Religion Briefs

Seminar to discuss how to die peacefully

Contemplative practices and practical tools to foster a peaceful death will be the focus of a workshop next week at the Honpa Hongwanji Mission.

Frank Ostaseski, founder of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, will present the "Grace in Dying" workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday.

The Buddhist teacher has helped health-care professionals, volunteers, patients and families explore the spiritual dimension of dying. He has been a consultant to health-care organizations, co-chairman of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Last Acts Spirituality Committee, and has been featured on television programs on facing death.

The experiential workshop is open to anyone interested in exploring their own relationship to death. The fee is $50. For information, call Lorrie or Jon at Hospice Hawaii, 924-9255.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the temple's Annex Hondo at 1727 Pali Highway.

Honpa Hongwanji's office of Buddhist education, Hospice Hawaii and Borthwick Mortuary are the sponsors.

Church sponsoring car-crushing show

The Pacific Islands Bible Church will have the usual midway of games, food and prizes at its Keiki Fun Fair, but its entertainment plan is bigger than the average church fun day. The Maui Off Road Center will bring its monster truck for a car-crushing exhibition.

The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Saturday in Melemanu Park at Kamehameha Highway and Waikalani Drive, sponsored by the church, at 95-075 Waikalani Drive, Mililani.

Peace in Mideast is topic of meeting

Luann Haaheo Guanson, co-director of the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday meeting of the Friends of Sabeel.

The 7 p.m. meeting of the organization, which supports a just peace in the Palestinian territories and Israel, is open to the public at the First Christian Church, 1516 Kewalo St.

Guanson has traveled to several countries to present training in nonviolent peace advocacy.


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