Local Religion / In Brief

Interfaith service to remember MLK

The public in invited to join the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Christ the King Church for the seventh annual MLK Jr. Interfaith Service. This year’s theme, “We Shall Stand,” will honor King’s legacy of equality, nonviolence and faith while calling upon the Maui community to rise together to defend our future.

A special presentation will be delivered by the Rev. M. Kalani Souza, a Hawaiian practitioner and promoter of social justice through conflict resolution.

The MLK Jr. Day Committee is committed to work with Maui’s interfaith community to share the values of social justice and democratic principles espoused by King.

Refreshments will be provided at this free event. For more information, contact Malyntha Haleyalpiy at 631-6847 or gimolyntha@yahoo.com.

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Shinran Shonin memorial Sunday

The community is invited to attend Go-Shoki Hoonko, the 757th memorial service for Shinran Shonin, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu tradition. The service will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Makawao Buddhist Temple and will be followed by vegetarian refreshments.

Shinran Shonin was an innovative religious thinker, a radical who broke with elite monastic tradition to share the Buddhist path of wisdom and compassion with all people, without discrimination or judgment. Shinran Shonin was the first Buddhist priest to openly marry and have children, and traveled widely to share the teachings with people of all social classes, including the disadvantaged and disparaged.

The guest speaker is ordained Jodo Shinshiu Hongwanji-ha minister Blayne Higa, who recently completed his certification as a kyoshi teacher of Dharma.

The temple is at 1074 Makawao Ave. For more information, call the temple office at 572-7229, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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