Religion Briefs

Advocate for disabled to speak at Hilton

Joni Eareckson Tada, an internationally known advocate for disabled people, will be the keynote speaker at the Hawaii Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. April 15 at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

More than 1,000 people are expected at the 26th annual breakfast, which was organized to encourage prayers for federal, state and local government officials and military leaders.

Tada, who became quadriplegic in a diving accident in 1967, is widely recognized because of her daily radio program on Christian stations; her biography, which was translated into several languages; and a full-length feature film, "Joni," in which she portrayed her life. She has written 30 books and is a frequent conference speaker.

She founded the Joni and Friends organization, which sponsors the Wheels for the World program, which has distributed 25,000 refurbished wheelchairs in Third World countries. The organization trains churches to provide ministry to the disabled and holds family retreats for special-needs people. In December the group broke ground for a new International Disability Center for its training and outreach programs.

Reservations for the event can be made by calling 486-8986. Tickets are $25 each.

Ginoza to discuss state of public schools

Former teachers union President Karen Ginoza will be the keynote speaker at the annual United Methodist Church Mission Festival next Saturday.

Hawaii's public schools will be the topic of the former Hawaii State Teachers Association head. The annual meeting of Methodists from throughout the state will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Susannah Wesley Community Center, 1117 Kaili St.

The Rev. Woong-Min Kim, Hawaii District superintendent, will speak at the opening worship service. Also speaking will be clergy representing several ethnic groups.

The registration deadline is Wednesday. The fee is $9. Call Paini Harris, 522-9555.

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