In our first session of the day, we began by addressing the eight cultural spheres, or areas of which a society’s culture is composed, that were introduced by the Divine Principle lecturers last week. These areas are: Education, Sports/Entertainment, Science/Technology, Arts, Business, Media, Religion and Governance. Demian Dunkley, Director of Evangelism at the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) USA, explained that these cultural spheres all contribute to building Cheon Il Guk (God’s heavenly kingdom). We each chose a cultural sphere to focus on and gathered in groups to discuss the significance of each cultural sphere and their impact on society.
We continued delving deeper into the subject by having a Cheon Il Guk Cafe exercise, similar to a World Cafe forum. We tried to do this by first listing True Parents’ top priorities:
Unificationist Youth and Young Adult Education
Marriage and Family Support
Networking and Communication
North and South Korea Relations
Culture and the Arts
In the limited time we had, we chose to expand specifially on the topics of Tribal Messiahship, Unificationist Youth and Young Adult Education, Family Support, and North & South Korea Relations. The Top Gun participants took these topics seriously and engaged in great discussions. A representative from each group shared their ideas with everyone.
We welcomed two special lecturers today — Rev. Ryu Kyeong Seuk, President of FFWPU Korea, and Rev.Gil Ja Sa, wife of Rev. Hyo Won Eu. Rev. Ryu Kyeong Seuk shared reports about initiatives created toward realizing Vision 2020. Rev. Gil Ja Sa explained the design of the Divine Principle and how it allows a lecturer to teach concisely. She shared a video along with Rev. Eu’s personal letters and excerpts from his diary.
Our evening program tonight was an open mic night that lasted for almost three hours. Many of us enthusiastically signed up to perform. We had African dancing, extreme juggling, singing, instrumental accompaniment and storytelling. We got to see the premiere of a Global Top Gun promo video filmed and created by Masataka Asaoka, which received a very supportive and lively cheering, as did each performance.
Despite some of us getting sick, we continue to feel energetic when we spend time together. We only have three more days left of the Global Top Gun workshop. I believe many of us feel this opportunity has been very unique. The connections we made here are precious. We are going beyond our cultural identities and learning about each other through our talents and skills. It’s wonderful to see brothers and sisters instantly feeling comfortable to play music together and engage in sports. I hope this experience is not the end but only the beginning of what is to come in the future of our movement.