The Kodiak Co-op Recreating the world one family at a time

May 5, 2016

Making a better community

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The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) has been sponsoring   Peace Starts with Me  events in countries around the world. The most recent one was held at the Nassau Veterans Coliseum in New York at which Dr Hak Ja Han Moon explained that the worlds problems cannot resolved without involving God in their solution. Only a universal perspective in which God is the heavenly parent of all mankind can embrace the diversity needed

She called on attendees to bring about “an ideal world of peace” by living “for the sake of others” and practicing “true love in your families, in your neighborhoods, in your tribes and in your nations.”

At the next meeting of the Kodiak Co-op it was resolved to produce a brochure that explains what it means to practice true love in our families. We will entitle the brochure or newsletter Peace Starts with My Family.

At our first meeting we explained how the formula can be used to resolve even the most intractable problems.

began with a provocative statement. “All the world’s problems start from a common cause. The key to resolving the many difficult problems facing our country lies within the family.”

We began by explaining how two problem areas that most people know about can be approached.

The first example is drugs. Illegal drugs are a huge problem with which individuals, families, the police, and federal government agencies have been fighting a losing battle. This problem can be approached in different ways;

  1. stop the people growing the cocaine or the opium.
  2. disrupt the illegal distribution chain.
  3. help drug users to overcome their drug addiction.
  4. or eliminate the demand by teaching young people to not buy or use drugs.

The only practical way to overcome the scourge of drugs is to eliminate the demand by educating people against buying or even trying* drugs.

* it is well known that people who sell drugs often initially give away free samples to potential users because they know that they will make an ongoing income once the person becomes addicted.

 Another example is the problem of human trafficking, especially of women and young girls as young as 13 or 14, which is a growing concern even in so-called civilized America. It is now a 32 billion dollar a year criminal business second only to illegal drugs.

Again the only way to overcome this problem is to eliminate the demand from the minds of the men who selfishly indulge their lustful desires.

Because these problems like many others facing society originate in the mind, it seems impossible that we will ever overcome them. Even St Paul recognized how hard it is to control one’s mind (Rom 7:20-24). But actually it is precisely because their origin starts in the mind, that education can be effective.

How can we say that the key to solving them lies within the family?  It is within the family that children learn to love their parents, siblings and elders this is why the family is sometimes referred to as the “school of love” because what children learn from their family is what they take with them into society when they leave home.

But there is one lesson that is sometimes missing from this school and that is the class which teaches how to recognize Gods’ love for one’s self and why it is to our benefit to love others. 

Another important lesson is to teach that God originally intended that we all should be able to control our mind through the conscience and the mind should then control the desires of the body for food, sleep, sex, the power to control others for my own selfish benefit etc.

But something happened at the beginning of human history that made our mind into our enemy.

So it is our inability to love and our inability to control our physical desires that are the cause of all the problems in the world.

Men and women have been desperately searching for a way to regain control but have found it to be elusive.

The hope of mankind resides in understanding that God, who is absolute and unchanging, never intended that our mind would become our enemy and He too has been desperately searching for a way to show us how to regain control. Finally, because God is absolute, He will succeed.

God has been inspiring men and women for thousands of years to search for understanding of both internal and external truth through religion and science.

Many great thinkers have tried to integrate these and other areas of study into a comprehensive worldview. They have by-and-large failed because of their inability to reconcile religious beliefs and values with their scientific fields of study.

As a result, individuals today, are forced to put together their own worldviews from values that are passed down in their families, learned mostly from experience, and found to describe their reality sufficiently well to “get by” with. But confusion and chaos reign because people mistake opinions for values lead to wrong behaviors and differing opinions lead to disagreement, division, and conflict.

Teaching children human values through family and school, is what is needed, but not just any values will do.

What is needed is a worldview with the following characteristics;

  • It must be acceptable to all the people of the world.
  • It must be simple and clear enough to teach even very young children about God and the ideal life that God intends.
  • It should also explain Gods motivation and process for creating the world and all living things.
  • It must explain why the world is currently not ideal.
  • It should explain how God has been working with men throughout history to regain His ideal.
  • It should also explain how human beings are to live their daily lives so that their spirit matures along with the physical body and eventually passes into the spiritual world after death to live together with their loved ones for eternity
  • It should explain how scientific knowledge and religious truth can be reconciled.

Once people are educated in such a worldview, these concepts will stay with them throughout their lives. Then we can have tremendous hope to protect our children from the temptations of corrupt society.

