Oceania Region Reports
Report on the Inauguration of IAPP Australia Chapter
On 19 August 2017, the Inaugural Conference of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) took place in Sydney Australia. More than 80 people attended, including local Sydney Ambassadors for Peace and over twenty interstate (from Victoria, Queensland, and Australian Capital Territory) and international guests (from Vanuatu and Fiji).
The morning session was emceed by Mrs Jynene Helland and was held at the Oceania Peace Embassy. The welcome to country prayer was given by aboriginal elder Pearl Wymarra. This was followed by welcoming remarks from UPF Regional Chairman, Rev Shang Seon Park. Dr Thomas Walsh, Chairman of UPF International, gave an impressive overview of UPF and the world wide IAPP initiative. Hon David Clarke, Member of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of New South Wales, presented a highly inspiring introduction to the work of UPF. UPF Australia Vice President, John Bellavance spoke on “Values in Leadership,” explaining how IAPP transcends party politics and focuses on “head wing” thought which is based on universal moral, ethical and spiritual values.
After a break, the morning session continued with a presentation by President of UPF Australia, Greg Stone on “Family Values and World Peace.” This highlighted the profound importance of the family unit as the essential foundational building block of a peaceful and prosperous society, nation and world. Anne Bellavance, WFWPI Vice President (Oceania) and WFWP Australia President, spoke on “A Conversation About Parity.” Her talk stressed the need to secure equal opportunities for women in all fields as well as the critical roles that women need to play if we are to achieve peace. Mica Camara, FFWPU Oceania Director of Youth, gave an overview of the Youth and Students for Peace initiative.
After lunch at the Peace Embassy, the participants were taken by bus to the beautiful Jubilee room at the Parliament of New South Wales, where the afternoon session, including the formal inauguration of the Australian Chapter of the IAPP took place. The emcee for the afternoon session was Greg Stone. After Rev Shang Seon Park welcomed everyone, Dr Thomas Walsh explained in more detail the significance and role of IAPP. This was followed by a panel discussion chaired by the host of the afternoon session, Hon David Clarke, Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) of NSW Parliament. Other panellists included Hon Rachel Carling-Jenkins (MLC) from the Victorian Parliament, Rev Hon Fred Nile, MLC NSW, Hon Lou Amato MLC NSW, Hon Iliesa Delana, Assistant Minister Youth and Sports Fiji, and Hon Andrew Napuat MP Vanuatu. A message was also read out from Hon Paul Green MLC NSW.
The panel discussion was vibrant and inspiring, with many of the participants mentioning God and speaking about the need for strong family values and righteous, moral leadership in Australia and elsewhere. This was followed by Q & A and time for comments from the audience. Finally, the resolution for the formation of IAPP Australia was signed by all and we concluded with group photo, afternoon tea and informal discussion.
Everyone was very inspired by the quality of the speeches and their high moral tone, together with the magnificent venue, the oldest parliament building in Australia, which was highly appropriate for the occasion.
An Inauguration Ceremony of Rev & Mrs Park for Oceania Continental Director
We welcomed Rev & Mrs. Park and held an inauguration Ceremony as the new Continental Director of Oceania.
Rev Lim was MC and Greg Stone introduced Rev & Mrs. Park, and the second generation, Mica Camara and Joon jade offered welcome flower.
Rev Park gave a speech and quoted TF’s words about ‘true Love’, and insisted the importance of ‘Heavenly Tribal Messiah’ & Home group activity.
Rev & Mrs. Park joined in workshop and humbly & Seriously studied ‘Heavenly Tribal Messiah Workshop which was presented by Demian and karlsun.
Rev Park expressed his gratitude many times that he could attend to the Workshop, and thanked deeply to the all people who organised and supported for this Workshop.
It was a precious opportunity to welcome and hold the Inauguration ceremony of New Continental Director in Victoria.
The weather was so dead cold, however it was a warm welcome and right time to start their New mission in Oceania.
We thank to all,
Japanese missionaries support The Heavenly Tribal Messiahship Workshop
Kasumi, Kana and Natsumi supported ‘Heavenly Tribal Messiahship workshop as the food staff in three days (5th-7th August) helped by Tsuneko & Tazuko san.
After the Workshop, they did fundraising 3 days (9th-11th August) in Melbourne city & suburbs with the good smile and they backed Sydney on 12th Saturday.
We thank Kasumiu, Kana and Natsumi cooked for nice food, served to everyone and supported the workshop,
Pastor & Melbourne community
Heavenly Tribal Messiahship Workshop
Arrived at Melbourne Airport 2nd August,
Day 1: 5th August
‘You Are God’s Hope’
God has a unique dream for you
What is your dream?
Day 2, 6th August,
Building the Kingdom - Preparing for Change, Anatomy of Tribe.
