Volume 2019 Number 6
General Assembly - 2019
The Magazine of the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu
Dan, Kristine Newmann, Sue, and Ross Newmann.
Kris and Ross are former FUCH members.
They now live in Hillsboro, OR.
Dan, Allison, Karen and Carol
Ten of our members ventured to General Assembly, an annual gathering for Unitarian Universalism. Soon, our trusted friends will share their experiences from General Assembly and their hopes for our shared future.
Attending General Assembly this year were Allison Jacobs, Carol Amos, Dan Carpenter, Sue Yamane-Carpenter, Karen Valasek, Richard Valasek, Bill Scarvie, Imiloa Borland, and Rev. Cat Ishida.
To learn more about their adventures and take-aways, plan to attend "The Power of We – GA Sunday" on July 21, 2019 - 10 am.
Dan, Karen, Allison, and Carol
On June 23rd, our ADORE group viewed and discussed a PBS Chasing the Dream series documentary called “Against All Odds: The Fight For A Black Middle Class,” in which “acclaimed journalist Bob Herbert explores the often heroic efforts of black families to pursue the American dream in the face of unrelenting barriers.” For more information please open this link:
After discussing the documentary, our group held a very meaningful discussion about the issue of Reparations. The discussion was rich because most participants had read acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates’s piece, The Case for Reparations, in the The Atlantic, June, 2014 issue. For those who are interested, here is a link to The Case for Reparations:
Since an historically important congressional debate on Reparations was held on Juneteenth (June 19th), just four days before our A.D.O.R.E. meeting, points expressed in that debate were also discussed.
For our July 28, 2019 ADORE meeting, we will delve more deeply into the subject of "Cultural Humility," to which we were introduced in our May 26th meeting.
Articles (from members or other UU leaders) submitted to the church magazine will be selected on the basis of their informative and/or inspirational nature or value to the life and ministry of this congregation. The editor has the authority to make the decision to not include a submission. Print versions of the magazine will be limited to selected 4 (or 8 back to back) pages.
It’s easy to miss these days. We have so many kinds of news coming at us. And every year we hear that the art form is fading, dwindling. Some say it’s for rich people and tourists. But the Tony Awards this past Sunday, the annual awards for Broadway theatrical productions, held some surprises for its audience. For one, a musical about the descent to hell, a retelling of the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, called Hadestown won eight Tony Awards after being nominated for fourteen, a modern record, surpassing even Hamilton. But more noteworthy was an award for supporting performance in a musical.
Ali Stroker was not a new face in the world of performing. Her performance on the hit television show Glee was roundly praised, as was her portrayal by the show’s creative leaders who wrote a powerful arc for her character. But in this season’s revival and reimagining of the classic Oklahoma!, Stroker plays Ado Annie, the always loveable and, by her own account, sometimes overly lovable character who sings the famous song “I Can’t Say No!” And her performance, by all accounts, ranks with some of the luminaries who have inhabited this iconic role.
Rewarding the hard work of eminently talented performers is what the Tony Awards do. And they did their part. But rewarding legions of persons who move though our shared world in a manner other than by the dominant form of movement with an image of something entirely new—that was entirely Stroker’s achievement. Since childhood, Stroker has used assistance for mobility after her legs didn’t serve her for mobility any longer. There are many ways I could neither understand nor fully appreciate the challenges this created. But I think we all can appreciate the effect that facing and then transcending those challenges has on those watching her.
Please take three minutes to watch this special report on Stroker’s Tony Award: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxwogVt6yZo.
On Saturday, our community will move its minister’s office to the first floor of our building, where it will be accessible to more people who may wish to visit it. Virtually all of the comfortable furnishings will remain while the current minister’s office becomes a meeting room. And the space will continue to serve in many respects as the church’s “living room.” I want that to keep happening. And if a group would like the space while I am in there, I will happily move elsewhere.
Congregations at their best, who seek truly to uphold the inherent worth and dignity of all, imagine their spaces accommodating all who enter. The many groups who thoughtfully, generously, and graciously offered their time and attention to this change, like the Aesthetics, Buildings & Grounds, Building Use, and Shared Ministry Teams, as well as the Board, have taken part in that kind of sacred imagining. And it is a gift of their time and energy. We are not done with this task, for it is a lifelong practice in humility. But if we are serious about this call, “We Can’t Say No!”
And may it ever be so.
Rev. T. J.
T.J.'s Message: A Brand New State
Rev. T.J.'s Message 3
Gallery on the Pali 4
Saloon Pilots Performance 6
Workshop Announcement 6
Fundraiser for Robinah 6
Chalice Circles 7
Image Credit: Carlos Javier Ortiz, The Atlantic, June 2014
Gallery on the Pali: Hawaii Visions - Realism and Abstraction
Honolulu's Gallery on the Pali announces an exhibition of paintings by David Luchak. The exhibition will run June 22, 2019, through Friday, August 2, at Gallery On The Pali, located at the First Unitarian Church at 2500 Pali Highway.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
David Luchak is offering a selection of his recent plein air landscapes and abstract paintings at the Gallery on the Pali, June 22-August 2, 2019. These light filled paintings express the moods and mystery of Hawaii’s bountiful beauty. Vigorous brushwork and sumptuous paint create a feeling of generous abundance. This artist’s high spirited aloha infused work gives back. They refresh the heart and nourish the soul. Familiar places are energized with renewed vitality. The ordinary becomes extraordinary and the unfamiliar becomes familiar. Spirited color with expansive compositions create an open feeling of freshness that invites your spirit to enter, relax and enjoy.
