Local Religion / In Brief

Pet memorial service June 8

Wailuku Hongwanji Mission will hold its annual pet memorial service at 5 p.m. June 8, with the Rev. Shinkai Murakami officiating at the service.

Participants are asked to bring a photo of their deceased pets, with names on the back of the photographs. Murakami plans to call out the names of the pets to honor their memory.

The mission is at 1828 Vineyard St.

For more information, call 244-0406 or send email to Murakami at shinkai528@gmail.com.


Bible school begins June 24

Pukalani Baptist Church will host free vacation Bible school for children and youths during the week of June 24 to 28.

Classes will be held each day from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be served for a half hour beginning at 5 p.m.

For more information, call 572-7968 or send email to pbckidz@gmail.com.


Maui Baha’i delegates elected

Delegates from the Baha’i communities on Maui were recently elected to attend the annual Convention of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the Hawaiian Islands.

The event was held May 24 to 27 on Oahu.

Within the Baha’i faith, the Hawaiian Islands are treated as a national-level governing council separate from the United States, which has its own National Spiritual Assembly.

The delegates are Rosalie Schrieber, Nadine Ramelb, Jack Spock, Margo Gale and Doreen Hobdy.

Local Religion / In Brief

Events to celebrate Shavout scheduled

The Jewish Congregation of Maui will host events to celebrate Shavout.

The Festival of Shavuot, also known as the Festival of Weeks, Festival of First Fruits and The Festival of the Giving of the Law will begin with services at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Beit Shalom synagogue.

The festival will begin with the Ma’ariv/evening service. A light Mitzvah meal and a no-time-limit study session will follow the service covering an assortment of topics in the Tanach-Bible, which will be discussed celebrating this anniversary of Moses receiving the Law at Mount Sinai.

On Wednesday, there will be a 10 a.m. Shavuot service. This will be a traditional festival morning service, which will include the reading of the Adkamaut and the Ten Commandments.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, there will be a Shavuot festival service. This will include the chanting of the Book of Ruth as well as a Yizkor memorial service remembering deceased loved ones.

The recommended donation for the Tuesday-night meal is $18. Those planning to attend should call the synagogue office at 874-5397 no later than Monday to reserve a place.


Scholar to discuss Buddhism May 18

A scholar from the University of Leipzing in Germany will be speaking from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Lahaina Hongwanji Mission on “Japanese Buddhism in the Global Age” and “Globally Minded Shin Buddhism.”

Ugo Dessi is currently a scholar in residence at the Buddhist Study Center on Oahu, and his free talk is sponsored by the center and the Maui Hongwanji Council.

He studied Buddhism in India and in Germany, where he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Marburg in 2006 with a dissertation on Shin Buddhist ethics. He has been a visiting scholar at Tokyo University, Ryukoku University and a research fellow at Otani University in Japan.

Lahaina Hongwanji is located at 551 Wainee St.

For more information or to RSVP, call 661-0640 or email sangha@lahainahongwanji.org.


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