Welcome to the United Church of Christ - Judd Street
Nu'uanu Valley Interfaith Thanksgiving Service 2013
Life in the Manse, Part One
~ Donda Jow Spiker
In the mid-1900s, I was fortunate to enjoy the unique experience of living on the church grounds, thanks to Rev. Harold Jow, my dad.
Before I was born, my mom, dad and two older brothers lived on the second floor in the original MacKenzie Hall. People told me that my brothers (both under the age of five at that time) often had to be kept on some kind of a leash so they would not wander off the surrounding lanai on the second floor of the Hall. As I recall, there was no wall around the balconies so one could easily walk outside some of the upstairs rooms and walk right off the edge, falling to the ground below.
In the late 1950s, my parents moved to San Diego, California for a short period of time where my younger brother, my younger sister and I were born. The whole family came to Hawaii in the early 1960s. By that time, a manse had been built on Bachelot Street, so we did not have to live in MacKenzie Hall.
The manse still exists today as office space for Partners in Development. When I lived in it, the manse was a small home with three bedrooms – my three brothers crowded into a small room that was about 20’ by 25’ and my sister and I shared a room that was about 10’ by 10’ . . . or so it seemed. My sister and I had our own separate beds. In my brothers’ room, there was a trundle bed that had a smaller bed that could be rolled out from under the top bed for sleeping purposes. There was no room to fit three separate beds. Between the five of us siblings, we had one small bathroom (without any counter space) to share.
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NEW Bible Study and Spiritual Life Group
YOU ARE INVITED TO START…“LIVING THE QUESTIONS”
We are offering a great new Bible study called, Living the Questions. This study will introduce our Judd Street church family - and their invited guests - to ideas and concepts taught and discussed for generations in seminaries, but seldom taught or discussed in churches.
Living the Questions does not provide easy answers, but seeks to be a resource for people who are in the midst of life-long conversations about the mysteries of faith. The major themes in the series are presented as a “survey” of thoughts and ideas being discussed in theological circles. Some of the themes we will discuss include: Taking the Bible Seriously; Evil, Suffering & A God of Love; Debunking the Rapture; Prayer: Intimacy with God; Compassion: The Heart of Jesus’ Ministry
The format of each one-hour session includes a short video, guided discussions, spiritual exercises, and Bible study. Feel free to join in any of the groups that will be meeting.
As the title indicates, Living the Questions is not intended to give us easy answers, but to help open conversation. Plan to be a part of this experience, and bring a friend with you! If you have questions, please see Pastor Darren, Pastor Mike, or Randy Reynoso.
New Spiritual Life Group begins:
We are beginning a new Spiritual Life group for people in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community, and those who are supportive of friends, family, and church members in that community. This group is a spiritual growth group, and seeks to address the specific spiritual perspectives and needs of LGBT folk.
This is NOT a group to study “Open & Affirming,” or other related issues; nor is it to study homosexuality in the Bible.
For further information please contact Pastor Mike Grogan, or Donda Spiker.