At CCU, we try to live what we preach. We do that in many different ways, of course. We give our resources, our time, our talents, our expertise. But most of all, we try to give the love of Christ: to those in need, to the earth, to our community, and to each other. Here are just a few ways we fulfill Jesus’ call to love others as he has loved us:
Jesus was pretty clear about his desire that his followers would extend care to those in need, particularly the oppressed and the vulnerable. To that end, CCU is a founding member and ongoing host for Family Promise Hawaii, an interfaith network which strives to help families with children escape homelessness. For at least four weeks each year, families in transition are housed in our church building, with volunteers providing meals and companionship. CCU is also engaged in long-term supportive partnerships with other organizations which serve the homeless including: the Institute for Human Services, the Kahumana Community, and Honolulu Habitat for Humanity. We also support both the Lanakila and Hawaii Meals on Wheels programs as well as Beacon of Hope House, a transitional shelter for women recently released from incarceration.
At CCU, we understand that working to serve those in need is critical, but also that working to change the system that made them so is equally as important. That is why CCU is a member of Faith Action for Community Equity (F.A.C.E.) a diverse, grassroots, faith-based, non-profit community organizing body in Hawaii. FACE exists to allow its members to live out our common, faith-based values by engaging in actions that challenge the systems that perpetuate poverty and injustice. CCU supports FACE by participating in its local actions, by our members and pastors serving on its board, and through our financial contributions.
CCU has also been a long-term supporter of campaigns such as the Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling and other community health initiatives.
CCU believes stewardship of the earth is one of our central responsibilities as people of faith. Please visit our green page to learn more about CCU’s earth care ministry, including our certification as an Earth Care Congregation (by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.) and a Green Chalice Congregation (by the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ). We are also active members of Interfaith Power and Light Hawaii and support localized efforts to steward areas which are environmentally threatened such as the Kawainui Marsh.
We know there is a lot of work to do in this world…and we certainly can’t do it alone. CCU is particularly interested in building strong relationships with our neighbors and community partners. CCU is an active participant in Interfaith Alliance Hawaii and the Windward Coalition of Churches.
These are just a few of the ways we give back from what God has given us. And we invite you to join us on the journey!