The 50th anniversary celebration and crowdfunding begins tomorrow at 12:45pm!

13:00-13:45 50th Anniversary Worship Service  Preach:Rev Robert Witmer, UC Canada (Former Director of Theological Seminary for Rural Mission) 14:00-15:45 50th Anniversary Commemorial Service Keynote Speech:Ardhendu Chatterjee

After years of ideas and preparation, tomorrow will officially mark the 50th anniversary of ARI.

We have worked together for fifty years with our brothers and sisters, leaders of rural communities around the world, to build a future of peaceful, sustainable rural life. This year, we have imagined this effort under the motto of, “Learning Together for a Rural Future”, divided amongst five broad areas: “Peace from the soil,” “Foodlife,” “Climate justice and climate action,” “Education,” and “Organization”. For this year’s celebration, we have envisioned the future fifty years of ARI, step by step.

Guest speakers and graduates from around the world have arrived, participants this year are hard at work preparing their local dishes to enjoy with our guests, and decorations from regions all over decorate Koinonia, ARI’s dining hall. The whole campus is aflutter with preparations.

While we would love to have the whole ARI community with us on campus, we understand many people come from far away, so we have prepared a live-streaming service for the event. Please join us online with the global ARI community.

If you would like to support ARI with a small donation and spread the word, we will be collecting donations through the NGO-focused crowdfunding platform GlobalGiving. Funds will be used to support future participants’ travel costs.

For those within Japan with Japanese credit cards, the platform ReadyFor is crowdfunding for educational support costs. (Japanese only)

Finally, ARI hosts many commemoritave and collaborative projects on and off campus. If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact us at [email protected].

Please use this as one of the means to walk together in the circle of ARI! We look forward to your participation.


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