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The United Nations’ Interfaith Harmony Week 2021: The 17th Annual Inter-Religious Prayer Service in Westchester County, New York

By Qalvy Grainzvolt This year’s observance of the U.N. Interfaith Harmony Week on February 7, 2021 was the first-time in 17 years that we, the Westchester County, NY cohort, gathered...

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Our Support to the Children and Families in the Five Shinnyo-en USA Temple Communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

As sweeping measures to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic were undertaken across the United States, schools were closed, activities and events were cancelled, and distance learning and...

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The U.N. International Day of Peace 2020 – a “Zoomed-in” view of peace

By Qalvy Grainzvolt     With the backdrop of a world pandemic, the International Day of Peace and Day of Disarmament observances held at the U.N. chapel on September...

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First Ever Virtual Shinnyo Fellows’ Orientation!

  The 2020 -2021 Shinnyo Fellows and their respective supervisors and mentors met virtually for the Shinnyo Fellows’ Orientation on August 6th, 2020. It was the first ever virtual...

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“I was really surprised that I did this!” – Personal Reflection on the IPTP Leadership Retreat 2 in LA

Contributed by Ryan Fukuhara, Los Angeles Youth Association (YA) Since 2017, Shinnyo-en Foundation has been developing and delivering a series of Infinite Paths to Peace Leadership (IPTP) Retreats as...

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An Ocean of Stories: Reflection on the 2019 Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii Ceremony

Contributed by Qalvy Grainzvolt, Shinnyo-en New York Temple Attending the 2019 Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii, a special Memorial Day ceremony held in Hawaii over the last 20 years, I...

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Thumbs up! – Reflection on the 2019 Annual Retreat

  Contributed by Youth Community Service (YCS) youth participants     “My experience at the Marconi Retreat was amazing. The activities were all so inclusive and helped me understand...

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