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Interfaith service Friday is ‘groundbreaking’

LIHU‘E — The public is invited to participate in a dual-community interfaith service that starts Good Friday, the day on which Passover begins at sundown.

“We are excited to announce an interfaith, community-building joint worship service on Good Friday and the first night of Passover,” Rabbi Rob Kvidt of The Jewish Community of Kaua‘i and the Rev. Andrew McMullen of St. Michael &All Angels’ Episcopal Church said in a joint release.

“This first-of-its-kind event brings together Christian and Jewish values,” they said.

The Passover and Good Friday Interfaith Service will start at noon Friday and continue through 1:30 p.m. This groundbreaking event is available either in-person or on Zoom at

“I am so honored and grateful to join with The Jewish Community of Kaua‘i in this formation effort to explore and share our common faith roots,” McMullen said.

“In a world that seems to bring increasing division among people, now is the time for the faithful to come together, to celebrate the common bonds we share and lift up the voice of love in our community. I am hopeful that this journey with TJCK continues an enduring and meaningful presence together.”

St. Michael &All Angels’ Episcopal Church and The Jewish Community of Kaua‘i will bring together their communities for innovative dialog, collaborative teaching and learning at Easter and Passover, Jeffrey Tucker of The Jewish Community of Kaua‘i told /

“This is a milestone event emanating from a strong and enduring partnership between the Jewish Community of Kaua‘i and St. Michael’s of more than 30 years,” Tucker said. “Rev. Andrew McMullen of St. Michael’s and Rabbi Rob Kvidt of The Jewish Community of Kaua‘i are co-creating unique interfaith events for their communities that will culminate in a dual-community interfaith service on April 15.”

The workshop series that started with events on April 3 and 10 will be an amalgamation of ideas and presentations from Kvidt and McMullen, Tucker said. There will be time for community dialog and questions.

“We will all leave more enriched as a result of the exposure to each other’s different faith traditions,” Kvidt said. “It is my honor to work side-by-side with Rev. Andrew to break new ground in interfaith learning and worship.”

There is no RSVP required, and the in-person workshops are open to everyone.

“Passover and Easter are celebrations of hope and transformation,” Tucker said.

“These are the two holidays in Judaism and Christianity that have the theological power to bring us together in a dynamic way. Our discussions and exchange of ideas may help us learn from each other as we all strive for the betterment of the world, which Jews refer to as ‘tikun olum,’” Tucker said.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or
Source: The Garden Island

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