Film shows gays in religious families
A documentary film that explores how people of faith face issues that arise when a family member is gay will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Hawaii, Richardson School of Law, 2515 Dole St.
"For the Bible Tells Me So" focuses on five Christian American families, including those of former U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, and includes commentary by Bishop Desmond Tutu, the Rev. Jimmy Creech, Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Peter Gomes of Harvard University. The film, produced and directed by Dan Karslake, was released this year.
A discussion about issues of Scripture and sexual identity will follow. Admission is free.
The program is sponsored by the law school's Ulu Lehua Program and the UH Religion Department.
Churches host music for holidays
December is traditionally a month of music in island churches.
» St. Andrew's Cathedral will begin the season of preparation for Christmas with a service of Advent Lessons and Carols. The performance at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 will feature the Cathedral Choir and music director John Renke on the pipe organ in a program weaving carols and hymns with scriptural readings.
» New Hope Christian Fellowship singers and dancers will perform in the musical play "Moses, the Prince of Egypt" at Farrington High School in evening shows Friday, Dec. 2, 6, 7, 9, 13, 16 and matinees Dec. 2 and 9. Tickets are $10 balcony, $12 orchestra. Call 842-4242, ext. 411, for reservations.
» Christmas music will be performed in Laie in a series of free December miniconcerts at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Hawaii Temple Visitors Center. The 6:30 p.m. concert schedule will begin Dec. 4 with the Pacific Fleet Band Woodwind Unit, followed by Dec. 6, Pacific Fleet Band Brass Quintet and Dec. 7, the Brigham Young University Hawaii Chorale.
» Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd., will celebrate the Advent season with a concert at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9. "Carols Around the World" will feature performances by the Handbell Choir, the Chancel Choir and Praise Team. Light refreshments will be served after the concert.
Scholar discusses modern Buddhism
A visiting Buddhist scholar will lecture here next month on "Shin Buddhist Spirituality in the Modern World."
The Rev. Mark Unno, an associate professor of Japanese Buddhism at the University of Oregon Religious Studies Department, is the guest speaker in the Futaba Memorial Lecture Series Dec. 8 at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin temple annex, 1727 Pali Highway.
Unno's talks at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. are free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.
Unno is the author of "Shingon Refractions: Myoe and the Mantra of Light" and editor of "Buddhism and Psychotherapy Across Cultures."
The lecture series was endowed by Alfred Bloom, University of Hawaii religion professor emeritus, and is co-sponsored by the Buddhist Study Center, the UH Foundation Milander Fund and the temple.