2011年5月26日木曜日

ドイツから義援金

ドイツ在住のザイデル曜子さんが、東日本大震災被災者支援のために3月27日にエッセンのヴェルデン教会でコンサートを開いてくださいました。

場所:Evangelische Kirche Essen-Werden、Germany
日程:2011年3月27日
曲目:Johann Sebastian Bach
 Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr.5 D-Dur(ブランデンブルク協奏曲5番)
  Orchestersuite h-Moll
 Kantate BWV 82 Ich habe genug(カンタータ82番)
  Choralvorspiele aus dem Orgelbüchlein
  他
演奏:ザイデル曜子(旧姓・林) 指揮・オルガン・チェンバロ
   演奏家の中に、元ゲヴァントハウス(ライプツィッヒ)の
   コンサートマスター等。日本人演奏家も含む。

多くの音楽家が無償でご参加くださり、会場は多くの聴衆で満席になったとのことです。
その結果、2万ユーロ(約230万円)が集まり、義援金として5月にNCCあてに送金されました。
下記はザイデルさんから最近送られてきたお便りの一部です。
Möge Gottes Segen mit dir sein,
Sein Licht deinen Weg erhellen
und Seine allumfassende Liebe dein Herz
in schwierigen Zeiten wärmen
und ihm die Kraft für den nächsten
wichtigen Entwicklungsschritt geben!
Amen
ザイデル曜子

主催のザイデル曜子さん、また、祈りとともに心からの献金を下さったドイツの方々にお礼申し上げます。

2011年5月18日水曜日

Declaration on Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

We NCCJ published the declaration on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant,
and sent it to the Prime Minister Naoto Kan.


April 11, 2011

His Excellency Naoto Kan
Prime Minister of Japan


National Christian Council in Japan’s Declaration on the
Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant


The Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011 resulted in an irreparable accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant that remains on-going. Having been the first nation amongst humankind to suffer casualties due to atomic weapons and having experienced the ferocity of nuclear power, therefore, as Christians living in Japan who should be working toward the goal of a denuclearized society, the National Christian Council in Japan (a network of 31 Christian denominations and organizations) renews its policy of denuclearizing energy sources and reveals its stance of faith as follows:

We object:

We object to the government of Japan’s basing its nuclear power policy on “the myth of safety” in spite of the possibility of a nuclear disaster or accident. The primary responsibility for radiation exposure to both workers (including employees of Tokyo Electric) and citizens, as well as for radioactive contamination of the environment lies with the government of Japan. We additionally object to the lack of disclosure of essential and appropriate information and the arbitrary raising of safety standards on radiation levels for workers and food products.

We repent:

We have continually stated that nuclear power generation cannot be controlled by humans and that it is an act of environmental destruction. That is because this is an absolute idolatrization of science, a desecration of God’s creation. This policy of nuclear power has created a desire to consume and encourages expanded consumption, imposing a burden on those who have little spending power. In addition, it is a dehumanizing policy tied to military applications of nuclear power resulting in increased revenues for some enterprises. We have continually stated these facts. Regardless of this, we have been unable to prevent nuclear power plants and therefore confess our failure to God. As those who have been given the mission to “serve the Earth” (Genesis 3:23) by Our Creator, we now renew our efforts to abolish nuclear power plants. That is our responsibility to the next generation.


We demand:

・ That an immediate decision be made to totally abolish all domestic nuclear power plants and related facilities while as quickly as possible working toward their suspension and abolition. In addition, there must be no overseas exportation of nuclear power plants.
・ That the ongoing accident and resulting radioactive waste be cleaned up and a sincere investigation of the cause be performed, while at the same time the human rights of related workers be protected.
・ That there be no control of thoughts through the management of information. Rather, that there be disclosure of accurate information concerning the status of the accident, radioactive contamination and other issues.
・ That a mandatory evacuation of local citizens in areas with high levels of radiation contamination (based on accurate measurements) be carried out at the government’s responsibility. In addition, a sincere apology and compensation must be given to all those who suffered loss due to the accident.
 
