Sunday, January 18, 2009

Hawaii Swap Meet - with Helen & Deborah

I just dropped off Helen and Deborah at the Hawaii Swap Meet held at the Aloha Stadium. Entrance fee is $1 for anyone over 12 years old. Hundreds of vendors including licensed merchants, Hawaii craft artists, local residents getting rid of their home and closet items, and plate lunch food wagons. It's held every Saturday & Sunday from morning until 3pm.

The Stadium is located very close (3-5 minutes) to a church in the area, Imago Dei. This was my first visit to the church. There's a vibrant dynamic and interplay between the congregants and the preacher--an openess to dialogue, humourous ribbing and insights from the congregants. It's a high energy space that draws a diverse crowd racially, socio-economically, and in life experience. This adds to the richness of the church, and challenges the social norm of most evangelical churches, which despite their rhetoric of diversity are actually homogeneous churches.

The visit to the church ignited some thoughts about church, and I'm sitting at a Starbucks near the Stadium to write some observations of today's service into my dissertation findings. It's a beautiful sunny day in Honolulu, and I hope that Helen and Deborah enjoy the sunshine, local hospitality, and all the best of the island!

(I wonder what kinds of swap meet goodies they are eye-ing up!?)

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