Brunch at the Garden Inspires Young Adults
FFWPU USA: Young adult Unificationists are itching to make a profound impact on the world, having inherited True Father’s strong vision to create a peaceful and God-centered society. Two months ago, at the National Memorial Service for the second anniversary of True Father’s Seonghwa, there was a young adult gathering to discuss how they would like to carry forward a piece of his legacy. The meeting inspired productive conversations on ways to improve our community with the tools we have at hand. The general consensus was that more opportunities to meet and brainstorm on these topics were needed.
Answering the call, the USA National Ministry Team organized “Brunch at the Garden” on November 1, 2014. This all-day event at East Garden was designed for young adult Unificationists to address concerns and hopes for the future of our church community. Demian Dunkley, Director of Evangelism for the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU USA) facilitated ten tables of small group discussions over a delicious brunch. Each group brainstormed to find clear, tangible, and relevant ways to put our faith into action. Feedback was collected from every table and a live analysis of the discussion was projected on a screen for all to see.
Following these two discussion sessions, FFWPU USA President, Dr. Michael Balcomb shared about his own experiences at East Garden with True Father, and encouraged everyone to carry True Father’s spirit with them during the meeting. “Find True Father as a real man,” he said. “A man who faced difficulties that we face, challenges that we face. Sometimes he stumbled but never fell, because God was so real to him. He knew, ‘I can’t stop. I can’t give in, because God is relying on me.’ I want you to have that kind of experience. ”
Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, Continental Director of FFWPU North America, offered spiritual guidance and encouraged the young adult crowd to continue to share their great ideas. “With True Parents’ ideals we have great hope to build a community that will be the hope of America and the hope of the world. I believe that you are here on that foundation, and that foundation has moved your heart to come here today for the sake of True Parents. With this kind of spirit, and with this kind of gathering, you can have the greatest ideas that we never heard before. This gathering can be the engine and moving force to change. For change to happen, we have to work together. If there is no change in one month, continue and share about your ideas and your prayer and your spiritual power to act. In the future you will see and feel a difference.” Read More