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Interfaith Conversations, September Meeting

August 28, 2014

At Pohai Nani Retirement Community
Pohai Nani “Club Room”, 2nd Floor 45-090 Namoku Street, Kaneohe, Hawaii

Monday, September 1st, 2014, 1pm to 2 pm

“Volunteering in China”   Henry Hail

Henry Hail is a local boy, graduating from Punahou, then Boston College. He taught English in China for one year, returned to Hawaii and attained a MA in sociology from University of Hawaii.  He is currently writing his PhD dissertation with University of California at Irvine.  His dissertation is about Chinese young people’s attitudes toward inequality and how volunteer organizations in China are addressing educational inequality.

“Through volunteering, I learned much about the state of educational inequality in China and the operations of the immensely popular rural volunteering programs for Chinese young adults. I personally observed severe poverty while volunteering in a rural village of Henan province. I think that volunteers were sometimes able to provide needed encouragement to disadvantaged youth. 

“A portion of my dissertation will show how theories from the sociology of religion can help us to better understand volunteerism in China.  Upon attaining my Ph.D., I intend to work as a professor of sociology wherever I can find a job”.                                                                             

For Information   Chaplain Ruth Peterson 236-7814 or Rev. Samuel Cox at 779-3606


March Meeting

March 2, 2014

When: 1st Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Where: Harris United Methodist Church, 20 South Vineyard Blvd.

7:00 a.m. Opening. Introductions. Irene Matsumoto, Convener

“eGlobal Family. Connecting caring people with children in need” with Rob Hail

Rob Hail is the Founder/Chairman of the eGlobal Family. It was founded in 2000 with the vision to link orphaned children with responsible caring donors through the use of email correspondence. Over the past 10 years, eGlobal Family has concentrated its efforts in the country of Cambodia. Encouraged by the success in Cambodia, they are expanding into new countries in Southeast Asia. We are very proud to welcome our newest orphanage partner to our program in Bangladesh.

The aim is to eventually link thousands of Email Foster Parents and Children around the world and truly become an eGlobal Family.


February Meeting

February 5, 2014

When: 2nd Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Where: Harris United Methodist Church, 20 South Vineyard Blvd.

7:00 a.m. Opening. Introductions. Irene Matsumoto, Convener

“What has been learned from the Gender Equity Issue in Hawaii” By Sister Joan Chatfield

Sister Joan Chatfield is the Executive Director of the Institute for Religion and Social Change. Her activities span numerous interfaith and inter-religious groups.

During the past legislative session, Sister Joan Chatfield added her respected voice to support the freedom to marry in Hawaii, which was passed by the Hawaii Legislature and signed by the Governor. Sister Joan taught for 36 years in Hawaii Catholic schools. She was also the founder of Project RESPECT.

“I am a committed Catholic and have been a Maryknoll sister for more than 60 years,” Sister Joan said. “I believe love is love. When you find the person who you want to commit to spending your life with, your community should celebrate that and stand with you. Your church, your family and your neighbors should support you without judgment.”

Samuel Cox (808) 779-3606
Sister Joan Chatfield (808) 225-7976
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January Meeting

January 1, 2014

When: 2nd Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Where: Harris United Methodist Church, 20 South Vineyard Blvd.

7:00 a.m. Opening. Introductions. Irene Matsumoto, Convener


Where, When and Why – With Attorney Gerald Clay

Gerald S. (Jerry) Clay is a 30-year legal veteran who has done ground breaking work in Hawaii in dispute prevention and non-litigious conflict resolution.

He is a past national director of the American Arbitration Association, currently chairing the AAA’s Large Complex Case program in Hawaii, where he also presides over its Advisory Counsel.

Jerry is the Co-author of the popular “Before You Sue” introduction to mediation.

8:30 am Adjourn. Networking.




December Meeting

November 23, 2013

When:  First Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Where: Harris United Methodist Church, 20 South Vineyard Blvd.

7:00 a.m. Opening. Introductions – Sister Joan Chatfield, Convener

“Report from the Holy Land” By Rev. Babs Ripple and Rev. Samuel Cox –Babs and Samuel will report on their pilgrimage to the Holy Land. They are attending an International Conference for Peace in Jerusalem.  Then they are visiting local families in the West Bank, including Bethlehem and Hebron.

Babs last visited the Holy Land in 2005 and was deeply touched by what she saw and learned. Babs was particularly concerned with the plight of children. Babs and Samuel are hoping to find glimmers of hope with possible new openings for peace in the Holy Land.  Are there opportunities for us to help the process?

They left November 10th and plan to return December 2nd. They will give a first-hand report to the Interfaith Open Table.

October Meeting

September 29, 2013

When: First Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013,  7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Where: Harris United Methodist Church, 20 South Vineyard Blvd.

7:00 a.m. Opening. Introductions. Irene Matsumoto, Convener

“Share with and Respect each other”  With Rev. Jikyu Rose

Rev. Jikyu Rose is the Bishop of Koganji Buddhist Temple in Manoa which has been in the valley since the early 1980s. Bishop Rose is the founding leader of this temple now ranked in Honolulu as one of the leading sites for the annual Bon Dance. The bright vermillion colored Japanese style temple solemnly stands within the quiet and verdurous Manoa Valley in Honolulu, within walking distance of the University of Hawaii.

In this most serene and spiritual setting, Reverend Rose has dedicated her life to Koganji and its members. Her role is sometimes that of a trustworthy and loving mother of a large family, where she works tirelessly to serve the members in a casual, friendly manner. At the same time, she plays the role of a spiritual teacher to encourage the congregation to learn the profound Buddhist truths. The congregation as a whole is young and the members may not be rich financially because of their youth. However, they continue to share their feelings and compassion with each other. The members mainly consist of the local Japanese, Caucasians, Filipinos, Koreans, and Chinese. Among them are a large number of women, teenagers and young children.

She teaches her congregation to practice true Buddhism and to always share with and respect each other. She says, “The purpose is to overcome one’s desires, ignorance and anger. Do your best and practice to wash away bad karma to reach a peaceful, happier life.”

8:30 am Adjourn. Networking.

Sister Joan Chatfield (808) 225-7976 or Samuel Cox (808) 779-3606 SamCox@hawaii.,




September Meeting

August 31, 2013

September 4th, 2013

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Harris United Methodist Church, 20 South Vineyard Boulevard
Corner of Nu‘uanu and South Vineyard, Honolulu

Holly Huber will be our Featured Guest

7:00 a.m. – Introductions and announcements – Rev. Irene Matsumoto

7:10 a.m. – Pono Use of State Facilities

Reframing the State-Church Debate – Holly Huber   Holly Huber, a public advocate, will speak about her whistleblower lawsuit filed against five churches accused of cheating  the state out of $5.6 million dollars in rent and utilities for use of the Hawai‘i public school facilities over six years. Please join us!

8:30 a.m.   Adjourn and networking

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Please share your ideas, suggestions, and new opportunities for future interfaith programs and projects.   You may also e-mail your ideas for discussion to Sister Joan Chatfield, M.M. at