Priests take up pen to stop suicides

Nov 21, 2013

Priests take up pen to stop suicides

by Takeshi Nishide

To help turn the tide against suicide, a volunteer group of Buddhist priests, both men and women, writes letters to distraught people to help keep them from taking their own lives. People considering suicide “write to us because they want to live,” said Yusen ...

Shinto priest blazes trail as a community activist

Oct 23, 2013

Shinto priest blazes trail as a community activist

by Takeshi Nishide

In these challenging times, Shinto priests can’t afford to confine themselves to the quiet and peace of their shrines. On a Sunday afternoon in September, Mitsunobu Okada, chief priest of Sugimori Shrine in Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, was talking to a group of children as ...