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Saturday, November 25, 2000



Scholar to speak on
Buddhist social issues

Star-Bulletin staff

A pioneer in modern Buddhist engagement in social issues will be memorialized in the Futaba Kenko Memorial Lecture series, which will be inaugurated Friday.

The series of three talks will feature the Rev. Kenneth K. Tanaka, professor of Buddhist studies at Musashino Women's University in Tokyo. He is the author of several books, including "The Faces of Buddhism in America," and is active in Buddhist-Christian dialogue.

The lectures, to be presented at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin at 1727 Pali Highway, are free and open to the public. The series is named after a noted scholar and writer on Shin Buddhism who died in 1995. It was endowed by Albert Bloom of the Hawaii Association of International Buddhists.

The talks on "American Pure Land Buddhism at the Dawn of a New Millennium" are scheduled as follows:

Bullet Friday: 7:30 p.m., "The Future of Buddhism in America."

Bullet Dec. 2: 9:30 a.m., "Meeting the Challenge of Science."

Bullet Dec. 2: 1 p.m., "Engaged Buddhism in a Global Society."

Tanaka received his doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley and taught at the Institute of Buddhist Studies affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley.

Congregations to mark
Buddha's enlightenment

Members of several Buddhist congregations will celebrate the enlightenment of Buddha at a joint family service Dec. 3.

Mary Matsuda, president of the Samaritan Counseling Center, will be the speaker at the 9 a.m. service at Higashi Hongwanji Mission, 1685 Alaneo St.

The Hawaii Buddhist Council sponsors the annual Bodhi Day celebration, commemorating the day more than 2,500 years ago when Buddha achieved the state of perfect clarity of mind.

The event which, according to tradition, happened while the Indian prince who founded Buddhism was sitting beneath a bo or bodhi tree, is memorialized in an exhibit on city hall grounds during the Honolulu City Lights festival.

Religion Calendar

Catholic Women's Guild
P.O. Box 10284
Annual Christmas meeting, 10:30 a.m. Mass Dec. 9 at Sacred Hearts Academy, St. Margaret Mary Chapel. Luncheon meeting: Waialae Country Club. Cost is $12. Reserve by next Saturday. Mail check to P.O. Box 10284, Honolulu, HI 96826. Guests welcome. Transportation provided from the Mass to the luncheon. Call 988-7350.

Central Union Church
1660 S. Beretania St., 941-0957
Retired registered nurse Hilda Yogi will speak about the importance of proper nutrition, 10-11 a.m. Tuesday in the Women's Building. Free parking. Come early for stretching exercises. Bring a brown-bag lunch. Stay for card or board games until 2 p.m.

Christian Legal Society of Hawaii
Pacific Tower, Suite 960, 587-8227
Bullet Fourth annual Christian Legal Society Prayer Breakfast during the annual Hawaii State Bar Convention, 7-8:30 a.m. Friday at the Sheraton-Waikiki. Keynote speaker is Judge Michael A. Town. Cost is $18. Call Rossana at 487-8402.

Bullet Conciliator Training Program, Dec. 7-9 at International College. Call Rossana or register online at

Bullet Panel of three judges will discuss Christian Conciliation, noon Dec. 9 at International College. Bring own lunch or pay $7.50. Call Rossana.

Ewa Hongwanji Mission
91-1133 Renton Road
The Rev. Thomas Okano, director of the Buddhist Study Center, will be guest speaker at English services 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Harris United Methodist Church
20 S. Vineyard Blvd., 536-9602
Bullet Advent workshop and Hanging of the Greens, 3-6 p.m. tomorrow. Crafts for the home and Hanging of the Greens, 3:30-4 p.m.; potluck supper and fellowship, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; and closing carol worship, 5:30 p.m.

Bullet A nursing volunteer coordinator is needed. The Commission on Education is looking for someone interested in coordinating the nursery. Includes the general upkeep of the nursery, maintaining the volunteer list, being part of the Nursery Task Force and being a liaison between the child care provider and task force. If interested, contact Donna Faith at 566-0148 or Cheryl Yamamoto at 396-0776.

Hawaiian Island Ministries
P.O. Box 777, 988-9777
Bullet Cindy Bauer of Connexion, a 24/7 ministry to the youth in Kalihi will discuss her after-school programs and other activities on the "Hawaiian Islands Ministries Radio Magazine," 1-2 p.m. Tuesday on KAIM Radio, AM 870.

Bullet Allen Phipps, president and chief executive officer of SRI Consulting, will discuss strategies on how to live more efficiently to achieve personal fulfillment and enrich the lives of others at "Straight Talk" monthly breakfast/lunch, 7-8:15 a.m. Friday at the Pacific Club, 1451 Queen Emma St. Reservations required. Cost is $20 per person or $160 for a table of eight. Call to register.

Kapahulu bible Church
3224 Kaunaoa St., 734-3727
Bullet Ron Neff and Constitutional Awareness for Everyone, or C.A.F.E., will host community meetings to learn about the U.S. Constitution, 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 7 and 14 in Fellowship Hall. Copies of the Constitution will be provided.

Bullet Farewell potluck for the Rev. Fred, Carol and David King following the morning worship services tomorrow in Fellowship Hall. Program to follow.

Bullet Potluck luncheon for Carol King, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Fellowship Hall. Bring salad, fruits and petite sandwiches. A short program is being planned. To participate, contact Lei Iwamura or Laurie Pinho.

St. Andrew's Cathedral
Queen Emma Square, 524-2822
Feast day celebrating the anniversary of the Confirmation of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma at services 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Waipahu United Church of Christ
94-330 Mokuola St., 677-3317
The Rev. Chris Eng will deliver the sermon, "Alpha and Omega," at 8:30 a.m. contemporary and 10:30 a.m. traditional worship services tomorrow.

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