Pentecost; United by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1 - 12)

Hikari Kokai, NCCJ Vice Moderator

The most challenging thing about our relationship is communication. While the Internet environment has developed and communication can be done broader and faster, on the other hand, there is a reality that friction occurs and the relationship breaks, creating thicker walls between us.
"When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven, there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability." Those who saw it were surprised saying, "How is it that we hear them telling us the great work of God in our languages."
The Holy Spirit gives the recovery and power of communication to us who have been divided by differences of culture, language, customs/traditions, religion, and race. That means not only to be able to speak but also to be able to listen and understand. Because even if we speak the same language, we often have experiences that we don

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Poster : webmaster on 2018-06-14 13:56:43 (19 reads)

The National Council of Churches in Korea and the National Christian Council in Japan held a joint consultation on "Peaceful Reunification of Korean Peninsula and the Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution" June 11. This was a part of NCCK's campaign for a Korea Peace Treaty in Northeast Asia. 20 participants from Korea, 9 from Europe and North America, and 9 from Japan participated in this half-day consultation. Rev. Ra Heak Jib, Chair of NCCK Committee on Reconciliation and Peaceful Reunification, talked about the importance of this campaign for reconciliation and peaceful reunification of Korean Peninsula. From Japan side, Ms. Mikako Nishihara, Director of Japan YWCA described the role NCCJ played in the history of civil movements to protect the article 9 of the Japanese constitution. All the Korean and international participants will attend the 6th Global Inter-Religious Conference on Article 9 starting on June 12 in Hiroshima.

 

Participants of consultation

Rev. Ra Heak Jib's Presentation

Ms Mikako Nishihara's Presentation


Poster : webmaster on 2018-04-18 15:21:10 (89 reads)
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The 40th NCCJ General Assembly was held on March 19th, 20th at Kanda Christ Church of Nippon Sei Ko Kai in Chiyoda-ku.

1Admission of Associate Member Organizations

Waseda Hoshien, Wesley Foundation, and Church World Service Japan were admitted to NCCJ as associate member organizations from a new general assembly period.

2. Appointment of New Executives

NCCJ has started a new system as Rev. Koichi KOBASHI and Rev. Aminaka, who served as moderator and general secretary in the 39th general assembly, resigned. The new executive members are as follows:

Moderator: Makoto WATABE (Japan Bible Society) new

Vice moderator: Shinichi YAHAGI (Episcopal Church of Japan) remaining, Hikari KOKAI (Wesley Foundation) new

Secretary: Shinya KIM (Korean Christian Church) remaining, Jun KAJIHAMA (Japan Bible Society) new

General Secretary: SungJae KIM (Korean Christian Church) new

Chair of Finance Committee: Masayoshi FUTAMI

3. The theme of the new General Assembly Period

The theme of the 40th General Assembly Period is “Advance Together in the Bonds of Peace.” (Ephesians 4:3-4). The following seven items are the core activities.

1) Spread the Gospel together. (Mark 16:19-20)

2) Testify together the God’s word in the society. (Matthew 26:52)

3) Solidarize with friends of the world. (Ephesians 4:3-4)

4) Solidarize with churches of the world (Ephesians 4:25)

5) Enrichment of NCCJ committee activities and promotion of issues

6) 70th Anniversary of NCCJ, Mission Conference 2018 to be held

7) Organization and finance

  Amendment of the regulation

  Improvement of donation and saving for repair

  Public Relations

4. Budget Outline

  Under the severe financial situation, every member church and organization are forced to reduce the contribution to NCCJ. We reviewed the contents of the finance in the 39th General Assembly Period in light of the current situation.

5. Report of the Pre-Meetings

NCCJ will hold a Mission Conference in 2018. Before that, we had four pre-meetings in 2017. The preparation committee gave a report sharing blessings of the activities.

NCCJ has been under the severe situation in personnel and finance. On the other hand, it is a big hope we have new associate member organizations. When we see the current situation of the world and Japan, the importance of NCCJ’s role is increasing. With your support and prayer, we will continue going on our new General Assembly period.

 New executive members

 


Poster : webmaster on 2017-06-07 16:29:35 (630 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


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