Lectures to cover the Coptic Church
A program today about observing Lent with fasting and spiritual growth will kick off a lecture series about the Coptic Orthodox branch of Christianity.
The Rev. Anastasi St. Antony will speak at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church, 1052 Alewa Drive.
The educational series on "Christ, Our Life and the Church" will continue weekly through April 15. It will explore Orthodox beliefs and practices, covering the Bible, the liturgy, the sacraments (particularly baptism), the creed and the church councils that formulated it and Jesus' incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection, said St. Antony, pastor of the church.
St. Mark's Church will host a "Sunday of Orthodoxy" program at 7 p.m. March 12. Congregations from other eastern Christian churches in Hawaii have been invited to participate, St. Antony said. They include the Greek Orthodox Church, Russian Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Church.
The event and lectures are free and open to the public. The lecture series will continue at 5:30 p.m. March 18, 4 p.m. March 25 and 5:30 p.m. April 1, 8 and 15.
Fundraiser features feminist author
Feminist theologian and author Rosemary Radford Ruether will be the speaker tomorrow in Chaminade University's annual Yoshiaki Fujitani Lecture.
Ruether will discuss "Women and Globalization: Victims and the Sites of Resistance" in the 4 p.m. presentation at the Japanese Cultural Center, 2454 S. Beretania St. It is free and open to the public.
A reception and dinner will follow. Tickets to the fundraising buffet dinner are $100, of which $75 is tax deductible. For information, contact Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel at 735-4822 or email@example.com.
Ruether teaches at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and is on the graduate faculty of Northwestern University. She teaches the relationship of Christian theology and history to social justice issues and interfaith relations. She is the author or editor of 32 books.
The lecture is part of an interfaith education program named for the Rev. Yoshiaki Fujitani, retired Honpa Hongwanji bishop, who was an early leader in island interfaith activities. He is president of the Buddhist Promotion Society and Numata Foundation.
Free concerts to add jazz to Lenten season
Kawaiaha'o Church brings a light touch to Lent with a series of noontime concerts by jazz pianist Betty Loo Taylor with others.
The "Lenten Celebration & All That Jazz on the Green" will begin Wednesday on the front lawn at 957 Punchbowl St. It will combine music and reflective narrative by the Rev. Curtis Kekuna. People are welcome to bring lunch to the free concerts. The musicians will include:
» Wednesday: vocalist Jimmy Borges with saxophonist Gabe Baltazar, Steve Jones on bass, drummer Sonny Froman and Taylor.
» March 15: vocalist Lulee Fisher with guitarist Shoji Ledward, Jones, Froman and Taylor.
» March 22: vocalist Kanoe Cazimero with saxophonist Tim Tsukiyama, Jones, Froman and Taylor.
» March 29: vocalist Sherry Shao Ling, trombonist Brien Mattson, Jones, Froman and Taylor.
» April 5: vocalist Clayton Nalua'i, guitarist Steve Loo, Jones, Froman and Taylor.
» April 12: vocalist Borges, drummer Darrell Pelligrini, Jones and Taylor.
Retreat explores Celtic Catholicism
The history and spirituality of the early Christian church in Ireland and Scotland will be explored in a retreat next Saturday by theology professor and author Edward Sellner.
The theme of the retreat from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will be "Celtic Spirituality and Soul Friendship." The Celtic Catholic Church will sponsor the program at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Queen Emma Square. The $25 fee may be paid at the door.
Sellner teaches at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. He is the author of nine books including "Wisdom of the Celtic Saints" and "Mentoring the Ministry of Spiritual Kinship," according to an announcement.
"Celtic spirituality takes a mystical perspective," said the Rev. Andrew Dahlburg, pastor of the Celtic Catholic Church here. "It includes all of nature. It's the most ecumenical of spirituality."
To register, call Dahlburg at 234-5282 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.