Light that shines in the darkness (Isaiah 60:1-2)

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. (Isaiah 60:1-2)

Shoko Aminaka, NCCJ general secretary

In the ecclesiastical calendar, a new year begins from Advent, the period when we wait for the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Although God exists, why is there still evil? Why doesn't God destroy the world? It is because of God's patience to wait for all the people to come to themselves, that is, to live in the Lord's love, complete free love in which He created a man in the beginning. It is the church that prays for the very person's salvation.

I saw the sky filled with stars when I flew over China on a business trip. The unseen light prevented by the clouds. Some stars have already finished their lives and only emit their lights. God gave birth to His only son in the night. This child was born to destroy the egocentric sin everybody has by His death on the cross. Jesus, our Lord, is risen from the death to make redeemed people live newly in the eternal life.

"Darkness shall cover the earth, thick darkness the peoples." Yes, we face such a situation. However, it is not everything. Like the stars, even if the lights are not seen and recognized, obstructed by the severeness of realities, "the Lord will arise upon you," "and his glory will appear over you." Here is our hope.

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Poster : webmaster on 2017-06-07 16:29:35 (174 reads)
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 NCCJ's China Church Relations Committee (CCRC) organized a "Tour to Visit National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement and Churches" for nine days from May 8th to 16th. 


Eight participants including Rev. Kobashi, NCCJ Moderator, stayed at Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, and Beijing.

Christianity in China has developed marvelously these years, and the Christian population has been increasing. Their activities are obtaining a high evaluation in the society.

CCRC sent the first delegates to China in 1983 and welcomed the first visitors to Japan from China the following year. That was the start of the official relationship with China.

The official mutual visit started in 1996. This year's tour marked the fifth visit to China since 2009, which was fruitful confirming the relationship with China.

You can see the photos of the tour on the Chinese Christian Website

 NCC Moderator Rev. Kobashi and Elder Fu Xianwei, the Chairperson of National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement

 

 East China Theological Seminary

 

 Chongqing Gospel Church

 

 Chongqing Great Hall of the People

 

 Sichuan Christian Council/Three-Self Patriotic Movement

 

 Dinner with the staff of Sichuan Theological Seminary

 

 Langzhong Church

 

 At the worship of Chengdu Shangxiang Christian Church

 

 Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

 

 Beijing Christian Council/Three-Self Patriotic Movement

 

 NCC Moderator Rev. Kobashi and Mr. Jiang Jianyong, the Vice Minister of the State Administration for Religious Affairs


Poster : webmaster on 2017-05-31 15:20:02 (269 reads)
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The Center for Minority Issues and Mission (CMIM) started on April 8th. It will engage in a variety of activitiew with the aim to realize an inclusive society, whtere diversity can be celebrated by every person, with dignity and joy.
The history of the center dates back to November 2015. Japanese churches hosted the 3rd International Conference on Minority Issues and Mission, with support and participation from partner churches of several nations. Conference participants affirmed the need ofr deeper coordination among Christians to overcome the spread of intolerance and discrimination against minorities in Japan and other places aroun the world, and vowed to work for reconciliation and hamonious coexistence of all people.
Soon after the conference, the churches of Japan began preparations ofr the much encouragement and support also from ecumenical partners abroad, CMIM celebrated its opning in April this year.

The CMIM website is now under construction. We will link to the site when it comes out. You will get latest news on CMIM there.


Poster : webmaster on 2017-02-01 14:11:00 (520 reads)

 The International Youth Conference in Kyoto will be held as follows on the theme “Aiming to Realize a Sustainable Energy Society.”

Keynote Lecture: Dr. KOHARA Katsuhiro (Professor of Systematic Theology, Doshisha university

Interactive presentation: Oshidori Mako & Ken (Members of Yoshimoto Creative Agency)

Date: Wed. March 28th, 14:00-17:00

Venue: Kambaikan, Doshisha University (Kyoto-city, 602-8580)

Contact: 080-3726-7143 (Rev. Makoto Iijima, Executive Director of the United Church of Christ in japan East Japan Great Earthquake Relief Measures Headquarters)

Facebook page: https://www.facebook/uccj.kyoto/  

For further information, see the PDF.

International Youth Conference flyer


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