ARI once again has a chapel, a dedicated space for the community’s spiritual activities, like daily morning gatherings, occasional religious worship (Christian, as well as other traditions of community members), prayer meetings, or private reflection / meditation. The Oikos chapel was built in 2014 using the post and beam frame and other materials recovered from a traditional farmhouse that stood for 110 years at another location in Nasushiobara City.
The “Oikos Chapel” is the ARI spiritual gathering place. This name was chosen for the fact that the new chapel renews an old Japanese-style house. Oikos is a Greek word, which means house, or home, and is also the root word of ecumenism and ecumenical, the principle or aim of promoting unity among Christian Churches.