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Announcing the 'FOUNDATION DAY CELEBRATION: SGI Humanism in the 21st Century' on November 17th

posted on 14 November 2013

November 18, 2013 marks the 83rd anniversary of the founding of Soka Gakkai in Japan. To commemorate this significant date and its development as a global movement for peace, culture and education; SGINZ will be hosting a special lecture by Professor Peter Lineham. The event aims to jointly celebrate interfaith humanism and Soka Gakkai founding day. The event is opened to invited guests such as the Interfaith Council, the Peace Foundation, United Nations Association (NZ Branch), SGINZ members and the general public.

The Theme of the Meeting is FOUNDATION DAY CELEBRATION: SGI Humanism in the 21st Century.

The meeting will be held on Sunday November 17th at the SGI Buddhist Community Centre, 40 Eaglehurst Rd, Ellerslie, Auckland from 10:30am-Midday.

Professor Peter Lineham will speak on “New Religious Leaders and the Challenge of Religion in the 21st Century.” He will talk about Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, Pope Francis and Bishop Justin Duckworth of Wellington using a power point visual display. Following Professor Lineham, we have Rev. George Armstrong who will provide us with his comment on what he deems to be a “True Religion”. 

There are Maori performances from the renowned Kapahaka Group of Kowhai Intermediate School, and contemporary musical pieces from SGINZ Brass Band. There will also be the "Seeds of Hope" exhibition which stresses our interconnectedness with the rest of the community of life and the need to broaden our sphere of compassion and concern.

It will be a day of celebration, a day to remember the struggles and challenges our pioneers had endured, and a day to renew our resolve to strive in their footsteps to continue their dream of a better world. 

“Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change” exhibition opens in Tauranga

posted on 1 November 2012

The exhibition Seeds of Hope opened on October 18th in Tauranga with over 80 guests attending 2 ceremonies - thanks to the SGI members in Tauranga and support of SGI members in other cities, as well as many members of the Tauranga community.

The opening ceremony at the Creative Tauranga art gallery was followed by the ribbon cutting at the Goddards Centre where the panels are on display. Tracey Rudduck from Creative Tauranga was the MC, and guest speakers included Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby, United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ) President Graham Hassall, 17 year-old New Zealand Youth delegate to Rio+20 Erin Murphy, and SGINZ General Director Jimi Wallace.

Seeds of Hope will be held at the Goddards Centre until November 10.
Below are some comments from the speakers 
Stuart Crosby, Mayor of Tauranga
“I want to acknowledge SGI locally and all the other organisations represented here today which have similar philosophies…I am delighted to see these philosophies being embraced by our youth. To me, that is what sustainability is all about. We (the older generation) are creating the opportunities for change, but it is the youth that are actually making the changes.”
United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ) President Graham Hassall
“Seeds of Hope- Individuals making a difference. Each panel looks at ways in which very ordinary people- humble people from different parts of the world have decided to be active. That is what SGI is about and what the United Nations is about.” 
SGINZ General Director Jimi Wallace
Introduced SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s 2012 environmental proposal to Rio+20 quoting, “there has been welcome progress in encouraging learning and reflection. But unless this gives rise to empowerment and, beyond that, to the exercise of leadership, it will not generate real transformation.”  And said “How vital it is that we each develop a sense of and exercise leadership for the environment, for sustainability, for the future based on example with faith in the potential of one person to make a difference.”  
Erin Murphy (one of 4 NZ Youth Ambassadors who went to Rio +20)
“Rio +20 inspired me to want to be a part of the global community and help to ensure that the sustainable future we want is achieved not just in New Zealand but around the world.
This conference made me realise that all you have to do is to start caring about our planet, about the animals and people, all the plants that live on it. It is rthat simple.

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