Author: Minister

Weekly Message from T. J.

Personal Day

Aloha Friends,

Some of you likely picked up in the sermon that I surprised an uninvited visitor in my home last week who was trying to make off with some of my belongings and the belongings of my friend. After giving chase and retrieving all … read more.

Stewardship Campaign KICKOFF

Stewardship Campaign is Launched!

Aloha Wonderful People of First Unitarian Church of Honolulu!

We are so excited! Today marks the beginning of this year’s annual stewardship campaign!

In the coming days church members and friends will receive a letter about this year’s stewardship campaign. Please read this letter … read more.

Weekly Message from T. J.

Turn in Your Homework

I had a little problem growing up. It was completely self made, and no matter what my parents and my teachers did, every so often it would come back. I was one of those kids who just wouldn’t do his homework. … read more.

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To Make Fire

There is the old story of the fire maker.*

Once upon a time, many years ago, in a place not too different from where we are now, a wise and loving woman had special knowledge. She knew how to make fire.

This … read more.

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Inch by Inch

The thunderclap was ominous. I don’t hear as much thunder on Oahu as in other places I’ve lived. And when I hear it, there is usually rain close behind. As I exited the church after the 10 am service, I saw the … read more.

Weekly Message from T. J.

Together Again

Friends, I am going to take this time of my weekly message for something a little different. I want to explain some of what I’ve been up to for the past year in my free time and over a few study leaves.

Over the summer … read more.

Weekly Message from T. J.

To Love Alike

The friend I have had the longest in my life lives in Boulder. One of my best high school friends does, too. They both have children. Blessedly, they live in a part of Boulder that has its own fancy grocery store where … read more.

Weekly Message from T. J.

The Life for Me

It’s been a while since I’ve been afraid of pirates. I remember the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World that I visited when I as young. I also remember a cassette tape and picture book my parents gave me … read more.

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To The Moon

It must have been a terrifying experience. The clouds gathered. The winds picked up. And the water began to rise. It must have been hard to build a boat in the rain, a boat big enough to weather the storm, to withstand … read more.

Weekly Message from T. J.

In The Garden

It’s so quiet there. The view from the road around it contains the very embodiment of the patience of a saint. If only the same could be said for the viewer, me. It’s the day before the first game to be played … read more.

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The dark of morning was as still as it always is. My morning writing was done. So was my morning workout. It was time to log in and say “Hi” to my friend. He’s always good to see, with his huge beard and bright … read more.

Weekly Message from T. J.

It’s Gonna Happen

“…and then he just put his hand out like he wanted me to shake it. And I was like, brah, not gonna happen.”

My friend was telling a story about meeting someone new, someone he didn’t know, who put out his hand … read more.

Weekly Message from T. J.

Just a Moment

As some of you learned yesterday, I was feeling a little under the weather the past few days. I am feeling better today, which is wonderful. And one of the advantages of actually feeling under the weather is that I slow down … read more.

Weekly Message from T. J.

Canned Faith

*tink*… “Damn.” *tink*…*tink*…*dff*

These are the sounds of a person trying to toss tiny rocks into the open mouth of a 12-ounce aluminum can on the beach. Sometimes it would hit the can, maybe even on the top, and tink. But a lot … read more.

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Blessed Thoughtlessness

I’m listening to a book right now that a friend recommended to me. In fact, he forwarded a link to the audio book to be sure I couldn’t make any excuses about not listening to it. And since the “credits” in my Audible … read more.

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To Survive

I will be taking today away from work to reflect on new beginnings and transitions of power. Every four years we watch new oaths, we witness blessings, and we listen to plans for the future. Governments of the people are not always governments I … read more.

Weekly Message from T. J.

Seeing it Coming

The boos from the gathered crowd started slowly. They were only scattered. And there was also applause. Somehow laughter was starting to roll through, too. No one was sure what to make of the situation. We had all seen it coming. It only … read more.

Gift Card Scam – Again

Rev. T. J. Does Not Need Gift Cards

Friends, it’s happening again. It’s that time of year. When the traditions of years’ past come to us in new and wonderful ways. And this time, we yet again have someone impersonating me trying to get you to … read more.

Weekly Message from T. J.

Just One Person

I was Snoopy once. It sounds funny, but it’s true. In high school we did a production of the musical Snoopy!, which is a darling musical about…well…Snoopy, the beloved Peanuts character. One of the things we did to promote the musical in high … read more.