Paris, France, 14. - 15. January 2017
Since a long time, we planned to hold a Blessing on Sunday, January 15th. Our dilemma was either to organize a “quick Blessing” or to educate more extensively the potential candidates. Finally, we decided to organize a one-day seminar on Saturday, based on Tim Miller’s lecture for Peace Ambassadors. One couple and two guests attended this workshop. - read more
Global Culture of Heart Arts Youth Workshop and Special Gathering
Cheon Jeong Gung, 6. January 2017
People who have dreams are happy people. When they are able to substantiate those dreams, they become even happier. The world we aim to realize as your dream becomes the same as Heavenly Parent’s dream and True Parent’s dream is the kingdom of heaven on earth. What the omniscient and omnipotent God purposed at the beginning must be complete in the end. That is why we had to go through the tearful course of restoration through indemnity!
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True Parents’ Special Gathering
to Celebrate the Start of the New Year
Cheon Jeong Gung, 3. January 2017
Bucharest, Romania, 4. - 8. January 2017
Happy New Year from Romania!
We are ready to offer hope and joy for Heavenly Parent and True Parents through JeonDo(Witnessing) activities in 2017!
After the holidays, we gather in the peace embassy and we reflect about 2016 and discuss about JeonDo to determine ourselves to carry on our mission in main providence in Romania. It was 5days of process to reflect, study the meaning and value of JeonDo and find strong motivation and determination for JeonDo centered on our national leader Mr. Jeong. - read more
27. December – 2. January 2017
The Italian HARP Committee: Godwin Chionna, Francesca Cirelli, Valerio Vespa, Robin Chionna, Daniela Calì, Anna Viktoria Rizzi
This year the Italian HARP winter workshop was held from December 27th, 2016 to January 2nd, 2017, in our workshop facility of Colle Mattia (Rome). We had 33 participants from all over Italy and Italian Switzerland.
The motto “Where Giants Dare” refers to everyone’s great potential, but also to our past: our parents and those who came before us (our “giants”). Indeed, much of the content was about God, True Parents, and our own parents, whom we consider to be our “Giants” par excellence. https://vimeo.com/200362979
Chamarande, France, 30. December – 1. January 2017
The end of year CARP WS was the opportunity for CARP members to gather and celebrate the new year together. The motto of the WS was: “Reveal your inner beauty”. It was chosen in accordance with this period of festive atmosphere. Indeed, the tradition wants us to get externally prepared for the end of the year by dressing beautifully, decorating the house, buying presents, etc. … We usually spend a lot of money and tend to become materialistic. The goal of the workshop was to remind us not focusing too much on external matters, but rather make this time of reflection on the year that just ended and on the upcoming year. Is the real beauty expressed by the nice clothes we wear or the richness of our hearts? - read more
Barcelona, Spain, 21. December 2017
Since October 2016 UPF Barcelona started a project of interreligious conferences in our new centre in Barcelona, Ronda Barcelona, following the example of this kind of program in Madrid.
We organize these conferences twice a month, the first and third Wednesday of each month since 19:30 to 21:00 pm. These events besides the conference can include meditation, songs, video projection, poems, music, etc. Everything that can transmit the spirit of the chosen person.
The Road to the End of the Cold War
True Parents' Message to Korean Leaders at the Resolution Rally for the Fulfillment of Vision 2020
Cheong-Ah Camp, 16. December 2016
CARP Witnessing Activity
Bergamo, Italy, 18. December 2016
By Chiara Amigoni
The CARP members of the Bergamo community organized an interesting witnessing activity, which took place in the town centre. Over the two months preceding the Christmas holidays, a small group of 2nd generation had been meeting up twice a week in order to make origami style Christmas decorations, which were made with coloured paper, festive ribbons and lots of creativity. After much effort 300 little Christmas trees were made. All of which were later wrapped up in small packages containing a short message from Father and a leaflet explaining the activities of the CARP group.
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November and December 2016
Pres. Jack Corley our Continental Director made a short visit to Budapest on his way from Sarajevo to Bratislava at the second half of November. Through his lecture what he gave to Budapest Church members He explained the current EU providence and the development in Albania. He also connected us to True Mother’s heart and her situation. Prs. Corley reminded us that True Mother kept all her words and promises what she did at True Father’s Seonghwa Ceremony. - read more
Second generation International Workshop
Glanow, Poland, 27. December – 1. January 2017
By Bogdan and Ania Brzyscy
This workshop was the continuation of the tradition of seminars prepared by Polish family for the second generation during the holiday break between Christmas and New Year.
