Hirono will speak at Interfaith event
U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono will speak at the Interfaith Alliance of Hawaii's annual celebration dinner Oct. 7 at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin. "How Safe Are Our Nation's Freedoms?" will be the topic of the Democratic congresswoman.
The group will present its Flame of Hope Award to former U.S. diplomat Ann Wright for her "courageous witness against war, and pro-peace activities." Community awards will be presented to the Counseling and Spiritual Care Center of Hawaii, the Japanese American Citizens League of Hawaii and Honpa Hongwanji Mission.
The event is open to the public. A vegetarian buffet will be offered.
Sept. 30 is the deadline for reservations. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. There is no charge for children 12 and younger. Call Sam Cox, 779-3606, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Interfaith Alliance is a national organization dedicated to supporting religious freedom. Its members are from different religions including different Christian denominations.
Seminar to look at social concerns
The Buddhist Study Center will be the site of an Oct. 5 social concerns forum on sustainability and managing the planet's resources so they are available for future generations.
Speakers will present perspectives from a planner, an environmentalist and different religious traditions.
The 7 p.m. event at 1436 University Ave. is free and open to the public. It is the third in a series of seminars on social issues sponsored by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and co-sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance of Hawaii.
The Rev. Bruce Nakamura, minister of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo, will present the Buddhist and Jodo Shinshu viewpoint. Other speakers will be James Spencer, assistant professor of the University of Hawaii Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Henry Curtis of Life of the Land, the Rev. David Turner of Interfaith Power & Light and Sister Joan Chatfield of the Maryknoll Catholic religious order.