Oceania January - February Regional Reports
50th Heavenly Parent’s Day
Oceania Peace Embassy
On the 28th of January, 2017, FFWPU members celebrated the 50th Heavenly Parents’ Day at the Peace Embassy. Family members gathered together for this Holy Day from 8 am to offer their heart and attendance to Heavenly Parent and True Parents, celebrating the first day of the heavenly calendar. The Holy Day speech was given by Rev Jong Deug Yoo, the Regional President of Oceania and the service was followed by a delicious meal. The food offerings were prepared by the blessed wives with their love and dedication. The members were able to begin anew through this celebration and shared some time and laughter together.
The Women’s Federation for World Peace
Empowering Women for Leadership Workshop
Collaroy Centre, Collaroy Beach
Overview of the workshop
Overall, the participants enjoyed discovering new ideas about Emotional Intelligence, Leadership and Working with Team. Two participants made a request for facilitator to conduct training in their community. The workshop conducted was very well received by participants who have shared what they have learned in their own words:
What have I learned? AHA moments:
In the game of “Blue and Red Ribbons” led by Esther I learned the relaxing helped. Although I have no idea how to solve the problem, I just learned to trust the others. “Less quiet than I thought to neutralize feelings of nervousness to not make mistake. How steadfast I was”
There are so many ways to solve a problem when I am open to others help
I can mistake over and over again. I can learn from my mistakes. Eventually don’t lose patience with myself.
The world can be interpreted two or more ways. Motivation most import.
Focus, listen to others, recognize we have to learn new things.
I have learned to relax when in pressure.
I have learnt to let someone else lead and take control.
To think like a child.
To solve conflicts always in a relaxed state, change mind by breathing in a let it out (strongly) 6 times. To hug people heart to heart. TO find true self – look to your heart in a mirror – not outside the mirror.
“Stay focus and to forgive”. “Concentrate. Forgive. Prejudice”
To stay Positive, remove negativity
You-tube has many good lessons (I have to use U-tune for teachable moments, I will)
It me to reflect in more detail on my inner life, in terms of my deepest core identity. I hadn't been able to reach in that deeply, by myself, before, despite serious effort to do so.
The lessons by both Hamidah and Esther, through the activities, were very helpful, as its easier to remember and practise the lessons we felt with our bodies. I would like to have, if possible, more such activities, in future workshops.
Siti Hamidah Bahashwan and Esther Lay
Emotional Intelligence (EI) principles and strategies
Leadership Styles and Skills
Conflict Resolution principles and skills
Participants were kept engaged through various activities which include:
Short Presentation on Emotional Intelligence and Great Leadership
Group Activities and Games
Videos and Music
Experiential ways where lessons earned through body-mind-soul connections through many fun activities and games helped participants incorporate the lessons and become inspired to do more to learn, relearn and unlearn after the workshop.
These are the findings from facilitator’s observation:
Participants are aware and committed to practice and further develop Emotional Intelligence Skills in their daily personal and professional lives. They expressed their understanding and willing to do their part to lead with the heart (Emotional Intelligence).
Participants also appreciated the skills and strategies on great leadership and the steps to improve on how they communicate to their children, family and friends
Participants were willing to share real life experiences taking the brave steps to self-disclosure for personal and professional development. Few participants demonstrated courage in letting go of the past hurt and willing to start fresh taking each day at a time giving their best to make it meaningful and to be more positive and brave to make mistakes in order to learn (Mistakes are learning experience)
The small size of the workshop was very good for participants to bond with one another easily. The room was cosy and well equipped cool enough most of the time during training. However the tables were rather huge and there is less space for the group activities. The venue was excellent and suitable for the workshop.
Suggestions for future workshops:
The have a bigger group (30-50 participants) as the content and the experiential learning methodology is very effective in bringing about transformation.
To have a session on “Courageous Conversation”
To have more in-depth personal transformation demonstration
To have more participants from other community – women from multi-cultural background.
