Welcome Reverend Tanabe!
Rev. Irene Tanabe will be starting her service to All Souls’ Okinawa on Friday February 8th, 2019. We are excited to have her here as our Priest and Rector. She is coming to us from the Diocese of Hawaii. Click here to learn more about Rev. Tanabe. Come to Sunday service or stop by the office to meet her!
Worship Every Sunday at 10am
Who We Are:
All Souls is the only English-speaking congregation in the Nippon Sei Ko Kai’s (Anglican Church of Japan) Diocese of Okinawa. With the blessing of our Bishop, we use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer of the United States Episcopal Church for our worship services. We provide a translated text of the liturgy in Nihongo for our Japanese-speaking parishioners.
We aim to help those who feel alienated or disconnected from God, meet him through our worship and service. Whether we are on Okinawa for a few months, a few years, or our lifetime, we believe that investing in the Kingdom of God is a worthy task. We are a church committed to the authority of scripture and the historic teachings of the church. We seek to make a home for the spiritual and material needs of the people from a variety of Christian backgrounds, as well as those with no church experience at all. We are Japanese, American, black, white, solider, citizen, expatriates, retirees, families, singles, children, and hopefully you! See you soon! God Bless!
Shortly after World War II, the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Japanese Anglican Church) requested assistance from the Episcopal Church of the United States to look after the pastoral needs of the people of Okinawa, which became an American possession after the war. Of particular concern were the many Anglican communicants on the island who were formerly afflicted with Hansen’s disease. Two American missionary Priests, who were World War II veterans, answered this call and arrived in Okinawa in 1951. All Souls’ Parish was founded in the 1950’s by Americans stationed or working on Okinawa. The original congregation began under the supervision of the Bishop of Hawaii and the Episcopal Church of the United States.
All Souls’ is so named in memory of those of every nation who died during the Battle of Okinawa where in 1945 were over 236,000 lives were lost.
In 1968, the “Missionary” Diocese of Okinawa was formed and Edmond Lee Browning was chosen as our first Bishop. In 1972, in conjunction with the transfer of Okinawa from a U.S. possession back to Japan, the Diocese was transferred from the Episcopal Church to the Nippon Sei Ko Kai and Paul Saneaki Nakamura was elected Bishop. The Diocese of Okinawa has grown from that time and includes 12 Churches, 5 day care centers, 2 kindergartens, 2 sanatoria for the victims of Hansen’s disease, 1 student dormitory, and a Convent.
Today all the Anglican churches in the Diocese of Okinawa provide a strong witness to Christ. All Souls’ is proud to be an important part of a vital spiritual mission within the Ryukyu Islands. All Souls’ is fully integrated into the Diocese as evidenced by our multicultural congregation and frequent exchanges among the other churches of the Diocese.