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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…
Published in New Jersey
The spirit of the Women Helping Women initiative that began in the Arizona Chapter of WFWP and spread from there to various other states this past year also recently reached Northern California. The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of WFWP just concluded their own project to collect gently used handbags for homeless women, which we filled with toiletries and personal items. We started collecting them in March by reaching out to our community and friends. WFWP planning committee member Liz Beurgi collected many purses from her yoga students who were so happy to do something for the homeless women. We received many donations of items to put into the purses and also purchased many other essential items.On April 12th, Yong Sung Leal, who works at…
Published in Northern California
Having children changed my whole world and helped me understand God’s heart more deeply. I am married and have four children ages 21-28, one daughter and three sons. It is such a joy to see them grow and become amazing human beings and develop their talents and contribute to the world. I am blessed to have them close by right now and can spend time with them. We all have a love for nature and spend lots of time hiking the beautiful wooded trails and coastline of the gorgeous Northwest! I will always be a worrying Italian mamma, and we have had our share of family challenges; but as they have grown and matured I am liberated to experience incredibly joyful relationships in our family.As…
Published in Oregon/Cascade
WFWP’s Co-founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon established the Sun Hak Peace Foundation in 2014 in order to continue her husband, the late Dr. Sun Myung Moon’s, legacy of peace. Together, they promoted the vision of “One Family under God,” a world wherein all people live together as one global family, transcending barriers of race, religion, nationality, and culture.The theme for the 2017 prize focused on the global refugee crisis. This is the first reason I was so excited and curious who would be chosen as recipients. Seeing so many people having to flee from Syria breaks our hearts and sheds light on the global crises of people being displaced. So on February 3rd, when the Award Ceremony was held in South Korea, I was…
Published in National
The ladies of the Arizona Chapter of WFWP organized an International Women’s Family Day on March 11. There are a few phenomenal women and organizations that have contributed unselfishly to the community and WFWP decided to honor them on that day. There was a good turnout of around 50 people there.Since October 2016, Arizona has been blessed to have Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner and Police Chief Jeri Williams as the heads of their organizations and women leaders. We honored Chief Kara with a HerStory award. Chief Jeri will meet with us in April to receive her HerStory award.The big event took place at the Daley Park right across from our Peace Embassy in Tempe, Arizona. The weather was perfect and the kids had a great…
Published in Arizona
Arizona Chairwoman Rhia Luz has been deeply inspired by Mother Moon’s guidance that a parent is looking for a child who can do ten or twenty things beyond what the parent asks; and has embraced the spirit to take initiative in creating activities that can fulfill a more peaceful world through “Vision 2020.” Thus, she thought that celebrating WFWP’s 25th anniversary this year would reach many people to educate them on Mother Moon’s vision to inspire all women to work together. She brought her idea to local WFWP supporters who were deeply inspired and committed to work together on this event.Several local Arizona beauty queens, their moms, and Naye Olvera, online radio hostess, were very inspired to join in creating, supporting, and promoting the 25th…
Published in Arizona
Thanks to the steadfastness of Dottie Chicquelo, chairwoman for community outreach of the MD chapter, members recently volunteered their time and effort at the “Santa Shop” of the Shepherd’s Cove Women’s Shelter in Capitol Heights, Maryland.Generous donors and community organizations had already provided a multitude of toys, games, books, musical instruments, and clothing -- gifts for children ranging in age from infant to teen. On December 20, representatives of the WFWP Maryland chapter gathered at the shelter to assist staff in sorting and organizing these gifts in preparation for an orderly distribution.It was amazing to experience the loving generosity of donors as bag after bag of gifts flowed into the distribution room. It was easy for us as volunteers to imagine the joy that would…
Published in Maryland
The Women's Federation for World Peace National Assembly for 2016 has come and gone; but one aspect of that very successful event still resonates with me: Honoring Veterans. Denneze Nelson, New Jersey Chairwoman offered me a ride to the airport after the Marriage Blessing Celebration on Sunday. She asked if it was okay to make a stop along the way. She wanted to visit the home of Mrs. Ethel Gordon, who is the caregiver for Ms. Kathleen F. As a veteran of the United States Air Force, she served as an officer in the Beirut, Lebanon forces from 1979 until 1989.Kathleen was one of several veterans invited to the WFWP Assembly as a recipient in the Veteran's Award Ceremony. Unfortunately she was not able to…
Published in National
Editor's Note: Following is an excerpt of Aimmee's presentation at the Assembly. She spoke from her heart about her story as a refugee in the Lebanese War and the lessons she learned and shared with us. The link at the bottom takes you to the video to experience her deep presentation.If you want to make a difference in the world, if you want to change the world, the best way to do it is to connect with one another.Love each other. If we want to stop wars, if we want to stop violence, if we want to move forward in life; the best way to do it is to guide yourself and others with love and compassion. I am where I am today because of…
Published in National
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