Oceania December 2016 Region Reports
Heavenly Tribal Messiahship in Australia
“We Can Do It”
Last Saturday, a very exciting introductory workshop with the theme “We Can Do It” was held at the Peace Embassy. We Can Do It program was initiated in the USA by Demian Dunkley, who is the Director of Evangelism. The purpose of the gathering was to help all of us recognize that Tribal Messiahship is at reach, and to support the creation of a new culture among blessed families, where Tribal Messiahship becomes our way of life.
Led by Rev Soon Teck Lim, 13 brothers and sisters took part in the workshop, which started with every one reflecting and writing down their thoughts on what stops us from reaching out to people, what kind of outreach inspires us the most, what is the one thing we could do to open up someone’s heart more.
After the personal reflection, we got together two by two to share our ideas and discuss them with one another first and then with the whole group.
In a second session, we reflected individually on what we would want to get out of joining a tribe and we wrote up a list of the attributes of a tribe that we know and are inspired about.
Some comments made from these discussions were: “it’s good to do outreach among professionals and like-minded people”, “being in a tribe gives a sense of belonging and identity” and the attributes of a known parents’ groups and a work group were mentioned, including fun, respect and support of one another.
In the final session, presentation about the upcoming Blessing Ceremony and its process of preparation was shared. We looked into the details of how we can prepare our contacts for the Blessing in March 2017. In line with the theme of working together, we were able to make teams in order to start working on this project.
The workshop concluded with a photo group and everyone’s determination to make outreach our way of life, including reaching out and taking care of our own second generation, who are a very important part of our tribe.
It is our hope that this initiative will be introduced to other communities in Australia. A more in-depth workshop regarding heavenly tribal messiah will be held in the near future.
Report by Silvana Daly
Oceania Peace Embassy Cleaning
Oceania Peace Embassy has been our main gathering place and has hosted many of our activities. As we prepared for the new year, Sydney blessed families and centre members joined for a working bee day to clean up the Peace Embassy. It was a good three-hour effort by all participating. Thank you all for joining!
Sydney Christmas Party
Sydney Christmas Party was organised by the youth, led by Yasu Park. The youth prepared the hall with decoration from early afternoon. It was attended by both the blessed families and guests. The youth offered some singings. The Silverbell Choir team sang beautiful Christmas carol during the evening. We thank the youth for organising this fun gathering!
2nd Holy Wine Ceremony and the Bestowing of Four Great Holy Items to the Blessed Families
16th & 18th December
A Ceremony to bequeath the Holy Items was held in Sydney for families unable to attend the previous ceremonies. Members participated in two education sessions and then received the four Holy Items from the National Leader couple, Rev and Mrs Soon Teck & Rika Lim.
5-day Divine Principle Workshop
We held a 5-Day Divine Principle Workshop in Blue Mountains from 17 to 22 of December 2016. Our national leader of Australia, Rev Soon Teck Lim and the Witnessing Director Rev Greg Hanson gave the lecturers and the CIG Japanese missionaries were the staff members.
1 new guest, 3 young 2nd Gen and 1 Fijian sister participated in this workshop.
The aims of the 5-day divine principle workshop were to help the participants have a better understanding of the Divine Principle, develop their relationship with God, and prepare them for the future. The workshop brought the participants closer together and helped the participants learn more of each other.
Every morning at the workshop, the participants and the staff did morning sports to refresh ourselves. We did stretching and different exercise activities. Then we had breakfast that the CIG Japanese missionaries prepared.
After breakfast, we got ready for our first lecture, we had 3 lectures every day and a break and Q&A in between the lectures to deepen our understanding and answering some questions we had in mind regarding the lectures. After the lectures, we visited different places in the Blue Mountains. Every day we visited new and different places and then, we had dinner.
At night, we played fun activities that the missionaries prepared for us to strengthen our relationships with each other and then for the closing we shared our thoughts of the day in pairs. To close for the day, we finished off by doing an individual prayer.
On the last day of the workshop we had two lectures and then a closing ceremony to congratulate all the participants for taking part in the workshop. Then it was time to depart from the venue. We had our last closing prayer and said goodbye to everyone.
Participant’s thoughts regarding the workshop:
The workshop helped me to have a deeper understanding of Divine Principle. It made many parts of the Divine Principle clearer because the lecturers answered lots of my questions very well at the Q&A time. The food was very well prepared and I felt very thankful to all the staff and the CIG Japanese missionaries.
Ayami – participant of the 5-day Divine Principle workshop
Living for Others Awards 2016
Universal Peace Federation Australia hosted the Living for Others Awards 2016 on Monday 5 December at the Oceania Peace Embassy in Sydney city.
The 80 attendees enjoyed a pleasant evening over a light supper, supporting the four worthy awards recipients – Ziad El-Daoud (Scouts Australia NSW leader and Islamic Charities Projects Association volunteer), Thu Minh Thi Pham (Children’s Festival Organisation volunteer), Jebin Dhoj Shahai (Multicultural Football Tournament organiser), David Sheppard (OzHarvest volunteer), who also each spoke on the reasons why they “live for others”.
