Lectionary Selection: John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10
Prayers for Japan:
On Easter morning, we gather in anticipation of the newness that you will bring into our lives. Like Mary Magdalene, Peter and the Beloved disciple who stood before the tomb of Jesus, it is hard for us sometimes to take our eyes off of the pain, loss and despair so prevalent in our world today. We bow our heads as we remember all those who have suffered on account of natural disasters such as the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster which happened in Japan six years ago. It is hard to believe that your newness will break forth out of such destruction. And yet, we also know that your love for this world is never ending. We see flowers blooming in the desert, and hope bursting forth out of darkness. We pray for the church in Japan. We pray for the children, young families and the elderly in Fukushima. We pray for all those who struggle for the sake of peace and righteousness. May your love renew the earth, sustain those who are weary, and strengthen communities who serve as signs of your hope in this world.
This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.Read more
This past year has been a tumultuous year for the world in so many ways. Japan has had its share of issues that are cause for deep concern. At the Bazaar Café, (our church’s coffee house ministry) we continue to be a venue for lectures and forums to inform about urgent and pressing social justice issues, as well as a place for people to come together in solidarity.Read more
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land is pleased to announce that on Monday, 20 February The Right Rev. Dr. Bishop Munib Younan was named the 34th recipient of the distinguished Niwano Peace Award for his work toward interreligious dialogue among Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Jerusalem and worldwide.Read more
Roger H. Geeslin
May 24, 1931 – March 3, 2015
For the past several years I have been involved locally here in Kobe with twelve churches that sponsor an annual Fresh Air Retreat for families from Fukushima. This year six mothers and thirteen children came for a week of fun and relaxation. Kobe City is far to the southwest of Fukushima, which means that mothers feel comfortable allowing their children to play freely outside. Now, five and a half years after the nuclear disaster, most Japanese have stopped thinking about the stark realities in Fukushima. What I share below is a summary of a conversation I had with five women who are involved in hosting the annual Fresh Air Retreats.Read more
Final Statement of the 5th Global Inter-religious Conference on Article 9 of the Japanese Peace Constitution
June 9, 2016
Article 9 of Japan’s Peace Constitution
Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes.
In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.Read more
April 20, 1922 – July 31, 2016
Lectionary Selection: Luke 12:32-40
Prayers for Japan:
God, your love surpasses all understanding. As Jesus encouraged his disciples saying; “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Help us also to know your abiding presence in our lives as we stand firm for the purpose of your kingdom here on earth. May peace and justice prevail for all.
We pray for your little flock of Christians in Japan who face trials on account of their faith in you. We pray for Christian educational institutions, that they may resist being hijacked by neo-capitalist forces in society. We pray for all minorities who are vulnerable to public displays of hatred on the streets. We pray for mothers and their families in Fukushima, 50% of whom do not think it safe for their children to be living there. We pray for the people of Okinawa who consistently find themselves marginalized. We pray for a society where freedom of speech, human rights, and democratic principles will be honored. We pray for the people who stand up to protect Japan’s peace constitution; a constitution which has prohibited politicians from waging war for more than seven decades.
God, your love surpasses all understanding. Help us to know your abiding presence in our lives. Help us, your little flock, to trust in your Word. Encourage us, and all of your little ones around the world, in the ways of your love. Amen.
Sadie Alice Lowrey
October 2, 1921 – December 11, 2014
The 5th Global Inter-religious Conference on Article 9 was held in the Minami-Mido Temple of the Shinshu Otani-ha in Osaka, Japan from June 7-9, 2016.
In spite of a short time for preparation by our Japan partners, the 5th conference was successful to deepen our understanding of Article 9, peace, and justice in East Asia and the world. In addition, the meaning and influence of the Conference is to gradually spread among the religious people who have interests in peace and justice in Japan and East Asia.Read more