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Notice: Suspension of all meetings in SGIA due to worsening Coronavirus spread

 

To all members of SGI Australia and visitors to SGI centres,

After careful consideration of the worsening Coronavirus situation in Australia, the board of directors and executive of SGIA have made the difficult decision to suspend all meetings (including Group meetings) from tomorrow (March 7th) across the country until further notice.  This decision will be re-assessed on a regular basis.  It will also entail the closure of our centres to activities and visitors during the suspension.
The unfortunate reality is that, as the virus is now spreading within the community in Australia, we cannot predict how the crisis will unfold.  Our absolute priority is for the health and safety of our members and ensuring that we do not contribute to the worsening of the virus spread in Australia. Therefore, we believe acting now is the most responsible course of action to take, even though it will naturally cause significant disruption to our rhythm of activities in SGIA.
President Ikeda writes in The New Human Revolution: “The most important thing to remember, though, is that safety is your top priority. Whatever you do, you need to think about the safest way to achieve this. Preventing accidents is an absolute condition for victory, so you don’t have to take any risks! ”  (NHR, Part 13, chapters 4, 45).
As with our decision to call-off the OPC this weekend, what is most important is our attitude in the face of these challenges – how we can use this situation to summon an even greater determination to not be defeated and strive for the realisation of human peace and happiness.  It’s actually because of the challenges that we can summon a deeper conviction!
When the SARS virus broke out in 2003, President Ikeda sent a message to the Hong Kong and Taiwan members, where the members could not hold meetings for a long time.  In it, President Ikeda emphasised:

 

“Our members are not prevented by obstacles or difficulties. They are determined to support society wherever they are. The Gosho says:” Myo means to revive, that is, to return to life.” (WND-1, p149)  If you practice Mystical Law, you will never end up at an impasse, even if you are suffering right now, please try to do your best for the Mystical Law, for people and for society.
 
“Your efforts and the history that you write with your life will shine in the future.  The more suffering you experience, the stronger and more capable you become.  You will be able to live your life with more depth.  All suffering will turn into treasures.  Such is the world of faith.  It’s not just about visible prosperity.  What is important is the enormous invisible prosperity that we collect.”

 

Of course, just because our meetings are suspended, it does not mean that kosen-rufu is suspended!  It is vital now that we take the initiative to continue to reach out to others consistently using whatever means we can – phone, messaging, video conferencing applications.  If we can continue with this momentum then we’ll be able to experience a groundswell of appreciation and growth when we are able to enjoy activities face-to-face again.
If you do decide to meet with another member face-to-face, please note this is a personal choice. In these cases you must at least ensure that the other person is comfortable to meet together.
As with the OPC, I hope we can all use the current situation to establish significant causes for the next 50 years of our movement’s development in Australia.
Please contact the state or national leaders in your state if you have any serious concerns.
Please also note that training courses such as the Group Leaders Training Course and GMTC will be postponed to a later date.

 

Warm regards,
Chris Steains
SGIA General Director

Please check What’s On page for activity details.

Connecting to SGIA

For new arrivals to Australia, interstate relocations or introduction of friends, please email admin@sgiaust.org.au with the full name of each person, a contact phone number, the suburb of residence, postcode and period of stay in Australia. Upon receipt of this information, we will coordinate a point of contact. This process may take a couple of weeks. Please note that membership is not transferred between countries. If you are staying in Australia long term you can sign up for membership to SGI Australia through your local group leader.

Indigo and Supplement Subscription

To change address, or if you are missing an Indigo or supplement magazine, please email admin@sgiaust.org.au with your full name and new address or the details of the missing copies.

General Members’ Training Course application

Please submit this form via your local state or outlying leaders.


New South Wales

The Australia Culture Centre

3 Parkview Drive
Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

Phone: (02) 9763 2283
Email: admin@sgiaust.org.au
 Opening hours: CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19


Victoria

Victoria Community Centre

153-155 Raleigh Road
Maribyrnong VIC 3032

 Phone: (03) 9317 0944
 Fax: (03) 9317 0566
 Email: admin@sgiaust.org.au
 Opening hours: CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

Directions from Melbourne CBD: tram 57 from Elizabeth St heading towards West Maribyrnong. Alight at stop 46 (Rosamond Rd & Raleigh Rd).


Queensland

Queensland Community Centre

7 University Drive
Meadowbrook QLD 4131

 Phone: (07) 3200 7904
 Fax: (07) 3200 7926
 Email: admin@sgiaust.org.au
 Opening hours: CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19


Western Australia

Western Australia Community Centre

340 Scarborough Beach Rd
Osborne Park WA 6017

 Phone: (08) 9443 8863
 Fax: (08) 9443 8870
 Email: admin@sgiaust.org.au
 Opening hours: CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19


South Australia

Please email admin@sgiaust.org.au for more information about SGIA activities in South Australia

Australian Capital Territory

Please email sgiaact@gmail.com for more information about SGIA activities in the Australian Capital Territory