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Saturday, January 27, 2001

Religion Briefs


Scholarships available for Christian conference

Hawaiian Island Ministries will provide a limited number of scholarships to its annual three-day Honolulu Conference, which opens March 22 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Thursday is the application deadline for a reduction in registration fees. People who are in financial need or who are attending for the first time qualify for the lower rate.

More than 40 speakers, including nationally known evangelists, authors and leaders of Christian organizations will speak at the Honolulu 2001 event. In addition to general arena-style worship sessions, more than 80 workshops will be offered on subjects ranging from spirituality to practical direction for church ministries and projects.

More than 3,000 people attended last year's conference.

The individual registration fee is $185. With a group of five or more, it is $165 each. The student fee is $75 and a one-session ticket is $25. The rates will be increased after Feb. 15.

For scholarship applications and general registration information, call Hawaiian Island Ministries at 988-9777, toll-free at (877) 998-9777, or email

Popular author Norris to lecture on spirituality

Kathleen Norris, a bestselling author on spirituality and meditation, will speak at the 22nd annual Britt Lectures at First United Methodist Church.

"An Experience of Psalms: Where in the World Is Healing, Solace and Even Joy?" is the theme of the series of lectures offered at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16, 17 and 18 at the church at 1020 S. Beretania St. The talks are free and open to the public, with a question-and-answer forum to follow each lecture.

Tuesday is the deadline for registration for a fourth session at 9 a.m. on Feb. 19. Norris will speak on "John Wesley and the Monastic Tradition: A Return to Roots."

Signing for the hearing impaired will be available at all lectures if requested by Tuesday. Child care is provided at all sessions.

Norris wrote "The Cloister Walk," which the New York Times chose as notable book of the year in 1996, and "Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith."

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