I write this as I prepare to leave on a 10 day trip to Japan for ceremonies commemorating Rissho Kosei-kai Founding Day and the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011.
Rissho Kosei-kei is a liberal Buddhist organization with 6 million members in Japan. We have a long and enduring relationship with this group, beginning with the Rev. Dana Greeley, first president of the UUA, whose passionate work for peace and civil rights became the foundation for this interfaith partnership. Last year, RKK President-designate Rev. Kosho Niwano addressed our General Assembly in Charlotte, NC. In a few days, I will return the favor. Portions of this celebration will be simulcast and the greetings I will bring on behalf of all Unitarian Universalists will be posted on the UUA web site shortly thereafter.
Later during this trip, I will be visiting some of the most impacted areas in the Sendai region from last year’s earthquake and tsunami. UUs have held the Japanese people in their thoughts and prayers as they struggle to rebuild their lives and homes. To date, UUs have also contributed over $500,000 to relief efforts. I will bring a symbol of that financial support as well as your continued good wishes.
While I will share my experiences here, more information about the Japan itinerary can be found on our Faith Without Borders blog.