On May 1, 2022, KADIWA members from the Ecclesiastical District of Calgary, Canada attended a socializing at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Downtown, Alberta. The activity was one of the district’s first face-to-face endeavors after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the province of Alberta.
Part of the Church-wide CFO Day activity, the socializing included a communication seminar wherein district KADIWA officers, led by Raquel Manuel, district KADIWA president from the Local Congregation of Forest Heights, presented to the attendees different aspects of effective and healthy interpersonal communication.
“Having an in-person activity after a couple of years is really refreshing and inspiring because it’s good to see how all the brethren are eager to see and meet one another. We are happy with the turn out,” Raquel said.
“We learned how to be an effective communicator and how being a good listener helps avoid miscommunication. By being able to be in another person’s shoes, one could avoid misinterpreting other’s actions,” said Thania Padillo, KADIWA vice president of the Local Congregation of Spruce Meadows. “I find in-person activities more engaging,” she added.
The participants shared their communication experience during the icebreaker games.
“Everyone is getting along, interacting really well, and talking to one another. It is the result that we [officers] wanted. This is for all of us, together with the members, to stay all the more edified and more involved in the Church,” said Philip Salvador, district KADIWA edification and propagation committee chairperson of Riverbend, Alberta Local Congregation.
Joyful about the activity, Carrington Catabay, district KADIWA officer, said that “it’s a great way for them to start meeting other people and be active in serving God. It’s good to see old and new faces alike, it’s a great way to reconnect with the brethren.” — With reports from INC News Section