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Kyodan Representatives Visit the Church of South India

2013年5月27日
At the invitation of the Church of South India, the following Kyodan representatives visited the Church of South India Center in Chennai, Feb. 19-25, 2013: Akiyama Toru, pastor of Ageo Godo Church and chair of the Commission on Ecumenical Ministry; Omishima Yoshitaka, executive secretary of the Commission on Mission; and Kato Makoto, executive secretary of the Commission on Ecumenical Ministry. Ou……

A Warm Breeze Blows on Ishinomaki Members of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra perform in Ishinomaki

by Iijima Makoto, executive secretary Kyodan Great East Japan Disaster Relief Planning Headquarters   In early January 2013, the Kyodan East Japan Disaster Relief Projects, in cooperation with Emmaus Ishinomaki, a relief center operated by the Tohoku District, held a New Year’s concert in Ishinomaki, one of the areas hardest hit by the March 11, 2011 disaster.   The pla……

Sharing our Burdens in Christ

by Kumoshikari Toshimi, Kyodan secretary pastor, Akita Sakura Church, Ou District   At the 38th Kyodan General Assembly in 2012, I was appointed to my second term as secretary. As I have done until now, I will continue to “tend to the business of scheduled meetings under the leadership of the moderator and record the proceedings.” (Kyodan Bylaws, Article 15,) Further, I will do all I……

Greetings from the Newly Elected Kyodan Vice-moderator

by Ito Mizuo, Kyodan vice-moderator pastor, Oizumi Bethel Church, North Subdistrict, Tokyo District At the 38th Kyodan General Assembly in 2012, I was unexpectedly elected as vice-moderator. To the best of my ability, I will strive to respond to the Lord’s call.   The Kyodan at present, after 30 years of struggle, is in a period of restoring itself as a united church. However, the……

From a Church Receiving Intercession in its Groaning to a Church Interceding for Others: The Concept of "Church" from the Perspective of a Devastated Church District

by Takahashi Kazuto, Tohoku District moderator Pastor, Sendai Higashi Rokubancho Church, Miyagi Prefecture   A Suffering Church   Much more time is needed to evaluate conclusively the situation of the Great East Japan Disaster and the church, because enormous damage has occurred that has not yet been sufficiently acknowledged. Thus, many things are still in progress, and i……

A Message From General Secretary A Self-introduction

Upon appointment at the 2012 Kyodan General Assembly, I was installed as the general secretary and began working at the office. However, my position as senior pastor of Tokyo Yamate Church will continue until Easter Sunday of 2013, so I have the dual responsibilities of local church pastor and Kyodan general secretary. I am experiencing the busiest season of my life due to this situation. I am eit……

Yokohama Kyoritsu Gakuen and Three Women Missionaries

by Sakata Masao, president Doremus School Junior High School, Senior High School   James H. Ballagh, a missionary who arrived in Kanagawa in November 1861, lived there for seven years and noticed that mixed-race children of Japanese women and foreign men were despised and discriminated against in their communities. He saw that they were homeless and begging in the streets. He earn……

La Gloria Church’s Vital Role in its Santa Cruz Japanese Community

by Chibana Sugako, missionary Methodist Church of Bolivia La Gloria Church, Santa Cruz   e 2012, I was appointed to La Gloria Church in Bolivia. The land of Bolivia is about three times the size of Japan. The church is located in an Okinawan immigrants’ community in Santa Cruz, the second largest city after La Paz. This community was established by people who had migrated from Oki……

After the Earthquake ~ Baptized at 99

by Matsudaira Mine Sendai Kita Church, Miyagi Prefecture   Born into “Hidden Christian” Community   I was born in the village of Oyama, now a part of Oshu City in Iwate Prefecture. It is said that the village was established by a Christian samurai from the Edo period named Goto Juan. I am amazed now when I think of this mysterious connection. From the time I was a small ch……

“Interfaith Chaplain” Training Course Begun in Touhoku

by Kawakami Naoya, senior pastor Sendai Shimin Church, Tohoku District   Touhoku HELP* has established the Endowed Course for Practical Religious Studies at Tohoku National University with donations from the Kyodan and others to train persons of various religious backgrounds to serve as chaplains for survivors of the Great East Japan Disaster. The role of “chaplain,” as practiced in ……
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