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The Universal Peace Federation - UK's Peace Council gathered many of UPF's UK activists who braved the cold weather and transport difficulties to review, strategise and share about their projects, activities and successes of 2010 to ensure that 2011 will be an even greater success. From enjoying each other's faith festive celebrations, to building low cost houses for the poorest on our planet, from youth mentoring to genocide awareness and the responsibility to protect the most vulnerable from war crimes, it was a rich mix of activities that express UPF's vibrant ideal of humanity living as 'one family under God'.
There was a very healthy and vibrant UPF-UK Peace Council on July 3rd 2010. The Universal Peace Federation Peace Council is held twice a year to draw together the strands of UPF activities in different UK branches. Speakers from across the national discussed their interfaith, community cohesion, cultural, environment, peace and development activities. There was a panel discusion on the establishment of Family Associations and a consultation on the feasibility of the Inter-Religious Council.
When the leaders of the G-20 convened in Washington DC last November, they committed themselves to “lay the foundation for reform to help ensure that a global crisis…does not happen again.”
If there is to be lasting change, the G-20 must acknowledge that the current financial crisis did not happen by accident, and it was by no means inevitable. The root cause of the problem has as much to do with moral, indeed spiritual failure, as governmental or financial mismanagement. For this reason, improved fiscal, economic and trade policies alone are not enough. The attitudes and behaviour of people, institutions and even entire nations must change.
The social sphere that comprises business, trade, and finance is embedded in a wider culture and ethos that, during the best of times in human history, provide the moral and spiritual framework within which we, as human beings, live day to day. Thus, the G-20 must engage in deeper reflection on the moral and spiritual infrastructure that forms the foundation of life in the world. We take an enormous risk when we either ignore or de-value that reality.