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Kyodan News:一覧

Thinking about Religious Life in a Multi-faith Society

2013年11月21日
by Kobayashi Makoto, pastor Enshu Church, Shizuoka, Tokai District   One’s life of faith as a Christian is one of being sent out from the Sunday worship service into the world of one’s everyday life and then coming back to church the next Sunday after living out one’s faith that week. In other words, it does not end with just one’s church life, and thus the portion of one’s life of f……

Participating in the Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2013

by Mochizuki Asao, pastor Yotsukaido Church, Kanto District   The Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT), hosted by the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA), held once every three years, is a big event for high school students. High school students and leaders belonging to the PCUSA and related churches gather on the spacious campus of Purdue University in Indiana ……

In Mission with the First United Methodist Church of Cedar Park, Texas

by Kataoka Hoko, pastor Kamakura Sensui Church, Kanagawa District   From July 20 to 30, under the the auspices of the Task Force on Evangelism Promotion, I went on a mission trip with a group of ten young people, made up of mainly high school and university students. The First United Methodist Church of Cedar Park, Texas, which is a suburb of Austin, had invited us. More than 20 youn……

Executive Council Debates Rebuilding of Japan Christian Center

The second Executive Council Meeting of the 38th General Assembly Period took place July 1-2 at the Kyodan headquarters, with 29 of its 30 members present. Vice-moderator Ito Mizuo gave the sermon at the opening worship service. Then Haga Tsutomu, newly installed president of Tokyo Union Theological Seminary, expressed thanks for the restoration of good relationships with the Kyodan and stated tha……

Okinawa Hosts Tohoku Student Exchange Program

“Wow! It’s beautiful beyond belief!” “No way! How can this actually be real?” Beholding the beauty of Tokashiki Island in Okinawa, the children from northeastern Japan shouted out with excitement.   From August 7 to 11, a group of 16 elementary and junior high school students from the disaster zone in the Tohoku region spent five days on Okinawa Island and Tokashiki Island at the invita……

“Being There” as the Meaning and Call of the Church: Involvement in Pastoral Care on the Buddhist Soil of Hokuriku and Noto

by Osumi Keizo,  retired Kyodan pastor Those of us doing evangelism in Hokuriku sometimes get completely unexpected phone calls requesting funerals. These requests come from people who have never attended our churches and who live a long way away. I cannot imagine that something like this would happen in a metropolitan area.   Until the outbreak of World War II, the Canadian Methodis……

A Message From General Secretary

2013年7月1日
Recently, there has been a rapid increase in the circle of friendship and exchange between the Kyodan and churches overseas. The cause for this dramatic increase in prayers and support from abroad is clearly rooted in the Great East Japan Disaster of March 11, 2011.   Many foreign churches organized volunteer groups to assist in disaster relief and established a regional support project……

The Dohoku Subdistrict Exchange Tour with the United Church of Canada

For two weeks,Sept. 3-18, 2012, eight people fromDohokuSubdistrictwent toCanadato visit people and churches of the United Church of Canada. This was in response to an invitation from Calling Lakes Centre, aUnitedChurchlay traning centre inCanadathat is in partnership with theDohokuChristianCenterin northernHokkaido. The suggestion to respond to this invitation came from the International Exchange ……

The Organization and Work of the NCCJ

—Aminaka Shoko, general secretary, National Christian Council inJapan   The NCCJ is composed of 14 member as well as 16 associate member denominations and organizations and is supported by their contributions and membership fees. Positions are assumed after the National Christian Council inJapan's General Assembly confirms nominations made by NCCJ officers and the general secretary. At ……

Higashi Chugoku District Gathering Held as a Spiritual Retreat

Higashi Chugoku District held its 7th District Gathering, Oct. 7-8, 2012, at the Central Education Center, Fraternity Hill, in Okayama City, in the form of a retreat.   Through Jesus’ death on the cross, the sin that had separated humankind from God was taken away so that we might live with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. However, is our life of faith not hungering and thi……
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