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” -Romans 8:22


Respectfully,


Rev. Isamu Koshiishi,
Moderator
National Christian Council in Japan

2011年5月16日月曜日

Record of Japan Solidarity Meeting

Record of Japan Solidarity Meeting
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Ecumenical Solidarity Meeting
Academy House
Seoul, Korea
May 6-7, 2011
Moderator: Rev. Andrew Chang
NCCT President and Chair of Christian Conference of Asia North East Asia Churches Forum

May 6
Opening Formalities
Catherine Christie, mission co-worker from United Church, Canada, led the opening worship on behalf of the NCCK. Rev. Choi Young-woong of the Presbyterian Church in Korea preached on the theme of the Good Samaritan.

Following the worship the four convenors warmly welcomed the participants. They explained the genesis of this meeting when they met as the Christian Conference of Asia NE Asia Churches Forum in April. The four convenors are Rev. Andrew Chang, President of NCC-Taiwan, Rev. Kim Young Ju, General Secretary of NCC-Korea, Rev. Po Kam-Cheong, General Secretary of the Hong Kong Christian Council and Rev. Hiroko Ueda, Acting General Office Secretary of NCC-Japan. At that meeting they requested Victor Hsu to be the coordinator for this meeting.
After the welcome, the participants introduced themselves and agreed to follow the draft agenda as presented.

Purpose of the Solidarity Meeting
The coordinator, Victor Hsu, explained the objectives of the meeting. He said that the primary objective was to review the activities of the churches in Japan and by the ecumenical movement. After the review it would then be possible to identify the gaps and lay out the tasks facing the ecumenical movement as a whole. He made a presentation that highlighted the best practices in relief, rehab and reconstruction and urged the meeting to plan for an engagement that would take into account quality of the intervention, the sustainability of the proposed activity and the need to provide for the recovery and restoration of the lives of the affected people.
He appealed to the meeting to be prepared for a long journey in accompanying the affected people and the NCC-Japan.

Japan Situation Update
Rev. Hiroko Ueda presented a detailed update about the current situation in Tohoku and in Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. Her presentation included a detailed proposal for over US$ 2 million. She also indicated that the NCCJ was most grateful to sign an agreement with Church World Service, a member of ACT Alliance. Church World Service was in Japan soon after March 11 and had offered to provide trauma counseling services. After her presentation she invited Yoko Ito to show a video of the CWS visit to the affected area.

Report of Visit to Affected Area in April
The moderator of the meeting, Rev. Andrew Chang, showed slides taken during the visit of the four principles of this ecumenical initiative to support the NCC-J.
He entitled his report, “When Jesus Cries” to show both the poignancy of their visit as well as the devastation they witnessed. Rev. Po Kam Cheong and Rev. Kim Young Ju attested to the enormous tragedy that has visited the Japanese people, many of whom fact an uncertain future about their livelihood. Many more feel helpless and are awaiting effective relief. They also spoke of their fear of the Fukushima nuclear threat, citing lack of transparency from the authorities about the real damage to the reactors. They underlined the timeliness of the solidarity meeting and prayed for an effective response.

Presentations by the Churches in Japan
Rev. Makoto Kato shared the plans of the UCC-Japan. He highlighted KYODAN’s plans to rebuild several churches that had been totally or partially destroyed. He indicated that the planning has proceeded smoothly and that KYODAN was already receiving funds from its partners around the world.
Rev. Jeffrey Mensendiek talked about the work of the Emmaus Student Center in Sendai. He talked about the number of volunteers who had arrived at the Center as promised by the KYODAN congregations in Tokyo. They included both pastors and non- Christians. They have primarily been involved in removing the dirt from the houses that withstood the earthquake and the tsunami.
Rev. Takashi Yoshida spoke about the work of the Christian Alliance Disaster Relief Network in Sendai of which he is the director. This has been a very significant manifestation of Christian cooperation in the midst of unbelievable destruction, extensive suffering and sadness.
Rev. Yoshida Fujimori spoke of what he termed as the modest effort of his small denomination, the Church of Christ in Japan.
Ms. Yoko Ito spoke about the activities of Church World Service, especially in the area of trauma counseling. She also mentioned a bilateral agreement that had been signed between CWS and NCCJ.

