Thank you once again for your warm support of the SGI-USA Future Division members in your districts. Sensei has stated, “Mr. Makiguchi defined the aim of education as helping all children acquire the ability to become happy. This requires respecting each child as a sovereign individual and always believing in their potential. He emphasized guiding students so that they could learn through whatever activities they engaged in.” (Reaching Beyond: Improvisations on Jazz, Buddhism and a Joyful Life, p. 145)
Once again, we will be celebrating this coming June as “Future Division Month” throughout SGI-USA as another important step toward our victorious gathering of 50,000 Determined Youth in 2018.
Future Division Focused Discussion Meetings
Please plan your June Discussion Meetings so they are welcoming and especially encouraging for high school, junior high school, elementary and even pre-school aged members and their friends. Certainly, this would include planning a faith topic for discussion that all people, including those this age, would enjoy talking about and hearing from each other. Future Division members of the District can also:
- Serve as emcee for the meeting
- Share a faith experience, provide an explanation or prepare a skit to introduce Buddhism
- Make a musical presentation
- Bring a friend or family members
- Support in other creative ways to contribute to the success of this month’s discussion meeting
We suggest that an effort to visit the Future Division members in the district before this meeting to extend a personal invitation would be a wonderful motivation for them to attend and bring a friend.
Future Division Graduations
SGI-USA has created certificates that celebrate Future Division member’s completion of elementary school, junior high and high school. Congratulating Future Division member’s achieving these milestones by presenting the certificates at June Kosen-Rufu Gongyos is especially encouraging to both the Future Division members as well as all of those in attendance. As an alternative, presenting these certificates at June Future Division activities is wonderful.
Future Division Summer Conferences 2017
Please contact your zone office to register for these summer conferences or, for the Elementary School Division Conference, you can additionally register at the SGI-USA.org website.
|Jr. High & High School (JHHS – ages 12 to 17) Conference at SUA||June 23-26|
|Elementary School Division (children ages 5-12) with parents/guardians #1 at FNCC||July 14-17|
|Elementary School Division (children ages 5-12) with parents/guardians #2 at FNCC||July 21-24|
Thank you again!