My hat goes off to those organizations who rescue and rehabilitate a few individuals here and there, but they will never be able to completely solve these problems by dealing only with the victims or imprisoning those making money from these crimes.

When God created human beings He gave us freedom which is what distinguishes us from animals and allows us to voluntarily love one another and love God. But freedom requires being able to make responsible choices. Freedom and responsibility must be learned, they cannot be simply given or “programmed” into human beings, even by God. God intended for these values to be learned from parents from within the family by actually living them.

For this reason, it is God’s hope that American families will return to teaching young people to become responsible citizens who love others like family, irrespective of color, ethnic, racial or socio-economic background and then take responsibility to lead the rest of the world to follow their example.

All the problems we are facing today in America and around the world are problems of heart and conscience, which no government or military force or any amount of normal education can impact upon.

The mission of the FFWPU is to inspire large numbers of families to come together to educate their children with an absolutely God-centered worldview taught by Reverend Sun Myung Moon. 

Reverend Moon worked for 40 years teaching American families to commit to co-operating with and supporting one another in becoming the leaders that God and our future generations so desperately need. Only then can the self-centeredness that is endemic in society be eliminated. If we do this, big changes will occur in our communities and in the nation.  Once we start to make progress, the world will follow Americas’ example.

 

May 21, 2017

Celebrating Life

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Celebrating Life!

There are many occasions to celebrate throughout life – birthdays, weddings, graduations, house-warmings, funerals etc.  

I would like to give you something you can celebrate every day of your life.

First I need to explain the meaning of a word. The word is – worldview. A worldview is a personal view of how the world works. It is a mental model of reality — a comprehensive framework of ideas & attitudes about the world, ourselves, and life. Unconsciously our worldview influences our behavior.

A worldview is very complex, made up of ideas, values, and concepts some of which are inherited from parents, grandparents, teachers or famous people. For example, people who wear tattoos are not to be trusted, or grandma died of a disease even though we prayed for her recovery, therefore God doesn’t exist.

Some ideas come from our personal life experiences. For example, I have been taken advantage of by businesses run by successful people, therefore in order to succeed in business one needs to take advantage of the customers.

Very few people ever try to identify their values and concepts or understand logically where they come from or whether they are true or false, sensible or incongruent, accurate interpretations or misinterpretations of experiences or events, the only criteria that we care about are that somehow  “it works for me as an individual.”  

North Korea’s leaders, beginning with Kim Il Sung after the Korean war, developed a worldview that America and Americans were aggressive that America still wants to win the war and so the best response is to never be seen as weak else they will attack. In a closed society like North Korea, this view of reality becomes the dominant view of most of the population through propaganda and coercion.

Russian’s have their worldview, China has theirs, ISIS has theirs.

We American’s have ours too, but because the Constitution allows for individual freedom of speech, religion, and assembly, the national ethic of what it means to be a citizen has been redefined by political parties, groups, and individuals sometimes resulting in vastly different points of view. For example, the value of religious charitable giving that so impressed Alexis de Tocqueville in the 1700’s has morphed into a huge federally funded welfare system producing bureaucratic waste and reliance by a few lazy people on the labors of the working man. This has been a critical point of contention between Democrats and Republicans.

A quote from Edmund Burke If you don’t learn from the past you will be doomed to repeat it.

If we look at America’s past history we can learn that many of the problems we are facing today are not new. They have been around for 300 years. 

Lewis Carroll’s character, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, asks the Cheshire Cat —

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ – said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where -‘ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ – said the Cat.
‘- so long as I get somewhere,’ Alice added as an explanation.
‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.”

His satirical reply is also quite relevant to our situation today. If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there and if you don’t know where you are going you can waste a lot of time.

It seems that in America, and other nations too, everyone is walking down a different road, and these roads are becoming more divergent. Also, we are moving in circles getting nowhere.

To me the solution is obvious, we need to come up with a single destination and a process for getting there that everyone wants and can agree on. A single universal worldview.

So this is the gift that I want to give you that will get you out of bed to celebrate each and every day?

It is a worldview called the Divine Principle

After Sun Myung Moon received his mission from Jesus in 1935, he came to realize that the reason there was so much conflict in the world is that all people have different purposes or goals in life. After reflecting that the purpose of any created thing, like a cup, is determined by its creator, and since everything in the universe was created by God, then God must have had a purpose in mind when He created human beings.

