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Nepal Renrakusho celebrates 50th anniversary

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On November 12, Nepal Renrakusho in Kathmandu welcomed the Shinbashira, his wife Harue, and Successor Designate Daisuke Nakayama for their 50th anniversary service. Since its founding in 1966, Nepal Renrakusho has promoted Japanese language instruction and social welfare activities.

The Shinbashira then gave a celebratory address on the mindset of the Joyous Life and moving forward in a unity of mind and cheerful spiritedness. This was followed by a performance of the service, which was sung by some 250 followers.

Renrakusho Head Yoshiharu Kamimura then expressed his gratitude and asked for more salvation efforts from the congregation.

Rev Keigo Morishita passes away for rebirth

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keigo-morishita-yoki-500x469Rev. Keigo Morishita, former head minister of Brotherhood Church and fourth minister of Tenrikyo New York Center, passed away for rebirth on October 30 at 4:53 p.m. He was 93 years old.

Rev. Keigo Morisihta certainly lived a rich life and he will truly be missed.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at Mission Headquarters in Los Angeles on December 3.

Disaster Relief in Tottori Prefecture

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11,000 homes were damaged in the “Central Tottori Prefecture Earthquake” on October 21. On October 23 and 24, the Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps of Tottori Diocese was dispatched to affected areas. They took part in the recovery effort after receiving a request from Kurayoshi Social Welfare Council and responded to residents’ needs through a disaster relief volunteer center. Recovery efforts included manually disassembling brick walls where trucks could not enter. A total of 129 members took part.

Disaster Relief in Iwate Prefecture, continued

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Between October 2 and 9, the Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps (DRHC) were dispatched to Iwaiizumi-cho, Iwate. The area was affected by Typhoon Lionrock. Massive flooding caused 19 deaths and damage to some 700 homes. Upon receiving a request from Iwaiizumi-cho’s Social Welfare Council, staff from DRHC Headquarters, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, and Aomori dioceses were dispatched in three waves. Members removed mud covered household goods and debris from homes.

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Boys and Girls Association 50th anniversary gathering held

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Photo source: http://www.tenrikyo.or.jp/yoboku/news/2016/09/30/23306/

Photo source: http://www.tenrikyo.or.jp/yoboku/news/2016/09/30/23306/

On September 25, a Boys and Girls Association 50th anniversary gathering was held in the East Worship Hall of the Main Sanctuary with the Shinbashira, Mrs. Harue Nakayama and Mr. Daisuke Nakayama in attendance.

In addition to Director-in-Chiefs of Administrative Affairs and Religious Affairs, members of BGA Headquarters, and chapter chairs assembled for a total of 2,172 people. After the performance of the service, the Shinbashira gave an address on the purpose of the BGA, the vertical mission, and the frame of mind of nurturing committee members.

Tenrikyo participates in 30th International Meeting of Prayer for Peace in Assisi

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Photo source:  http://www.tenrikyo.or.jp/yoboku/news/2016/09/24/23278/

Rev. Nakata speaking as a panelist at a section meeting on the 19th.

The 2016 International Meeting of Prayer for Peace in Assisi was held between September 18 and 20 with the theme “Thirst for Peace” where representatives of major religions participated. The Tenrikyo contingent consisted of six people, including Director-in-Chief of Administrative Affairs Zensuke Nakata, Tenri University vice president Ikuo Higashibaba, Europe Centre Head Yoshihisa Hasegawa, and Dai Roma Mission Station Head Hideo Yamaguchi. Rev. Nakata served as a panelist for one of the 29 section meetings on September 19 and attended a lunch with Pope Francis on the last day. Tenrikyo delegates then conducted the seated service until Song Four and attended the closing ceremony in which candles were lit as a prayer for world peace.

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Celebration ceremony held for Olympic and Paralympic athletes

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On September 19, a celebration ceremony was held for gold medalist Shohei Ono and bronze medalist Kento Masaki in Dining Hall No. 2. About 900 people were in attendance.

The Shinbashira gave his congratulations to both athletes. Both Ono and Masaki received awards from Tenri City and offered words of appreciation.

Congo Brazzaville celebrates 50th anniversary

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Congo Brazzaville Church celebrated its 50th anniversary on September 10. The Shinbashira was in attendance and gave an address.
On September 11, the founding ceremony of the church’s chapters of the Young Men’s Association and Women’s Association was held.

