On the 26-28 July, 27 Ambassadors for Peace including staff, travelled from Birmingham, Swindon and London to attend the weekend retreat in Cleeve House, a beautiful manor house surrounded by the Wiltshire country side. For UPF UK Ambassadors for Peace the quarterly retreat is a perfect place and time to share and discuss principles of peace that could change the world transcending religion, race or nationality.
The United Nations' theme of the Culture of Peace has been supported by the Universal Peace Federation and its Founders, Father and Mother Moon. This evening highlighted perspectives on the vision of 'Building a Culture of Peace' from Hon. Faisal Karim Kundi, former Deputy Speaker of Pakistan who is visiting the UK, Keith Best QC, Chair of UPF-UK's Board and Robin Marsh, UPF-UK Secretary General.
Imagine Committee Room 10 at the Houses of Parliament, full to capacity of 100 people! Only standing room! A group of 20 bright, selfless young achievers from various backgrounds, who were nominated by Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK Ambassadors for Peace, had come to receive their “UPF Young Achievers Award” for their outstanding work through service and volunteering. The young achievers were surrounded by a supportive group of friends, family, as well as UPF Ambassadors for Peace.
Family and friends gathered in Lancaster Gate to participate in a Family Festival to celebrate the importance of marriage to bring together people in love from many different races, religions and nationalities in today’s divided world.
It was an insightful programme introducing the principles of Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation. Facilitated by Dr Yehoeshahfaht Ben Israel, an eclectic group attended the session. The vast majority showed interest in taking the longer training being offered. With both small discussion groups considering some core principles and exercises to practice the listening skills needed to mediate, it was a profound experience.
UPF's Africa Day celebration was an inspiring, passionate, colourful day with a contrast of speeches highlighting injustice, cultural dancing and singing. It was a programme with many Africans who had expertise or concern about a region of the African continent. Refugees from Eritrea, Egyptian rap about youth poverty in the land of the Pharoahs, poorly performing hydro-electric dams in DRC, to mentoring the future potential leadership across Africa: it was an eclectic mix.