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Tenrikyo 180 Spring Grand Service held

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Tenrikyo 180 Spring Grand Service, which commemorates Miki Nakayama’s withdrawal from physical life on lunar 1/26/1887, was conducted on January 26. After the Shinbashira’s reading of the service prayer, the Kagura Service and Teodori was conducted as followers sang along to the Mikagura-uta. Taking the podium to give the sermon, the Shinbashira called for all churches to set an example of the Joyous Life.

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.