Religion Briefs

Alliance president to lead discussion on hate crimes

The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, president of The Interfaith Alliance Foundation and The Interfaith Alliance Inc., will lead a panel discussion on hate crimes at 9 a.m. next Saturday at the Honolulu Friends Meeting House, 2426 Oahu Ave. The public is welcome.

At 6 p.m., Gaddy will speak at a dinner meeting of the Hawaii Council of Churches as it passes responsibility to Interfaith Alliance Hawaii. The meeting will be at the Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin at 1727 Pali Highway.

Reservations for a vegetarian buffet dinner ($10 a person) should be made by calling Vaughn F. Beckman at 988-7420 or e-mailing Payment will be received at the door.

At 9 a.m. Oct. 12, Gaddy will speak at Unity Church, at 3608 Diamond Head Circle.

At 6 p.m., he will speak at the Stop the Hate Vigil, a candlelight ceremony at the makai end of Kakaako Park. Speakers on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, Hawaiian concerns, economic justice, disability and nationality will be present.

The author of more than 20 books, including "Faith and Politics," Gaddy leads the Interfaith Alliance national organizations and also serves as the pastor for preaching and worship at Northminster (Baptist) Church in Monroe, La.

Founded in 1994, the Interfaith Alliance includes more than 50 different faith traditions with a membership of 150,000 in 38 states. It promotes mutual respect and cooperation between religion and politics and between different faiths.

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