The abstract paintings broaden the artistic interpretation of nature’s abundance of forms. Colorful shapes and expressive lines interact to create bright lively images that stimulate the mind’s eye and capture the imagination. The more you look at these paintings the more you’ll see. They intrigue, evoke and inspire.
Gallery Hours (Closed Monday and Saturday): Tuesday through Friday 9 am - 2 pm, and Sundays 9 am to 1 pm.
For more information, please call the First Unitarian Church Office at (808) 595-4047 or e-mail Gallery@UnitariansofHI.org
On the web @ Unitariansofhi.org/exhibits
The opening reception is on Saturday June 29, 6-8 pm. The public is invited.
Above: Kawai Nui Maunawili Valley
Left: Hiking in the Kawai Nui Hamakua Marsh
About Reverse Racism: Recognizing and Interrupting Racial Microaggressions Workshop
As follow up to the June 8th workshop discussion on reverse racism, and for the benefit of all grappling with it, the 8th Principle Task Force offers the following by Shaelyn Barber, News Writer at The Daily Utah Chronicle in her piece titled Reverse Racism Is America’s Favorite Myth.
“It is not possible to be racist against a white person in the United States. It is possible to be prejudiced against white people, perhaps, but certainly not racist. Racial prejudice and racism do have a lot in common, but there is an important distinction. Racial prejudice entails the feeling of dislike, contempt, hatred or superiority over another race. Racism includes these sentiments, but it has an additional factor: systematic oppression which is built into the government, institutions and social structures. Without this factor of systematic oppression, there cannot be racism.
The history of the U.S. is quite literally established off of the subjugation of people of color. From slavery to the Trail of Tears, Japanese internment camps to the annexation of large swatches of Mexican land, our country has consistently taken advantage of people of color with total disregard for their rights. Even as history has progressed and some things have improved for people of color, these improvements haven’t been enough to cancel out the ways our system fails people of color. Discrimination was built into our government from its conception and is still very much alive and well.
White people in the U.S. have never faced this sort of oppression, and it’s important to recognize that. White Americans were not imported as a product and forced into slavery; they came here of their own free will. Their lands were not taken from them — they were the ones forcing indigenous people away from places that were rightfully theirs. White people are not targeted by police forces and are much less likely to be arrested or face brutality. They are not denied jobs or demonized by the media. They have access to education.
This systematic privilege is why you cannot be racist toward white people. You can be prejudiced against white people, but you cannot be racist toward them.”
* “Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.” - Derald Wing Sue Ph.D., author of Microaggressions: More Than Just Race
See Page 6 for further details
and preregistration information.
July 20th at 5:30pm Robinah is cooking a fund raising dinner at the home of Mike and Nancy Young, 3583 Kalihi St., E, Honolulu, 389-2225. The number of people is limited to thirty because that’s about how many people can fit in the house and eat comfortably. Those of you who have come to previous dinners know what an amazing cook and African dance teacher Robinah is. Robinah should get the house bouncing. The cost is $20 or more. She needs to pay off her bill at HPU in order to receive her graduation certificate. She has already done the class work and attended graduation. We’re looking forward to having you here.
Fundraiser Dinner for Robinah
David and Harmony prepare a sumptuous snack.
Learn the Skills of Deep Listening
Current Locations, Dates & Times:
Hawaii Kai: 2nd & 4th Mondays @ 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Punahou: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kailua: 2nd & 4th Saturdays @ 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Kaka’ako: 2nd & 4th Mondays @ 6:30 -- 8:30 pm
Pali: 1st & 3rd Mondays @ 6:30 -- 8:30 pm
Being part of a Chalice Circle includes service to our church and community. Thanks to the Kaka’ako Chalice Circle for providing Hospitality in June!
If you are ready to experience being listened to and connecting with others in a way you may yet to have experienced in your life, join a Chalice Circle. Groups of 5-12 people meet twice a month for two hours to explore preselected topics using the deep listening/deep sharing format, each guided by a trained facilitator.
Always open for new members, there’s a Chalice Circle waiting for you! For more information contact Carla Allison, email@example.com, 396-1488.
The Saloon Pilots, Hawaii’s premier bluegrass band, will be performing at the First Unitarian Church at 2500 Pali Highway on Sat, July 27, 2019, at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets
are $20 at the door. Your ticket may win you a door prize! Food and drink will be available for sale. For more information, contact Dan Carpenter, cell 808.381.2831. We need
volunteers for parking, ticket taking, purchasing and serving beverages and snacks.
Created and facilitated by 8th Principle Task Force, this skill building opportunity brings participants together for intensive practice. The next workshop is July 27th. There is no fee but each workshop is limited to nine participants. Preregistration is required (Carla Allison @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 396-1488.
Special Note: Many thanks to Eileen Cain as she retires after a year of service on the 8th Principle Task Force.
July Microaggression Workshop
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