Given Life by God's Breath (Genesis 2:7)

Rev. Shinichi Jesse Yahagi, Vice-moderator

Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.(Genesis 2:7)

A person asked me one day, "Are you filled with the Holy Spirit?" That may have been a greeting half-joking, but I felt it was kind of a question posed to our churches. We are made to be living beings by God's breath, but sometimes we forget that and think by mistake that we live with our strengths. If we had a battery of heart, the place to charge is the church. Are our churches the places where we can be tied to each other comfortably as existences loved and made live by God? Are they the bases where we are filled with the Holy Spirit and be sent out again?

Having the Pentecost that is the church's birthday, "we were all baptized into one body, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:13) As such beings, we gather to church every Sunday, listen to God's words, confirm that we remain to Christ's body, are pushed forward by the Holy Spirit, God's breath. And making use of one another's gift, we are dispatched to society, blessed in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We would like to sail out to the ocean of the world, committing ourselves to the Holy Spirit who connects person to person, respecting one another's difference, without fear.

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Poster : webmaster on 2017-06-07 16:29:35 (68 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 (123 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 (357 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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