Mele Kalikimaka: Christmas in Hawai’i

In 1820, King Kamehameha II announced to his Hawai’ian people the end of the system of taboos, or kapu, the end of the traditional gods, and thus the end of the highly structured, ritualized society of old Hawai’i. Not long thereafter, the first American missionaries, of a strict Calvinist tradition, arrived, presumably finding fertile ground … READ MORE…

Report from Haiti

Here’s an update from Bart Smoot about his recent mission to Haiti on behalf of St Paul’s Cathedral: Dear Friends, My trip to Haiti in early November was busy, but a success. I was pleased to find that the blood pressure clinic is going strong and getting quite popular. I would estimate that we have … READ MORE…

Dealing with grief during Christmas

I will never forget the Christmas following the sudden death of my 19 year old daughter/college student. We buried Debbie the week before Christmas almost 40 years ago. That “Christmas”never happened for me and my family that year. We were “numbed” with a tragic loss. Christmas is a celebrative time, the world is in a … READ MORE…

In and out of the labyrinth

Have you ever noticed the labyrinth painted on the floor of the Great Hall? Ever wondered what those labyrinth walks advertised in the bulletin are really like? Susan and Lisa attended their first labyrinth walk last Wednesday, and sent us this report. We have been intrigued by the idea of a labyrinth for some time, … READ MORE…

Christmas Recitals

Dear Friends at St. Paul’s, I am blessed to have the opportunity to offer my cello playing as a sign of God’s love to our cherished elders, and I invite you to join me at any or all of several informal performances of traditional Christmas carols at St. Paul’s Senior Homes. It would be wonderful … READ MORE…

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