Jesus shared with the young Sun Myung Moon, that God has been broken hearted and suffering in pain and anguish throughout history over the treatment we hand out to our fellow human beings. 

By focusing on God’s purpose — why He created us, he was able to obtain answers to many questions that have kept mankind separated from God. In Gen. 1:28 God told the first human beings what our God-given purpose is. 

28 God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Because human beings are both physical and spiritual, the Divine Principle explains about spiritual things as they apply to every human being, therefore, this worldview is not just for Christian people or for any particular religion.

To become fruitful means to perfect our character and become people of unconditional love. Then to increase in number means that after we become able to give unconditional love, we are qualified to be blessed in marriage by God and then co-create and raise Godly offspring.

The Divine Principle unlocks the symbolism and answers many questions about life and the Bible in a way that is supported by science and logic. 

This is what Jesus foretold in John 16:12;

12“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.

Again, in John 16:25, Jesus said;

“Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.”

  • For those who doubt the existence of God, the Principle explains very clearly how we can know and relate to God.
  • For people who revere science, the Divine Principle explains how science is helping to unlock the reasons why God created.
  • The DP explains what Jesus meant and how we can actually develop to this stage of relationship with God. In Matt 5:48

             You, therefore, must become perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.”

  • Just as all things develop through three stages, human beings are meant to develop spiritually through three stages.
  • How do we develop spiritually? Is it through prayer or meditation or faith?
  • Why does God allow evil to exist in the world?
  • What happens after we die? Will we sit around with harps all day long praising God?
  • At the 2nd Coming, will all the faithful people who have since died be raised out of their tombs to meet Christ in the air?
  • What does it mean that Christ will come on the clouds of heaven?
  • When we die what will God’s Judgement be like? Will it be scary or embarrassing?
  • Is the world destined to remain a place of conflict and suffering?
  • What will happen when Christ comes again? Will the world be consumed with fire, will the sun and the moon get dark and the stars fall from the heavens?
  • Will God destroy this evil world and create a new one?
  • What happens to evil people after they die? What is the standard for good and evil? How do I know if God considers me to be an evil person?
  • Why, despite the spiritual salvation given to us by Jesus Christ, are we still unable to live in harmony with our fellow Christians?
  • Why do bad things happen to good people?
  • How does spiritual healing work?
  • Did God really banish Adam and Eve from the Garden because they ate a fruit?
  • Why did Adam and Eve not die as God told them if they disobeyed and “ate the fruit”?
  • Did a literal serpent really tempt Eve?
  • Who or what are evil spirits?
  • How can we be certain that interpretations of verses in the Bible are correct?

It has been my experience in studying the Divine Principle, that my concerns about social problems fade and I find hope in God’s plan for all people. My greatest desire is to share these Principles with others so that they too can celebrate in gratitude to God.

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October 16, 2015

Drug Information

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On Saturday, October 10th, the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) sponsored a presentation by the Drug Enforcement Officer for Kodiak (name withheld for anonymity as he works undercover).

Ten women from the FFWPU attended and put on a light lunch for the 5 guests who came to the meeting.

The officer shared how the presence of drugs in Kodiak has been increasing partly because the dealers coming from out of state can get almost twice as much money for their drugs here as they can in the lower 48, and partly because Kodiak seems like an open place with very little surveillance compared with other airports and sea ports.

He showed some examples of what to look for in your tenants’ or teenagers’ room. Things like specially engineered soft drink cans with removable bottoms, and hidden compartments in cases normally used to carry fishing or hunting gear.

He said that the reason most often given by young people who are caught with drugs is that they were bored.

November 16, 2015

Domestic Violence

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On October 24th, the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification sponsored a presentation on domestic violence at the Kodiak Family Church meeting room.

The presenters were Rebecca (Beckie) Shields, executive director of the Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center and Beth Davis, a faith advocate with the center.

First Shields explained that the problem is not always about hitting, but it is any coercive relationship where the victim is living in an environment of fear. It’s about one person behaving in controlling ways, like putting a woman down verbally all the time or withholding money and then accusing the woman of not meeting the families food needs.

Beth talked about the extra difficulty that women from a faith group might face. Because churches place so much emphasis on good families and good wives etc, this can become a barrier for a victim to come forward because they feel so guilty about not being a good person, wife or parent. For this reason, churches must be tender, gentle and wise when dealing with any person who plucks up the courage to talk about the difficulties in their relationship. We must also think about the husband’s viewpoint and what can be done to help him.

