Oceania Region Reports
Report of Japanese Noodle Event
Japanese Noodle Event as CARP Australia activity was held on Saturday 23 September from 2:30pm to 5:30pm by six Cheon Il Guk Missionaries at the Oceania Peace Embassy in Sydney. The purpose of this event is causing to feel good atmosphere in CARP through making noodle with members, getting people interested in CARP activities and obtaining new guests who will keep in connect with CARP Australia. We advertised this event by handing out leaflets on the street and talking to students on university campuses.
The number of new participants was 13 people (male 3, female 10). We started by introducing ourselves to each other, and then we cooked Udon (Japanese noodle) together and shared how to make Origami(the traditional Japanese art).We gave them explanation about CARP activities centering on CARP TALK before eating Udon. CARP TALK, discussion dealing with 5 theme based on Divine Principle, was held every Wednesday. The speaker was Tomomi Fukuda who is an intern from UPA.
According to survey (10 respondent), all participants were satisfied with this event, especially they enjoyed making and eating Udon. In addition, 7 out of 10 participants got a positive feeling for CARP activities. However, as it is there were few people participated in CARP activities after event. We need to develop a means by which Participants will connect with next CARP activities or Divine Principle.
Report of CARP Event “CARP TALKs”
CARP Australia held a CARP weekly event “CARP TALKs on September 13th at the Oceania Peace Embassy in Sydney. The event was that we have designed CARP Talks to serve as a weekly discussion and application of core principles. With the idea that these are “principles worth living,” The purpose of the event was for each person to apply the examples and insights into their own lives so everyone can leave with a tangible next step that is meaningful, impactful, and personal. Those who want to share their own experience with CARP core value can give a talk on Wednesday evening.
As a main speaker, Sean Jackson who is a CARP member gave a presentation “Title: Peace Through Pottery”. He is studying ceramic in his university. An art-form that demands experience, science, thought and reflection is that of the world of ceramics. Understanding the balance of natural forces and spiritual perspective merge with processes of the past and future. This unity between community and nation establishes further development both physically and spiritually. Artist and designer Sean Jackson speaks of historical examples, current applications and community building exercises.
Some 20 participants including 2 witnessing guests attend this intellectual and passionate talks and discussion. The event provided this informative and thought- provoking opportunity to participants. It was as usual an enjoyable event that included the sharing of food and good company.
Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All
UN International Day of Peace
As international NGOs, WFWP and UPF support the realisation of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals. These Global Goals encompass 6 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
The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. The day was established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, after which the General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” The 2016 theme was: ‘Building Blocks for Peace.’
The Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) and the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) hold an annual 1 day conference in Melbourne to support and foster peacebuilding within our diverse multicultural city. This year the conference was held at the Ibis Hotel in Glen Waverley (City of Monash). The event attracted 68 participants, many who are Ambassadors for Peace and members of WFWP. The organising committee comprised members of the Victorian Peace Council: UPF, WFWP, and I declare Peace, and the World Peace Prayer Society.
Support the realisation of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals through implementing Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; and, Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals.
Foster healing and reconciliation to end hatred and prejudice between people through the Bridge of Peace Ceremony.
After registration, participants had the opportunity to join in the flag ceremony. They were handed hand painted world flags to place in holders on their way to the conference room. At the opening of the day, Jenny Funston from the World Peace Prayer Society explained the significance of the world flags displayed around the venue and guided everyone through ‘may peace prevail on earth’.
On the public official’s panel, City of Monash Mayor Cr. Rebecca Paterson joined with John Bellavance to share their experiences of peace building within local communities.
Bridge of Peace
Anne Bellavance, WFWP International Vice-President (Oceania) and Charlotte Mukamuberwa, WFWP Vic. Vice-president conducted the signature Bridge of Peace Ceremony together. The Bridge of Peace seeks to build real and lasting friendships between people from different cultural, religious and national backgrounds. The motto of the ceremony, coined by the founder of WFWP International Dr Hak Ja Han Moon is: "If the women of the world can be sisters, the men of the world won’t go war." The purpose of the Bridge of Peace is to enable healing and reconciliation between people who may have been enemy nations in the past. Hatred is generational, passed on by the attitudes and conversations that children learn from their parents. The Bridge of Peace seeks to break this cycle of mistrust and prejudice. By becoming sisters (and brothers) who share each other's stories and develop true friendship, then our world view changes. This brings about a change in how we think, communicate and act; resulting in healing and reconciliation from the grassroots level
The leading ladies for the ceremony were: Mrs Jenny Funston, Australian/Oceanic Coordinator for Byakko Shinko Kai (White Light Association) and official Peace Representative of the World Peace Prayer Society. Hana Assafiri who owns the Moroccan Soup Bar and Moroccan Deli-cacy in Brunswick. Both women gave powerful talks about the role of women in peacebuilding from their perspective.