Churches Disaster Relief Experience
Rev. Herman Shastri said that he would encourage the churches to work together and to begin to develop their own disaster response preparedness and expertise. He noted that the disasters are increasing in both magnitude and frequency and the ability of the churches to respond continued to be wanting. As for the Japan disaster, he said that his Council has been a able to raise a modest amount of money and is ready to contribute to the ecumenical initiative.
Rev. Andrew Chang showed a slide presentation of the relief efforts by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan following the Marokot landslide in southern Taiwan. He also mentioned how generous the Taiwan people had been in responding to the PCT fundraising. He already sent a large amount of money to KYODAN and 200 motorised bikes for the volunteers in Sendai.

Discussion and Clarification of Presentations
The discussion on the presentation was substantial. Participants sought clarification about
• Nature of the existing response.
• Information on the actors e.g. were they NGOs or churches?
• Potential local partners.
• Amount of aid that had been distributed by the churches and the NGOs.
• Problems encountered on the ground.
• Role of the government at national, prefecture and local community levels.
• Role and response of international NGOs.
• Role and response of the ecumenical movement.
• Which ecumenical partners had offered assistance to NCCJ?
• Role of Church World Service.
• NCCJ capacity.
• NCCJ plans.

May 7
The NCCJ led the opening worship.
Hiroko Ueda shared a brief reflection, based on Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” She said that these words assure us that God is there for us -- whenever we are in need, whenever we are in trouble. She has now been twice to the Tohoku region with two delegations. As she walked around Ishinomaki, she felt the presence of God in the silence. God had never left. God suffered along with us. She expressed her conviction that as the NCCJ work together for relief in this disaster with all ecumenical partners and churches, we would hear God’s voice.

Moving from Emergency to Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
John Nduna introduced ACT Alliance to the meeting and spoke about the key issues in the transition from relief to rehab and reconstruction.
He also made a commitment to NCCJ to dispatch 2 ACT professionals to the affected area to assess the situation and to help formulate a cohesive program. He said that this team could be on the ground by mid-July.

Group Task
On the basis of the reports and presentations, Victor Hsu highlighted the urgent tasks of the ecumenical response. He urged that the activities and the response program take into account the best practices in the disaster response industry. He appealed to the meeting to avoid taking convenient measures in terms of activities and staffing because they would not be cost effective and could waste precious resources and time.
Groups Reports are appended.
Their respective agenda was:
Group A: Ecumenical Response to Current Emergency Relief Needs
1. Review of current initiatives by NCCJ partners and members
2. Evaluate existing needs against current relief response
3. Recommend priorities to address gaps
4. Budget and infrastructure requirements
Group B: Ecumenical Response to Long Term Reconstruction Needs
1. Select priorities
2. Identify partners
3. Recommend appropriate strategies e.g. budget and management
Group C: Ecumenical Support NCC-Japan Relief and Reconstruction
1. Setting priorities
2. Identify potential partners within Japan and outside
3. Structure
4. Management, budget and staffing

Victor Hsu was requested to summarise the three group reports and highlighting especially the recommendations.
On the basis of his summation, the participants requested the NCCK General Secretary, Rev. Kim Young Ju, to send a letter to the NCCJ members to express the hope of the meeting to continue to be in solidarity with the people of Japan and to urge the churches in Japan to work together and to explore the possibility of an ecumenical disaster relief consortium.

Melissa Crutchfield led closing worship. In her moving reflection, she spoke about how through her work with UMCOR, responding to other disasters across the globe, what had always struck her was the cycle of renewal and hope that abounds after every crisis. Especially working with and through the church, she said we could witness first-hand how faith in action inspires, restores, revives. She reminded the participants of the beautiful cherry blossoms that grow for all to see in Japan in the spring, an iconic image of spring, renewal, rebirth, hope… after a long winter – or, after an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. She said that the land will be restored to life, will flourish as before. As the Gospel reminded us about the Resurrection –we just need to believe that life which we thought had ended, had in fact, begun again.


