In Love & Celebration of the Life of Rev. Sky St John
Rev. Sky Liko St. John
December 15, 1948 - December 19, 2013
Our beloved lead minister, Rev. Sky St. John moved to the next chapter of life Thursday afternoon, December 19, 2013, returning to the formless presence of Love and Spirit. In the midst of our grieving this unexpected loss, we affirm the truth that we know: when we live the lessons Sky taught us, we honor the gift of his presence in our lives.
On January 25 2014, a memorial service was held at the Central Union Church Parish Hall. The service was also livestreamed so our larger congregation and his many friends on the mainland and around the world could join with us in honoring Rev. Sky. The livestream was also broadcast at our own Unity Church of Hawaii Chapel.
The DVD of Rev. Sky’s Celebration of Life is now available every Sunday at Connection Central. Because of the length of the wonderful service, it is uploaded in six segments to YouTube. YouTube Links:
On the Unity Village Web Site, there is an article about Rev. Sky's passing: www.unity.org/
Donations in Rev. Skyʻs memory may be made to Unity Church of Hawaii, either by check, cash or via our website. If you use the website, please designate your contribution to: Rev. Sky Memorial Fund.
Sky reminded us:
Love transforms. It transforms everything, all the time.
Life is change. If we resist change, we are resisting LIFE!
Sky often said about the voice of guidance and Godʻs presence within, “I donʻt have to like it, God just said I had to show up.”
May the gifts you have received from knowing Rev. Sky be fully unwrapped in this season of joy, his favorite time of the year. Remember the words of this song were his deepest intention:
This is my desire, to honor you. God, with my heart, I worship you. All I have within me, I give you praise. All that I adore is in you.
Rev. Sky has reached the oneness with God for which he longed.
In our December 22 service, Margie Hyatt described Rev. Sky's transition and presented a photographic tribute in which Sky sings his composition, "You're Being Born.". Watch Video...
Chaplains are here to assist the community in their journey through grief and bereavement with prayer, meditation and sacred space. Our Peace Chapel is always open during our normal church office hours. You can also call the local Dial-a-Prayer line at 734-1977 and Silent Unity at 800-669-7729. Prayer requests can be placed in the Chapel Prayer Box and will be held in prayer for thirty days.
Unity Church of Hawaii also offers a Bereavement circle led by Charmagne Kimhan, LCSW, of Bristol Hospice every Tuesday at 10 am in Room 204.
Sky St. John returned to Hawaii and Unity Church of Hawaii in July 2005, and we were grateful for his return!
Many people already knew Sky, because he spent the majority of his adult life in Honolulu where he was a public school teacher for thirteen years before answering the call to become a Unity minister.
Sky also had a successful entertainment career, performing at the Hilton Hawaiian Village for fifteen years and producing several professional recordings. He became a Registered Nurse and worked for two years in the last existing leper colony in the United States, on the island of Molokai. After teaching nursing at the college level, Sky formed a nursing education company called "Operation Nightingale," training international nurses from all over the world.
He held degrees in education, communications, nursing, with graduate work in Health Education and was A.B.D. (all but dissertation) for a Doctorate in Public Health. He was the builder and owner of a bed-and-breakfast on the Big Island of Hawaii until his call into ministry, in 1994.
Graduating from Unity Seminary in 1995, he worked as a Minister in the Retreat Department at Unity Village for two years. During that time, he was also the Music Director for the first Unity World Conference and traveled throughout the country presenting workshops, concerts and Sunday services. Sky then spent the next five years in Omaha, Nebraska as the minister at Unity Church of Omaha, where they grew from a congregation of fifty to nearly five hundred. Their stated mission was: to realize our oneness with God and each other, and this is still a mantra for Sky.
Subscribe to Podcasts of Sky's lessons
Click here to go to Unity's iTunes Preview Page, where you can subscribe and automatically download Sky's podcasts to your computer!
Unity and Christianity
A special three-part series exploring Unity's focus on love, compassion, and connection with God. Presented in January 2007.
AUDIO: In an introduction to his message on the metaphysics of judgment, Sky explains the central message of his series on Christianity, specifically on heaven, hell, and judgment day: (1:00)
Play Sky's Introduction to the series
Sky's lesson on Judgment (24 min, 9.7MB)
Sky's lesson on Heaven and Hell (26 min, 10.7MB)
Sky's first lesson in the series (30 min, 11MB)
» Read "A Unity Christian Creed" prepared by Sky
A Special Presentation:
The journey home to spirit, portrayed in words and music. This special presentation is based on the workshop designed by Sky and presented throughout the nation.
Play/Download Podcast (37 min., 13.6 MB)