Day 3, 7th August,
We held ‘Heavenly Tribal Messiahship Workshop’ first time in Australia, by inviting Demian Dunkley and Karlsun Allen from USA.
Rev Soon Teck Lim has been contacting them more than 1 year and finally we could welcome Demian & Karlsun, and they gave us the most wonderful presentation which we never had before. We thank rev Lim’s lots of work.
We timely welcomed and held an inauguration ceremony for the New continental Director Rev & Mrs. Park, and Rev Park expressed his view that he never expected such level of workshop and God sent Demian team to this workshop in Melbourne.
We thank interstate participants, QLD, TAS and many from Sydney. We thank Greg to look after Rev & Mrs. Park.
We thank Rick for caring Demian and Karlsun.
We thank Mc Beth, Music Rick and Doss, and joon helped lot for cleaning and table setting for workshop.
We thank Tsuneko /James, and Tazuko/Rick preparing the whole belgrave church property, and we thank Japanese missionaries Kana, Kasumi and Natsumi, they invested their effort for the 3 days meal with help by Tsuneko and Tazuko.
Finally we thank Demian and Karlsun’s incredible talent, skill, leadership, understanding, heart, experience, lots of effort, and connected God and TP.
We truly thank you.
Rev Lim / National Leader Australia
Arai/Pastor & State leader of Victoria,
Michael Treacy/Chair of Victoria Council
Beth Secretary of Victoria Council
Sunday Service Report
Rick & Randall shared the reflection for the Workshop, and Rev Arai gave a sermon titled ‘The Heart of Heavenly Tribal Messiahship'
Demian & Karlsun arrived at Melbourne Airport on 2nd August (they left USA on 31st July) with many bags which was full of ‘Tribe Kit Packages’
Day 2 - Building the Kingdom
Preparing for Change - 14 issues
Top priority issue —‘How to do Tribal Messiahship with first and second generation working together’?
We need to develop communication skill and heart between 1st generation to 2nd generation, and 1st generation to tribes,
Rev Park quoted TF’s words ‘True Love, move, then prosper’ at the inauguration speech.
We like to approach to any person with True love, and with the heart for totally living for others.
Report for Holy Day Cerebration
Chil Il Jeol (Declaration day of God’s Eternal Blessing) and Child Pal Jeol ( Declaration of the ream of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and earth was held at Belgrave Church
Michael Treacy was Mc and offered the prayer and Rev Arai gave a message ‘the background of this historical declaration & the Tribal Messiah’
Dr Yves Moreau offered three cheer of Eg Mansei.
We thank Tazuko, Tsuneko san for Offering Table setting
And Beth for her beautiful cake,
We expressed our heart of Gratitude to True parent and heavenly Parent.
Conversations and Story Telling
As an international NGO, WFWP supports the realisation of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These Global Goals encompass six essential elements:
Dignity: to end poverty and fight inequality
People: to ensure healthy lives, knowledge and the inclusion of women and children
Prosperity: to grow a strong, inclusive and transformative economy
Planet: to protect our ecosystems for all societies and our children
Justice: to promote safe and peaceful societies and strong institutions
Partnership: to catalyse global solidarity for sustainable development
March 21 is Harmony Day, a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. The Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
The Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) hold an annual Faith Stories symposium in Melbourne to support and foster peacebuilding between faiths within our diverse multicultural city. This year the symposium focused on the Abrahamic faiths. Presenters shared Faith Stories from the feminine perspective covering: Aboriginal people’s stories, Muslim stories, Jewish stories and Christian stories.
Through the Global Women’s Peace Network (GWPN), WFWP partners with other like-minded organisations. This year’s recipient of the GWPN partnership award went to the United Muslim Sisters of Latrobe Valley (UMSLV), being our organising partners for the 2017 Faith Stories.
Support the realisation of the SDGs through implementing:
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals.
Foster understanding and a sense of community between people of different cultures, faiths and nationalities through hearing the stories of women from different Faiths.
We had two beautiful young women MC for the day: Kosina Hanson and Yumna Ahmed, representatives from the partnering organisations, WFWP and UMSLV.
Councillor Mike Clark shared the day with us and welcomed everyone to his ward in the Shire of Yarra Ranges.
Afterwards, Anne Bellavance (National President of WFWP) gave a presentation about the goals and mission of WFWP International and encouraged participants to get involved with our service projects within the Pacific island nations.
Khatija Halabi shared how the UMSLV was founded and their work with the communities of Latrobe Valley to help dispel misconceptions about the Muslim faith and culture.
