Faith Action: Final Message Before the Holidays - Archived

Faith Action has two items to share this week:

  1. An invitation to an upcoming zoom presentation, scheduled for December 23 at 5:30 pm.  At this presentation, members of Faith Action’s Environmental Justice task force will explain their proposed “carbon cashback” bill, to be considered by the 2021 Legislature.
  2. A holiday message from Rev. Neal MacPherson on behalf of all the clergy of Faith Action.

Carbon Cashback

You are invited to a presentation explaining the Carbon Cashback legislation proposed by Faith Action’s Environmental Justice Task Force.  It is one of the elements of the legislative agenda recently adopted by Faith Action.  Carbon Cashback would assess a fee on gasoline and other fossil fuels in order to discourage their use, and return all of the revenue in equal shares to the people of Hawaii.  The presentation will be given on Zoom on Dec. 23 at 5:30 p.m.  Here is the link to the Zoom meeting: 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 897 4034 9698
Passcode: gogreen
Dial in by phone:
Dial 1-669-900-9128, then enter 89740349698# 


Holiday Greeting

Dear members and friends of Faith Action,

Aloha kākou. Greetings to all of us as we enter this holiday season, this season of “Holy Days.” This year, I have been particularly reminded that the holidays of Hanukkah and Christmas occur when the nights are the longest of the entire year. In fact, Christmas was in the beginning celebrated on the night of the winter solstice, which, at the time the holiday was established, was thought to be December 25. The calendar was later revised, and now we observe the solstice on December 21. But the Christian community kept the 25th as the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt in the 2nd century BCE. As we know, the festival centers around the lighting of candles on a candelabrum with nine branches, known as a menorah. 

Both festivals celebrate the light that comes in the midst of darkness. Because of the coronavirus and everything else taking place in our nation and island community, we are facing the darkest of nights. In hope and expectation, we are waiting for the dawn to break. 

We are thankful to belong to a community organization, Faith Action, which for us represents a light that shines in the darkness. As we have continued to work for justice and equity in our beloved Hawai‘i, we have done so in the hope that our efforts will make a difference. It has not been an easy year for us, simply because we prefer to meet face to face in a way that serves to strengthen our relationships with one another. That is not always easy to do on Zoom. But we have done our best to further our mission and purpose.

May this season serve to fill us with the hope and peace, the love and joy that are so necessary for our struggle to do what is just and right. Let us continue to be that light in the darkness that will make a difference.

The blessings of this holy season be with you.

Grace and Peace,

Neal MacPherson


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