Checking Our Packs: Setting Out

Checking Our Packs: Setting Out

In our efforts to become God-centered families, we can work towards developing specific tools of critical thinking skills and channels for open and honest dialogue among family members.

In a sense, these tools function like navigation tools. To get somewhere, we need to know where we want to go and then know how we can get there. We also need to have a compass to keep us headed in the right direction as well as some things in case of emergencies and detours!

On our website, we feature a growing number of articles, activities, discussion questions to get us started to acquire the skills to build healthy, happy families.

Let’s take some time to summarize and articulate some of the conclusions you’ve come to together as a family through this process of building a healthy, happy family.

  1. Sitting around the camp fire can be a moment for family discussions.

    Destination: What kind of family do we want to have?

  2. What we’ll need:
    • Compass (so we’re headed in the right direction)
    • Maps (to plan, set goals/habits to get us there)
    • Tools (help us along the way)
    • Emergency kit (in case of conflicts, major/minor decisions)
  3. What other things do we need?

Try to fill in ideas in the different categories above.

Ask yourselves and each other: What do we have, what do we need? What don’t we need? What might be getting in our way? What do we want to work towards? Are we making room in our everyday lives for this bigger family goal?

No doubt, there will be adjustments along the way but knowing and becoming mindful of these things are going to help us be more conscious of our habits, behaviors, and decisions.

Strengthening Bonds of Understanding: A Family Workshop Experience

Strengthening Bonds of Understanding: A Family Workshop Experience

Family Peace Association encourages families to explore and affirm their core values together as they grow to become God-centered families. Family workshops are becoming a successful model to facilitate exchange between parents and children on important subjects such as values and traditions. Here is a story from a family who attended a recent family workshop hosted by the Family Peace Association in the United States.

Dad was usually reserved at home. He said little, smiled little. But today, he joined his son and daughters in a play as part of a three-day family workshop that explored the universal principles and values of their heritage and how it informs how their family should live as global citizens. He and his son exchanged lines that made the audience laugh. He tried to suppress his own smiles as his daughter joined in with their own punch lines.

Competing in a game of soccer with the whole family.

The family had decided to attend the unique summer workshop together. The workshop was hosted by Family Peace Association USA, organized by a high school student for his Boy Scout Eagle Project. The workshop explored America’s founding principles and how they might be applied more broadly to global citizenship.

Dad initially came to make sure his eldest daughter was cared for; she was recovering from surgery on her foot, which made walking and sitting difficult. He wants to make sure she could get up the stairs, got food and water, and to help ease her pain however he could.

As the days progressed, a deeper purpose emerged as father, daughters, and son explored principles and values together. They began to engage in conversations that are difficult to broach on an everyday basis. They began to share about the values that they aspired to embody as a family.

Sometimes they sat together, parents and children in the same group, sharing and listening to each other. Other times, they sat in separate peer groups, dad with other parents, the children with other young adults. With peers and with one another, they talked about God and His presence in their lives and the world and topics ranging from love to service and goodness.

In self-study sessions, father, son, and daughter had time to delve into research of topics like men and women and ideas that were inspired by God to take risks and strive to make a better world. The workshop provided a shared experience for the family to explore their family’s values together.

Sharing his reflection of the family workshop.

“As an immigrant, I was so inspired to come here with my children to learn how God was involved in the founding of this nation,” reflected dad, who is originally from Japan.

As they studied together, they discovered new things about each other and shared on perhaps the most important things, in ways that they wouldn’t have been able to do in the milieu of every day.

Mom came on the third day to help cook lunch. At the closing they stood together as a family in the closing photo, a memento of the three days that they took to explore and outline the principles and values that they as a family honored, and how they wanted to manifest in in their daily relationships and lives.

No doubt, it would be the first of many they would attend together as a family.

Family Peace Association Inaugural Ceremony in Nepal (Chitwan)

Family Peace Association Inaugural Ceremony in Nepal (Chitwan)

Families in Chitwan, Nepal held a local inaugural ceremony of the Family Peace Association (FPA) on May 5, 2018. A number of community residents attended the inaugural ceremony in Seoul, Korea in December 2017.

The Chitwan inaugural ceremony was attended by more than 500 people from all walks of life, including representatives from different faiths, political parties, and cultural backgrounds. The event included lively musical and cultural performances and speeches from faith leaders emphasizing the importance of family values and the rich heritage of Nepal.

First program of preparation of FPA education at Madhavpur

Building up to the inauguration, FPA members have begun creating “family units” in their local communities. These units aim to foster God-centered, healthy families by providing education and support. Family units are made up of neighbors, friends, and relatives. In the month leading up to the inaugural ceremony, thirteen different education programs were held. The Bijaynagar area family units had over two hundred people engaged in their program.

The local community gatherings provide an opportunity for families, parents, children, and grandparents, to discuss fostering the spiritual consciousness of healthy families, and the importance of building this family culture in everyday life.

The inaugural ceremony marks the beginning of ongoing local efforts to support families to become the building blocks of peace.

 

 

 

 

News Coverage of the Family Peace Association Inaugural Ceremony

News Coverage of the Family Peace Association Inaugural Ceremony

The inaugural ceremony got coverage through some of the largest news outlets in Korea like Newsis and the Joong Ahn Daily.

Here are some of the stories.