHOP'S 2023 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
December 21, 2023
THE BISHOP'S THANKSGIVING MESSAGE
November 23, 2022
Aloha my Siblings in Christ Jesus,
As we look to Thanksgiving this year, we do so with thoughts of the aftermath of the Maui fire, a continuing war in Ukraine, the ongoing tragedy in Palestine/Israel, economic instability, rising antisemitism and islamophobia, destructive nationalism and populism, and a sense of uncertainty.
It is in times like these that we need a reminder that we have much for which to be thankful.
For your Thanksgiving 2023, I suggest praying General Thanksgiving (2007 version):
THE BISHOP'S POST-COVENTION MESSAGE
October 27, 2023
The Bishop shares a message following Convention 55.
THE VIOLENCE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE
October 9. 2023
My dear Siblings in Christ,
News from Israel/Palestine has been devastating.
The murder and kidnapping of innocent Israeli civilians by Hamas (an acronym for Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya -- “Islamic Resistance Movement”), is horrendous. The images are shocking. Hamas is a group that evolved as the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in the late 1980s. A militant Islamist group, Hamas took over the Gaza Strip after defeating its rival political party, Fatah, in elections in 2006.
The terrorist actions of Hamas have provoked a military response from the Israeli government in the densely populated Gaza Strip (an area of 140 square miles with a population of over two million). The response will impact Palestinian civilians.
BISHOP'S PASTORAL LETTER ON MAUI
August 17, 2023
My dear Siblings in Christ,
I have just returned from Maui. I am at a loss for words to describe the loss, but, also, of the spirit of resilience and care.
On Tuesday evening, I was asked to share a short reflection on “Hope” at an ecumenical service hosted at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Wailuku. There, I suggested that hope is grounded in “mercy,” “confidence,” and “vision.” READ MORE
BISHOP'S UPDATED MESSAGE ON MAUI FIRES
August 10, 2023
FIRES ON MAUI & HAWAI'I ISLAND
August 9, 2023
With the news of the fires on the islands of Maui and Hawaiʻi (“the Big Island”), your prayers are needed. The Lahaina side of Maui has been particularly devastated. Historic Holy Innocents Church is on Front Street and the fire has raged through that part of Lahaina. Because of evacuations, downed landlines and cell towers, and the chaos of the situation, we have no confirmation of the extent of damage or of those impacted. Please pray for those impacted by the fires. READ MORE
THE FEAST OF ST. JAMES
July 26, 2023
[Chronicle, 7/27/23] I write to you today on the Feast of St. James the Great, one of the two sons of Zebedee that first followed Jesus. He and his brother, John, are called the “sons of thunder” by Jesus (Mark 3:17). James is with Jesus throughout the public ministry. In the story, he is on the mount at the Transfiguration and in the garden at Gethsemane. He and his brother were the forceful ones in the group (see Luke 9:49-54, and Mark 10:37). According to Acts 12:1-3, James was the first of the Twelve Disciples to suffer martyrdom when he was killed on the orders of Herod Agrippa I (in about 44 CE).
A REFLECTION ON LOVE (Video Message)
June 22, 2023
TYPHOON MAWAR SLAMS GUAM
May 25, 2023
As you know, Typhoon Mawar unleashed winds of over 145 miles an hour and torrential rain on the island of Guam. I have been in touch with the Reverend Irene Maliaman, a priest of the Diocese of Hawaiʻi who serves as the Archdeacon of the Episcopal Church in Micronesia, the Vicar of The Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine, and the only active Episcopal Priest currently residing full-time on Guam.
A DEACON'S CALLING
May 11, 2023 (Chronicle)
Na ke aloha o ke Akua ma loko o Iesu Kristo, e aloha iā ʻoukou ā pau!
I have long prayed for more vocational Deacons in this Diocese. Such Deacons are called to a particular ordained ministry that is different than those of Priest or a Bishop who pass through a transitional diaconate. Who is truly called to be a vocational Deacon?
To view more of the Bishop's video messages, visit the Diocesan YouTube channel:
Earlier messages can be found on the archive page: