Sunday, October 21, 2007 an unusually warm day for Fall, but never the less it was a perfect day for this once a year event. Perfect in many ways, for starters the attendance reached the century mark. And by the questionaire that was circulated (remarks noted on page 4 and 5) “It was wonderful.”
The morning session emceed by Nancy Miller began with an Opening Prayer by Rev. Bruce Mallery. He then presented the first lecture, “What is Seicho-No-Ie?” His clear explanation on the many benefits one received when practicing “man is a child of God” was touching and powerful.
We then heard a testimony by Thelma Vidal. “Seicho-No-Ie came into my life and made me a new person. I have been searching for something like this for many years and now I have found it. I am a new person, Thank you Seicho-No-Ie.”
The second lecture during the morning session, “The Way to Health, Happiness and Prosperity” by Rev. Yoshiko Teshigawara, Bishop, SNI, Inc. As usual she mesmerized the audience with her highly spiritual presence and presentation. Right to the point and powerful. Her presentation was interpreted by Patricia Wada.
In her presentation “The Way to Health, Happiness and Prosperity” she told us to practice the teachings of Dr. Masaharu Taniguchi, doing Shinsokan, reading the Holy books and doing deeds of love. Loving everyone and everything.
Luana Santos gave a wonderful powerpoint presentation on, “Being a Holy Missioner and Subscribing to the Truth of Life magazine.”
This was followed by a Book presentation and group photo.
We then had a lunch break with a delicious vegetarian lunch of rice, Spinach salad, saute’d Garlic Egg Plant and delicately seasoned Soybean paddy. All prepared by Wanda Soares and her team of dedicated helpers.
The afternoon session began with a lively Brazilian SNI Youth Song. With many Brazilians particpating on stage dancing in unison to the song, it was a wonderful display of Brazilian enthusiasm and started the afternoon session with a festive feeling.
Rev. Hiei Ando’s talk, “Living a Life that Grows with Nature.” His graphic presentation touched on three categories,#1 Englightenment of Dr. Masaharu Taniguchi. Receiving the Divine Message, “All things are One in God” all in Harmony. (Humans, Animals and Nature.) #2 Challenges we face. Environmental problems, Hunger, Confict and Crisis, Health, education, religious freedom problems and natural disasters. #3 Living a Life that Grows with Nature. Quoting Rev. Masanobu Taniguchi, “Human Beings have received much from this Earth. Yet, have forgotten to take care of the earth.”
The afternoon session again was blessed with a upbeat song. Everyone was into it and the hall was bursting out with “Take a Little Love and Pass It On” with the help of Hideki Takao on piano.
Next on the program was a testimony by Megan Sampson. “I was somewhat aware of SNI as far back as 1996. Having been exposed to SNI at the NewLife Expo. But through the years I have attended many services at different places and was never totally satisfied, until connecting with Seicho-No-Ie. Most of alI the people and minister have given me tremendous support. I am glad to know Seicho-No-Ie.”
Next on the program was a piano recital by Vanessa Cunha. She performed pieces by Brahms and received a huge applause of appreciation.
The fourth and final lecture was presented by Rev. Teshigawara, “Open the Doors of Your Life.” A Great presentation. The Bishop, has a wonderful spiritual presence. It was wonderful to have her here.
This public lecture brought SNI NY many compliments and many ideas for consideration for future public lectures. Mr. Nori Suzuki took the initiative and passed out a questionnaire. Here are some of the responses.
1. What was your expectation of this Public Lecture? Answers: To learn about Seicho-No-Ie by listening to Rev. Yoshiko Teshigawara, Rev. Hiei Ando and Rev. Bruce Mallery. To connect with God and find happiness. To improve my health and find peace of mind.
2. Did it meet your expectations? The lectures, testimonies, music were wonderful, Everyone present was beaming with love. The hall radiated with that feeling.
3. Lecture 1. What is Seicho-No-Ie? The over all comment was excellent and very informative.
4. Lecture 2. The Way to Health, Happiness and Prosperity! Most all the comments of excellent in the category of topic, and presentation.
The overall response was the event was satisfying. We thank the Ministers, volunteers and most of all the people that came to this year’s Public Lecture. We look forward to the 2008 Public Lecture. See You There!
Compiled by Eric Shishido
Photographs by Philip Lashley