Catholic worship leader to perform
Nationally known Catholic youth and worship leader Jesse Manibusan will perform in a free Oct. 28 concert at the Chaminade University Mamiya Theatre.
"Open My Eyes: Act of Compassion in Our Backyard" is the theme of the 4 p.m. concert presented through the Mackay Marianist Lecture Series.
Manibusan will also present a workshop on "The Multi-Cultural Church" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday at the Mystical Rose Chapel on the campus at 3140 Waialae Ave."
The cost of the workshop and lunch is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For reservations and information, call Brother Dennis Schmitz, 735-4801.
Manibusan has appeared as a speaker, singer and storyteller at parish missions and retreats, youth liturgy workshops and church conferences including the National Catholic Youth Conference, World Day events and the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. He earned a master's degree in multicultural ministries from the Franciscan School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif.
Speakers address religion in Japan
Modern religion in Japan and a historical chapter on Buddhism in Hawaii will be the topics of speakers at the 12th annual Thanksgiving and Gratitude Seminar at Haleiwa Shingon Mission.
The event from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 28 at 66-469 Paalaa Road, Haleiwa, is free and open to the public. Monday is the deadline for reservations for the free osettai meal. Call 637-4423.
Jolyon Baraka Thomas will discuss "Young People and Religion in Contemporary Japan" and Matthew McMullen will speak on "New Faces in Japanese Buddhism." Both men have studied religion and culture in Japan.
George Tanabe, professor emeritus in religion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will talk about "Rev. Ernest Shinkaku Hunt and the International Buddhist Institute."
City Lights display taking solicitations
Religious organizations have a chance to build public displays celebrating their December holidays at the Honolulu City Lights exhibition on the city hall grounds.
Five spaces next to Honolulu Hale are available for nonprofit groups that qualify as charitable organizations under state law and the Internal Revenue Service code.
Wednesday is the deadline to submit an application. Call Joan Manke at the Neighborhood Commission Office, 527-5759, for information.
A Nov. 1 lottery will determine which five groups receive permits.
Unlike other cities where Christmas nativity scenes have been banned on government property, Honolulu designed the lottery system to resolve a 1997 complaint by American Atheists about a Christian display. Since then displays by Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Bahai groups have been shown during the secular Honolulu City Lights exhibition.
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Rayna Tamura of Mililani was fitted for a kimono last year during the annual Shichi-Go-San at the Japanese Cultural Center in Moiliili. Two Honolulu temples will be observing the traditional Japanese blessing for children next month.
Blessing for youth planned at temples
Two Honolulu temples will observe Shichi-Go-San, a traditional Japanese blessing for young children, next month.
Girls, ages 3 and 7, are dressed in ceremonial kimono, and boys, ages 3 and 5, wear haori jackets and hakama trousers for the Nov. 15 festival that offers prayers for their health, growth and prosperity, according to information from Jikoen Hongwanji Mission.
The mission at 1731 N. School St. will offer parents as well as children the opportunity to dress in the formal clothing for photographs. The event is a collaboration with Jean Sakihara, founder of the University Laboratory School's Kimono Project.
Thursday is the deadline for reservations for the Nov. 3 event. The cost is $25.
A Shinto shrine in Kalihi will also offer the opportunity to dress in traditional cultural garb throughout November. The cost is $50 for dressing and blessing.
Reservations for kimono dressing at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha, Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu, 1239 Olomea St., may be made by calling 841-4755, or e-mail email@example.com.
Film explores Abu Ghraib events
A documentary film that explores the moral issues involved in the U.S. government's alleged use of torture will be shown at two Honolulu locations next week.
"Ghosts of Abu Ghraib" will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday at the Buddhist Study Center, 1436 University Ave., and at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the First Unitarian Church, 2500 Pali Highway.
The Interfaith Alliance of Hawaii is co-sponsoring presentation of the film, which has been shown in more than 500 temples and churches nationwide.
More than 130 religious organizations are participants in the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, which sponsored the film by Rory Kennedy about the mistreatment and sexual abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison.
Seven soldiers were convicted at court-martials and 17 were removed from duty when the mistreatment came to light in 2004.
Speaker helped Desmond Tutu
An international human rights advocate involved in peace-building efforts in Palestine, Rwanda, Indonesia and other countries will speak in Honolulu this month.
Glenda Wildschut, now director of the Desmond Tutu Leadership Academy of South Africa, worked with Tutu to facilitate a peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa.
She will speak at noon Oct. 29 at Chaminade University Ching Conference Center, 3140 Waialae Ave. Puanani Burgess, executive director of the Waianae Coast Community Alternative Development Corp., will join in the informal dialog on "Truth and Reconciliation: Religious Contribution to Peace with Justice."
Wildschut will also speak Oct. 29 and 30 in the Church of the Crossroads Watada Lecture Series. "The Pain of Injustice, the Promise of Reconciliation" will be the topic of the 7 p.m. talks at the church, 1212 University Ave. She will also be guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. Oct. 28 service at the church.
Her appearances are all free and open to the public. They are sponsored by the Fujitani Interfaith Program at Chaminade and the Umematsu and Yasu Watada Lectures on Peace, Justice and the Environment at Church of the Crossroads.