Culture Department

Jul 07, 2017 - Jul 10, 2017

Our 2017 Culture Department Conference will focus on each member advancing joyfully in fulfilling their mission, deepening their relationship with Sensei, and having an absolute breakthrough in their lives. In attendance, we are fortunate to have our SGI-USA, General Director, Adin Strauss.

Jul 07 - Jul 10

Who should apply to this conference?

  • Our theme will be:

    “Youthful Bodhisattvas!! Let’s Shine the Light of Hope for Humanity!”

    Culture Department attendees can look forward to deepening Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism and President Ikeda's guidance into their daily lives, professionally, personally and organizationally. And we determine that each person will fulfill their unique and individual missions and vow, as we work together with Sensei, in eternalizing the SGI.

    “I ask the SGI-USA Culture Department members to advance with this great conviction and boldly lead a new era of American Kosen-Rufu in your communities and workplaces. As wise and courageous individuals of the Mystic Law, please exert yourselves for the people’s happiness, peace and security.”

  • Open to all SGI-USA members working in the fields of Academia (College and University), Education (K-12), Healing Arts, Law and Medicine, and any youth division members studying or training in those fields. (Must be at least 16 years of age. Youth under the age of 18 will need a minor consent form.)

Who are the facilitators?

Frances McKindsey

SGI-USA Culture Department Women's Leader

Josh Joffee

SGI-USA Culture Department Men's Leader

Adin Strauss

SGI-USA General Director

Jason Goulah

SGI-USA Academic Division Men's Leader

Shaifali Bhalla

SGI-USA Academic Division Women's Leader

Mary Ann Malkos

SGI-USA Educators Division Women's Leader

Andy Utsumi

SGI-USA Educators Division Men's Leader

Sophia Nakabayashi

SGI-USA Healing Arts Division Women's Leader

Bobby Ashe

SGI-USA Healing Arts Division Men's Leader

Mitsuko Takahashi

SGI-USA Physicians Division Women's Leader

Susumu Ohkawa

SGI-USA Physicians Division Men's Leader

Tami Frazier

SGI-USA Legal Division Women's Leader

Mike Bynum

SGI-USA Legal Division Men's Leader

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