To co-organise it with Woman organization from other community
Prepared by Hamidah Bahashwan and Aila Willitts
BC Regional Summer Workshop
Every new year welcomes a fresh start, as well as an opportunity for our Blessed Children across Oceania to re-connect at our annual Regional Summer Workshops. This year, the 10 day workshop, was held in our newly renovated, beloved Belgrave Heights property, just outside of Melbourne. Thanks to the Melbourne community who have consistently been improving the site, through their BusyBee projects & individuals’ efforts, we were able to enjoy the natural, peaceful environment, away from the rush of our everyday lives.
The events began from January 3rd- 6th with a leadership workshop for participants interested in taking on more responsibility as team elders (team leaders) and team supporters (team assistant leaders) for the main workshop. With a small but committed group of 10 enthusiastic participants, the 3 days leading up to the main workshop served as a valuable time to develop a mutual sense of purpose and trust amongst the leaders. Our time consisted of leadership guidance and training through talks, bonding activities, time for sharing and reflection, as well as public speaking practice and of course joint creativity to prepare a wonderful workshop banner. “I feel like leadership really prepared me well with my confidence & to trust myself.” This core group was able to substantially direct the workshop in a very healthy way, to give individual attention to each participant and to support the development of unity in their teams, all done through their sincere efforts to be good role models. We are very grateful for each of the leaders and their investment.
The main workshop saw the arrival of 23 participants from Australia and New Zealand, with opening addresses from Rev. Lim & Rev. Yoo. The week unfolded smoothly, witnessing a combination of early wake ups, lectures, short talks, team discussions, sports sessions, challenge days, a purity Q&A session, and lots and lots of singing. Throughout the workshop there was an underlying theme, “Understanding Today For The Sake Of Tomorrow.” Our main educator, William Haines from the U.K., offered the majority of content by looking at lessons drawn from Bible stories and unpacking the Divine Principle in a BC-friendly way. We learnt the importance of understanding our identity and our roots in order to be clearer, wiser and stronger people approaching the future. This was summarised in the catch phrase, “If you know who you are à you know what to do”.
The sports coordinators organised a great variety of activities for the 4 teams; North, South, East & West, to participate in. The first afternoon involved each team travelling between posts, identified as the Emotion, Intellect, Will & Heart posts. Each post was designed to challenge individuals & teams in different ways, such as endurance tests at the ‘Will’ post or creating a team identity through war-cries & unique banners at the ‘Heart’ post. These war-cries became each team’s anthem for the remainder of the workshop. A number of sports sessions were held on the Belgrave field, even a traditional capture the flag game, with water bomb modifications.
Many of the participants reflected that a significant take away for them was their recognition for their own presence. “If I make effort or not, it makes a difference. I learnt this in singing – I really tried and contributed, and I grew to love the songs and singing time.” For some, they valued the open and inclusive atmosphere that was generated and built on day by day. “Normally, I would be quiet and independent but this workshop made me open up and learn the value of trust.”
It was very inspiring to contribute to creating this safe and internally nurturing environment for the participants and staff to experience. We are very grateful for all of the support we received from many individuals, including the staff, parents and we especially won’t forget the great food provided by the kitchen staff and the several rounds of sashimi from Mr. Arai!
Written by Rachel Ledesma
The 2017 Retreat
Building on the foundation of the previous 3 retreats, this year the 4th Annual Retreat for Blessed Children, 18 years and older, was held from 13th-22nd January.
The retreat weekend kicked off Friday 13th evening in the serene camping grounds at Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, Victoria. Over the weekend, around 27 BC’s gathered to spend time re-connecting and relaxing together whilst surrounded by beautiful Oceanside nature. Despite having some rainfall, on Saturday we enjoyed a scenic hike within Wilson’s Promontory National Park, offering a very windy, yet stunning reward at the peak. In the evening, we settled down to a great campfire cooked dinner and a peaceful night under the stars. In the morning we packed up our camping gear and headed to the beach for some surf, fish n chips and soccer, and unfortunately for some, a bit of sunburn too.
