2014 New Year's Message
Rev. Yoshiko Teshigawara, Bishop,
Seicho-No-Ie U.S. Missionary Headquarters
I’d like to extend my heartfelt best wishes for the New Year to all Seicho-No-Ie members throughout the country.
May you and your family be filled with God’s blessings and live a happy life throughout the coming year. With wishes for the well-being of our country and peace for the world, I look forward to expressing God’s Divine Will brightly and joyfully together with all of you. Thank you very much in advance for your help and support.
As you can see from the previous page, we are honored to have received a New Year’s Message from the Seicho-No-Ie President Rev. Masanobu Taniguchi. Entitled “Let Us Achieve Happiness Together With Nature,” he has provided us with the direction in which we Seicho-No-Ie members should walk during the 2014 (January-December) Movement Year. Please share this message broadly with as many members as possible by placing it in the newsletters published and distributed in each Missionary Area and District and also distributing it at the New Year’s Day ceremonies, etc.
Beginning this year, the Movement Year (January-December) has been unified internationally and International Headquarters and the global bases of propagation will be in step with one another in promoting and moving our Movement forward. Let us make sure that we receive and correctly understand the information that comes from the new International Headquarters’ office (the “Office in the Forest”), work together with the members worldwide to brightly and powerfully proceed to share the Seicho-No-Ie way of life that “Grows Together With Nature.”
Thanks to your support and cooperation, the propagation and administration of our Movement here in the United States continue to develop and function in a well-balanced way. Last year, the Propagation Planning and Promotion Committee met several times, with Director of Office Administration Akemi Ueda also in attendance. Along with the reports surrounding the current status of the promotion of propagation from those representing each Missionary Area and Regional District, plans for future events, etc. are also shared. At the December meeting, the Vice President of an area Regional Lecturers’ Society participated because the President was unavailable and when asked for her comments, she replied, “I was very surprised and deeply impressed to hear the comments by the representatives of each Area and District and to learn how very dedicated and sincere they are in sharing the Seicho-No-Ie teachings in their communities.”
It goes without saying that the improvement and development of the administrative and managerial sector of the Movement is critical for the propagation to function effectively. Under the leadership of the Chairperson and Vice Chairpersons, your Directors meet and hold Board Meetings each month. They have very enthusiastic discussions regarding creating of a database, the Five-Year Plan based on the Seicho-No-Ie U.S. Missionary Headquarters’ Environment Policy, etc. As a result of these discussions, pending issues and questions have been addressed and gradually resolved. At the in-person meetings, the Directors have worked together and responded to the U.S. Missionary Headquarters’ call to cut down on paper usage by bringing their own computers to the meeting thereby uniting to further develop and improve the administrative end of our Movement. I am very grateful to everyone for their efforts in this regard.
Through practicing “living as is” and “being your natural self,” and through your interaction with others and the experiences you have had, I trust that the year 2013 has brought you an even deeper awareness of the Seicho-No-Ie state of mind.
Whenever I participate in the various events held throughout the country, I have heard comments from those who have gotten to know your beautiful way of life: “I am so thankful; I am now living a very happy life.” I am then reminded and filled with gratitude once again of your sincere dedication and commitment to the propagation of the teachings and the wonderful way in which you look after and care for those around you. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for all the many things you are doing for Seicho-No-Ie. Thank you very much.
I am very happy to be able to announce that beginning with the January 2014 issue, we will be placing the prayers from the Seicho-No-Ie President Rev. Masanobu Taniguchi’s book Hibi no Inori in the Truth of Life magazine (four times a year). We are also very grateful to have received permission to place articles from the Seicho-No-Ie White Dove President, Mrs. Junko Taniguchi’s book Uguisu Mochi to Banana beginning in February (also four times a year). Please share these wonderful writings with as many people as possible.
Let us unite together with all members throughout the United States and practice the three correct religious practices, and with a bright and cheerful mind, using bright, cheerful words and actions, do whatever we can to help create a bright future!
I would like to ask for your continued support and cooperation.
My prayers are with you for a blessed 2014!