Children too, often witness domestic violence but don’t know what to do about it, they only know that for some reason those who are supposed to be caring for them don’t. Quite often older children and teens will turn to drugs, alcohol or gangs to try to get their needs met.

During question time, David asked Beckie whether the KWRCC would be open to having us support their outreach efforts into the schools. Beckie said that they would and David replied that he would look into what he could find from the FFWPU in the way of educational resources for young people.

The way that FFWPU members teach their own children and adults is to educate them to have a caring heart like a parent before they get married and have children. Caring with the heart of a parent is the closest we can come to understanding Gods point of view towards ourselves, our spouse our children and even people outside of our family. If we can understand Gods point of view it is always loving. When we understand Gods POV (love) for me I don’t want to hurt myself. Once we understand Gods POV (love ) for my spouse and my children I don’t want to hurt them.

The FFWPU believes that teaching people about God and His love in a real and practical way is the key to solving many problems including domestic violence.

Maybe this video may help to develop these ideas.

April 25, 2017

Aussie Culture Night

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Billed as an Outback Evening, on Saturday, March 4, 2017,  from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU)  in Kodiak, guests came to;

  • Learn about Australian culture
  • Sample traditional Damper, Scones with jam and cream and real Billy tea
  • Watch a movie of the poem “The Man from Snowy River” by Australia’s A. B (Banjo) Paterson.
  • Learn the meaning of Aussie slang from the song “Waltzing Matilda”

 

The evening is intended to be the first of many that bring people to a fun event for all the family.

Introducing the meeting the emcee spoke about the need for intercultural understanding in a volatile world in which people fear what they do not understand.

For example, people can easily misunderstand that families from Middle Eastern countries are somehow the same as or in some way sanctioning the horrendous acts committed by Islamic terrorists. Some of the pronouncements of President Trump could sway peoples’ thinking unless they have actually met people from these countries. This can result in bullying at school or attacks on businesses, Mosques or homes. In reality, terrorists are more of a threat to Muslim people from Middle Eastern countries than anyone else.

Other examples might be that people living in America may have bad feelings towards Cubans or Mexicans or Native Americans.

The idea of these events is to demonstrate, especially to young persons, that people from different countries are like us in wanting to live together in harmony. Once you get beyond skin color, language, religion, and dress, different cultures have contributed much that is beautiful in art, literature, sport and ideas to the world.

Of course, Australians are much like Americans in many ways, but sharing some of the more iconic aspects of the country is interesting to people and provides an opportunity for people to meet new people and make friends rather than staying home watching TV.

Next month there will be a sharing of Japanese culture.

 

May 17, 2017

Our Purpose

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For decades, people have tried to come up with an ethical system of governance that will usher in prosperity and peace for everyone.

In America even with our illustrious founding based upon religious equality, political parties have developed each claiming to have the answer to society’s problems. In response, the American people have swung back and forth between parties and candidates always hoping for a better deal  – but no better deal ever emerges.  Things only get worse;

  • Today we see America is declining in prestige as evidenced by small countries, terrorist groups and hackers delighting in bringing her down.
  • American citizens with grievances are joining enemy armies to fight America.
  • Social problems such as violent crime, drugs, pornography, human trafficking, are filling our prisons.
  • Violence against police, women, and minorities, rage being expressed on roads, schools, airlines and in mall parking lots, is on the rise.
  • Corporate greed and collusion with politicians are resulting in pollution, climate change, unemployment.
  • Environmental resources like water, timber, fish, bees and some animals and birds are being decimated by industrial pollution and greed.
  • Americas’ education system, health care system, welfare system and the national debt are not going to serve our children well in the future.

During recent elections, politicians have increasingly been attacking their opponents using very underhanded methods like misleading advertising and fake news. Now, even the results of elections are questioned and the presidency comes under continuous merciless attack from the opposition party and the media. The USA is acting like a third world country. This results in skepticism and distrust of our whole institution of government and laws.

An underlying reason is that the principles and values upon which decisions and actions are based start out with a fatal flaw, one that sees differences among people and ideas as problems.

A quick review of the natural world reveals that diversity was created by our Creator for a good purpose. It is not something that is created by humans that must be eliminated.  What we need is to cease our reliance upon the promises of men and to seek God’s guidance. 

2 Chronicles 7:14

A powerful experience some years ago led me to realize that a phenomenon called synergy could be used to solve all types of problems. In my efforts to understand the process and how it could be replicated, I studied many great thinkers and authors such as Albert Einstein, Buckminster Fuller, M. Scott Peck, Tom Atlee, Stephen Covey, all of whom have similarities.

