Let’s Open Up Our Inner Eyes!
By the Rev. Norio Taniguchi
Konko Church of Ikura
(From the November 2016 issue of Konkokyo-ho Ametsuchi)
My Feelings toward My Father in Coma
We, the residents of the Kumamoto Prefecture, were struck with two huge earthquakes in April this year and soon received kind words of condolence and encouragement from many people both inside and outside Japan. On behalf of the Konko churches in Kumamoto, I would like to express my deep gratefulness to all of you for your warmth and kindness. We are still on our way towards a full reconstruction of the devastated areas, but we would like to continue to receive blessings from our Divine Parent by relying upon our Parent Deity (Kami) more than ever. Please continue to pray for us from now too. Thank you so much. 続きを読む
158years ago, toritsugi was born.
Let’s go visit the original Sacred grounds!
Believers from all over the world and those who are interested in Konkokyo are welcome to join in.
Date: November 14th 13:00-15th 12:00
Place: Konkokyo Headquarters, Otani Konkocho Okayama, Japan
+Let’s get together to celebrate the Konkokyo Establishment Day at the Sacred Place “Goreichi”.
+Realize the roots of our life.
+Feel the spirituality of “Goreichi”.
+Deepen our mutual understanding.
This is a notification from Rev. Joanne Tolosa, M.S.W. Konko Church of San Francisco Head Minister.
Friday, March 24, 2017
2:00pm – 4:30pm Coffee time with Joanne-sensei
Location: Pret A Manger at Broadway & East 17th Street – UPSTAIRS!
Saturday, March 25, 2017
11:00am – Spring Grand Ceremony* in Skillman, NJ!
12 noon – 2pm – Lunch & Informal Faith Conversation
At the same location in Skillman, New Jersey
For the details visit the following link
Konko Faith Gatherings Spring 2017 in New York & New Jersey
We Don’t Know What to Expect Right Now,
But our First Step Will Lead us to Salvation
By the Rev. Ryo Yoshinaga
Konko Church of Wakamatsu
(From the September 2016 issue of Konkokyo-ho Ametsuchi)
Salvation in our Hearts
On April 14th, 2016, we had the “2016 Kumamoto Earthquake.” The areas that the earthquake damaged are in an unstable situation: No one can foresee how those areas will be tomorrow, one week later, or one year later. However, each one of us is also in a similar situation, in fact: we never know when we will run into problems in our respective lives. 続きを読む
Step by Step
By the Rev. Seiji Yamasaki
Konko Church of Haruki
(From the October 2016 issue of Konkokyo-ho Ametsuchi)
Importance of Continuing to Work Hard
I started to learn calligraphy when I was a kindergartener and attended a calligraphy class once a week until I graduated from elementary school. My handwriting was pretty bad, and it didn’t show much improvement despite much practice. Because of this, I didn’t like the calligraphy class very much. Moreover, the calligraphy teacher was an acquaintance of my parents, so I knew my parents would quickly know if I missed class even once. Because I didn’t want to get scolded by my parents for missing the calligraphy class, I made sure I’d diligently go to the school each week. 続きを読む
Life that Is Kept Alive
By the Rev. Shigenori Yamasaki
Konko Church of Fukuoka-minami
(Reprinted from the July 2016 issue of Konkokyo-ho Ametsuchi)
Getting to Know Kami through Sickness
I became sick as soon as I entered senior high school, and when I went to a hospital to be examined, the doctor diagnosed that I had asthmatic bronchitis. I had been blessed with good health until I got this disease, but I gradually became bedridden. When you have asthma, you often have an extremely hard time breathing. In the beginning, I didn’t take my sickness very seriously, but my condition increasingly got worse. Consequently, we had to ask a doctor to come to see and treat me every day. The doctor’s daily visits and his treatments didn’t cure my disease at all. To make the matter worse, the doctor even said to me, “I cannot guarantee that you will get better as you grow older.” 続きを読む
All We Should Do Is to Practice
By the Rev. Mitsuzo Kimbara
Konko Church of Mizushima
(Reprinted from the June 2016 issue of Konkokyo-ho Ametsuchi)
We Are Expected to Follow Konko Daijin’s Teachings
Eighty years ago, from April 21st to September 10th, 1936, the Headquarters of the Konko Faith held an event called “Workshop for Following the Spiritual Leader’s Exemplary Service for our Parental Deity.” The workshop was a long series, consisting of 16 occasions. The Headquarters planned and implemented this event, hoping to remind the participants that our primary selfless service for Kami as Konko ministers is following our Spiritual Leader and the way he serves our Divine Parent as the Principal Mediator of the Konko Faith. At the time, the Third Konko-Sama bestowed many teachings upon the seminar participants. One of the teachings during the workshop was “If you want our Divine Parent to bestow divine virtue upon you, you are expected to put the Founder’s teachings into practice. There is no secret other than this.” To practice the Founder’s teachings…it is so simple and basic that everybody in the Konko community knows its importance very well already. Yet, the Third Konko-Sama was kind enough to teach the participants about this.
On October 23, 2016, through the request of the KonkokyoInternationalCenter, the North American Diocese will conduct this year’s Faith Gathering in London, United Kingdom. 続きを読む