Religion Briefs
Saturday, February 16, 2002

Pastor portrays Lincoln from spiritual perspective

The Rev. Paul Brennan, who portrays Abraham Lincoln for elementary school classes when Lincoln's Feb. 12 birthday rolls around each year, will take the 16th American president into the pulpit tomorrow.

A pastor at First Chinese Church of Christ, Brennan will speak from Lincoln's perspective in two separate services, at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

"It is especially appropriate this year because of the crises we've had with leadership and with terror in the world," said Brennan. "There are some voices from the past that are very eloquent. Lincoln's own historical setting was filled with pain."

Brennan, who shares "some physical characteristics" with Lincoln, said his interest in Lincoln "comes from a spiritual perspective."

The church is located at 1054 S. King St.

Annual Britt Lectures feature Trappist monk

Trappist monk W. Paul Jones will talk about "Life's Defining Rhythms: Unity in Diversity" at 7 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church, 1020 S. Beretania St.

His topic at 7 p.m. tomorrow will be "Life and Spiritual Resources: Toward a Personal Rule."

The annual Britt Lectures are free and open to the public.

Each program will provide a question-and-answer forum with Jones, a Catholic priest who was a Methodist minister for 40 years. Musicians from several churches will perform.

Missionary to address social justice, mysticism

The unlikely combination of social justice and mysticism will be addressed by a missionary to Chicago homeless people in talks next weekend at Chaminade University.

Edwina Gateley will speak on "Social Justice and Mysticism: Our Challenge to Give Birth to God in the Contemporary World" at 4 p.m. Feb. 24. The annual Mackey Marianist Lecture at Mystical Rose Oratory is free and open to the public.

Gateley has received commendations for her urban ministry work in Chicago, including recognition from former President Bill Clinton.

She will present a workshop 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday in the campus chapel. Participants may earn five Pastoral Institute Enrichment credits. To register, at $10 cost, call Brother Dennis Schmitz, 735-4801.

Palestinian priest speaks on politics and religion

A Palestinian Christian's views on conflicting politics and religions in the Holy Land will be presented in Honolulu lectures next month.

The Rev. Naim Ateek, an international activist for Palestinians, is the guest speaker for the annual Watada Lecture at 7 p.m. March 4 at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave. The lecture, endowed by the Watada family, is free and open to the public.

Ateek will preach March 3 at the 10:30 a.m. service at Church of the Crossroads and at the 7:30 p.m. Evensong Service at St. Andrew's Cathedral, 229 Queen Emma Square.

The Anglican priest will also lecture on the need for reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian people at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the University of Hawaii Art Auditorium.

Ateek is the author of "Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation" and founder of Sabeel Ecumenical Theology Center in Jerusalem.


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