Concluding the retreat weekend, as a convoy we made our way to our dear Belgrave Heights site for a 7 day workshop, revolving around the theme ‘Leadership and Community Building’.
The workshop offered participants the space to hear new content from a variety of speakers, spend time sharing with one another, time to reflect and an opportunity to gain inspiration for the year ahead. We began each day by listening to morning service offered by different 2nd gen, sharing lessons from their own experiences. The main educational content was divided between 2 guest speakers travelling from opposite ends of the world, William Haines from London and Frank Kaufmann from New York. Each speaker brought an entirely unique and distinct way of teaching, blessing us with a great source of ‘spiritual food’ to absorb.
Uncle William explored the great value of stories as an integral element to community building, re-enforcing the principle “If you want to change the world, you have to change the stories we tell,” through his own stories and analysing those of significant historical figures, such as Moses. He shared his experiences observing the leadership in the movement in England and offered his insights on good, sustainable leadership.
Uncle Frank chose to focus on answering the questions “Why are we here? And what brought us here?” drawing on the group of older 2nd gen present at the workshop. He delved deep into our principled desires for freedom, peace, unity and happiness; elaborating on each in detail. Speaking from his personal involvement with the True Family and Unification Church, it was refreshing to hear his thoughts on various matters in the movement and where that leaves us. He also unravelled the Family Pledge and other texts, to help us understand and relate to them naturally.
For the duration of the workshop, we had teams consisting of members ranging between the ages of 18 to 28, holding numerous team discussions to support our understanding of the content. Our schedule included various sports sessions, a sharing walk carried out in pairs, an evening of matching and blessing testimonies, a succinct discussion in our community groups, as well as an exciting games night with karaoke. The ASGI gave a short presentation on the structure of its committee, clarifying their goals and inviting any enthusiastic contributors.
The workshop was brought to an end with a very enjoyable and high spirited closing program. Saturday evening consisted of workshop reflections, closing remarks, quality skit performances by each team and memorable performances offered by talented individuals. Following the end of the workshop, the next day, Sunday service was held with the community and a lovely BBQ prepared for all.
There were a number of people and groups that contributed to the smooth running of events for both the retreat weekend and the workshop. Thank you to all those that contributed, whether through staffing, organising, cooking, speaking, cleaning, driving, financing, participating or through any other means.
With a very special thanks to the core staff group, William Saver, Julia McInerheney & Sarah Boyd, for making this workshop a reality.
Written by Rachel Ledesma
The 50th True heavenly Parent Day
Miti, Irene, and Dianne joined cake cut
We gathered 7:00pm at the Belgrave Church and cerebrated ‘The 50th
True heavenly Parent Day’
Michael as MC and offered prayer, and Pastor gave a short speech for
The True Heavenly Parent Day, and emphasised that we are not only
Cerebrate the day, we try to establish our own true parent day, true children’s day, true all things day and True heavenly Parent day.
We truly cerebrated this day with our joyful heart ,and Doss offered
Three cheer of Okumansei.
Tribal Messiahship Activity
Ryu, Tamaru, Sara, and Tomoyo
Rico Family has been having Sunday Gathering in the past 2 and Half years at his home.
Start 10:00 am
4 Holy Songs : TV Monitor
Family Pledge 1-8
Giving DP Lecture, by Q & A style.
Children to bow to Parent.
After the Lunch, Rico teach & Give Training Martial Art.
This day, Rico reflected last Sunday’s lecture with Q & A, about God’s -selfish & desire concept,
Rev Arai gave a sermon titled’ Christianity in japan’
Patricia could not attend, and she visited Lay Tin for her recovery.
(She had been diagnosed of Lump on her breast, and she went to sunshine hospital for her scheduled operation, but Doctor said that there is nothing to operate, the lump has gone - this happened last May 2016).
Rico family has been settling well in this country, and keeping faith and good spirit by their education( DP lecture every Sunday), and
Also have close relationship with Patricia family,