UMW: Apply for a Peace Seminar in Japan

Date Posted: 3/28/2011

The Wesley Center (Tokyo) and Hiroshima Jogakuin University are co-sponsoring a peace seminar in Hiroshima August 3-9, 2011. U.S. college women (ages 18-30) will be joining 50 other college students from Japan and other Asian countries. The purpose of the seminar is to explore peace and reconciliation and to participate in the commemoration of dropping the atomic bomb August 6, 1945, by participating in the annual August 6th Peace Memorial Ceremony.

Participants will:

  • Explore present concepts of peace.
  • Hear testimonies from the A-bomb witnesses.
  • Participate in workshops and lectures relating to peace.
  • Participate in daily devotions.
  • Explore the city of Hiroshima, including churches destroyed and rebuilt after bombing.
  • Develop relationships with peers from other countries.
  • Attend the Peace Memorial Service in Hiroshima Peace Park and the Peace Service at Hirshima Jogakuin University.


Participants are expected to pay $500 to help cover the costs of travel. This money can be raised through each participant’s community of support, including church, friends and relatives, and organizations in which the participant is involved. Women’s Division will provide additional scholarship monies for participants that are prohibited by costs. The Wesley Center is covering the seminar registration fees, meals and local transportation.


Participants will stay on the campus of Hiroshima Jogakuin University in single rooms with shared bathrooms. There will also be a two-night home stay with families in Hiroshima.

Things to Consider

August 1st, 2nd and 9th are travel days. The event will begin Wednesday August 3rd, in the afternoon and conclude on Monday August 8th. We ask that participants be present and available for the entirety of the event as sessions will build on one another.

Each person comes with her own distinct experiences, expectations and understandings of who God is in their lives. We hope that all participants will come with an open mind, open heart and an open door to the experiences of our guest presenters and her peers. A commitment to learning and listening is essential.

Space is limited to five participants, and the application deadline is April 15, 2011.

For more information please contact
Jennifer McCallum at 212-682-3633 ext. 3119

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