Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Church of World Messianity (Sekai Kyūsei Kyō)

  • Andréa Gomes Santiago TomitaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_164


Considered a new Japanese religion (NJR, or shin-shukyo, in Japanese), the Church of World Messianity (CWM) was founded in 1935 in Tokyo, Japan, by Mokichi Okada (whose religious name is Meishu-sama, 1882–1955). The main purpose of CWM is to create paradise on Earth – a world of true health, prosperity, and peace. For this goal, CWM’s members practice a three-pillar program of Johrei, nature farming, and art in their daily lives. These practices are considered parts of an innovative methodology that brings spiritual and physical benefits (Theology of the Three Columns of Salvation).


Church of World Messianity (CWM) was founded in 1935, a period of global economic depression and a growing expansionary militarism in Japan, and its main purpose is to build paradise on Earth – a world free from disease, poverty, and conflict. Founder Meishu-sama received a divine revelation about the transition from the Age of Night to the Age of Day and he taught the method of...


New Japanese religion Mokichi Okada Johrei Sacred grounds 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculdade MessianicaSão PauloBrazil