Peace and Disarmament

Back to listSep 13, 2008

SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center Hosts Peace Event

080913x_usa_chicago_pc.jpg Hiro Sakurai speaking with participants

On September 13, 2008, the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA, hosted a "Building a Culture of Peace" symposium, attended by over 200 people.

Hiro Sakurai, SGI representative to the United Nations in New York, spoke during the event about how his work at the United Nations relates to promoting a culture of peace and shared his particular experiences connected to interfaith cooperation and nuclear disarmament. He relayed the remarks of one UN official, who said that many exhibitions tend to present the seriousness of issues and problems, but not their solutions. SGI exhibitions, on the other hand, the official commented, always present ways forward--what each of us can do--and that's why they offer real encouragement to exhibit-goers.

Mr. Sakurai stated, "I was truly encouraged by this response. We are determined to continue our efforts to empower people to make a difference toward the goal of a world without nuclear weapons."

During the symposium, participants could view several SGI exhibitions: "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," "Victory Over Violence" and "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World." Community groups, other religious organizations and educational institutions contributed additional exhibits and participated in dialogues. The day included one-hour breakout groups on topics such as human rights, communications and the free flow of information, and tolerance and solidarity. Performances by SGI musicians and dancers closed the event.

[Adapted from an article in the September 26, 2008 issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photo courtesy of Caisy McGonagle]