During break periods, participants had the opportunity to wander through the exhibition display titled, “Peace-Loving Global Citizen”. Each two metre high banner revealed a different aspect of the life and works of Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
After a yummy and healthy lunch, participants enjoyed a repertoire of Chinese music played by the New Eastern Arts College orchestra. Wearing period costumes and using traditional instruments, teachers and students gave a live performance showcasing the beautiful traditional music.
The keynote address titled Measuring Peace and its Economic Benefits was presented by
Jose Luengo-Cabrera, who flew in from Sydney for the address. Jose is a research fellow from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). He spoke about the research undertaken to quantify peace, its drivers and its economic benefits. The 2017 IEP report indicates that in 2016 Syria was ranked the least peaceful nation and Iceland the most peaceful. Ethiopia and Burundi registered the largest deteriorations in peace. The Central African Republic and Sri Lanka showed the largest improvement. Since 2008, the world has become less peaceful. One reason for this in the increase of non-state actors in conflict. The global economic impact of violence in 2016 is $14 trillion.
Three workshops were held.
Rick McInerheney, Former National Director of UPF and FFWPU gave a very brief overview of the remarkable founder of UPF and WFWP, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. After showing the video, “A Peace-Loving Global Citizen”, Rick touched on Reverend Moon’s life, his teachings and vision for the world. He mentioned that when Reverend Moon died just 5 years ago he was leading, together with Mrs Moon, the fastest growing religious movement in the world during the lifetime of the founder. His international and interfaith peace activities are also regarded as the biggest in history. Rick also emphasised Reverend Moon’s belief in the divine significance of marriage that underpins the most famous events of the Unification movement, the World Peace blessing and wedding ceremonies under the banner of “One World Under God”, that have drawn hundreds of thousands of participants from all over the world.
Anne Bellavance began the ‘Conversation about Parity’ workshop by first defining equity, equality and parity and gave her insights from the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) held in New York this year. At the current rate it will take 170 for women to gain parity with men in work. Anne explained that WFWP has advocated the partnership between men and women as the model for peacebuilding since its founding 25 years ago. It is only in the last few years that governments and organisations are seeing the value of engaging with women in security and peace negotiations. For more information visit the Why Women Report at www.inclusivesecurity.org
Anne concluded her presentation by stressing the need for a cultural change, where women and men advocate for each other as partners so that parity between men and women is achieved; the end result being stable and ongoing peace. Afterwards, the conversation moved into the audience where participants shared their concerns, ideas and experiences.
John Bellavance, vice-president of UPF Australia presented Unification Thought and Mindfulness. John spoke about the key principles for peacebuilding based on Dr Moon’s teaching. These are: 1- Break down barriers and build bridges that separate people, such as race, religion and culture. 2- Faiths must work together to promote peace, we are one family under God. 3- A partnership between men and women is needed to build peace. 4- In our global village and the multicultural society which is Australia, for peace to be achieved we need shared universal values. 5- Left and right in politics must work together for the sake of the common good. Neither on its own can solves our shared problems. 6- Living for the sake of others. 7- Peacebuilding requires unity between mind and body. 8– The family is the cornerstone of peace.
Reflections from Participants
“The conference encouraged me to think about peace and bridge between friends and colleagues.”
“To pass the message of Peace across the world; peace starts within a family and friends.”
“Living for the Sake of Others; to build peace is about loving your enemy and engagement.”
“Bridge of Peace and Living for the Sake of Others is my goal and aim in my life.”
“This event is sending its message heart to heart. There is no push/pretence on the subject. Your peaceful approach made the day easy.”
“A wonderful opportunity to engage in global sharing – sharing of ideas, sharing of smiles and sharing of energy. I loved every minute of the day. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in an interesting and inspiring day.”
‘I Declare Peace’ event in the CBD of Melbourne
Hands for Peace was held in the Melbourne CBD at 4pm on Sat. 23rd. To form the letter P for peace, a human chain joined hands to encircle Princes Bridge (just south of Flinders Street Station), the footpaths along both sides of Yarra River and the South Bank Pedestrian Bridge.
This final event was organised by Negin Mansoury and her friends. Negin is a peace activist and Ambassador for Peace.
Around 100 people gathered to fill 20 stations to make a P for peace around the bridges. Different nationalities and organisations filled these stations with music and cultural events. At 4pm, doves were released from a boat in the Yarra River and trumpets for peace sounded out.
PARTNERS and SUPPORTERS
World Peace Prayer Society, New Eastern Arts College, I declare Peace, Simon Babb Photography, Art-Mill Productions.