Dr. Toshihiro (Tom) Takami (founder of Asian Rural Institute) came to the US in October 2012 to receive a Yale Distinguished Alumni Award. Tom Takami received the Yale Divinity School’s William Sloane Coffin ’56 Award for Peace and Justice on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Yale Divinity School in New Haven CT. This was the best opportunity to see Tom unless you were planning to go to ARI / Japan for the ARI 40th anniversary celebration in mid September 2013. Details of the Yale Divinity School event follow.
“The William Sloane Coffin ’56 Award for Peace and Justice award is given in honor of the life and ministry of William Sloane Coffin, former Chaplain to the University and one of the 20th century’s most significant religious leaders. The recipient of the Coffin award is someone who shares Coffin’s passionate and prophetic witness, a courageous devotion to the dignity and worth of all persons, and who has made a notable contribution to the work of peace and reconciliation.” The preceding text is an excerpt from the award nomination information.
(North) American Friends of Asian Rural Institute (AFARI) held a reception for Tom Takami and friends of ARI at Branford, CT during their Fall AFARI meeting. The reception was held from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 27th at the James Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main Street, Branford CT.