Therapist to discuss faith and relationships
The impact of faith on relationships will be the topic of a workshop next Saturday at Chaminade University.
Anthony Garascia, author of the marriage preparation program "Before I Do," will present "Psychology, Faith and Relationships" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mystical Rose Oratory. He is a marriage and family therapist in Granger, Ind., and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Notre Dame.
The workshop is open to clergy and lay people who provide counseling in religious settings as well as to professional counselors.
Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Box lunches will be provided for those who register by Monday. Find registration forms at marianisthawaii.org or call Brother Dennis Schmitz at 735-4801.
Applicants are sought for City Lights displays
Churches and other nonprofit organizations have the opportunity to sponsor an exhibit on the City Hall lawn during the Honolulu City Lights display Dec. 2-31.
Tuesday is the deadline to apply for one of five permits traditionally issued for the private display zone next to Honolulu Hale. If there are more than five applicants, a lottery will be held to assign the five spaces.
Application forms and information are available from Patty Teruya, special-events coordinator of the city Department of Customer Services, 527-5759. Applicants must submit proof that they qualify as a nonprofit or charitable organization under state law or the Internal Revenue Service code.
Last year, a Nativity scene was displayed by the Healthy Hawaii Coalition, and the Spiritual Assembly of Bahais presented an exhibit about the oneness among religious beliefs around the world.
Religious displays have been admitted in the secular City Lights extravaganza since 1992, when former Mayor Frank Fasi approved a Pearl City church's proposal for a Christmas Nativity scene. The tradition was challenged in 1997 by the American Atheists.
The permit system was the result of an agreement between the city and the challengers. Since then, displays marking the December Bodhi Day Buddhist holiday and Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, have frequently been seen on the public lawn, along with Christian celebrations of Christmas.
Artist will speak on spiritual influences
An award-winning ceramic artist and a master of Japanese calligraphy will talk about the influence of spirituality on their art in a workshop Oct. 28 at Chaminade University.
Yukio Ozaki, professor of fine arts at the university, has been commissioned by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts for several pieces displayed in state government buildings. He was named one of the "Living Treasures" of Hawaii by the Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin Hawaii.
The Rev. Eijo Ikenaga, minister of Honolulu Myohoji Temple, has taught calligraphy at the Buddhist temple and at the University of Hawaii for several years. He encourages Buddhists and non-Buddhists to express their spirituality on paper.
Reservations are required for the "Arts and Spirituality" workshop, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Ching Conference Center on the campus at 3140 Waialae Ave.
The fees are $50 for the full-day session or $30 for the morning calligraphy workshop only or the afternoon ceramic workshop only. The cost for lectures only is $10. To register, call 735-4822 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner and auction to benefit ministry
The Pacific Health Ministry will hold a fundraising dinner and silent auction Oct. 28 at Luana Hills Country Club in Kailua.
"Traditions of Spiritual Care" will be the theme of the program. Guy Kahokulani Imoto will provide musical entertainment.
Oct. 23 is the deadline for reservations. Tickets are $125 per person, a portion of which is tax-deductible. Organizations may sponsor tables for $1,250 or $2,000. For information, call 591-6556 or visit www.pacifichealthministry.org.
The organization provides chaplains for nine Oahu hospitals and health-care facilities. It conducts training sessions for religious professionals and lay persons and offers an accredited graduate-level clinical pastoral education program.