...You are Welcome Here
Open and Affirming (ONA) is an official designation of congregations and other settings in the United Church of Christ (UCC) affirming the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and non-binary persons (LGBTQ) in the church's life and ministry. Hokuloa adopted its ONA covenant in 2019 to become a recognized welcoming congregation.
The Stonewall riots in 1969 are widely considered the watershed event that transformed the gay liberation movement and the twentieth-century fight for LGBT rights in the United States. William R. Johnson was the first openly gay minister to be ordained in a historic protestant denomination when he was ordained by the UCC in 1972 in California. Bill recently recorded a video message in recognition of the 50th anniversary of his ordination and the founding of the ONA Coalition. In 1985 the United Church of Christ's General Synod adopted a resolution encouraging UCC congregations to welcome (or consider welcoming) gay, lesbian, and bisexual people after a time of dialogue, study and prayer. New York City's Riverside Church was the first in the UCC to be listed as Open and Affirming in 1987.
This is Kahu Nani's second week at Hokuloa and she is adapting to the rhythm of events, activities, and meetings at Hokuloa. She proposes the following weekly schedule as she begins her work with us:
Sunday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm (Worship service and visitations)
Monday: Day Off
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Office Hours at Church
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Office Hours at Church
Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Office Hours at Church
Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Working Remotely at Home
Saturday: Day Off
Please be aware that Kahu Nani was called to a 3/4-time position as our Transitional Minister. We need to recognize that Mondays and Saturdays are her days off and avoid scheduling events or making routine requests that require the pastor's attention on those days. Non-emergency calls to the pastor should be made during scheduled work hours. Lay volunteers will be vital part of our joint ministry with Kahu Nani and will continue to handle many administrative and maintenance functions at Hokuloa.
Kahu Nani has started making calls to the Hokuloa ohana to introduce herself and get to know us. The Church Council will determine how to establish a unique email address and possibly a separate phone number for pastoral contact. In the meantime you may leave voicemail messages for Nani on Hokuloa's main number (808) 883-8295 or email the church office.
Church Council meets via Zoom monthly on Wednesday at 3pm. (Actual dates have varied during this time of Covid). Trustees, Diaconate and Christian Education are the sitting committees of the Church.
The mission of Hokuloa Church is to follow Christ in our walk with God and each other - celebrating the traditions of our faith and the unique gifts of our Hawaiian heritage, sharing our aloha with neighbors near and far, and renewing ourselves and the earth by grace-filled living and giving.
“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7