Unification News for September 2002
National Parent's Day in Los Angeles
by BillieAnn Sabo
On Saturday afternoon, July 27, 2002, the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the National Parents Day Coalition (NPDC) held an award ceremony at the South Pasadena Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The emcee explained about how national Parents' Day was established and a proclamation from the Mayor of South Pasadena was read.
Performances were given by a duet, a choir and a Chinese folk dancer to celebrate the occasion. During the award ceremony, ten couples were introduced, awarded plaques and asked to share a cup of juice to bless their marriages (all couples present were invited to share a juice cup). They were nominated by friends and pastors from area churches including Catholic, Presbyterian, Scientology, Greek Orthodox, Congregational, United Church of Christ, Mormon and the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification.
There were some moving testimonies given by several of the awardees. One couple's blind daughter offered her rendition of "Amazing Grace" and received a standing ovation.
During the two hour program there were two brief talks on achieving successful family life. One was given by Mr. and Mrs. Hatch of South Pasadena. They received a national-level Parents' Day award last year (2001) from the NPDC. They have published a book entitled Raising a G-Rated Family in an X-Rated World. Local NPDC representative, Mr. Mark Alexander, outlined the four realms of family love which everyone needs to learn about in the "school of love": children's love, fraternal love, conjugal love and parental love. It was an uplifting and inspiring event that concluded with mingling around the refreshment table.
Organizers for this event were Kimiyo Anceney, Era Thompson, David and Sachiko Sato and Mark and Kayo Alexander.
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