Culture Department Conference

Jul 11, 2014 - Jul 14, 2014

This conference will focus on encouraging and supporting Culture Department members to renew their vows, deepen their relationship with Sensei, and fulfill their individual and collective missions in society, and in their daily lives.

Jul 11 - Jul 14

What is the focus of this conference?

The theme of our conference is: "Opening up a New Era: Becoming Champions of Our Community By Becoming Champions of Humanity". In 1999, President Ikeda stated, "I founded the SGI-USA Culture Department because I firmly believed that producing promising, capable people equipped with faith and intellect would be vital for the development of America". Culture Department participants can look forward to expanding, deepening, and learning how to better apply Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism and President Ikeda's guidance into their daily lives, professionally, personally and organizationally. Conference participants will become more familiar with the mission and guiding principles of the Culture Department, refresh and revitalize their practice, to better fulfill their unique mission as champions for humanity.

Who should apply to this conference?

  • Members working in the fields of Academia (College and University), Education (preK-12), Healing Arts, Law and Medicine, and any youth division members studying or training in those fields.

Who are the facilitators?

Danny Nagashima

SGI-USA General Director

Josh Joffee

SGI-USA Culture Department Men's Leader

Frances McKindsey

SGI-USA Culture Department Women's Leader

Bobby Ash

Healing Arts Men's Leader

Ida Taylor Jones

Healing Arts Women's Leader

Jason Goulah

Academic Men's Leader

Andy Utsumi

Educators Men's Leader

Mary Ann Malkos

Educators Women's Leader

Susumu Ohkawa

Physicians and Proffessional Doctors Men's Leader

Mike Bynum

Legal Men's Leader

Tamara Frazier

Legal Women's Leader

(Due to unexpected schedule changes, facilitators may change.)