SGI-USA Participates in Global Village Festival in Southern California, USA
On October 4, 2008, local SGI-USA members joined more than 10,000 people for the City of Irvine's annual Global Village Festival. The community event promotes cultural awareness, understanding and harmony through artistic and cultural performances representing some 50 cultures. The event also features introductions to world religions.
The SGI members hosted a booth, where they displayed the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition, which was created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative to encourage grassroots efforts for sustainable development and was originally displayed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002.
As part of the event's focus on world religions, SGI-USA members presented an introduction to Nichiren Buddhism and led a three-minute chanting session for those interested. In addition, the SGI-USA Orange County Chorus performed.
Geoff Westropp, who led the chanting session, said, "We received very positive reactions from participants, and many expressed their appreciation for our organization."
[Adapted from an article in the November 7, 2008 issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photo courtesy of Glenn Huang]