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Archive for April, 2003

Oyasama’s 205th Birthday Joyfully Celebrated

The Oyasama Birth Celebration Service was conducted at Tenrikyo Church Headquarters on April 18 to commemorate the 205th birthday of the everliving Oyasama, our beloved Parent who guides us toward the Joyous Life for all humankind. About 70,000 followers, including many from overseas, returned to the Home of the Parent to [...]

Five Thousand Students Make Pilgrimage to Jiba

On March 28, some 5,000 high school, junior college, and university students participated in the annual Students’ Spring Pilgrimage to Jiba, organized by Tenrikyo Students Association with the support of the Student Advisory Committee. The pilgrimage–which had the theme “Let’s return to Jiba with friends: Now is the time to make [...]

Weekend Seminar Under Way in London

UK Centre, located in Wembley Park in north-west London, held its third monthly weekend seminar on March 22 and 23. Intended for anyone interested in Tenrikyo and, in particular, those who have previously attended the Joyous Life Lecture, the weekend seminar was launched in January as part of UK Centre’s activities [...]

Tenri University Implements New Structure

After three years of planning and preparation, Tenri University’s new structure officially began on April 1, when 900 new students arrived.
The reorganization was undertaken in an effort to attract students amid intensifying competition due to the nation’s low birth rates. Basing itself on its founding spirit and educational goals, the university [...]

Three New Honbu-in Appointed

Appointed on April 18 to the position of Honbu-in (Church Headquarters executive staff members) were Bishop Toyoo Tsuji of the Mission Headquarters in America, Bishop Yuji Murata of the Mission Headquarters in Brazil, and Nioigake Section Chief Yoshizumi Nakayama of the Mission Department (who also serves as head minister of Akiyoshi [...]

Tenrikyo Basics Course Launched

On April 1, the Education and Nurture Department (headed by Rev. Motoyoshi Tomimatsu) launched Tenrikyo Basics Course, taking the first step in the implementation of Church Headquarters’ new instructional system. The Basics Course is designed to introduce Tenrikyo to those who, though interested in Tenrikyo or seeking salvation, have yet to [...]