PRESS RELEASE

The heads of North East Asia Churches Forum of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) convened an ecumenical solidarity meeting to discuss coordination and cooperation to carry out relief, recovery and reconstruction in Japan in the face of the ‘triple disaster’ of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant failure that took place of March 11, 2011 in the North East Japan. The meeting was hosted by the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) on May 6 and 7 and brought together representatives of around 40 Christian partner organizations gathered at Academy House Hotel, in Seoul, Korea including experienced ecumenical relief and reconstruction organizations such as ACT Alliance, Church World Service, United Methodist Committee on Relief. Others present were church and church agency representatives from Asia, Europe, Japan, Korea, United States, Christian Conference of Asia, and a cross section of local partners from Japan involved in current relief efforts.
The consultation heard updates about Japan’s situation including the rich variety of relief activities carried out by the Church of Christ in Japan, the Emmaus Center in Sendai, the Korean Christian in Japan, Church World Service, the Sendai Christian Alliance Disaster Relief Network and the United Church of Christ in Japan. The proposed activities are continued relief through provision of necessities, giving care to orphans and trauma counseling, organizing debris removal work teams, rebuilding of infrastructure including church buildings, schools, support for farmers, radiation effect studies, advocacy for social services and alternative source of energy to nuclear power. The response of NCC-Japan (NCCJ) partners amounted to about US$ 66 million. The NCCJ’s own ecumenical proposal is about US$ 2 million while the budget proposed by the United Church of Christ in Japan (Kyodan) is US$ 15 million.
The meeting recommends that current and future ongoing relief, recovery and reconstruction activities should be based on the following:
1. The humanitarian imperative must be operative throughout the process.
2. An ecumenical organization should coordinate the ongoing response.
3. Churches in Japan should formulate a clear ecumenical response mechanism.
4. Humanitarian aid best practices should be the gold standard for intervention.
5. The ecumenical family will continue to be involved in supporting the efforts of the Japanese churches and the NCCJ in the next phases of the disaster response.
In this connection, pending the finalization of the ecumenical response mechanism, all the church agencies should keep the NCCJ and the CCA North East Asia Forum Coordinator, Victor Hsu, informed of their activities including financial assistance.
The meeting recommends that all churches and ecumenical institutions:
1. Strengthen the staffing and capacity of NCCJ.
2. Consider capacity building for all church and ecumenical response programme.
3. Invite the involvement of ACT International to provide technical assistance both at local and national levels.
4. Urge the NCCJ to convene a forum of all the Japanese partners to facilitate the exchange of information and activities and explore avenues of cooperation.
5. Urge the NCCJ and the Japanese churches to consider the establishment of a consortium to respond to the response. This should be done in cooperation with ecumenical church organizations such as the CCA NE Asia Churches Forum, the WCC and ACT Alliance.
6. Continue psychological trauma counseling and recovery programme.
7. Ensure advocacy for adequate social services.
8. Ensure advocacy for reliance on alternative source of energy.
At this time when the natural disaster of earthquake and tsunami has been exponentially compounded by disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Christians and ecumenical bodies from around the world share a deep concern over the heavy reliance on nuclear power to meet increasing energy needs. The very real threat of nuclear power is plain for all to witness in Japan. However strong the construction guidelines, these plants cannot withstand the onslaught of nature or problems of human failure and arrogance. Chernobyl was a warning that the international community chose to ignore. The problems at Fukushima should not be repeated again for the sake of human life and the integrity of God’s creation. Future generations should not be saddled with this generation’s inability or refusal to confront the difficult issues of our time.
We call to mind that in 1990, a World Convocation of the World Council of Churches was also held in Seoul. At that meeting Christians affirmed creation as beloved of God and committed themselves to building a culture that can live in harmony with creation’s integrity and preserving the gift of the earth’s atmosphere to nurture and sustain the world’s life. These words are ever more pertinent today.
As members of the Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Ecumenical Solidarity Meeting, taking place in Academy House Hotel, Seoul, Korea, May 6 and 7, 2011:
We call on our governments:
1. To stop the building of new nuclear power generating plants
2. To commit to the reduction of dependence on nuclear energy for society’s use
3. To seek alternatives to the use of nuclear energy, through a commitment to develop ‘clean’ and ‘sustainable’ technologies, such as wind, solar, etc.
Additionally,
We call on our own Christian communities in our nations, and on all people of goodwill:
1. Be aware that each one of us bears responsibility for our governments’ use of nuclear energy to generate power because of our insatiable desire for more and more electricity.
2. Let us each explore ways to reduce consumption and reduce our dependence on electricity.
3. Let us affirm the whole world as beloved of God and commit ourselves to build a culture that can live in harmony with creation’s integrity.
May 7, 2011
(PARTICIPANTS LIST APPENDED BELOW)

