Local Religion / In Brief

Guest priest returns to Kihei church

The Rev. Bruce DeGooyer will once again serve as the celebrant and preacher at Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church at 9 a.m. Sunday.

DeGooyer resides in Illinois but has served both as supply and interim clergy in the Diocese of Hawaii during the past two years.

The church is located on the historic site of David Malo’s Kilolani Church, built in 1852, at 100 Kulanihakoi St. in Kihei.

For more information, call 879-0161.

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‘Night of Ministry’ set for Saturday

New Hope Kahului is sponsoring Don Dickerman Ministries’ “Night of Ministry” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the Pomaikai Elementary School cafeteria.

Admission is free. The event is open to the public.

Dickerman has directed an evangelistic ministry to prisons since 1974. Since 1995, his focus has been on deliverance and healing. He has ministered to many of the world’s infamous inmates including Ted Bundy and David Berkowitz.

Dickerman also will be guest speaker at the 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sunday services at New Hope Kahului at the Regal Maui Mall Megaplex 12.

For more information, call 866-6106 or 214-5598.

Local Religion / In Brief

Vacation Bible School in Kahului

Ala Lani United Methodist Church will be offering a Vacation Bible School for ages 4 to 12 from May 30 to June 3.

The free program runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the church at 50 S. Papa Ave. in Kahului.

The theme of the program is “Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love.” There will be interactive Bible-related fun and music, science, crafts, mission and games. Light supper will be provided.

For more information, call church office at 877-0388.

Local Religion / In Brief

Delegates attend Baha’i convention

Six Maui delegates joined 32 others from Oahu, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai and the Big Island at the 53rd Hawaii National Baha’i Convention April 22-24 on Oahu. Their primary purpose was to elect the National Spiritual Assembly for the nation of the Baha’is of the Hawaiian Islands and to consult on their affairs for the next year.

Baha’i elections are held yearly on a local and national level by secret ballot without any nominations or electioneering. Any Baha’i 21 years and older may be elected. Among the necessary qualifications are those of unquestioned loyalty, of selfless devotion, of a well-trained mind, of recognized ability and mature experience. From among the pool of those whom the elector believes to be qualified to serve, selection should be made with due consideration given to such other factors as age distribution, diversity and gender.

Each year Baha’is elect nine members for their Local Spiritual Assembly. This assembly manages the affairs of their community as there is no clergy in the Baha’i faith. These communities are based on Hawaii’s judicial districts. At a yearly district convention, held in January, delegates are elected to represent their district (cluster) at the national convention.

Every five years, the nine members of the National Spiritual Assemblies of 157 nations travel to Haifa, Israel, to elect the Universal House of Justice. The Universal House of Justice is the supreme body that oversees the worldwide affairs of the Baha’i faith.

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FACE Maui will present findings

Faith Action for Community Equity Maui has just completed its “Listening Campaign” among its members regarding their most pressing issues of concern. It will be presenting its findings to the public at 6 p.m. Monday at St Anthony Church in Wailuku. These findings will be prioritized and voted upon that evening to guide the work of FACE Maui over the next two years.

FACE Maui began in 2008 and is a diverse, grass-roots, faith-based, nonprofit organization. FACE also has a branch on Oahu and exists to allow its members to live out their common, faith-based values by engaging in actions that challenge the systems that perpetuate poverty and injustice.

For more information, contact Tasha Kama at 463-2963.