Hope (Romans 8:18-25)

Shinya Kim NCCJ Secretary
Anyone must have a certain image to a word "hope." But I have once met a young boy who asked me, "What is hope?" That the present society comprises those people who cannot help but pose a question like this may be an indisputable fact. Paul speaks of "hope." What is the "hope" that Paul says that he is waiting for groaning? He also says "Hope that is seen is not hope." Is the "hope" that Paul describes the same as "hope" we talk about in our ordinary life?

The "hope" Paul speaks about is "to be adopted as a God's child." In the Korean Bible (both the Revised Hangul and the New Intercofessional Versions), it is also translated as an "adopted child." We are not naturally born as children of God but are beings that are "allowed" to be children of God. The Subject that "chooses" us, who have no direct relation to Him, to be children of God is not us. The boy who mutters "what is hope?" is also a "chosen" one; however, even if we told him that he is also chosen by God, he may never accept it. What we have to consider now is how we speak of "hope" to people like him.

I have read a diary written by a doctor who had invented a home hospice system and given "hope" to many people. He himself was suffering from terminal cancer. On the last page of his diary, he wrote; "I have suffered enough. From now on, I should advance toward joy, advance toward joy." The last refrain of "hope" that was woven at the hardest moment of his life stings our hearts. It is the "hope" spoken by words based on the experiences engraved in one's own body in which power and blessings dwell. With a deep self-admonition, I strongly think so.

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Poster : webmaster on 2017-06-07 16:29:35 (152 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 (230 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 (471 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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