Congregation now takes activist role
An evening service tomorrow will mark the transition of Ohana Metropolitan Community Church from a worshipping congregation to a study and activist group.
The church was organized in 2005 as a congregation for gay, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters. The Rev. Jonipher Kwong, former pastor, said it will continue as an organization working toward marriage equality and other issues, as well as a theology and spirituality discussion group.
The 6 p.m. "Celebration of Ministry" service at Unity Church of Hawaii, 3608 Diamond Head Circle, is open to the public. A reception will follow.
Speaker addresses recurring mistakes
Motivational speaker Michael Ryce will offer tools for healing and putting an end to recurring life patterns in a five-day series of workshops opening tomorrow at Unity Church of Hawaii.
Ryce, director of Heartland, a self-healing center in the Ozark Mountains, will also speak at services tomorrow at 9 and 11 a.m.
The workshops will address the issue: "Why Is This Happening to Me ... Again?"
Tomorrow's class will run from 2 to 5:30 p.m. The Monday-through-Thursday sessions will begin at 7 p.m. All classes in this series are free, but donations will be accepted.
Ryce speaks about how the interaction of mind, body and emotions affects health and relationships.
For more information, see www.unityhawaii.org or call 735-4436. Unity Church of Hawaii is at 3608 Diamond Head Circle.
Mayor to help plant Hindu tree
A neem tree, a plant with healing properties mentioned in Hindu mythology, will be the focus of a cultural program next Saturday at the Blaisdell Center exhibition hall.
Mayor Mufi Hannemann and members of Milun, an association promoting South Asian culture, will participate in a tree-planting ceremony in a program that begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pikake Room. The tree will be planted near the Blaisdell box office.
The 90-minute program will include a Hindu devotional dance followed by a slide presentation on "The Neem Tree: From Mythology to Pest Control and Pharmacology."
Concert to feature unusual sound
John Renke, music director and organist at St. Andrew's Cathedral, and a men's chorus will perform in a benefit concert next Saturday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Kapahulu.
The 7 p.m. recital of 20th-century organ music will feature "Messe Cum Jubilo," by French composer Maurice Durufle.
Baritone Timothy Carney will be the soloist with the men's chorus.
The performance by Renke, a nationally renowned organist, will be unusual because the sound of the Walker digital organ will be toned down in a small parish church instead of resonating in a large cathedral, said David Kayner, music director at St. Mark's.
Tickets are $20 and available in advance from the church or at the door. For information call 732-2333.
A reception will follow. Parking is available at the church at 539 Kapahulu Ave., and across the street.