Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pentecost: The Holy Spirit - Gestalt of Living in Christ

Dear Friends:

Pentecost is about our becoming Christ in the world.  It is God taking on flesh through His Holy Spirit and becoming a Reality within us.

The Holy Spirit opens our spiritual eyes to see and the ears to hear.
The eyes to see that God is in the details, that God is an actual reality both in spirit and in the flesh, and we have ears to hear Him speakisng within our hearts 
and upon the lips of others - in the rush of a spiritual moment.

The eyes to see and the ears to hear - as one - and as unique persons
valued and treasured so much by God that God comes to us as we are and makes us even more truly who we are when we are His.

The story of the birth of the church, of that day some fifty days after the
Resurrection of Christ Jesus that early Christians called Pentecost - tells us
that this is what God has done - and even yet is still doing at this very moment.  

The followers of Jesus are given the ability to speak in the idiom, the language of all those who are assembled and through them beyond.  God graces us that we might understand one another and that we understand the good news - in just the way we need to hear it. Much as God communicates to each one of us here today.

We hear the gospel in our own language, with our images, in our thoughts and with intuition using our own metaphors, with our own ears because the chief spiritual gift of the Holy Spirit is She remains dwelling within us.

Some will be encouraged to spend more time in praise and wonder to thank God for blessings, others will hear that the power that they need for tomorrow's trials and tribulations will come, while still others will take heart knowing that God is present to them at all times.

Whatever it is - you will be filled with God - and this will be uniquely yours.

Pentecost is the birth of the Church. It is God among us in power making us not simply a group of believers, but being Christ in the world - unafraid, empowered and bearing the cross within our lives out of love, being raised to witness together here in fellowship of God in glory.

The Holy Spirit empowers Jesus, from his conception, and throughout
his ministry, to teach and to heal and this mission continues today. And before Jesus left his followers he gave them a mandate to motivate them for the task ahead, and promised to send the Holy Spirit in his place (Luke 24:49).

The Holy Spirit is alike Jesus, who is God – God the Father as it is said that the Love of the Father and Son together generate the Holy Spirit, who is their Love.

This Spirit of Love guides us to the truth about Jesus, about ourselves and our personal predicament, our 
gestalt within this world and the times we find ourselves in  –The Holy Spirit gives us the ‘big picture’ and will show us God’s will for the future (John 16:8-13). The Holy Spirit also brings us “gifts” “powers” understandings compassion to become similar to Almighty God.

When you become a Christian, the Holy Spirit enters your life, and He will never leave you.

How am I to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Firstly, you are already filled with the Holy Spirit by virtue that all life is from God and your Baptism in particular. But, to have more of the Spirit enter your life, your daily living, you must desire Him, and you must persist with a hunger and thirst to do that which is right (Matthew 5:6).

This involves confession of your sins, faults, and ego centrism (1 John 1:9). Then ask the Holy Spirit fill you up with Divine Grace: for if you ask for anything that God also wants, He will hear you because you are on a Divine Path (1 John 5:14,15).

Thank God for filling us up in real time, so that by faith we live innocently moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day with His Creation in His holy power and under His divine direction.

Now remain awake and listen within for the Holy Spirit speaks. May the Holy Spirit guide your life.

In Christ,   Bishop Daniel J. Dahl

                 Senior Bishop

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bishops at Ordination of Rev. Dr. Kaleo Patterson

The Rev. Dr. Kaleo Patterson - Episcopal Priest

The ordination of Hawaiian kahu (pastor), scholar, activist and linguist, the Rev. Father Kaleo Patterson, as an Episcopal priest took place Saturday, September 27, 2014 in the Cathedral of St. Andrew (Episcopal), Honolulu, Hawai'i. IOC Orthodox Bishop of Hawai'i, the Most Rev. Stephen Randolph Sykes was Psalmist for the ordination officiated by the Right Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i.

The event was conducted under the auspices of the Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Rev. Walter B. A. Brownridge. The Episcopal Bishop-Emeritus of Hawai'i, the Right Rev. Richard Chang and IOC Senior Bishop, the Most Rev. Daniel J. Dahl also attended, as well dozens of Episcopal clergy and local United Church of Christ pastors.

Both the Rev. Dr. Patterson and Bishop Sykes are members of the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance Hawaii, for which Bishop Sykes also serves as Board President. A large part of the Liturgy of Ordination was conducted in Hawaiian as were many of the hymns sung by the large congregation of  the 'Ohana. Father Kaleo has been a teacher of Hawaiian spirituality and was for many years previous a minister in the United Church of Christ.

