Members of Shinnyo-en Chicago Temple Participate in a Celebration of Cultures with Taiko Performance

April 25, 2017
Chicago, IL

"True generosity lies in helping others to be independent, not simply giving a donation. It means to cooperate with, and respect, people and their traditions." – Her Holiness Shinso Ito

Local Shinnyo-en temples around the world regularly organize and participate in community service activities that bring together members of different cultures and faith traditions.

Earlier this month, more than 300 people attended an event celebrating the many cultures of Elk Grove, a suburb outside of Chicago, Illinois, at an annual event called the Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove’s “Celebration of Culture.” The Shinnyo-en Chicago Temple, which has had a long-standing friendship with the Community Character Coalition (CCC), was a sponsor of the event this year and many Shinnyo-en Chicago Temple members participated in the festivities.

The event brought together communities representing 20 different cultures from all over the world: Aztec, Iranian Kurdish, Spanish, Chinese, Nepali, Polish and Japanese, among others. Music, dance and live performances, including a “rousing” Taiko drum performance by members of the Shinnyo-en Chicago Temple, took place.

For several years, Shinnyo-en Foundation and the Shinnyo-en Chicago Temple have supported the CCC by attending monthly meetings to address community issues and programs, and providing sponsorship of local events that encourage interfaith relationship-building and participation.

The CCC has also been instrumental in supporting Shinnyo-en Chicago Temple events as well—by gathering community members to join programs by Shinnyo-en, such as the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii open house and family service events. This past year, the Chicago Temple celebrated its 15th anniversary, which was attended by the mayor of Elk Grove Village, village trustees, CCC members, the chiefs of the local fire and police departments, and other Elk Grove Village dignitaries.