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On Sunday June 4th, a lovely June afternoon, the Hackensack Satellite Chapter of WFWP in New Jersey met to more fully understand the mission and history of the United Nations and WFWP's responsibilities as an NGO in General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.To begin, Mrs. Cynthia Nakai, City Chairwoman for Hackensack, explained the origin and meaning of the United Nations Flag. The flag was established in December 1946. It was designated to be light blue, the color of peace; as opposed to red, the color of war. The map on the flag is a flat projection of the world, with no one country given more prominence over another. Two wreaths of peace surround the map, further emphasizing the mission of peace the…
The initiative to start WFWP Girls was first mentioned at the New Jersey WFWP planning meeting in January of this year, where there was a lot of excitement to launch the project. Elizabeth Satellite Chapter was asked to pilot the project for New Jersey. Several Chairwomen meetings ensued to plan and discuss the vision and launching of WFWP Girls. It was exciting for us to be chosen to pilot and launch the project, so we set about preparing. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Women’s Federation for World Peace, the Elizabeth Chapter headed by chairwoman Christine Rapada, launched a new project called WFWP Girls on April 15 at the Peterstown Community Center with great support from WFWP New Jersey and WFWP USA.What is WFWP Girls? This is a group…
Patricia Lofton was a HerStory honoree at the WFWP National Assembly in New Jersey last year. She is very involved with teaching character education and Sunday School classes to children in Irvington, New Jersey, an inner city community with many struggling families. Patricia also attends the Deliverance, Jesus is Coming Church.In March, when I asked Patricia what her plans were for Women's History Month, Patricia was uncertain about what she could do, I recommended that she honor the outstanding women in her church.The date was set for March 19, 2017.As the discussions for the event progressed, I explained the Bridge of Peace Ceremony and the possibility of a Celebration and rededication of Marriage Ceremony. Patricia loved the idea of both programs. Her church agreed to prepare a Celebration of Marriage…
Have you ever had a cup of coffee with someone and paused as they tell you what they have been up to? That was the reaction I had when I heard my friend Claire Haider talk about her experiences with Elizabeth Yamada in Paterson bringing 650 coats to shelters and needy people.I observed her porch filled with jackets and sweaters waiting to be delivered and heard her stories about working in soup kitchens such as Eva's kitchen on Main Street in Paterson.Remembering her hard work, I set a date aside to honor Claire and Elizabeth at a WFWP luncheon. We met Sunday January 22 at the La Havana 59 Restaurant in Moonachie, New Jersey. The restaurant is known locally for its delicious food and the display of original Cuban artifacts…
From August 2016, the Paterson, New Jersey Chapter of WFWP was really busy working on our Annual School Supplies Drive. The school supplies that were collected went to the organizations listed to the right. An additional contribution of 15 bags of school supplies from one of Mrs. Elizabeth Yamada’s neighbors came in after the initial donation.Then in October, Mrs. Elizabeth Yamada was invited by Dr. Judy Foster to speak at The Christian Fellowship Church in Paterson. She was one of four panelists, and her selected topic was WFWP’s theme “Living by the Logic of Love.” She read WFWP Co-Founder, Rev. Moon’s poem, “The Crown of Glory,” and included Jesus’ words, “Love One Another”. She included a personal testimony, and ended with a passage from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Love…
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