Hale Selah Space for Pause
Rev. Won-Seok Yuh
Aloha, my name is Won-Seok Yuh, and I am currently serving as the Senior Pastor of Harris United Methodist Church, located right at the border between bustling Downtown Honolulu and a low-income community. We’ve been engaging our community of homelessness and low-income through education resources and food security, and are currently making 1500 meals a month to be provided offsite in partnership with local shelters and NPOs. We’re working on ways to continue, but more importantly, go beyond feeding people with meals, but go into feeding the local community in need by creating Hale Selah, Hawaiian and Hebrew words combined meaning “a space to take a break or a pause.” We’re intending to create an on-church-campus program where people have a place to find consistent meals, but also create a peaceful and collaborative space for dialogue between members and leaders in the community, the arts, business, and government. In this COVID environment, we’re planning to have our first community engagement digitally in a date to come soon. Join us to take part in the conversation that will be the next step to have the voices of both community and leadership be heard so that we can better alleviate hunger and poverty in Oahu.