Episcopalians: Church for Teen-Agers

On Sundays, when adult Episcopalians in the Honolulu suburb of Aina Haina arrive for services at Holy Nativity Church, their teen-age children are not among them. The kids have their own church to worship in: the neigh boring, virtually autonomous church of Halepule Opio, where the congregation of 180, plus all of the lay readers, ushers, acolytes and wardens, are youths ranging in age from 12 to 18. Normally the only adult present is the church's minister, the Rev. Fred Minuth, 41, a curate of Holy Nativity.

Halepule Opio (Hawaiian for "house of prayer for youth") is one solution to...

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