Oceania March 2017 Region Reports
5 Day Workshop Report
I had lost some of the enthusiasm to put this W/S on, but the organising process developed as we moved closer to the time – we were to have it before Sachina goes back to Japan. Not many guests had confirmed but Megie [at last moment] could come for one day and again at the last moment Joanna could come for 3.5 days, Also Rev. Lim said Rodney could come. In the past, especially with Yuye, I really pushed spirit world to have a workshop, this one had a different feeling.
Brenda and her sister Theresa could come - on the advertised dated but because of Joanna schedule, we were considering changing the times but after discussion with Rev. Lim we decided to keep to the original plan. The plan for the 5 day workshop is that the participants make some decision about membership and we can clarify their understanding of Divine Principle and relationship with our church.
I was happy that I could arrange for Peter to start the teaching and Rev. Lim to finish the W/S. This team teaching and sharing responsibility could take a lot of weight from my shoulders. I was so happy on the penultimate day to see Brenda looking renewed and inspired, as too was her sister Theresa (she had run a yoga class every morning). Rodney also had one of his best dreams ever of surfing in Hawaii. This was good as the place seemed haunted at times, so many of us were happy to have good dreams after holy salting our rooms.
The Missionary sisters had created a good environment and atmosphere and many of us had especially enjoyed the outings and Barbeque which was well prepared (and deliciously Cooked). Moving testimonies were given by Sachina and Brenda with some tears being shed in their preparation. We had all grown closer together.
The younger Participants, Megie and Joanna had enjoyed this time. Maggie who is a member could review her understanding of DP and come closer to us. For Joanna it was an opportunity to go deeper and wider in her understanding and to trust us more. For Orie it was a good preparation for her longer stay in Australia. For all of us it was a beautiful time and we all were happy we could persevere and carry it through successfully. Thank you.
Report of Ambassadors for Peace Bi-Monthly Meeting
The bi-monthly Ambassador for Peace meeting was held on Tuesday 6 March at the Oceania Peace Embassy in Sydney, with some 40 Ambassadors for Peace, UPF supporters, members and guests attending. They were welcomed by the MC, Jynene Helland. After a screening of a UPF introductory video, representatives of four different religions gave thought provoking, informative and warmly received presentations on the theme of “Religions as Peace Builders”: Nith and Ramphay Chittasy (Buddhism), Steff Fenton (Christianity), Jasbeer Musthafa (Islam) and Greg Stone (Unificationism).
Also a new Ambassador for Peace, Saadi Askharia, was appointed. After final announcements, the meeting fittingly concluded with the assembly holding hands in a circle around the meeting hall and singing, “Let There Be Peace on Earth”. The evening as usual was an enjoyable and enlighening experience for all who attended and included the sharing of food and good company with like-minded people of goodwill irrespective of backgrounds, ethnicity and religion.
Figure 1 Presentation on the theme of “Religions as Peace Builders”by Nith and Ramphay Chittasy representing Buddhism
Figure 2 Steff Fenton presents on the theme “Religions as Peace Builders” representing Christianity
Figure 3 Jasbeer Musthafa speaks on “Religions as Peace Builders” from an Islam perspective
Figure 4 A new Ambassador for Peace, Saadi Askharia, was appointed.
Figure 5 Greg Stone presented on the theme representing Unificationism
Figure 6 Presenters on the theme of “Religions as Peace Builders” from left: Ramphay & Nith Chittasy, (Buddhism), Greg Stone (Unificationism), Steff Fenton (Christianity), Jasbeer Musthafa (Islam)
Figure 7 The meeting concluded with the assembly holding hands in a circle around the meeting hall and singing, “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
2nd Exhibition on the Life of Sun Myung Moon
In conjunction with the True Parents’ Birthday celebration in February, a three-day exhibition on the life of Sun Myung Moon is being held at the Oceania Peace Embassy in Sydney. The purpose of the exhibition is to present the life of True Father to the general public. This is also in line with True Mother’s words to encourage members to testify to True Parents, especially in this year of the red-rooster.
Based on the success of the first exhibition, we could learn and develop new strategies to inform the public about True Parents. One of the new strategies was to present a big banner advertisement with True Father’s photo. Since the location of the Peace Embassy is very strategic, we could show the ad in a well-positioned spot to get maximum exposure.
Oceania Peace Embassy, venue of the exhibition
The contents are broadly divided into thirteen booths. Each booth consists of three panels presenting different topics of Father’s life. Altogether, there are 38 panels in the exhibition, covering Father’s life from birth in 1920 to his ascension in 2012. In this exhibition, we present a panel on “Holy Wedding of Sun Myung Moon and Hak Ja Han, the True Parents” and a panel on “My Wife, Hak Ja Han.” This allow us to introduce True Parents. When guests want to know more details about True Father’s life, we sell True Father’s autobiography to them.
