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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, January 25, 2003

Theologian to give free talks

Theologian Douglas John Hall, professor emeritus at McGill University in Montreal and author of a three-volume contextual theology, will hold several free lectures in Honolulu.

At 7 p.m. Monday, he'll discuss "Where Have I Been?" At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the theme will be "Where am I Now?" At 7 p.m. Wednesday, it will be "The Road Ahead."

A major theme running through his work is a critique of Christian triumphalism.ÊWhen Christianity in the fourth century became the official religion of the Roman Empire, it adopted an alien triumphalist attitude that fatally flawed its relationship to the world, Hall says.ÊAmong its ill effects are a history of anti-Semitism, support of slavery and colonialism, and complicity in the abuse of the environment.

Hall will be in Hawai'i for six weeks to serve as theologian-in-residence at Church of the Crossroads, a church founded in 1923. It is a Just Peace and Open and Affirming church of the United Church of Christ.

For more information: 949-2220.

Forgiveness to be discussed

Dr. Gerald Jampolsky, a psychiatrist, and his wife Diane Cirincionne, a psychologist, who co-wrote several books on forgiveness, will discuss their new project, "Forgiveness Works," at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Unity Church of Diamond Head, and next weekend at Unity Church in Kailua.

The talks are part of the Season for Peace and Nonviolence.

End of life resolution OK'd

The First Unitarian Church of Honolulu passed a resolution on Sunday calling for the right to self-determination concerning end-of-life issues, said Roland L. Halpern, of the church's Social Justice Council and the executive director of Compassion in Dying of Hawai'i.

The resolution states, in part, that the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu "advocates the right to self-determination in dying, and the release from civil or criminal penalties for those who, under proper safeguards, act to honor the right of terminally ill patients to select the time of their own deaths."