Kosho Niwano of Japan’s Rissho Kosei-kai greets GA

Rev. Kosho Niwano

One of the highlights of Friday morning’s plenary was the appearance of the Rev. Kosho Niwano, President-Designate of the six-million member Rissho Kosei-kai religious group in Japan.

She came to the General Assembly to help the UUA celebrate its 50th anniversary and to thank the UUA for its contribution of $120,000 for relief work after the tsunami struck Japan earlier this year. In brief remarks she described the overwhelming devastation and spoke about the importance of helping others. She said the disaster has helped her own members “uncover the meaning of their own lives through helping others.”

Her grandfather, Nikkyo Niwano, was president of the Rissho Kosei-kai in the 1960s. She spoke about the close relationship between him and the UUA’s first president, the Rev. Dana Greeley. She said the two men met three days after she was born. “Dr. Greeley was very important to my grandfather. They were soul mates.”

See UU World‘s article about Niwano and Greeley, “Soul Mates” (Jan./Feb. 2001).

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