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...

A Message from Kahu Akana

FOLLOWING JESUS: A NEW KIND OF EMPIRE On Sunday, I asked the congregation to imagine what it would be like growing up in utter poverty in Antioch, the capital city of  Syria—a Roman province—in the first century. You eat one small meal a day if you are lucky and when...

A Message from Kahu Akana

AVERAGE PEOPLE CHANGING THE WORLD Since we were celebrating Martin Luther King Day on Monday, I decided to share the story of Rosa Parks during my sermon on Sunday. Most of us know that Rosa Parks is the Black woman who refused to stand up on a city bus in Montgomery,...

A Message from Kahu Akana

THE BAPTISM OF JESUS On Sunday, I shared with the congregation about John the Baptist in the Gospel of Matthew, and John’s baptism of Jesus. I began by reminding everyone how Matthew, from the very beginning of his Gospel (and all the way through), focused on...

A Message from Kahu Akana

THE MAGI AND THEIR GIFTS On Sunday, I shared about the Magi who arrived after the birth of Jesus (also known as the Wise Men and the Three Kings) and what I have learned about them. Much of our understanding of them comes from traditions developed over the centuries....

A Message from Kahu Akana

MELE KALIKIMAKA & HAU`OLI MAKAHIKI HOU! We had two wonderful services this weekend celebrating the birth of Jesus, along with inspiring music and the stories of Christmas. On Christmas Eve, my message focused on the key figures in the story and what a scandal they...