Oceania January 2018 Region Reports
CARP UTS Launch Report
Over the years, Japanese CIG missionaries have been visiting University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to meet the students and invite them for cultural activities and principle learning. Last one year, they have been focusing on establishing CARP activities on campus. After months of preparation under the coordination of Tomomi Fukuda, a CARP Intern from Universal Peace Academy, CARP UTS was finally launched on the 13th of January, 2018. Along with UTS approving CARP to be part of its campus clubs, 34 students from the university have registered to join and become members.
The motivation of setting up CARP in UTS came when our volunteers were actively collecting books for the Nigeria Library Project on campus. This project collects books in Australia and send them to Nigeria to fill up the library shelfs. This project was first initiated by Rev Park, Oceania Chair and supported by Rev Lim, the National Leader. Since then, youth volunteers have been collecting books on and off campus.
To witness, support and celebrate this historic turning point as a community, the inauguration of CARP UTS was attended by blessed family members and 2nd generation youth, together with the members of CARP UTS, making up a total of 40 people in the event.
The program for the inauguration began with an opening remark and prayer by the Master of Ceremony, Daniela Zoehrer. The prayer was followed by a short video clip of World CARP then a PowerPoint presentation outlining the purpose of CARP and its current initiatives by Tomomi Fukuda. Next on the program was the official launch of CARP UTS which was made by cake cutting and words of appreciation given by Yasunori Park, the Student President for CARP UTS. To congratulate, a flower bouquet was presented along with a beautiful musical offering by the Sydney Youth. Congratulatory messages were delivered by Yasutoshi Park, Rev Soon Teck Lim and Rev Shang Seon Park respectively. After the closing remark, the inauguration came to a close with a group photo. All participants were welcomed for a free lunch upstairs and enjoyed the food in a lively atmosphere, with the company of others and many conversations.
CARP UTS is standing as the first CARP on campus in Australia. The event held has a significant meaning for the students and sets a good momentum for youth development in Australia.
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. The events began from January 3rd- 5th with a leadership workshop for participants interested in taking on more responsibility as team leaders and assistant leaders for the main workshop. With a small but committed group of 12 enthusiastic participants, the 2 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, and of course joint creativity to prepare a wonderful workshop banner. 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 over 45 participants from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, & Samoa. The overall theme of the workshop was “Your © Matters” Each day during the workshop participants were involved in various activities such as lectures and talks, team discussions, sports sessions, challenge days, which closely aligned with that day’s particular daily theme (Courage, Clarity, Confidence, Choice etc.)
This year’s main educator was Paul Saver who gave a variety of very practical and relatable lectures to the cohort the title of some of his presentations includes growth v fixed mindset, true love, life of service. This year also saw a greater emphasis on 2nd Gen speakers with the 3 workshop coordinators Akimoto, Cecilia, and David speaking at various times throughout the workshop.
This year there was an entire day devoted to purity education with the three aforementioned 2nd Gen providing very valuable purity education to the participants, essentially describing very clearly what a purity lifestyle entails, explaining its significance, and empowering participants to adopt such a lifestyle in preparation for setting themselves up for the best chance of a successful blessing/marriage in the future. Many participants described this day as the highlight for them as the in-depth and purposeful focus on purity had not been such a feature of previous Oceania 2nd Gen summer workshops. The Purity day helped them break some narrow disempowering concepts they had of what a purity lifestyle was and helped them understand the concept on a deeper level. The team discussions help participants personal the education provided and helped them discover their own reasons they wanted to commit to living a purity lifestyle.
The Purity education component of the workshop culminated with a purity ring ceremony where participants pledged to live a purity lifestyle and received a ring which will serve a reminder to the commitment they made to God, TPs, themselves and their future spouse. Here they are below showing off their new rings.
Overall, the workshop was an incredibly refreshing and rejuvenating experience for all those involved. 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 the support we received from many individuals who banded together to make this workshop a great success!
Written by William Saver
Sunday Service Speech by Rev Soon Teck Lim
On January 28th, Rev Soon Teck Lim gave the Sunday sermon. After that, he presented the results of the FFWPU National Survey, where findings and discussions were shared as a community. According to him, Melbourne families face some difficulties and challenges, he shared that God guided him to come back soon after the youth workshop. True Father came to Oceania in 1992, and wrote the calligraphy “Unified World Begins from Oceania.” There is a video showing True Father thinking and praying deeply before writing the calligraphy.
IAPP- there is a schedule of inauguration ceremonies in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and the Oceania Leadership Conference will be held next Tuesday by Dr. Yong and Rev Park. 2020 vision –True Mother wishes for a nation which will welcome True Parents on the national level. Which nation will this be?
God is working mysteriously when there is a sincere preparation. CARP UTS was established through the Nigeria Library Project. 30 members were needed in order to register CARP at UTS Sydney. CARP is connected to FFWPU, which has religious connection. UTS accepted CARP’s core contents and the religious connection. Within 3 weeks, we get 30 students, and held a launching ceremony. We are preparing to expand to University of NSW and University of Sydney. Then they will go to universities in Melbourne.
True Father’s calligraphy is still alive. Here are many Australian families. Who can unite with True Mother? We would like to build a great foundation for the future. Let us work hard together.
Thank you so much.
Summary taken by Mr. Arai
WFWP VIC Board Retreat and AGM
The Board members of the Victorian Chapter of WFWP met on the 27th of January to attend their annual Retreat and to conduct the AGM. Two guests representing other organisations were welcomed to the gathering – Khatija Halabi - Vice President of the United Muslim Sisters of Latrobe Valley and Jody Dontje – Appeal Founder and Program Director of The Help Nepal Appeal.
While the morning was dedicated to the presentation of reports from different representatives, the afternoon was an opportunity to spend some time on professional development. Giulia Iacono as Secretary and Island Project Coordinator presented a report on current Island projects and projects planned for 2018. Anne Bellavance, President of WFWP Australia, presented a report on the work she has been involved with in the creation of a National Constitution for the organisation. Plans are in progress to raise the classification of the WFWP to a national entity to achieve DGR (deductible gift recipient) status which in turn, will raise the profile of the organisation as a charitable organisation.
The professional development session presented by Anne on Mind-sets, Development and Outreach encouraged each member to reflect on the roles they play on the Board and the contributions they can offer to ensure the effectiveness of the team. During this session, a special guest presenter, Mrs. Vona Beiers was welcomed. Vona, a retired psychiatrist, conducted a session on Connection and Communication; a must for any Board.
After discussion to put in place the calendar of activities for 2018, the meeting concluded. We headed off for an evening outing to spend time together- to a movie and then to dinner at a local restaurant. Overall, the whole day was both inspirational and productive.