We invited participants aged 14-18. Finally, 42 representatives of the second generation have joined the seminar, both as participants and staff. In addition to Polish teenagers, there were representatives of Lithuania, Slovakia, Germany, England and Bulgaria. It is worth noting that for the first time on our winter workshop in Glanów we had also the main lecturer from the second generation, Dominic. - read more
True Parents’ Special Gathering with the Youth in USA
East Garden, 4. December 2016
24+ Matching and Blessing Preparation Workshop
Neumühle Training Centre, Bad Camberg, Germany, 8. – 11. December 2016
By David Hanna
From the 8-11 December we held a “24+ Matching and Blessing Preparation Workshop” in our European Seminar Centre, Camberg, Germany. This was a joint venture between the European Second Generation Department and the European Blessed Family Department, led by the ESGD.
One hundred parents and children over twenty-four years old, supported by twenty staff, met to focus on matching and blessing. Many different situations were represented: those who are just coming to consider matching; some who have tried a number of matches but have not found ‘the one’ yet; and others who have had the painful experience of a blessing that has not worked out. - read more
Witnessing to Young People – LA Style
London, UK, December 2016
By Mieko Davies - email@example.com
In 2016 we welcomed Mrs Hiraki to London to deliver two workshops about her work and witnessing method in Los Angeles USA. Two months ago, following the workshops, we started witnessing in University campuses in London. Although we don’t have great results yet, several people who attended the workshops and who watched the workshop DVDs have asked about our progress so far. - read more
HARP Christmas Workshop
I am a Gift to God
Lisbon, Portugal, 27. -30. December 2016
By Sergio Neto
For three days from December 27 to 30 some of the members of Harp met in Lisbon, Barcarena to participate, reflect and deepen the teachings of True Parents.
While still feeling the Christmas spirit, our motto has helped us to create an environment of gratitude for the knowledge we can acquire from the life of True Parents. During this time in preparation for the Il Shim purity ring ceremony which we intend to carry out briefly during the program, we have set up reflection groups and talked about the importance of determination, faith and our responsibility in our lives. - read more
London, UK, 23. December 2016
"A number of members expressed that Rev Levy and Claire had revived their spirits, giving them new hope and inspiration. The message that Rev Levy and his wife, Mrs Claire Daugherty, shared with us had the power to inspire and motivate us because they have been through the fire in their own family and personal relationships. But no matter how difficult their situations they never gave up, but kept absolute faith in God, True Parents and their Blessing, and fought to overcome all obstacles; and have emerged victorious as a united, loving couple and family. They are the only couple I know of who have been crowned King and Queen of their tribe by their extended family and clan." - read more
The Austrian WFWP was the initiator and main force behind the Christmas celebration of this year. We were so happy to be able to invite the newly founded “Vienna Peace Choir”! This choir had existed many years ago, but then ended. In autumn of this year choir leader Wolfgang Zewe made a new start, and within a short time he could train the members to perform beautiful Christmas songs! - read more
Rome, Italy, 18. December 2016
By Elisabetta Cali
FFPWU Rome, organized a special festival to convey True Parents' love from Jesus to its members and guests.
We do it every year, as a chance to explain the Principle's view on the messiah and testify about True Parents. Several families, with their children attended the event, starting with the Sunday service in the morning. Several passages from True Father' speeches about Jesus were red, until the explanation of the True Parents as the second advent of the messiah, to give Blessing to all mankind. - read more
Lisbon, Portugal, 30. November – 5. December 2016
By Sergio Neto
It was with great joy and great blessing that we were able to receive and have in Portugal for at least five days our European Vice President, Rev. An.
Arriving on November 30 and staying until December 5, leaving our country early in the morning the next day, it was certainly a deep experience of inspiration and enlightenment for all the members who could be with him and listen to content, that we could feel came directly from True Parents, centered on the love, care and concern of our dear and beloved True Mother. - read more
CARP Outreach in Vienna
By Jenny Businaro and Akio Friesacher
After the European Leaders meeting in Prague in March 2016, Nina Urbonya, the liaison from CARP USA followed an invitation to Vienna to create a connection with Carp Austria. Besides presenting the activities of CARP USA, Nina also introduced the “Step Up” program, a series of interactive lectures they developed, based on the DP. In the following months Akio F. (member of the Vienna CARP team), Lukas L. (member of the Vienna HARP team) and Jennifer B. (Vienna Youth Pastor) attended a webinar organized by CARP USA explaining all the 7 Step-Up lectures. - read more
CARP Winter Workshop
Rome, Italy, 11. December 2016
By Italian Second Generation Department
The Italian CARP winter workshop was held in Rome (Colle Mattia) from the 8th to the 11th of December with around twenty participants from different cities. The motto was “Carp awakening: the force is in you!” and it encouraged the participants to find and strengthen the power within each one of us through lectures, discussions and various activities. - read more
1952 - 2016
By Siegfried Jensen and Robert Bentele
Dear brothers and sisters,
We would like to inform you that our beloved sister Franziska Stephan (ne´ Scherrers) peacefully passed into the spirit world in the arms of her husband, Martin, on 24th December 2016 at 4:23 o’clock after a long illness.
