Local Religion In Brief

Class to explain Jodo Shinshu

Makawao Buddhist Temple is offering a three-part class titled “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Jodo Shinshu But Were Afraid to Ask.” The class is free and open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 and 27 at 1074 Makawao Ave.

Jodo Shinshu is one of the largest Buddhist denominations in the world. Today in Hawaii, 33 Hongwanji temples on four islands continue sharing the Buddhist Path of Wisdom and Compassion, as they have for 130 years.

Each class begins with the experience of Buddhist ritual, chanting and meditation, followed by a short lecture exploring the foundations, doctrine and the practical application of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in the modern world.

Much of the time will be spent answering any and all questions about Jodo Shinshu, Shinran, Hongwanji temples, rituals, ceremony and more.

This series is designed for Hongwanji members, friends and fellow travelers on the Buddhist Path of Wisdom and Compassion but is open to anyone with an interest in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

Questions may be submitted in advance to the Rev. Kerry Kiyohara. He’ll aim to answer all of them in order received during the classes.

For more information, call the temple at 572-7229 between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or email makawaohongwanji@honpahi.org.

Planning luncheon set for ministers

The Maui Christian Ministers Association will have a Valentine’s Luncheon beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Faith in Jesus Church on Waiehu Beach Road in Wailuku. Former Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho will kick off the event by inviting Maui churches to host a crusade by evangelist and missionary Franklin Graham’s son Will.

Attendees will also discuss upcoming events for their annual calendar. The first event will be the Easter Sunrise Service at the War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku. Other possible events will be supporting Pastor Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusade and hosting a Sunday school seminar by Pastor Bill Wilson of New York City, who hosts 200,000 children in the world’s largest Sunday school every Sunday.

At 11 a.m., Dan Chun, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu and founder of Hawaiian Islands Ministries, will introduce “Just Show Up,” a new movement and method for Christians to meet regularly in groups to read and listen to dramatic readings of the Bible.

All pastors, spouses and church leaders are invited to attend. Registration for this free event must be made by Monday by calling Gloria Bennett at 244-1286. Ministers and leaders of Christian organizations who want to join the organization but are unable to attend this event are asked to provide their information.

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