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Australian Cheon Il Guk Owners Assembly 2015
3/4/15 - 4/4/15
The Australian Cheon Il Guk Owners Assembly was held on 3-4 April (Good Friday and Easter Saturday) at the Oceania Peace Embassy in Sydney, with the theme, “Co-operation and Synergy”. National Leader, Rev Soon Teck Lim, explained at the start that whereas the annual national gatherings in recent years were titled as “Australian Leadership Convocations”, there was a change from this year to emphasise that all Blessed family members are to take ownership in this new age of Cheon Il Guk.
This festival was a chance for Australians to celebrate multiculturalism, with the theme of “I am a proud Australian.” Children of many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds showed up in traditional outfits and participated in the parade and musical performances. From our community, about 20 children took part in the parade, some wearing the FFWP t-shirts and others in bright traditional Korean dress, or hanboks.
True Parents’ Birthday Celebration in Sydney, Australia
The birthday celebration of True Parents was held on 1.2 on the Heavenly calendar (20 Feb 2015) at the Oceania Peace Embassy. The gathering was well attended by blessed families, local youth, and the Ambassadors for Peace. The purpose of the celebration was to express our gratitude and joy for the birth of True Parents.
The Oceania Leadership Team held an orientation for the new members from 6 to 10 February at Ingleside Scout Camp and the Oceania Peace Embassy. The workshop was organised by coordinator Natascha Schellen, with the support of recent graduates Kenmei Kobayashi and Kotoe Nakamura. A total of five new members attended: Roberto Bellabarba, Nathalia Haider, Akimoto Hosokawa, Erika Imanari and Abby Richardson.
The Australian Blessing Department organised a blessing workshop for first and second generation at the Blue Mountains Katoomba YHA from 14 to 15 February, 2015. About 12 people participated, with Jago and Estelle Gavin giving the main content, and Jynene Helland coming up on the Sunday to share one presentation.