Covey’s best-selling book “The 3rd Alternative” contains many examples of the effectiveness of this approach, but none of these people come anywhere close to the insights as provided by Reverend Moon.

The teachings of Reverend Moon are contained in the Divine Principle which is a new truth that was obtained directly from Jesus and God. The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) is the institutional carrier of this teaching which God has revealed for people of all religions and backgrounds.  

The FFWPU organizes experiential learning situations through small local groups such as the Kodiak Co-op. As the number of Co-op members who appreciate and practice these principles grows, any problems within families, communities, businesses, states, the nation or even between nations can be resolved. It won’t happen quickly but it is so refreshing to finally have confidence that we can offer a bright future to our children.

These principles are very simple and easy to understand, but they are also profound. Contact David at (312) 550-6676

one of our older members and check it out. You won’t regret it.

 

May 19, 2017

Japanese Cultural Event

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Japanese Culture was showcased at an event held at the FFWPU training center on Selief Lane on 5-6-2017. 

25 members and 25 guests came.

Guests were treated to;

  • Japanese finger food as well as food cooked by young families,
  • Participation in a ceremonial Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • Origami folding instruction,
  • Oriental Caligraphy made to order
  • and educational displays of elaborately ornate ancient Japanese household shrines.
  • There was also an opportunity for ladies to have their photograph taken wearing a traditional Japanese Kimono.

 

The emcee introduced the proceedings by explaining the origins and purpose of the FFWPU.

 

Up until now, it has been very difficult for people to come together and transcend their differences, but in 1936 Sun Myung Moon who at the time was 16 years old, was asked by Jesus Christ to find a worldview that could embrace the diversity of every kind of people on the planet.

Over the next 9 years, SMM studied Gods word and was able to converse spiritually with Jesus and the saints of other religions. Eventually, the most difficult questions that thinkers have wrestled with became clear.

The most important truth he discovered was that for thousands of years God has maintained in His heart the idea of human beings becoming His perfected sons and daughters living harmoniously together in an ideal world. Sadly His efforts through saints and His son Jesus were not complete, leaving both God and the world with incredible suffering, grief and pain and humanity unable to receive their rightful inheritance.

Even though today millions of people worldwide are living in accordance with this new worldview there are still barriers and problems to be overcome before God can rest.  It is because we understand Gods suffering that FFWPU members feel compelled to let people know and experience that God has a strategy to overcome barriers and solve problems at all levels.

If politicians and governments continue to resort to armies and weapons, the future will not be bright because that is not the way that God works.

God’s strategy is to work with families who are committed to raising children of conscience and true love.

For example, by attending a cultural event like this we are demonstrating to our children that the world can become one global family under God.

 

June 8, 2017

Free Coffee

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Some members of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification have decided to offer free coffee to anyone passing by a small wooden booth to be set up on the edge of the FFWPU property.

The purpose is to inspire people to then connect with other people with whom they might not otherwise get to know. Maybe with a smile, a heartfelt greeting “good morning how are you” or thanking them for picking up after their dog. It is something like “Random Acts of Kindness” in action – but with purpose. 

The reasoning behind this is that everyone needs relationships and the norms of trustworthiness and reciprocity that arise from them in order to improve our own and others’ quality of life and overall well-being. 

Social scientists have identified four types of “capital” necessary for success in business and in life;

  1. Financial capital which of course refers to money
  2. Structural capital which refers to buildings, and equipment.
  3. Technological capital which refers to communications and information technologies
  4. Human capital which refers to education, skills, knowledge, experience 
  5. Social capital

Recently, the fifth — “social capital” is gaining prominence in businesses such as Google and by social scientists like  Robert Putnam who says,

“A society of many virtuous but isolated individuals is not necessarily rich in social capital. Social capital refers to connections among individuals – social networks and the norms of reciprocity and trustworthiness that arise from them.”

“When Putnam talks about the significance of social capital he is not talking simply about nostalgia for the 1950s, the effects are much more pervasive. School performance, public health, crime rates, clinical depression, philanthropy, race relations, community development, teen suicide, economic productivity, even simple human happiness — all are demonstrably affected by how (and whether) we connect with our family and friends and neighbors and co-workers.”

Through encouraging social networking based upon acts of service as simple as offering free coffee, we hope to multiply the many social benefits for people of Kodiak.

August 25, 2018

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