Rev. Marvin Harada of the Buddhist Churches of America was officially confirmed as Bishop of the BCA on July 28.
The Shinju Shiki ceremony was conducted by His Eminence Monshu Kojun Ohtani of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha. The solemn ceremony was held in the historic Shiro Shoin (White Chambers) of the Hongwanji in Kyoto, Japan.
Rev. Harada joined newly elected Bishop Rev. Toshiyuki Umitani of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii in the ceremony.
Rev. Harada's ceremony was scheduled in 2020 at the time of his election as Bishop of the BCA, but was postponed because of the pandemic.
Congratulations to Rev. Harada and Rev. Umitani on being confirmed as bishops. We look forward to working together in sharing the Nembutsu teaching with all people in our respective districts and throughout the world.