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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • What Americans Owe the Hibakusha

    This guest post on our blog is from the Rev. Chris J. Antal, the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, New York. He had been a military chaplain for five years until he resigned in April as an act of protest to U.S. policies regarding armed drones...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/5/2016
  • Of Trees and Sweeping

    Florence Caplow is a Soto Zen priest in the Suzuki Roshi lineage, and a dharma teacher, field botanist, UU seminarian at Iliff School of Theology, essayist, and editor. She was the recipient of the UUA’s Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship in 2015 and is currently on her visit with...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/17/2016
  • Hiroshima: Interfaith Dialogue & Peace

    The Heiwa Peace Pilgrimage—a multigenerational, multicultural, interfaith peace exchange program coordinated by All Souls Church Unitarian (Washington D.C.)—traveled to Hiroshima, Japan, for ten days to visit with interfaith partners at the Buddhist organization Rissho Kosei-kai...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/12/2014
  • Hiroshima: Reflections on Reconciliation & Friendship

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="6718,6716,6717,6719,6721,6722,6720,6723"] The Heiwa Peace Pilgrimage delegation began its journey on August 1st and will be visiting with their interfaith partners in Japan for ten days. This guest blog post was composed jointly by three youth...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/8/2014
  • A Seminarian’s Experience at Tsubaki Grand Shrine

    Sarah E. Gillespie is a UU seminarian & 2014 M.Div candidate at Andover Newton Theological School. In July 2013 she was the recipient of the UUA’s Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship. Tsubaki Grand Shrine is an ancient Shinto shrine in Suzuka, Japan, and an historic interfaith...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/30/2013
  • Hiroshima Day 2013

    Today (August 6, 2013) is Hiroshima Day! As we observe the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, individuals and congregations alike are invited to view our available interfaith and Unitarian Universalist (UU) resources. Perhaps one of the most inspiring stories to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/6/2013
  • Japan Earthquake: Two Years Later

    Today is the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. The massive destruction and loss of human life was compounded by the threat of radiation from four damaged nuclear reactors. Two years later,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/11/2013
  • From the Road: Interfaith Rituals

    Among the greatest gifts of crossing religious and cultural boundaries is that we come to understand ourselves more clearly. On this trip to Japan I had the opportunity to visit briefly other religious partners: the Konko Church of Izuo (a modern Shinto movement), the Tsubaki...
    By Peter Morales | 3/22/2012
  • From the Road: Kamaichi and Sendai

    The visual parallels between the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima and the tsunami that hit Japan’s northeast coast a year ago are eerie. In Hiroshima we saw once more the famous photographs of Hiroshima before and after the bomb. In Kamaichi and Sendai the signs of breathtaking...
    By Peter Morales | 3/20/2012
  • From the Road: Hiroshima

    The word “Hiroshima” has become synonymous with the horrors of nuclear war. Unfortunately, we need to be horrified now and then. We need to see and feel just how terrible war is and how particularly horrifying nuclear war would be. A visit to Hiroshima’s Peace Park and the ...
    By Peter Morales | 3/14/2012
  • From the Road: Rissho Kosei-kai

    Kyoto, 5 a.m. March 6— I have often spoken and written about the importance of hospitality–about how hospitality is a spiritual practice. In the first two days of our visit to Japan I have felt as though I were attending a workshop in advanced hospitality. Our friends and...
    By Peter Morales | 3/8/2012
  • The First Visits with UUA Partners in Japan

    UUA President Rev. Peter Morales is in the midst of a week-long visit with interfaith partners in Japan.  On Sunday, Rev.  Morales attended the worship service at the historic Universalist church in Tokyo: Dojin Church.  Members of the Tokyo Unitarian Fellowship (a largely ex-...
    By Eric Cherry | 3/6/2012
  • From the Road: Preparing for Japan

    From March 3 – 12, 2012 Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, will travel to Japan to visit with a number of historic interfaith partners. The visit will also provide Rev. Morales with an opportunity to extend congratulatory greetings to Rissho Kosei-kai during its annual “Founding...
    By Peter Morales | 3/2/2012
  • UUA President Prepares to Visit Japanese Partners

    From March 3 - 12, 2012 Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, will travel to Japan to visit with a number of historic interfaith partners.  These include: Rissho Kosei-kai (RKK) - a 6-million member lay-Buddhist organization headquartered in Tokyo.  RKK Dharma Centers in...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/24/2012
  • IARF Japan Delegation Visits UUA

    On Saturday October 22, a delegation of twenty-three International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) members hailing from Japan visited the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for the day. Leading the group on an East Coast tour was the former chairman of Rissho...
    By Nicole McConvery | 10/27/2011
  • A Seminarian's Experience at Tsubaki Grand Shrine

    Christian Schmidt is a third year UU seminarian at Andover Newton Theological School. In August 2011 he was the recipient of the UUA's Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship. Tsubaki Grand Shrine is an ancient Shinto shrine in Suzuka, Japan, and an historic interfaith partner of the...
    By Eric Cherry | 10/6/2011
  • UUA Seminarian Scholar writes from Tsubaki Grand Shrine

      Christian Schmidt (the UUA's 2011 Tsubaki Grand Shrine Seminarian Scholar) writes from TGS after the first three days of his two-week stay It’s been a busy few days at Tsubaki Grand Shrine. In my first three days here, I have been given Shinto priest clothing to wear...
    By Eric Cherry | 8/17/2011
  • Hiroshima Day 2011

    That fateful summer, 8:15. The roar of a B-29 breaks the morning calm. A parachute opens in the blue sky. Then suddenly, a flash, an enormous blast—silence—hell on Earth... August 6th marks the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The UUA's International Office has a...
    By Nicole McConvery | 8/4/2011
  • Bringing a message of deep condolence, spiritual support, and solidarity to interfaith partners in Japan (Part II)

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have created the UUA/UUSC Japan Relief Fund to support the work of our interfaith partners in the wake of the recent earthquake and tsunami. The Director of International...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/6/2011
  • Bringing a message of deep condolence, spiritual support, and solidarity to interfaith partners in Japan

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have created the UUA/UUSC Japan Relief Fund to support the work of our interfaith partners in the wake of the recent earthquake and tsunami. The Director of International...
    By Eric Cherry | 3/31/2011
  • Exploring the Way of the Kami

    This year's recipient of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship, Barnaby Feder, shares his reflections on his two week residency in Suzuka, Japan: At midnight on Aug. 11, in a scene I could never have imagined, there I was, one American Unitarian Universalist among about 70...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/7/2010

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