A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

Listen Carefully! On Sunday in church, I talked about the importance of listening deeply—listening to others when they talk, listening for the voice of God, and listening to our hearts when they are calling out for our attention. We focused on the Parable of the Sower...

A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

On Sunday in church, I talked about the Berlin Wall. It was built in 1961 to keep the people of East Germany from crossing over to West Germany. The wall separated the German people from one another. In some instances, parents could not see their children and...

A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

“Heaven and Earth” On Sunday, I shared how the idea of heaven evolved over time in the histories of the Jewish and Christian faiths. Up until about 160 years before the birth of Jesus, there is no indication that the main characters of the Old Testament...

A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

  Happy Anniversary United Church of Christ! On Sunday, we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the United Church of Christ. I shared with the congregation how I came to the UCC during a time of searching, disappointment with my former denomination, and...

A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

“A Gift Rising from the Chaos”   On Sunday, I shared several stories about the chaos that we sometimes encounter in our lives. We’ve all been there, and probably not for the last time. We look within us and all around us, and things that once...

A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

“A Generous Invitation” We had a wonderful celebration on Sunday as we gave thanks for all that we have accomplished during the last two years of our capital campaign, “Maika`i Hana Hou!” (“Creating Goodness & Beauty Once...