We were blessed to have Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone, a Mullum Mullum Elder and WFWP member, give her Welcome to Country for us. Janet also presented the Aboriginal people’s story, outlining the history of Aboriginal communities in early Melbourne. Janet is a lecturer in Aboriginal Art and Culture at the Faculty of Education of ACU, and is currently also a HDR student at ANU, where she is completing her PhD titled Bunjil Patterns: The Mess of the Past and Future in the Present. Janet presented her research about human relationship with land and waters and briefly analysed the colonial impact on the colony of Port Phillip Bay (now Melbourne). During her presentation, Janet emphasised that we can learn from our ancient Aboriginal ways of life, which are highly philosophical and religious and are based on a relationship to land and all that is on the land. Janet strongly feels that people need to become more sensitive and humble in the way they relate to the land and all the natural resources.
Khatija Halabi is the founder and Vice-president of UMSLV, and a WFWP member. Khatija was both humble and proud that interfaith dialogue was not a new concept in her family. Her great grandfather and Mahatma Gandhi had an interfaith conversation in Durban, a city they both lived in, in South Africa.
Khatija spoke about how growing up in South Africa during the transitional period between apartheid and a new democracy shaped her identity. She grew up in a community that allowed her to develop a strong Muslim identity. The community leaders got families through the difficult times of lack of opportunity through their beliefs and philosophies based on Islamic teachings. Those community members who felt strongly about social injustice helped the country get over the ills of apartheid by joining the liberation struggle. With Khatija’s exposure to people of different races and different religions, her identity grew stronger as she developed the ability to treat everyone that she came into contact with as members of the human race (not an ethnic one)! She is grateful that her children, and the born free generation of South Africa, are now a part of a global community.
Sarah Price shared her faith journey with us. After a Jet Ski accident, Sarah contemplated some big questions. And she wanted to travel and live life to the full. Raised in a country town meant the opportunity to interact with people of multicultural backgrounds was limited. Sarah’s own views on Muslims and Islam were tainted by what was portrayed in the media. During Sarah’s stay in Malaysia as a journalism student, she started to observe the lifestyle of the Muslim women. She gained valuable insight into their lives during her interviews of top profile women. After a lot of research and reflection she was drawn to Islam and after returning to Australia, she converted to Islam. Sarah is admired and loved by the community of Gippsland for her courage, determination and sincerity.
Frances Prince is a member of the JCCV (Jewish Community Council of Victoria) Executive, holding the Multicultural and Interfaith Portfolio. She is a Board member of the JCMA (Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia) and of the FCCV (Faith Communities Council of Victoria.) Due to our Faith Stories being held on a Saturday, Frances gave her presentation via video. She explained to us what it means to be a Jewish person in relation to the religion and ethnicity, being that if you are born from a Jewish mother you are Jewish. Thus the religious and ethnic identities overlap, because a person can become Jewish due to conversion and is Jewish even if they do not adhere to Jewish beliefs, but are cultural adherents.
Frances openly shared her experiences as a woman in her faith and the women’s role standing in parallel position to a man. Most of Jewish life and tradition takes place in the home and this is under the domain of women. However, the public eye sees the men in the synagogue. The current laws were set up to protect women in the home life, so that women did not need to attend the synagogue, because traditionally women did stay at home rather than working. Today women work and the traditional roles have changed. Modern Jewish women in the orthodox world now push boundaries. Today in progressive communities women have more choices to engage and participate in the synagogue.
We were very fortunate to have Sivan Barak answer questions from the audience and briefly share her story of being raised in a Kibbutz in Israel. Sivan is a cultural Jewish woman and was not raised in Jewish religious traditions.
Rev. Ruth Harrison was ordained an Anglican deacon in 1990 and a priest in 1992. She was among the first women in Melbourne to be ordained to the priesthood. Ruth shared the story of how she was drawn to contemplative prayer at an early age, and then was called by God to the ordained ministry in the Anglican Church, before the church was prepared to ordain women. Ruth emphasised that this journey towards ordination should be viewed as a struggle for the right to obey the call of God, rather than fighting for women’s rights, per se.
Ruth said, “what emerged most clearly from my experience of sharing my story, was that I could see how those of other faiths - and in particular, the Muslim faith, indicated that they could understand the reality of my faith story, just as I could connect with the reality of those how shared their faith story. This was a meeting of the spirit in each other, something I will always treasure.”
Reflections from Participants
“A fantastic event providing much needed information on various faiths and how they impact and have input on the lives of people in communities. The event is particularly useful for dispelling myths and providing insight into culture versus religion.”
“It is wonderful to hear other people’s journeys. A wonderful opportunity to learn new facts about different faiths.”
“If you are interested to hear about the perspective of the faith women from different religious, I recommend this program.”
“This was a wonderful event of bringing women (and men) together to share faith stories and understands, and to realize our many points of connection.”
PARTNERS and SUPPORTERS
United Muslim Sisters of Latrobe Valley, Simon Babb Photography, and Candace Films.