Franziska was born 30th April 1952 in Karken, north of Aachen, Germany, near the border of The Netherlands. She grew up in a Rom. Cath. family and joined the Unification Church in August 1974 in Cologne. In September 1978, she was matched to Martin Stephan and blessed with the 2075 couples in New York on 1st July 1982.
Season’s Greetings from the International President - December 23, 2016
Dearest and most precious Blessed Central Families and brothers and sisters from around the world,
On behalf of our beloved True Mother, I wish each and every one of you the happiest of holidays and a glorious New Year 2017!!!
I pray that Heavenly Parent’s abundant love, joy, peace, and blessing will surround you and your family during this holiday season! May each day of the New Year bring you greater happiness, fulfillment, and victory, as we move together toward the fulfillment of Vision 2020 and Cheon Il Guk! - read more
Christmas and Human Rights
Lisbon, Portugal, 11. December 2016
By Marta de Carvalho
WFWP and UPF Portugal joined with FFWPU to hold a meeting to celebrate and commemorate Christmas as well as the International Day of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on December 11, 2016 in the Peace Embassy in Barcarena, Lisbon. The meeting intended to give the Ambassadors for Peace and other guests the opportunity to share about their projects and activities, but also to receive our message of Peace.
Challenges and Opportunities of Our Time
Prague, Czech Republic, 25. November 2016
By Juraj Lajda
Under the auspices of Hon. Nina Nováková, Member of the Czech Parliament, an international conference on the topic “Challenges and Opportunities of Our Time” was convened at the Parliament of the Czech Republic on November 25, 2016. Over 50 participants attended the event, including historians, lawyers, political scientists, social activist, and several students. This was the final of a series of programs that included two round table discussions in Vienna and Budapest, in July and October 2016 respectively. The conference was supported by the Universal Peace Federation‘s Czech chapter, the Hans Seidel Foundation and the European Women’s Union. - read more
Madrid, Spain, December 18, 2016
By Francesca Stabile
On December 18th the Madrid Community had a Christmas celebration. We wanted this celebration to be an opportunity to gather together as a family to celebrate Christmas, Jesus’ birthday.
We had a 4 hoors program starting with Sunday Service at 11:00 and finishing with a charity draw in the afternoon. Sunday service was a bit different this time. We wanted it to be focused on Jesus and we asked 7 people (a child, 2 second gen and 4 first generation members) to choose and read a short part of the Bible about Jesus’ teachings and share with all brothers and sisters why that part of the Bible is important for them or some experiences they had related to that verse. - read more
Copenhagen, Denmark, December 22, 2016
By Lars Neergaard
For several years we have a tradition in FFWPU Denmark to invite friends and members to an annual Christmas Celebration. It is very popular and this year maybe record many attended more than 50 people. The program starts with Sunday service, followed by a traditional Danish Christmas meal and concluding with musical entertainment with Christmas songs. We are fortunate to have a HQ that is a smaller mansion, and therefore can create a cozy and homely atmosphere, in this dark winter season, that underlines the warm feelings connected to Christmas and the light of Jesus Birth.
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South London, UK, December 17, 2016
By Dolores Read
The event, held in Haslemere Hall in Thornton Heath, and MCed by Tina Coombs was a mixture of poems: ‘Hope’ and ‘Peace’ by Eileen Walkin and ‘Word Party’ by Richard Edwards recited by Garima Singh, mixed in with beautiful carols: ‘Oh Holy Night’ sung by Mia Gardiner and ‘Silent Night’ sung by Amy Brown.
There was a pretty and gentle piano piece by Friedrich Burgmuller called ‘Morning Bells’played by Amelia Warren and a popular quiz by Nigel Barrett. The main message given by Mitty Tohma, Vice President WFWP Europe and President of the UK WFWP was on the theme ‘A message of hope’ pointing out that true peace can only come about when families are truly connected with God.
The event’s aim was to raise funds for the Destiny School in Uganda and so there was a slideshow about the recent work there to create pit latrines and a kitchen for over 100 children. This was followed by a raffle and a tasty seasonal buffet for the 50+ participants. In total £130 was raised for the school.