PARTICIPANTS
Chang, Andrew (Rev.)
General Secretary, NCC-Taiwan; Moderator, Churches' Forum

Christie, Catherine (Rev.)
Ecumenical Mission Coworker from United Church of Canada with NCCK

Choi, Young Woong (Rev.)
PCK Representative

Chung, Ju Jin (Dr.)
Lecturer, Hanshin University; Translator

Crutchfield, Melissa
Assistant General Secretary, International Disaster Relief UMCOR

Eduarte, Asuncion
Director, UMCOR Phillipines

Fujimori, Yoshi (Rev.)
Secretary for International Affairs, United Church of Christ in Japan

Grohs, Doris
Programme Officer, East Asia Mission 21
Representing also EMS Germany

Genung, Claudia (Rev.)
United Methodist Church Missionary co-worker at NCCJ

Heo, Baekki (Rev.)
NCCJ Clerk, Minister, Korean Christian Church in Japan

Hong, Song Wan (Rev.)
General Secretary, Korean Christian Church in Japan

Hong, Bong Shik (Major)
Secretary for Public relations of Korea Salvation Army

Hsu, Victor
Coordinator, Consultant to NCC-Korea

Ito, Yoko
Church World Service (Japan Office)

Kato, Makoto (Rev.)
Executive Secretary, Ecumenical Ministry, United Church of Christ in Japan

Kim, Dong Sung (Rev.)
WCC Asia Regional Relations

Kim, Il Whan (Rev.)
General Secretary, Korea Christian Service

Kim, Hyeon Ho(Rev.)
Anglican Ecumenical Officer

Kim, Kyung In (Rev.)
CWMEAR Representative

Kim, Young Ju (Rev.)
General Secretary, National Council of Churches in Korea

Lee, Kil Soo (Rev.)
Executive Secretary of Justice and Peace, PROK

Lee, Hun Sam (Rev.)
Director, Department of Justice and Peace, NCCK

Lee, Seung Youl (Rev.)
Executive Secretary of Social Service Ministry, PCK

Managbana, Emmeline
Senior Program Advisor, Church World Service/Pakistan-Afghanistan

Mensendiek, Jeffrey
Sendai Emmaus Centre

Nduna, John (Rev. Dr.)
General Secretary ACT Alliance

Ng, Peter (Rev.)
Partnership Officer, Asia, Episcopal Church USA

Noegroho, Darsono Eko (Rev.)
Communion of Churches, Indonesia

Noh, Jong Sun (Rev.)
Professor emeritus Yonsei Univ.; member Reunification Cmt.; Translator
Po, Kam Cheong (Rev.)

General Secretary, Hong Kong Christian Council
Representing also Christian Conference of Asia

Roh, Hye Min (Rev.)
Staff, NCCK

Shastri, Herman (Rev. Dr.)
General Secretary, Malaysia Council of Churches

Shin, Bog Hyun (Rev.)
KMC Ecumenical Officer

Shin, Seung Min (Rev.)
PROK Ecumenical Officer

Sun, Choul Kyu
Acting General Secretary of the Board of Laity & Social Responsibility, KMC

Ueda, Hiroko (Rev.)
Acting General Office Secretary, NCC JAPAN

Yoshida, Takashi
Sendai Christian Alliance Disaster Relief Network

Yukimoto, Hisashi
Correspondent, Ecumenical News International

Zhu, Xiaoling (Rev.)
Area Executive for East Asia and the Pacific, Common Global Ministries Board of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ
Representing also NCCCUSA