UK: Inspirational Weekend with Divine Principle
By Lynnda Houston, FFWPU Scotland (May 28, 2018)
For three wonderful days Scottish members of all ages, ranging from three years of age to the upper seventies gathered at the Bonaly Outdoor Center to study the Divine Principle together. Throughout the workshop people arrived as they could around their busy schedules – 10 people attending on the Friday and approximately 20 people Saturday and Sunday.
The Friday was a rainy, gloomy day. People arrived slowly. We had dinner together in the evening and spirits were lifted as we chatted and enjoyed each other’s company like a family would. The actual workshop started at 8pm with singing, a welcome, and the introduction to the Divine Principle prepared by MC Gustavo Santos.
The next day we had lectures on the Principles of Creation and the Fall given by Simone Tammiso. Each session began with singing led by Lynnda Houston and accompanied by Malcolm Spencer and everyone chimed in happily, really lifting the workshop spirit. After each lecture we discussed the topic in small groups and then shared it with the whole group. In the afternoon people participated in activities such as visiting the alpacas down the road, going for hikes, playing badminton or table tennis. In the afternoon the lectures resumed, this time given by David Fraser Harris on the topics of Christology and Restoration. In the evening David led a much appreciated, though chaotic, round of Scottish Ceilidh dance with Malcolm Spencer playing the fiddle.
The final day workshop was concluded by lectures on Parallels of history, and True Parents life. We had lunch together, cleaned up, wrote reflections and finally departed.
It was a wonderful workshop that brought people together of all ages, generations and thus various points of views which really enhanced the discussions around the Divine Principle, gave wake to new realizations and created a family atmosphere around the workshop.