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How Can We Build Sanctuary Communities in Hawaiʻi: A Conversation with David Gierlach

David Gierlach, rector of St. Elizabethʻs Episcopal Church in Kalihi/Palama, discussed his thoughts on how faith communities  can serve as sanctuaries during these times of uncertainty for immigrant communities under the Trump administration. A broad community of many faiths came together to share why they came to this event. David then dialogued with the various comments […]

WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning and US military war resisters today

Tuesday, March 10, 7-9pm Weaver Hall on the grounds of the Church of the Crossroads. 1212 University Ave., Honolulu Presentation by JEFF PATERSON, former Kaneohe Bay Marine who publicly refused to deploy to the Gulf War. Featuring: JACOB BRIDGE, active duty Kaneohe Bay Marine officer, Conscientious Objector applicant. KYLE KAJIHIRO, advocate for downsizing the US […]

The Candle of Peace. Let us bless one another.

December 9, 2012 from Maren Tirabassi: The Candle of Peace, a confession God, in all the history of the world,  this is the second candle — We will light the candle of peace, after this conquest, this independence, interference, this border-making, Peace, after this injustice is righted, after this right to oil, trade, wealth is […]

Aloha, ʻOhana and Friends of Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice

Every pivot needs a fulcrum, the support about which a lever turns.  Hawaiʻi is the fulcrum of the U.S. military pivot in the Pacific.  Last November, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared, “The future of politics will be decided in Asia, not Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States will be right at the […]


RESISTING THE NAVAL BASE ON JEJU ISLAND: Church of the Crossroads, November 29, 6-8pm  Koohan Paik, a Hawai’i-Island-based, Korean-American peace activist, will be speaking about one of the newest (and most impassioned) resistance movements to US militarism – that taking place on the small “island paradise” of Jeju, South Korea.  Paik recently returned from the […]

The Pacific Ocean (“Moana Nui”) is Our Backyard

When Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the U.S. military’s “Pivot to the Pacific” many of us in the Hawaiian Islands celebrated an anticipated economic boon. Some of us eyed warily the notice of increased live-fire training and Strykers on the Big Island. And shadowy rumors: UAV’s (drones) are to be based here? What’s this about […]

All War is Local

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., “A Time To Break Silence,” April 4, 1967, Riverside Church, New York City Excerpts from a blog by S. Brian Willson Sept. 12, 2012 ( “War is always […]