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Workshop on New Testament in Wailuku

The Tri-Isle Association of the United Church of Christ will offer a two-weekend workshop July 7-8 and July 14-15 on the New Testament under the direction of Craig C. Hill.

Hill is currently professor of New Testament and dean of Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. The workshop will help participants learn to read the New Testament with an understanding of the context in which it was written. Topics will include biblical inspiration and authority, reading the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), help with the Gospel of John and how to read the letters of Paul. He will also offer an introduction to apocalyptic literature, which is found in parts of the New Testament and especially the book of Revelation.

The workshop will be held at Wailuku Union Church, 327 S. High St. in Wailuku. The $40 registration fee includes a copy of Hill’s latest book, “Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus,” and some meals. The workshop is part of the Tri-Isle Association’s “Equipping Tomorrow’s Church Leaders,” which provides training to those who serve as leaders in local congregations and uses recognized leaders in various relevant fields. These workshops are funded, in part, by foundation grants.

The workshop is open to the public; registration deadline is June 23. Kahu Wayne Higa of Kaahumanu Church can be reached at 446-4649 for more information. Workshops begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.


Shin Buddhism classes underway

“Discovering Shin Buddhism 1: Important Writings of Sinran” will continue with classes on Wednesday, June 28 and July 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Kahului Hongwanji Mission, 291 S. Puunene Ave. in Kahului.

This introduction in Shin Buddhism (Jodo Shinshu) through an exploration of the teachings of Shinran Shonin is being led by the Rev. Richard Tennes. The second part of the series will take place Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23. These sessions are part of the Henry Tasaka Memorial Buddhist Adult Education Program’s “Summer of Dharma.”

To register, call the temple office at 871-4732 or email kahului-hongwanji@hawaii.rr.com.


Bible study set at Maria Lanakila

Adult Bible study at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church in Lahaina begins on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. with orientation and registration at St. Marianne Hall. The Gospel book of Matthew is the study topic. For more information, call the parish office at 661-0552.


Free program at Pukalani church

Pukalani Baptist Church is offering an activity for children who have completed preschool–5th grade from 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 26-30. Children will be galactic starveyors, “Discovering the God of the Universe.” There will be a free dinner followed by the program, including games and activities. There is no charge for any of the activities.

The church is located at the corner of Old Haleakala Highway and Loha Street, across from Pukalani Superette. The Rev. Paul Kaneshiro is the pastor. For registration forms, visit pukalanibaptist.com and click on VBS. For more information, contact pbckidz@gmail.com or 572-7968.


Church plans field trip to Israel in April

Faith In Jesus Church Pastor Barbara Tengan will lead a meeting for people who are interested in taking a field trip to Israel in April. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at 432 Waiehu Beach Road in Wailuku.

In addition for preparing for this pilgrimage, John Swails IV, a visiting linguistics expert, will be offering two courses while he is vacationing on Maui. The first is titled “The Science of Creativity,” which will include creative writing and journaling. The second class will be “Beginning Hebrew,” with a system he created that has recently been adopted by the military.

Swails is an award-winning journalist who worked for The Associated Press around the world. His father is John Swails III, a professor at Oral Roberts University and a consultant on the Holy Land to world-renowned evangelist John Hagee. The family lived in Israel for several years and will help put together an itinerary for the pilgrimage in April.

The classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays through July 7 at Faith In Jesus Church. For more information, call Tengan at 276-1005 or call her office at 244-1286 to register for the classes.


St. Anthony pastor to speak at dinner

The Rev. Roland Bunda, pastor of St. Anthony Church in Wailuku, will be the guest speaker at the 33rd annual Maui Knights of Columbus Clergy and Religious Appreciation Dinner at the Maui Beach Hotel on June 29 starting at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the NBA Band, featuring the piano artistry of Billy Perry. The cost is $15.

Bunda will be talking about the future plans for St. Anthony High School, which is currently celebrating its 169-year anniversary. Bunda was once the principal of St. Louis High School on Oahu, his alma mater, and was also a math teacher in many Marianists high schools on the Mainland before becoming the pastor at St. Anthony’s on Maui.

For more information, call event coordinator, Norm Franco, at 357-6676.

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