Workshop covers Korean mourning
Korean cultural and spiritual practices in dealing with death and grief will be explored at a free workshop Friday.
The presentation, sponsored by St. Francis Hospice, the National Association of Social Workers Hawaii chapter and Organ Donor Family Council, is intended to help health care workers, social workers, chaplains and church counselors. It will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Borthwick Mortuary, 1330 Maunakea St.
The speakers will be Kenneth W.Y. Lee, director of the disaster care management training program at University of Hawaii School of Social Work; Anita Ahn, Hawaii area director of Hawaii Dahn Centers in Honolulu and Aiea, and Maryknoll Sister Yoo Soo Kim.
To register, call 547-6843 or leave a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. Organizers suggest that participants bring a jacket or sweater because the meeting room is cold.
2 isle seminarians get scholarships
Two Hawaii students will attend the Kanana Fou Theological Seminary in Pago Pago, American Samoa, on scholarships awarded by the Hawaii Conference Foundation of the United Church of Christ.
Danette Koloi and Kelekolio Niumalelega of Oahu were among 10 scholars to receive a total of $42,000 from the Richards Friend Peace Scholarship Endowment Fund established by Theodore and Mary Atherton Richards.
Students who are preparing for a Christian vocation are eligible for the scholarships, which are awarded annually.
There is a cultural component to the program. Applicants from the United States will study in Pacific Basin nations and Pacific Basin residents will receive help for study in the United States.
Other winners this year were from American Samoa, Korea, China, Kosrae and American Samoa.
Information on the scholarship program is available from the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ, 537-9516.
Inactive Catholics get chance to vent
For people who have left the Catholic Church, there's now an official ear ready to listen to their reasons and complaints.
The Honolulu diocese has scheduled a listening session for inactive Catholics at 7 p.m. June 27 in the Holy Family Academy cafeteria, 830 Main St., near the intersection of Nimitz Highway and Valkenburgh Drive.
The Rev. Marc Alexander, vicar general of the diocese, and Tom Papandrew, director of planning, will be there to listen.
The meeting is part of a strategic planning initiative that has already involved sessions with teachers and parishes and will include a July 25 forum for homosexual Catholics and their families.
The planning effort will help church leaders determine priorities and programs for the future.
For information, call Sharon Chiarucci, director of the Office for Welcoming Parish, 230-6733.