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.

Junior Leadership Task Force Workshop 2018

Junior Leadership Task Force Workshop 2018

High School students from across the United States traveled to the wilderness of Montana to participate in Family Peace Association’s annual leadership training program, Jr. Leadership Task Force, through July and August.

Out here surrounded by mountains, trees, and the clear sky above, there are nearly no human traces. There are not the distractions of our everyday lives back in our homes— TV, music, our phones, computers, or whatever causes us to forget about time, and indulge ourselves in something where we forget about the concept of time. But time is very important, because unlike other materialistic, physical entities, time cannot be replaced. So taking this time from our busy schedules gives us time to clear our body and mind. With no electricity, you wake with the sun and sleep with the moon, like our ancestors did. And at night, up on the mountains, hundreds of stars light up the sky, a sight rare to see back home. You become connected with our original selves, and you come to wonder how we ever forgot about the beauty around ourselves in the world. Kent (16) from Seattle

Preconceptions lead to a mind full of doubt, hopelessness and fear. Nobody knows when the sun will shine, or if it will rain. However, the presence of Shimjung (a Korean word for an impulse to unconditionally give love) has the power to become that one striking beam of light to bring hope, motivation, and success. My friend and I went from door to door in an unfamiliar town of Montana to see if anybody would like to join us in a service project in their community. My mind was mixed with determination and doubt, especially at a place that I have never been to. However, my challenges were meant to be overcome because I wanted to give my sincerity for others to experience the opportunity of selfless service. I saw faces of smiles, expressions and thoughts of consideration, gratitude towards our heart, and the desire to also give back. That Shimjung I saw in people gave me hope and became my light within the darkness. Joo (17) from California

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.