A Message from Kahu Akana

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL FOR THEY WILL RECEIVE MERCY MATTHEW 5:7; JOHN 9:1-39 On Sunday, we read the story of Jesus healing the blind man in the Gospel of John. His disciples asked Jesus, “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” They...

A Message from Kahu Akana

  On Sunday, I shared in my sermon the story of Maria. She was a young woman running a soup kitchen for children in her village in El Salvador. According to her government, she was helping people who should be helping themselves, so they labeled her a communist...

A Message from Kahu Akana

BLESSED ARE THE MEEK As we continue our Lenten journey this year, we pause each week and consider one of Jesus’ beatitudes (Jesus’ blessings in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5). This week’s beatitude is: Blessed are the meek for they will inherit...

A Message from Kahu Akana

We began Lent last week with our Ash Wednesday service when we were reminded that God remains with us throughout our lives and in the life to come. Our theme came from the first Beatitude (Jesus’ blessings in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5): Blessed are the...

A Message from Kahu Akana

It was a joyful day being back in church on Sunday after a 3-week break of vacation and study leave. It was a special Sunday for me, as I celebrated my 3-year anniversary as the kahu of Koloa Union Church, and as my son Palani and I hosted around a hundred people at...

A Message from Kahu Akana

On Sunday, I shared three stories that brought me hope and inspiration during the week. I also reminded the congregation that we are creating the stories of today—stories that future generations will tell. I invite you to consider what stories you want to be told...