Japanese American United Methodists commemorate US Internment Executive order with virtual worship service
February 11, 2021 | by Criag Yoshihara
Berkeley United Methodist Church will join United Methodist Churches across the country through the National Japanese United Methodist Caucus for a virtual for the Day of Remembrance commemorating the day President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which sent all persons of Japanese ancestry to internment camps. This service seeks to remind us of the lessons of the past so we will not repeat them in the future and encourages us to offer grace and love in action to those around us.
- This virtual worship will take place on Friday, Feb.19th at 7:00 p.m. (PST).
- Click here to access the worship on Berkeley UMC website.
Bishop Roy Sano, the first Bishop of Japanese ancestry, will be offering the message with both clergy and laity from many different congregations taking part including Buena Vista UMC, Sacramento Japanese UMC, Wesley UMC (San Jose), United Japanese Christian Church, and of course the church I'm serving at Berkeley Methodist United Church. A virtual choir representing the historic Japanese-American churches was assembled for this special service.
One of the blessings of a connectional denomination is the power to harness the talents of many churches to do something impactful together. We hope this service will be a blessing to all those who have a passion for social justice and who seek to make sure we treat one another as neighbors.
Donations from the service will go toward the Yonsei Memory Project. "The Yonsei Memory Project (YMP), founded in 2017, utilizes arts-based inquiry to generate dialogue connecting the WWII incarceration of the Japanese-American community with current civil liberties struggles." - from their website at yonseimemoryproject.com.
Rev. Craig Yoshihara serves Berkeley United Methodist Church, Berkeley, CA.