Rev. Mitsuo Kuwada speaking to student seminar on his sericultural research.
Men and women in their twenties and thirties are the core of the active membership and the source of future leadership. A two- or three-day seminar is held especially for this group on a weekend in early summer and again in late fall. A few college students attend, but most of the participants work full time.
They stay at the church for the duration of the seminar, which includes a trip to study examples of classical art in nearby temples or shrines. Most of their time together is spent at advanced lectures on doctrine, discussions on lay ministry, and study of research reports presented by the ministers on nature farming and experiments with mice.
One of the immediate goals of the seminar is to train as many young adults as possible to become competent Johrei administrators, and so considerable effort is made to give them careful guidance in the practice of Johrei. Just as important, they are assisted in ways of instructing others, simply but accurately, about Mr. Okada's teaching.