Monday, April 21, 2014


Bishop Daniel's Paschal Letter

My dear Friends:  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!

During this Holy Season of Easter, we pray for peace within ourselves and with those we love, but also we pray for harmony among all people and nations. We who call ourselves Christians are called by Jesus to be peacemakers: our love must be unconditional, our actions non-violent, and our community inclusive.

Jesus’ Resurrection – the anastasis, the rebirth – reminds us that God’s Holy Spirit is always alive in us and is a reality that informs our daily choices, allowing us to achieve the unconditional love that is the basis of Jesus message.  Each day, we are privileged to surrender our hearts to God’s call for us to love our neighbor as ourselves. 

The Resurrection affirms our love for ourselves and restores our innocence. The Resurrection secures our love of every other one of God’s children and adults, as well extends to all animals and the Earth. The Resurrection defends the recognition that all are created in God’s Image and Likeness.

I pray that we may, all of us together, be enriched by the healing love of Almighty God, Light of the Universe, who raises us up in salvation, by Jesus Christ, over death into eternal life.  May God protect and guide you and all those that you love. May God bless you and may your heart be at peace in God’s grace. Live in the Light of the Risen Christ!

+ Daniel

First Hierarch / Bishop of the Inclusive Orthodox Church


113th Annual Honolulu Easter Sunrise Service given by Bishop Stephen

National Cemetery of the Pacific - Puowaina

Bishop Stephen Randolph Sykes, IOC Orthodox Bishop of Hawai'i gave the invocation at the 113th Annual Honolulu Easter Sunrise Service held April 20, 2014, at Puowaina - The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. Several hundred attended services despite a morning downpour followed by intermittent sunshine. Bishop Sykes, who also serves as President of the Interfaith Alliance - Hawaii, lead recitation of Psalm 118. The Royal Hawaiian Band provided music throughout the service and Kahu Kekapa Lee gave the opening Hawaiian Oli.

The Queen's Prayer "Ke Aloha A Ke Akua" composed and written lyrics by Hawaii's last monarch, Queen Liliu'okalani, was sung by the assembled inter-faith clergy and congregation. The Easter message and main address "Our Loving Redeemer is Risen and We are Glad!" was preached by Rev. Father Anastasi St. Antony, Hegumen, Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church of Honolulu followed. Rev. Samuel Domingo, Pastor of Kilohana United Methodist Church was Coordinator of the Easter Sunrise Service.

                                Orthodox Bishop of Hawai'i Stephen

Saturday, April 6, 2013


Inclusive Orthodox Church

Most Rev. Daniel J. Dahl, EOMC, DD
First Hierarch & Apostolic President

Paschal Letter 2013

Christ is Risen, receive His Blessings!

Easter is when the People of God recall the central mystery of the Christian faith – the Resurrection of the Glorified Body united with the Spirit of God in Jesus Christ.

We have much to pray for at this time of commemorating the Risen Christ. First of all we pray for World Peace and petition God’s angels to guide and watch over, in particular at this time, the Middle East and the Koreas.

We also pray in thanks to the Holy Spirit for bringing to Christendom a new spiritual leader, Francis, the Bishop of Rome and Patriarch of the West. We, among our group hold Pope Francis as the Church’s first member in Christ’s choir on Earth [protocoryphaeus].

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew immediately recognized this fact for the first time since the Church of Christ divided, East and West, by immediately joining the Holy Father Francis in Rome at his installation. Francis is returning hope to Christians.

May our faith and trust in the Resurrection of Life, as testified in the Risen Christ, bring all of us into the fullness of physical perfection and create within each one that complete spiritual maturity and joy which are hallmarks of the People of God.

In the Light of the Risen Christ,

+ Daniel of Mount Carmel

First Hierarch / Bishop of the Inclusive Orthodox Church

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bishop's Photos & Events: 2011 - 2012

July 2012

Bishop Randolph Sykes meets Nobel Laureate Archbishop Tutu

Most Rev. Desmond Tutu, the Archbishop Emeritus of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and a 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, participated in an interfaith service in Honolulu at the invitation of the Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Andrew, the Very Reverend Walter B.A. Brownridge.

The leaders of many faiths and denominations that practice in Hawaii joined with Archbishop Tutu, who is standing in row 1 above on the far left with Honpa Hongwanji Bishop Eric Matsumoto, attended an Interfaith Prayer Service, held on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Bishop Sykes is standing in row 2 far right along side of Hawaii's Episcopal Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick and the Cathedral's Dean Walter Brownridge. The service included special guest choirs, Kawaiolaonapukanileo, Kawaiaha'o Church Choir and Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus and the choirs sang the Kamehameha IV Evening Service by Hawaii composer, John McCreary.

