The Church of the Holy Cross welcomes its new visiting associate pastor, the Rev. Clifford Cain, who will work with the congregation until Aug. 8. Cain is the Harrod-C.S. Lewis Professor of Religious Studies at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.
Cain’s areas of study are religion and the environment; religion and science, and world religions. He was also on the staff at the University of Alabama, Berea College in Kentucky, and the American Protestant Church in the Netherlands. He attended several educational institutions — Princeton, Vanderbilt, Leiden (The Netherlands), and Rikkyo (Tokyo, Japan) — and holds two doctoral degrees.
His sixth book, “Many Heavens, One Earth,” was published in 2012, and is part of a trilogy on religion and the environment. He is also at work on a book manuscript on religion and science.
To work his way through graduate school, he played trombone in a symphony orchestra and in a rock group. He enjoys taking photographs, listening to music, traveling to other countries and watching sports. In a previous life, he was the basketball coach at Muskingum University in Ohio, which won the conference championship for the first time in college history and he was named NCAA Coach of the Year.
Cain has two children, Rachel (who is in veterinary school at Ohio State University) and Zach, who lives in Indianapolis.
Vacation Bible School will be held on June 18-20 from 5 to 8 p.m. In addition to Bible study for all ages, there will be warm up activities and music. Dinner will be served. Separate classes will be held for preschool to kindergarten, grades 1-3 and grades 4-6. The Church of the Holy Cross is located at 440 W. Lanikaula St. The church’s website is holycrosshilo.com. Call 935-1283 for more information.