Monday, March 02, 2009


Civil Unions and The Separation of Church and State at Open Table, Wednesday, 7 a.m. – join the meeting

by Larry Geller

Here’s an announcement from the Open Table, affiliated with The Interfaith Alliance of Hawaii. John Heidel was one of the leaders of the counter-demonstration at the State Capitol last week.

Promoting the positive healing role of religion in public life by encouraging dialogue and community building.

When:    First Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Where: Harris United Methodist Church,  20 South Vineyard Blvd

Coffee and Pastry provided

7:00 am   Introductions, Announcements          Irene Matsumoto

Civil Unions and The Separation of Church and State John Heidel                                             

The possible state recognition of Civil Union has become a contentious issue dividing some of our religious leaders in Hawaii. Serious questions are raised in our state where no one religion dominates and most of us celebrate diversity. “Where is the dividing line between State and Church?” “Should Hawaii become the ‘first’ Christian state?”

Rev. Dr. John Heidel holds the Master of Divinity degree from Berkeley Baptist Divinity School and Doctor of the Science of Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He served five years as the Minister of Youth at Central Union Church and 32 years as Chaplain of Punahou School.  He is active with Christ Church Uniting Disciples and Presbyterians, Hawaii Conference of Religions for Peace, Family Promise Hawai’i, The Interfaith Alliance and others.

Inspirational Songs of Mindfulness Molly Polansky

Molly is a musical composer, artist and singer who loves to share songs of mindfulness, and  ordinary life, joy, sadness, coming and going, birth and death, etc...She has been a practicing Buddhist since she first took an Introduction to Zen class around 1980 at The Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, where she began her Buddhist studies with Dainin Katagiri Roshi.    

She is presently  a member of the Honolulu Mindfulness Community, and The Mililani Hongwanji, and  also of Thich Nhat Hanh's order of Inter being, where she was given the Dharma name, True Mountain of Understanding.


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