Following an introduction by emcee Jynene Helland, the program included an Acknowledgement to People and Country and Prayer by Pearl Wymarra, impressive entertainment from the Australian Violin Academy Ensemble, a UPF video presentation, welcome message by Greg Stone (Chairman of UPF Oceania), and after the awards presentations, congratulatory remarks by the Hon. David Clarke (MLC, New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for Justice), then concluding musical presentation of two songs, followed by the appointment of six new Ambassadors for Peace (including three of the awardees), and acknowledgement of sponsors.
“Living for Others Awards” continues as a hallmark event of Universal Peace Federation Australia.
Acknowledgement to People and Country was given in the form of a moving interfaith prayer by Pearl Wymarra
Australian Violin Academy Ensemble performed two beautiful classical pieces
The Four Living for Others awardees were from left: Ziad El-Daoud (Scouts Australia NSW leader and Islamic Charities Projects Association volunteer), Thu Minh Thi Pham (Children’s Festival Organisation volunteer), Jebin Dhoj Shahai (Multicultural Football Tournament organiser), David Sheppard (OzHarvest volunteer)
Six new Ambassadors for Peace were presented with their certificates (from left: Hanif Bismi, Nadine Chaar, Ziad El-Daoud, Jasbeer Musthafa Mamalipurath, Thu Minh Thi Pham, and Jebin Dhoj Shahi
Sponsors were thanked and acknowledged (from left: Nith & Ramphay Chittasy (Lao Buddhist Society of NSW), Dr Mohamed Al Jabiri (International Migration Support), Ghassan Alassadi & Lasadi Accounting & Finance Services,
and Klaus and Sandy Hartmann (not present)
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification Queensland, Christmas Report 2016
The tradition of a Christmas meeting for FFWPU Queensland was continued at Nerida Street Community Centre, Rochedale on Sunday 18th December 2016.
Although our membership base has thinned in recent years due to children growing up, getting blessed and continuing their lives elsewhere, the community remaining responded by bringing lots of guests, young and old and from many different religious and cultural backgrounds.
It has always been the vision that the FFWPU Christmas party be a bit of fun, full of love and sharing, welcoming to all comers. To this end, this year’s event met its purpose with several people commenting that it was “the best ever.”
The Party opened with the MC, Steve Evans, offering Christmas wishes and an introduction to the FFWPU (for those who didn’t already know our community). He offered a message of hope for peace in the coming year, referencing several of the significant political events in 2016 which reflect the general populous’ dissatisfaction with the status quo and a desire for change.
A spontaneous song was offered by Robert Rattley before we reorganized guest seating for the Christmas trivia. To promote more balanced teams an attempt was made to mix age, gender and interests. After much fun, the winning table was the one with the least diversity but the biggest life experience and intellectual capacity. The team consisted of several PhD’s and other luminaries.
The prize for the trivia team was first pick of a wonderful international buffet provided by members. At the same time lunch was happening we were entertained by a professional musician who had been kindly booked by Dr. Coles.
Slow moments were filled with shared songs and Macedonian dance which is becoming a “tradition” at this event.
Members young and old. The highlight was the spontaneous and creative imitations of Santa’s sleigh, complete with reindeer, by the two competing teams.
Finally, the old fellow himself arrived, Santa came to distribute secret Santa gifts (this year all the way from Macedonia).
Santa’s helpers needed some creativity in gift giving because there were more guests than expected. Hopefully everyone left satisfied that they had not been forgotten.
We wish to thank everyone who participated in this event for helping to make it enjoyable for all.
Personal thanks to my mother Margaret Raymond who, at 94 years’ young sees it as one of the year’s “must attend social events.” “We look forward to hearing your song offering in 2017, Mum”!
Report by Kim Raymond
WFWP end of year & Christmas celebration
WFWP Queensland had a beautiful end of year & Christmas celebration with WFWP members and many new guests. The room was decorated in a Christmas theme.
The program was begun with Aborigine elder Aunty Heather Castledine’s Acknowledgement of Country.
Then MC Mamiko Rattley welcomed everyone, especially new guests from War Widows Guild QLD and other organisations. And she thanked Gail Ker of Access CS and Harmony on Carmody Cafe for their support in providing the venue for us.
The first guest speaker was Anne Bellavance, National President of WFWP Australia who came from Melbourne to attend this event. She gave an inspiring presentation on the mission and objectives of WFWP and its worldwide & local activities.
The second guest speaker was Gail Ker OAM. She gave a moving talk with video and background music ‘Imagine’. She shared some of the heartbreaking stories she has heard directly from refugee women at UNHCR conferences. She encouraged us to think about these displaced, abused women who are struggling to survive in hopeless situations and to search for an effective way to support them.
We enjoyed a delicious dinner, sang Christmas carols and played a trivia game.
At the end we drew raffle tickets to raise funds for the preschool of WFWP Solomon Islands. In addition, many participants brought children’s books for the school.
It was a joyful and inspiring Christmas & end of year celebration.
Report by Mamiko Rattley