We want to report that our ministry is safe and free from harm following a Diamond Head shooting this morning very near our church. The Board of Trustees and staff of Unity Church of Hawaii wish to express our gratitude for the calm and orderly disbursement of congregants from the church today following news of the active shooter in the area. As those in attendance are aware, we posted observers around the church and monitored police reports as soon as we became aware of the situation. When we were unable to confirm the suspect was confined, we interrupted church services in the interest and protection of our O'hana.
The staff and trustees offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the two officers as well as the entire Honolulu Police Department. Unity Church laments these senseless acts of violence and the effects it has on the entire state of Hawaii. Please join us for a Community Prayer Vigil Monday, January 20th from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm in our Sanctuary. Several of our Ministers and Prayer Chaplains will be present to offer prayers of comfort, peace, and reassurance of the Presence of God. We will, of course, offer prayers for the fallen Police Officers, their families, and all who have been affected by this tragic event. Additionally, we will offer individual emotional and spiritual support.
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power and love and sound judgment”. 2 Timothy 1:7. When faced with moments and situations that cause us to tremble, we must remember that being fearful is not who God made us to be. He made us to think clearly and make good decisions while showing God, others, and ourselves grace and mercy.
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful." - John 14:27
Reverend Denese Schellink, Lead Minister
Thomas E. Gallagher, MD, President, Board of Trustees