Disaster relief in Iwate Prefecture

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Between September 5 and 9, the Tenrikyo Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps of Iwate Diocese was dispatched to Miyako City, an area affected by Typhoon Lionrock. Making a rare landfall from the Pacific Coast, Typhoon Lionrock caused rivers and waterways to flood. Cor.ps members were entrusted with clearing away mud. A total of 159 members were dispatched over five days.

Why are TRW pages not mirrored on Wikipedia?

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During Yuki Takeuchi’s presentation on “Sharing Pathways in Learning” (aka SPIL-ing) at the Tenri Forum 2016, he took questions from the audience and one of the questions that came up was “Why are the Tenrikyo Resource Wiki pages not mirrored on Wikipedia?”

He allowed me to answer the question over the microphone and given that I was put on the spot to answer a question that required a pretty long answer, I felt like I wasn’t able to give a very decent answer that was easy to understand.

Wikipedia was my first action to spread the teachings online

First, I understand why using Wikipedia would have been preferred because it was actually where I began my efforts in trying to spread the teachings of Tenrikyo online sometime around 2008-2010. It is an extremely popular website where any and everybody can create and edit information on the website. It has a massive database of other topics and information about Tenrikyo does exist.

Screenshot of the "Tenrikyo" page where I contributed 3 of the 6 images used on the page as well as the contents on the page.

Screenshot of the “Tenrikyo” page where I contributed 3 of the 6 images used on the page as well as a fraction of the contents on the page.

Wikipedia’s Verifiability and NPOV policies

First, verifying your claims is one of core policies of Wikipedia, even publishing research papers, or conclusive statements is policy of citing the sources of the information by verifiable sources. Therefore, no facts can simply be stated on Wikipedia and must have a corresponding source of where that information came from must be cited.

In Wikipedia, verifiability means that anyone using the encyclopedia can check that the information comes from a reliable source. Wikipedia does not publish original research. Its content is determined by previously published information rather than the beliefs or experiences of its editors. Even if you’re sure something is true, it must be verifiable before you can add it.[1] When reliable sources disagree, maintain a neutral point of view and present what the various sources say, giving each side its due weight.

Wikipedia: Verifiability

Even further, the statements made on the site as well as the sources of information must, as a policy, have a Neutral Point of View (NPOV).

NPOV is a fundamental principle of Wikipedia and of other Wikimedia projects. It is also one of Wikipedia’s three core content policies; the other two are “Verifiability” and “No original research”. These policies jointly determine the type and quality of material that is acceptable in Wikipedia articles, and, because they work in harmony, they should not be interpreted in isolation from one another. Editors are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with all three.

This policy is non-negotiable, and the principles upon which it is based cannot be superseded by other policies or guidelines, nor by editor consensus.

Wikipedia: Neutral Point of View (NPOV)

With our perspectives strictly set by the Tenrikyo Church Headquarters and not by a neutral party which is usually an anthropologist making his own distinction of the religion and its teachings, we cannot fulfil our goal of spreading the teachings in the way that we want to. For example, we cannot make statements based on the “The Doctrine of Tenrikyo” because it is a bias interpretation of the Tenrikyo teachings.

Another issue I also realized was that Oyasama was not only a central figure in “Tenrikyo Church Headquarters” but also in other “splinter groups” or “off-shoot religions” as well. So in that respect, contributing on the topic of Oyasama, we would have to remain neutral and acknowledge other interpretations and information about Oyasama and Tenrikyo in general.

Context of Words

Another reason, often that is used by video games or movies such as World of Warcraft and Starwars, a entirely separate wiki is created. Given the context of Tenrikyo some ordinary words or phrases are interpreted differently globally. For example, “Red Clothes” in Tenrikyo refer to the clothes that Oyasama wore, but globally or in the context of Wikipedia, that would have to be disambiguated because it could be referring to the red clothes in some other religion.

I am not against contributing to Wikipedia because there is much to contribute to about Tenrikyo there; I just can’t do it in the way that that Church Headquarters would probably like to see it described.

If you would like to contribute to the Tenrikyo Resource Wiki, please contact, me (via facebook Lewis Nakao).