Stories

  • Ahi Afloat - As far as this one newly hatched ahi was concerned, it all happened very quickly. One moment he was floating, newly hatched, in a sea filled with eggs. The next moment he was surrounded by newly hatched ahi, a cloud of silvery motion. As ahi do, he grew quickly, and with the others he swam […]
  • The Overburdened Albatross - There are creatures in the world who love to collect things. Lots of things. There’s the bowerbird of Australia and New Guinea, who assembles a collection of brightly colored objects (from shells to flowers) to impress a potential mate. There’s the pack rat of the Americas, who will use anything and everything to construct a […]
  • The Hungry ‘Apapane Brothers - This morning’s story is about a particular kind of bird. Now, I have a reputation for telling stories about this one particular kind of bird, so I’ll just put the question out there: Would anyone like to guess what kind of bird this story is about? The i’iwi? That’s a good guess – really close, […]
  • Birthday! - They didn’t know it was a birthday. I’m sure they were aware that nearly every day is somebody’s birthday. Maybe they thought about that. Maybe they didn’t. If they did, they probably moved right along, realizing that they didn’t know the person (persons?) whose birthday it was. And in any case, the birth they didn’t […]
  • The Folded Peacock - This week’s story is about a bird who is not native to these islands, but I’m pretty sure you know about them. Some do live here. This story is about a peacock. Have you seen one? Great! I need to mention that since the beginning of Creation all the way up to the present day, […]
  • Running - I don’t know how she reached the age of seven years old without learning to run, but she hadn’t. I guess she hadn’t seen the point. There weren’t any reasons that she couldn’t run — she’d never even been told “No running in the house!” by her parents (probably because she didn’t) — she just didn’t run. She could […]
  • Imagining Cleopas and Companion - I wrote this little dialogue for the sermon “Hidden Messiah, Visible Messiah,” preached on April 30, 2017, at Church of the Holy Cross UCC in Hilo, Hawai’i. It, um, “fills in” part of the story omitted from Luke 24:13-35. I’ve always enjoyed inventing these conversations. So here it is in a stand-alone format. One: “That was […]
  • Hidden Things - As I invited the young people to come forward, I gathered my notes and brought them down front with me.  I don’t usually bring notes with me for these stories, but I’ve managed to get the name of this bird wrong five times this morning, and I want to get it right. Because this story […]
  • Slippers and Resurrection - This story is about that same little girl who always seemed to have two things on her mind. You might remember her from the times that she was trying to fly kites and understand love and so forth. Well, she awoke one morning and put together her two-item agenda for the day. And the first […]
  • Searching for Jesus - I told this story to the young people waiting to begin the Easter Egg hunt. I must say, for a group of children eager to find decorated eggs and candy, they were remarkably patient with the storyteller! They even posed for a photo. You’re all here to hunt for Easter eggs that have been scattered […]