NEWS - FFWPU Europe
Interfaith Peace Blessing 2017
Birmingham, United Kingdom, February 18, 2017
Birmingham. The UK's 'second city'. A 'City of Sanctuary'. A city of Tolkien and Lord of the Rings. A city of hundreds of churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and gurudwaras. A city of industry which played a major role in the first and second world wars. Hopefully moving towards being a 'City of Peace'.
By David Earle
We held the annual Interfaith Peace Blessing in the main hall of the Arya Samaj Vedic Mission, situated in Birmingham's heartland near the city centre. This year's Blessing had a somewhat different flavour to previous occasions, making it something of an 'unknown quantity', with no real idea of how many people would attend. Our National Council had decided to make it more of a Family Festival, and in the end the main hall was close to its 300 capacity. We were only able to manage the numbers due to an excellent Family Federation staff, and several supporters, who worked seamlessly together for about 7 hours, providing a very meaningful and joyful experience for all our guests. - read more
‘We Can Do It’ Workshop
Bad Camberg, Germany, 27. – 29. January 2017
As the 4th year of Cheon Il Guk ended and the 5th began, 100 representatives from 16 European nations gathered to participate in the ‘We Can Do It’ workshop. The goal of the workshop, which was run by three members who had come all the way from America on the invitation of the German leadership, was to increase our familiarity with the concept of Tribal Messiahship. These three young men have been building up the educational structure and supporting materials for several years, and have already held several similar workshops in the USA. - read more
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Madrid, Spain, 28. – 29. January 2017
By Maryvonne Jamois
On Saturday January 28th 2017, (1.1 in the 5th year of CIG by Heavenly Calendar) we gathered in Madrid to celebrate 50th Heavenly Parent´s Day. A simple but beautiful offering table was set up to express our gratitude and love for our Heavenly Parent. - read more
Oslo, Norway, 29. January 2017
Around sixty members and guests gathered to celebrate Heavenly Parents Day and True Parents Day. Steinar Murud (NL) gave the sermon and afterwards we shared cake and food from the offering table together with a buffet lunch prepared by all families.
We then had entertainment including songs and a puppet show for the children on the topic of “The Good Samaritan”. There was also fishing for “goody-bags” with “Shaun the Sheep”(puppet). Next the adults had a “Find your love language test” so that we could start the year by becoming more loving partners for our spouses.
Finally the younger generation went on a trip to a nearby lake in the forest in the snow, where they built a fire, grilled sausages and marshmallows, and set aflame their resolutions for the new year!
Training Center, Tirana, Albania, 27. - 28. January 2017
We would like to report you briefly on the beautiful event we had in Albania on national level on January 27th and 28th – on the occasion of welcoming the 5th year of CIG and celebrating 50th True Heavenly Parent’s Day and 58th True Parents’ Day. - read more
Tirana, Albania, 27. January 2017
On the last day of the 4th year of CIG, as part of 100 days’ special activities until Foundation Day, we organized a Blessing Ceremony at the Peace Embassy in Tirana. Around 90 people filled the Peace Embassy hall and 7 couples received the blessing that day. - read more
World Peace Blessing
The Hague, The Netherlands, 21. January 2017
By Rita Salaris
A World Peace Blessing was held in the Christus Triumfator church, The Hague. The audience consisted of 75 participants including 14 2nd gens. Total number of guests was 29 of which 15 couples (a few widowed) were blessed. Officiators: Hans and Mieko Campman, NL of the Netherlands. Second Generation brothers and sisters fulfilled different responsibilities. - read more
Madrid, Spain. 22. January 2017
By Maryvonne Jamois
From beginning of November we had prepared an invitation for the Blessing we planned for January 22nd. We also prepared a small leaflet to explain very briefly the five steps of the Blessing, in order for our families to prepare candidates already married couples for this event. Little by little we had some confirmations the days before, and we were all with great expectations, and from 9.00 in the morning a few brothers and sisters were already here to decorate the venue, and prepare everything to create a lovely atmosphere. - read more
Vienna, Austria, 22. January 2017
By Elisabeth Cook
On Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 FFWPU Vienna hosted a World Peace Blessing Ceremony. Three couples and one lady whose husband has already ascended to the Spirit world were blessed. Around 60 members of the Vienna church attended the event and contributed to its beautiful atmosphere.
Two of the couples are Ambassadors of Peace. All of those who were blessed have been close to our movement for a long time. They also represented two different Christian denominations (Roman-Catholic and Evangelical) and Muslims (Alevits). In preparation, several Divine Principle workshops were held in order to create a better foundation for the couples to understand the value of the Blessing. - read more
Frankfurt, Germany, 11. December 2016
By Claus Dubisz
To inherit and pass on God’s Blessing’ was the theme of the celebratory worship service on the third Sunday in Advent, which included a Holy Blessing ceremony.
Semi and Anna, the couple who were to receive the Blessing, absolutely wanted the ceremony to take place in the old year, because their second child was expected in January. (On 10 January, the healthy and lively Jana, was born). Their desire was that she be born into a ‘very beautiful and as holy a family atmosphere as possible ‘, as expressed by the husband to the smiles of his wife. - read more
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