November 2011

IOC Bishops attend Ecumenical Service to protest APEC 2011 Conference

FACE [Faith Action for Community Equity] sponsored an “Equity Summit and Interfaith Service” during the first week of November, 2011 that was held to keep the Christian churches in Hawaii mindful of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference that was held later that month in Honolulu and hosted by President Barack Obama.  Bishops Daniel Dahl and Randolph Sykes both attended the interfaith service that was on Monday, November 7, 2011 at St. Augustine by-the-Sea Catholic Church in Honolulu. This interfaith service focused on lifting up a Pacific-centered theological vision in contrast with the profit-centered Wall Street vision which was the focus of APEC held in Honolulu.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bishop addresses The Interfaith Alliance Hawai’i Tenth Annual Community Awards Dinner

Bishop Randolph Sykes gave his first address as President of The Interfaith Alliance Hawai’i (TIAH) Tenth annual Community Awards Celebration and Dinner before several hundred of the inter-faith ohana and community guests this past Sunday, November 18, 2012, which was held through the courtesy of Honpa Hongwanji Hawai’i Betsuin in their temple hall. Bishop was recently elected to serve as TIAH president.

President's Annual Message by Bishop Randolph Sykes:

Aloha kakou,

Welcome, again, to The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii’s Tenth Annual Community Awards Celebration and Dinner. We are grateful for your participation with us this evening as we honor both those who serve our community and have an opportunity to gather with friends. Before I begin my report, there are several people whose tireless efforts over a good number of years have made tonight’s event possible.

First and foremost, the Reverend Doctor John Heidel who, until this year, served as our president and continues to mentor us as we move forward. John’s role has been one of an outstanding leader, competent counselor, generous benefactor, and good friend. We will never be able to thank him sufficiently for the excellent work that he has done. Thank you, John.

Next, I ask that – especially tonight – you keep the Reverend Sam Cox and his wife, Rima, in your hearts and thoughts. Sam, who has been a cornerstone of The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii cannot be with us this evening. Many of you know that Rima is in hospice and Sam indicated to me this morning that she is at the stage of “letting go.” Please keep her and Sam, and their family, in your prayers.

Lastly, I thank Jade Young, Cecilia Fordham, Joan Chatfield, Paul Gracie, Alan Goto, Renie Wong Lindley, Rob Kinslow, and all of our board members whose efforts have made this wonderful evening possible. Thanks to all.

The title of my remarks this evening indicates that I am to give the annual report about the activities of The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii. In fact, the key activities we held and in which we participated are listed in tonight’s program. And, I ask that you peruse them at your leisure.

Rather, I want to focus my comments on The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii’s future. Tonight is not only the tenth anniversary of these awards but 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii. While our organization may be considered a successor to the earlier Hawaii Council of Churches, it was in 2002 that The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii was formally incorporated.

We have come a long way in seeking to unite the various spiritual and faith traditions that are found in Hawaii in a very special way. Since, as a society, Hawaii is a majority of minorities as well as a series of islands, there is an inherent camaraderie and insular character that makes those of us who live here work at getting along. That is not always to say that everything runs smoothly and we are all one in our thoughts and emotions over various issues. However, when pressed, our neighbors and friends are much more easy to identify.

As an organization whose focus is on social justice, equality, and freedom for all persons, The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii has been at the forefront in the movement for living wages, especially in the visitor industry; civil rights, principally regarding Hawaiian sovereignty, the union of same-sex couples, and the care of those caught up in the violence of our prison system. The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii also provides spiritual enrichment opportunities to the community through co-sponsoring events, such as the Sunrise Ministry Foundation’s recent Journeys to Wellness workshop, All Believers Network’s Annual Symposium From Conflict to Consensus: The Aloha Spirit (Japanese Style), as well as by participating in the President Grover Cleveland-Liliuokalani Lectures. We participate regularly in the ecumenical services sponsored by our host this evening, the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, at its annual Call for Peace; those of the Faith Action for Community Equity, such as that held during the APEC Conference and, earlier this month honoring teachers; and by the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii honoring Archbishop Desmond Tutu. These are just some examples of how The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii contributes to our community and supports its many faith and spiritual traditions.

