-April 24, 2019
This year, we were in Japan for Easter Holidays, and went to Toshima Catholic Church in Tokyo. I was impressed with the organization, and here’s why:
a.) The church was done very simply. I always think that a church should be simple and elegant, and prevent ostentatious display.
2.) The people were friendly, and obviously enjoyed a great camaraderie. They welcomed strangers, and prepared snacks, and painstakingly painted Easter eggs for everyone.
3.) The group had Japanese, Filipinos, Asians, Chinese, Africans, Indians, altogether, and everybody seemed to be talking and enjoying each other.
4.) But sometimes, we are impressed by specific people we meet. Everybody did their parts well in the mass, but particularly the 30 piece choirs ( mostly Filipinos), and their Indonesian conductor. The conductor was young, and immensely inspired, and talented. He cued everybody, and did his conducting with gusto. But most of all, while he was bringing up everybody song after song, he always did so in an encouraging and friendly way, and with a smile. Its always inspiring when you see people bear great responsibility lightly.
I hope more organizations are like this. The future of most organizations ( when cyber groups are in vogue) will be their ability to form ever closer knit communities, and deeper relationships. A very enlightening Easter!