Church Services

Out of an over-abundance of concern over COVID-19, church services are being held online via Zoom until further notice.

Services Online via Zoom Until Further Notice

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Our Gatherings This Week 
We hope to see you there.  Everyone is welcome!

Announcing OAMCC’s JUSTICE LIKE LOVE speaker series
BEGINNING SUNDAY, August 23rd, 10am Hawaii Time!

You are invited to join Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church for the JUSTICE LIKE LOVE online service series, an invitational speakers’ series where a diverse group of spiritual leaders and influencers will reflect from their own experiences and traditions with inspiration from Dr. Cornel West’s statement, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

You won’t want to miss this! Everyone is welcome.
Facebook Live Stream or Join via ZOOM and please invite friends to attend.

Meet the “JUSTICE LIKE LOVE” series speakers:

August 23 – Rabbi Rachel Short

Rabbi Rachel Short

One of the youngest female Rabbis in the world, Rabbi Rachel Short graduated Magna Cum Laude in only three years from the University of Missouri with degrees in Interpersonal and Public Communications and English. She is a Holistic Healer, Reiki Master Teacher, certified Yoga and Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Leader and AromaTouch Practitioner.

She began pursuing the Rabbinate while in Israel, where she studied with many Rabbis including the founding Rabbi of the Kabbalah Center in Tzfat. Rabbi Rachel, on a mission to modernize Judaism, often raps her sermons and includes yoga, self-healing and meditation into her services, redefining the concept of a synagogue. She is the Founder and President of Ahava ‘Aina, a 501c3 non-profit on a mission to heal the world, and build the first and only intentional Jewish cultural community center and synagogue in East Hawai’i, a sanctuary to provide connection to the sacred and natural healing for All Beings. She is also fortunate enough to serve on the boards of Hawai’i Island United Way, Hawai’i Island Voluntary Organizations  Active in Disaster, Kilauea Hui, and be an active part of Interfaith Communities in Action and  the Hawai’i Island community at large. You can often find her surfing, swimming with her daughter or dolphins, or practicing Yoga on her Stand Up Paddleboard, when she isn’t being of service to her community.

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

The Revd. Maggie Hindley

The Reverend Maggie Hindley is a (retired but active) minister of the United Reformed Church, a British church of dissenting heritage. One of the best things she did in pastoral charge was to welcome MCC North London to share her Camden building. Trained in communty development, she has always encourged her congregations to be outward looking, and from 2009 – 2016  she ministered at the London Inter Faith Centre, which became an active member of London Citizens (Community Organising). She has always been involved hands-on with refugees in London, and since retirement has been active in promoting Palestinian rights, and with Extinction Rebellion. She and Pressley marched together against the Iraq war in February 2003!

September 13 – Kumu Leilehua Yuen

Kumu Leilehua Yuen

Almost 30 years ago, Kumu Leilehua Yuen coined the term “edutainer” for her work. A celebrated and much loved artist, kumu hula, musician, author, and poet, she considers the diverse fields all ways to entertain and educate. Reared by her grandparents, she carries a deep appreciation for the lessons and values of her kūpuna, her ancestors, and shares them with her audiences and students.  Kumu Leilehua Yuen has been a featured TEDx presenter, published author, journalist and historian, and frequent guest storyteller throughout Hawai’i. She is also a key organizer behind Hilo’s annual Lei Day. 