As we move into our second decade, I envision that The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii will continue to focus on these issues and more. Especially during these troubled times of Depression-Era like financial turmoil, global climate change, and continuing wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan, people of faith must be at the forefront of the social issues that result from and perpetuate these inequities. Many of them have or can have impacts directly in Hawaii. And, I am reminded frequently of Buckminster Fuller’s dictum to “Think globally and act locally.”

• Hawaii’s families continue to struggle to make a living wage. Costs continue to rise and, given the devastation of crops in many countries including the United States, we will see food shortages and starvation on a scale that many may find unimaginable.

• Hawaii has thousands of houseless people including families with children as well as single people. All it takes is a drive out to the Waianae Coast to get a view of the magnitude of the problem. The houseless are everywhere and no community wants to take responsibility for making room for them in their backyard, as the saying goes.

How can The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii be part of the solution to ensure that those in our community have food and shelter and, importantly, ensure that the children receive medical and educational assistance that will help them grow to be adults who are able to offer a better start in life than their parents are today? In most cases, what today’s houseless are facing is a fact that it is too expensive for many working parents to afford housing. We have thousands of empty condominiums that are owned by persons from the Mainland, Asia, and elsewhere who are able to afford the high cost of maintaining a second home while providing affordable housing is, for most developers, a pain in the okole, to be blunt. We import more than 90% of our food but are giving away our prime agricultural land to developers to put up more high-cost housing. Oil prices are near record levels and that has a direct impact on both the cost and availability of food.

• In 2009, the Federal Emergency Management Agency sponsored an intergovernmental study of the impact of a Category Four hurricane coming ashore at Ewa. Many do not yet realize how much more common global climate variability will increase sea levels and the likelihood of catastrophic storms. In that scenario, it was estimated that Oahu would loose 80% of its housing stock and all of our hurricane shelters have been built only to withstand a Category Two storm. In that time of catastrophe we would need to evacuate approximately 80,000 visitors and more than a quarter million “at risk” people with disabilities with needs for power and supplies that we would be unable to provide. It could take three months or more to get electricity back to all who need it. Our closest base of supply would be the West Coast.

• Hawaii’s economic engine is Waikiki. Scientists at the University of Hawaii are predicting that by 2100, the sea level will rise between three and just over six feet. There is already flooding around many parts of the island during high tides. Very sophisticated maps have been developed that show clearly where water will replace dry land, and not all of it is at shoreline. While it is not an immediate worry, the longer we take to begin addressing how we as a community will adapt to the coming changes requires the courage, creativity, and commitment of today’s leaders, not those six or seven mayors from now, to begin determining how best to mitigate the affects on Hawaii. Australia, as an example, has already developed and is moving forward with a plan that is abandoning entire swaths of prime beachfront communities because it is more cost effective to the taxpayer to develop strategic alternatives in areas that will not be inundated.

This will mean a major change in our current lifestyle and how attractive Hawaii is to visitors.
What role will The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii play in the education of our communities about the facts of the global changes that will, over time, affect us as dramatically as any catastrophic earthquake or tsunami? How will we help communities develop resiliency and bring forth leaders who do have the courage to do what today’s leaders lack. How will we help people cope with the changes to the world as it is today? How will we help people envision a world of tomorrow that continues to foster care and cooperation, recovery from displacement, and interfaith harmony?

• Thousands of citizens still lack equal rights, especially disenfranchised are the Native Hawaiians; women whose “equal rights” were never made part of our Nation’s constitution and whose ability to control their own reproductive rights are constantly challenged; children who are psychologically, physically, and sexually abused with a regularity that shocks anyone with a conscience; and homosexuals, lesbians, and bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers whose ability to express their personal love relationships is far from settled.

• Thousands of citizens who are Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, Hindus, American Indians, Blacks, Asians, and others suffer from discrimination and acts of hatred and violence on a regular and systematic basis. The mass slaughters of people in temples, churches, synagogues, and even movie theaters or by missiles launched across the Middle East is an unconscionable sin. Most of the victims are innocent and many are women and children.

What will The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii do to bring civility back to civilization? What will we do to foster human rights? What will we do to stop the terror that feels as if it is overwhelming us? These are significant questions that deserve our focused attention and deep commitment to assist in resolving.

As we move into our second decade, we have much work to do. We need to be a vital force in our community speaking out wisely but strongly against injustice, inequality, and violence. We need to influence our elected leaders to take positions of courage and to demonstrate the political will that is necessary to ensure that the lives of our children will, in fact, be better than our own. We need to be active in whatever way allows us to do locally what can be done to better the world globally. Mahalo!

Bishop Dan Dahl also attended the TIAH Awards Dinner.