Mobilization & Advertisement
This time, we have distributed around 5000 flyers to the public focusing on students in three campuses, namely University of Sydney, University of Notre Dame, and University Technology Sydney (UTS). Also, we focused on residential area around Chippendale area, delivering flyers to their mail boxes.
Opening & Reception
There was a reception at 10 am on the first day, 21 March. Ambassadors for Peace, university students, and blessed families were in attendance. Master of Ceremony was Mica Camara. Jynene Helland delivered the opening remarks. A tribute video was shown entitled, “A New Way to A Global Community of Peace.” Messages were given by Dr Wali Islam, a Research Fellow of UNSW and Mr Jon Saemarjono, President of Indonesia Community in NSW. Rev Greg Stone presented a main message explaining who Rev Moon is. There were two presentation songs by the Sydney Family Church choir. The closing remarks were given by Rev Soon Teck Lim. He expressed thanks to staff members for their investment in preparing for the exhibition.
Opening at the Peace Embassy
Dr Wali Islam, the Research Fellow of UNSW and Mr Jon Soemarjono, President of the Indonesia Community in NSW giving the messages
We are grateful and proud that we can present True Father’s life to the public, commemorating the 97 Anniversary of his birth. This is an important time to testify to True Parents while True Mother is still with us and introduce their teachings to the world. This may be a small step, but an important step in the right direction to engage the public to learn about True Parents.
Finally, we offer sincere thanks to local members who come despite their busy schedules to support the exhibition. Also, special thanks to the Peace Embassy members who have been on the forefront of inviting guests into the exhibition hall.
The Exhibition Team
Belgrave Property Maintenance
Fallen tree was chainsawed
Damaged wooden fence was restored
The entrance of church - weeds were pulled and maintained beautifully, by Tazuko san, and others (who?)
Thank you so much for your care and work for our chapel, we appreciate deeply,
From all brothers & Sisters,
Sunday Service Report
We thank MC & Music Team, and Rev Arai gave a Sermon titled ‘When I look back, It was a tear’
Heavenly Tribal Messiahs' Activity-
Rick& Tazuko visited Relatives in Perth
Rick & Tazuko visited Rick’s hometown for 2 weeks of catching up with his tribe.
Rick’s 6 of Rick’s brother, sisters, & their families came together for a family reunion with 35 attending.
Sunday Service report
Rico Santos gave a sermon titled ‘My Life & My Choice’
After the service, The Wonmo Pyeongae Scholarship were given to University Student- Pierre Jong-Ho Moreau, and High school Student- Ryu Imamura Santos.-Congratulation!
Rico shared his life & family journey to this country, and expressed his idea honestly and straightly with exciting spirit, and heart.
We were truly inspired and thank you,
Sunday Service report
Ian Darbishire Gave a sermon titled ‘ Make yourself an Ark
‘Our question at this time is ‘What should I be doing?’
At the Time of Noah, a Righteous man, God told him in detail how to build an Ark. Other good people could have copied his example and survived the flood.
At the time of the Exodus God told Moses how to construct an Ark of the Covenant and tent to House it. This later became the temple in Jerusalem.
At this time of True parents gave us the 8 Texts in an Ark with all the directions we need. Also we were taught to ‘Make yourself a Home Church’ A Sanctuary place where God and True Parent can come and where we can make our indemnity offering and fulfill as Tribal Messiah.
Everything we need to survive the last day is in our Home Church area representing the Cosmos.
Thank you, Ian Darbishire
Holy Wine Ceremony
After the Service, The Holy Wine ceremony was conducted.
The 58th True Parent Day Cerebration
We celebrated 58th True Parent Day at Belgrave Church on 28th March.
Michael as Mc and Rev Arai gave a Holy day message ‘True parent day of God’s view’
Main hall was cleaned by David and James, the offering food & Table was prepared by Beth, Tazuko and Tsuneko, and cake was prepared by Tsuneko. we appreciate their support.
We thanked and cerebrated this special ‘True Parent day’ with brothers & sisters’ deep wonderful heart,
Peace Seminar 1 – Celebrating Life, UPF Queensland
UPF & WFWP sponsored a peace seminar with the values education & character building program Celebrating Life on Saturday 18 March. It was the first of what will be 3 peace seminars in 2017 to introduce UPF’s ideology, Peace Principles.
Mamiko Rattley welcomed the 8 participants and explained the importance for all of us to understand universal values in order to have a happy and stable life.
Steve Evans gave the first presentation ‘The Family as the school of Love’. Then John Adamedes presented ‘Cause and resolution of conflict’. Both presenters did an excellent job.
Participants engaged well with the presentations, and joined in the Q&A session. They are all looking forward to the second peace seminar to be held in the near future.
Prepared by Mamiko Rattley, UPF Queensland