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Rev. Wes Mullins

September 20 – Rev. Wes Mullins

Rev. Wes Mullins was born in East Tennessee just outside of Knoxville in Oak Ridge—the site of the Manhattan Project. Pastor Wes was always very involved in church and ministry, and he took his first full-time role as a minister at just 17. In 2002, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. From there, he moved to Abilene, Texas, to pursue a Master of Divinity from Abilene Christian University. After being kicked out of that school due to his sexual orientation, he completed his Master of Divinity at Brite Divinity School (at TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, where he graduated at the top of his class. He was ordained a few days later in December 2005 at Exodus Metropolitan Community Church in Abilene, Texas. Pastor Wes then served at the Metropolitan Community Church of Portland and later at Pikes Peak MCC in Colorado Springs. He has also served in several denominational roles, including Worship Team Leader for General Conference XXIV and XXV, President of the UFMCC Board of Pensions, and member of MCC’s No2Racism Working Group.  Pastor Wes was led to St. Louis in November 2013 to serve MCC Greater Saint Louis as Senior Pastor. He is known for providing challenging sermons, insightful classes, and many opportunities for spiritual growth. He is a passionate supporter of equality, and the 2013 recipient of the Shel Anderson Award for Human and Civil Rights. He also performed the first gay marriage in the State of Missouri and serves on the Board of Directors for Cultural Leadership, an organization committed to creating a more just and equitable community by educating middle, high school, and college-aged students to recognize and resolve issues of privilege and injustice through the lens of the African American and Jewish experience.  Wes lives in the heart of St. Louis with Kevin, his husband of 10+ years, their dog, and two cats.

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October 4 – Tatenda Shumirai Ngwaru

Tatenda Shumirai Ngwaru

Tatenda Shumirai Ngwaru is an immigrant from Zimbabwe. She is an asylum seeker and intersex advocate. She is the founder of True Identity, the first intersex organization in Zimbabwe that promoted community awareness of intersex issues. In addition to collaborating with Shondaland, writing for The Huffington Post, Vogue, and The Root, Ngwaru is also the subject of the documentary She’s Not a Boy, which earlier this year was an official selection at Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival.

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Rev. Dr. Kerr Mesner

October 11 – Rev. Dr. Kerr Mesner

Rev. Kerr Mesner, PhD, is a queer theologian, a theatre performer and educator, and an activist. Kerr teaches Womens/Trans/Queer Studies at Wells College in Aurora New York; his current areas of writing and activism include anti-oppressive approaches to education, gender and sexual diversity in education, transgender studies, and contemplative educational practices. Kerr brings a background in theology, pastoral ministry, professional musical theatre, and queer activism to these current areas of work.

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October 18 – Rev. Dr. Ana Ester

Rev. Dr. Ana Ester

Rev. Dr. Ana Ester is a member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in Religious Studies and has Bachelors’ Degrees in journalism and in theology. She was a professor of Feminist Theology at MCC’s Darlene Garner Institute for Ibero-American Leadership Formation. She publishes in the areas of Queer Theology, Feminist Theology, Liberation Theology, Decolonial Theology and Indecent Theology. Also, Ana has been volunteering as an MCC translator (English/Portuguese) and was a member of the Worship Team for the 2019 MCC General Conference. She is a member of the Global Interfaith Network (GIN) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR).

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October 25 – Rev. Onetta Brooks

Rev. Onetta Brooks

Rev. Onetta Brooks serves as a volunteer Clergy at Founders MCC in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was UFMCC ordained in January 2007. She holds a Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary/Southern California; Master of Public Administration from California State University, Dominquez Hills and Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College. 

Rev. Onetta was elected to serve on MCC’s Governing Board from 2010-2016. In 2018 served as a consultant to the governance committee. Later appointed in October 2018 to serve on the Governing Board through General Conference July 2019. She worked professionally for various aerospace companies as a program manager/systems engineer/software engineer for 34 years.

Rev. Onetta currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Pomona College.

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Here is some information for our upcoming gatherings online. We hope to see you there. Everyone is welcome!

Sundays – Church Service @ 10:00 AM

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Tea Time Discussions

Struggle to be the Sun Again

On Tuesday, Sept 1st, we’ll begin a new discussion of “Struggle to be the Sun Again” by Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung  in our ZOOM room beginning 10am on Tuesday.

Wednesdays Peaceful Prayer and Meditation

Join us on Wednesdays, 10am, in our ZOOM room for a time of sharing, quiet meditation and prayers. The purpose of PPM is to help each of us better find a center of peace, love and compassion in ourselves, in Spirit and for our world. We believe that it makes a difference, especially during such troubling and extraordinary times. Everyone is welcome. 

Fridays Community Dinners

Don’t forget to plate up your dinner, get comfy and sign-in to our ZOOM room for dinner together each Friday, 5:30pm.  It’s just like sitting around the table together – relaxed and unstructured. This is a great chance to get caught up with each other and talk story. Hope you see you there!