Campaign to fight global warming launches
A Thursday ceremony at a Honolulu church will kick off a project that mixes the practical goal of promoting renewable energy with the spiritual mandate to be stewards of the earth's resources.
The 6 p.m. dedication at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave., will launch the Hawaii chapter of Interfaith Power and Light, a national campaign to involve faith communities in global-warming and ecology issues.
The Rev. Sally Bingham, founder and president of the national organization's Regeneration Project, will be keynote speaker. The effort began with Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and a coalition of other Episcopal churches that organized to purchase renewable energy for their facilities.
"Global warming and climate change is no longer just an environmental, political and economic issue, but also a moral and spiritual issue for all human beings," said Chuck Burrows, of Hawaii Interfaith Power and Light. He said the organization aims to "bring religious and Hawaiian spiritual groups together to work in concert with secular environmental and political entities on the issues of global climate change and energy."
The Thursday meeting is open to individuals and religious organizations interested in joining the effort.
For information, see the Web page www.hipl.org or call Burrows at 595-3922.
Human trafficking is topic of forum
A campus conference about Christian efforts to stop human trafficking in Asia and globally will be held Friday and next Saturday at the University of Hawaii Campus Center ballroom.
Speakers at the "Change Your World: Abolition" conference will include Bill Forbes of World Vision international Christian relief and social justice program, Paul and Susi Childers, who work in Nepal with Youth With a Mission international organization, and Annie Dieselberg, whose Nightlight Bangkok ministry works with victims of sexual exploitation in Thailand.
The conference sessions will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Thai food will be served at a 5 p.m. dinner Saturday followed by a 6 p.m. concert by Jubilee, a Seattle-based band, Red Poll and other local musicians.
The event is sponsored by Nightlife Church, a former ministry of First Presbyterian Church. The church meets for services at 6 p.m. Saturdays at 1822 Keeaumoku St.
The cost is $10 for students and $20 for general admission with advance registration or $25 at the door. For registration information call 744-2312 or see the Web page www.changeyourworldhawaii.org.
Tech expert to talk at ministry meeting
Guy Kawasaki, Hawaii-born author and high-tech entrepreneur, will be the guest speaker at the Monday "Straight Talk" speaker series sponsored by Hawaiian Island Ministries.
The meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. is a new pau hana version of the lecture series for business people that formerly met monthly for breakfast. Light pupus will be served at the gathering in the New Hope Diamond Head Ministry Center at Kahala Mall, the former Tower Records location. Tickets are $27 at the door.
Kawasaki is managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, founder of Alltop.com and a former Apple Computers fellow. He is the author of "The Art of the Start" and "Selling the Dream."
Financial planning gets spiritual spin
Classes that will provide practical advice about personal financial planning with a spiritual overview will begin Thursday at Unity Church of Hawaii, 3608 Diamond Head Circle.
"The Prosperity Power Program" will be taught by Unity Church teachers David Tasaka and Mindy Tucker.
Classes will meet at 7 p.m. on seven successive Thursdays through Oct. 30.
Tasaka said the course will "integrate spiritual principles of prosperity" from the Bible and "A Course in Miracles," by Helen Schucman and William Thetford. "We will talk about how to shop astutely, how to save, how to be a good steward of your funds. The new frugality trend is fueled by the growing feeling by people that although they are earning more, they are enjoying life less."
The cost is $15. For information, call the church office, 735-4436, or see the Web page www.unityhawaii.org.