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Kyodan Newsletter:一覧

Book Review: Fifty Years of Directors of Christian Education (Kirisutokyo Kyoiku Shuji no Gojunen)

2013年7月1日
(National Association of Directors of Christian Education, 2012)   The year 2012 was the 50th year since the Kyodan instituted a certification system for the position of Director of Christian Education as a formal vocation for lay persons. To commemorate this jubilee year, on Christmas Day, the National Association of Directors of Christian Education published this book.   As ther……

The Early Work of Women Missionaries in Japan and the Founding of Shoei Junior College in Kobe

Shoei Hoiku (childcare) Gakuin began in October 1889 as Shoei Hobo Denshusho (ChildcareWorkerTraining School). Shoei Kindergarten was founded in November of that year. While the name of the training school has changed over the years, first to Shoei Hoiku Senko Gakko (Shoei Childcare Specialty School) and then to Shoei Junior College, it has continued to this day, as has the kindergarten. It is the……

Addresses Given at Japan Disaster Commemorative Events in Taiwan

by Ishibashi Hideo, Kyodan moderator   “If one part of the body suffers, all parts suffer with it.” (1 Cor. 12:26) These words inspired the 1,400 churches of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) to pray for and give generous financial support for the Great East Japan Disaster relief work. Of the 230 million yen contributed by all foreign sources to the Kyodan for relief work, 82 m……

Presbyterian Church in Taiwan Moderator Visits Japan

“If one part of the body suffers, all parts suffer with it.” (I Cor. 12:26)*   Rev. Pusin Tali, moderator of the Presbyterian Church inTaiwanarrived inJapanonSaturday, March 9, 2013to express PCT’s solidarity with the Kyodan and the people ofJapanon the occasion of the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Disaster. On the day of his arrival, he attended a charity concert atAsagaya……

Encouraged by Post-disaster Prayers and Aid from Abroad

By Kishita Nobuyo, Tokyo District moderator Pastor, Nishi Chiba Church, Chiba Subdistrict, Tokyo District   At2:46 p.m.onMarch 11, 2011, I was getting off the elevator on the fifth floor of theJapanChristianCenteron my way to a meeting of Tokyo District officers. Suddenly I felt a strong tremor, and it was all I could do to balance myself against the wall with my hand until the mo……

2011 Disaster Survivors Experience Healing through Flower Arrangement

2013年5月27日
The Social Welfare Association of Kamaishi City, which was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, offers a place called “Ochakko” where people living in temporary housing can gather for a tea break and spend a relaxing time chatting. “Heartful Tono UCCJ” has organized a monthly flower arrangement day near the day of the month when the disaster occurred. “Look! Look! That’s my style o……

A Message From General Secretary Looking Back on the Two Years since the Great East Japan Disaster

Approaching the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Disaster, the Kyodan’s Disaster Relief Planning Headquarters has held 20 planning conferences on the issue. We are urging that all Kyodan districts, local churches, and subdistricts designate March as “Commemoration Month” and that they pray for all the churches in the affected areas and come together in support of those churches.  ……

“Called by God”— Continuing with Jesus, with “ATM” as our Watchword

by Naito Tomeyuki Former Kyodan General Secretary   At the 38th Kyodan General Assembly, which took place Oct. 23-25, 2012, Naito Tomeyuki ended his 5 1/2 year term as general secretary, a position which gave him overall executive responsibility for resolutions taken by the General Assembly, the Kyodan’s highest decision making body. Naito was already 77 when he took up this position……

Introducing the Japanese Protestant Church in Cologne-Bonn

by Saito Atsushi, missionary pastor   Every church throughout the world shares the common desire that its church will become well known in the surrounding community. Keeping that desire always in mind, the Japanese Protestant Church in Cologne-Bonn has endeavored to make its existence known among the people in this city.   For Japanese people living in Cologne for many years,……

Introduced to Effects of Prejudice at a Youth Camp in India

by Shimada Naomi Kwansei Gakuin University, Theology Department   I enrolled in the youth camp that was sponsored by CSI and held Nov. 12-17, 2012 in Chennai (Madras), India. The camp was international and ecumenical, with 85 participants from Nigeria, Scotland, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Japan, and all over the India.   The title of this camp was FEST-ZOE, which means “celebr……
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