Rev. Kaufmann began his talk with the following meditation: “The Buddha is not God. He does not create. He does not destroy. The Buddha does not judge. He does not reward. He does not punish. Buddha simply offers enlightenment.”
Reverend Sumikawa picks up the thread of his “I have a dream” message in a talk that covers same-gender marriage, the conflict in Syria, and Peace Day.
Rev. Okano gave this talk on the occasion of Grandparents Day and discussed interdependence and the interrelatedness of all existence.
Rev. Bert Sumikawa’s message ties together the 50-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech at the March on Washington and the question of same-gender marriage that is now before Hawaii and its state government.