On November 8, Korea SGI (KSGI) held its Headquarters Leaders meeting at the KSGI Ikeda Memorial Hall in Seoul, simulcasting to 145 venues across the country. Participants at the hall observed social distancing, and the meeting included faith experiences as well as a performance by an all-female traditional music and dance group. KSGI General Director Kim In Soo thanked the members for their efforts to support and encourage others in spite of the pandemic.
On November 7, the Brazil SGI (BSGI) educators group held an online meeting, attended by some 1,000 members nationwide. Representatives shared experiences and heard a presentation of a proposal on education for children’s happiness. Participants were encouraged to nurture individuals who are inspired to contribute to their local communities. BSGI General Director Miguel Shiratori welcomed the increase in exchanges between Soka University in Japan and universities in Brazil.
On October 2, Soka University of America (SUA) held the 7th Annual Dialogue on the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence, with the theme “Living the Culture of Peace in 2020.” The event, held online this year, commemorates the UN International Day of Non-Violence. SUA has held this conference annually since 2014, inviting scholars and social activists. Four alumni spoke about how the knowledge and experience they gained at SUA helped them promote dialogue in their professions. Some 100 students, staff and faculty participated.
On November 10, Tais Tokusato from the Soka Gakkai-affiliated Soka Institute of the Amazon near Manaus, Brazil, joined an online event titled “Hope for the Future” organized by the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). She introduced the institute’s environmental education activities and its “Life Memorial” project that plants a tree in honor of each victim of COVID-19 in Brazil.Read more
On October 24, Hiro Sakurai, director of the SGI Office for UN Affairs, spoke at an online meeting of faith-related NGOs commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Mr. Sakurai highlighted the importance of interfaith collaboration and the role religious communities play in connecting civil society and the UN. The event brought together some 70 participants.Read more