A Message from Faith Action’s VP for Clergy
We are now over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. It has impacted each of us in a different way. Some are mourning the loss of loved ones. Others are struggling to make ends meet. Many are lonely, tired, or overwhelmed. Meanwhile, all of us face the realities of racism and injustice that the pandemic has laid bare.
Our clergy have faced the pandemic with courage and ingenuity. We have learned how to livestream worship; we have offered spiritual care by phone; and we have organized food drives. It has not been easy.
As the new Vice President of Clergy for Faith Action, my goal has been to connect with our leaders while also recognizing the demands of ministry. In the last few months, I have had one-on-one conversations with most of our clergy to check in with them and update them on our work.
In addition, I have been meeting regularly with Rev. Sam Domingo, Rev. Neal MacPherson, and Cassie Chee, our new organizer, to discern next steps for clergy organizing. One exciting new initiative is an effort to reach out to early- and mid-career faith leaders. If you have someone in mind, please introduce us!
As a United Methodist pastor, I am celebrating the season of Easter with my congregation. It is a time when we remember that goodness and justice prevail over human brokenness, suffering, and death. As we to return to our community organizing roots, I look forward to welcoming new people to join in our powerful work of living out our faith in the world. Thank you for all you do to make that possible.
Rev. Jessica Kawamura
Wahiawa United Methodist Church
Faith Action Presents Free Climate Change Webinar
Faith Action’s Environmental Justice Task Force is co-sponsoring a free webinar on climate change, where the most recent research data will be presented. The online event features national authority and professor of Earth Sciences at UH Manoa, Dr. Charles “Chip” Fletcher.
“Climate Change: Global Perspectives, Local Solutions”
May 8, 2021, 9:00 -a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Following Dr. Fletcher’s presentation, participants will be able to choose breakout groups led by Hawaii’s environmental organizations where everyone will be given a chance to engage on how to take action locally.
This event is co-sponsored by the following organizations:
- Citizens’ Climate Lobby Hawaii
- Climate Protectors
- Climate Reality Leadership Oahu
- Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party
- Environmental Justice Task Force of Faith Action for Community Equity
- Hawaii EV Association
- Hawaii Youth Climate Coalition
- Kauai Climate Action Coalition
- The Nature Conservancy, Hawaiʻi and Palmyra
- Protect & Preserve Hawaii
- Surfrider Oahu
The webinar promises to be stimulating and informative, and we hope you will join us.