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Father Moon was a man of endless compassion, courage and love. He was a man with a vision, ‘to liberate humanity through the liberation of God’. From a very young age he devoted his life to not only vocalizing this message but also acting on it. It is easy for us to simply say what we believe in peace, unconditional love or human rights, but to go out into the world and endure hardship and barriers both social and political is something to be commended. Father Moon travelled the world visiting one hundred countries in one hundred days without taking a break. In each country he left an imprint of his message by changing someone’s life be it supporting the Jerusalem Declaration or clearing blood between old enemies.
“Please help me to stop this 21st century slaughter!” – this was the impassioned plea from Charlotte Simon representing the Mothers of Congo NGO. Recounting the desperate plight of victims of sexual violence in the war-torn Eastern Congo, she challenged the politicians of the Western world who have unconditionally supported culpable African leaders in neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda to explain how they could permit the tragic devastation and exploitation of both the people and natural wealth of her country.
Glasgow Peace Federation - 21st September, 2013
The Glasgow Peace Federation is a registered Scottish charity set up by Ann Breslin in cooperation with representatives of different faiths in the Glasgow area.Twenty of us gathered in Partick Burgh Hall in Glasgow on the evening of 21st September to commemorate the UN’s International Day of Peace.
This has been one of the most inspiring as well as busy weeks in the UPF-UK and also for the YouthUPF teams. The UN international Day of Peace beautiful concert, “Music For Peace in the Middle East” performed by people from Israel & Palestine, the Ambassador for Peace meeting focussing on 'Growing Through Overcoming Challenging Relationships', and the Youth UPF event, 'An Evening With Nicola Bailey'.
Nicola Bailey is a passionate Assistant Head Teacher and her school Head of Parent and Community Support. She specializes in working with complex sets of stakeholders to accomplish enhanced educational performance among children who have more than average challenges to overcome.
David Fraser-Harris, Universal Peace Federation's (UPF) Middle East Secretary General, described some of the UPF's activities in the region during a rare visit to London last night. As well as explaining his own experience in the region he outlined the UPF humanitarian and interfaith activities in Jordan and Lebanon. Photo link
On UN International Peace Day, Universal Peace Federation - UK helped Tally Koren to organise a wonderful concert of Middle Eastern musicians in support of the Parents Circle Family Forum. 'Music for Peace in the Middle East' included Palestinian Oud player and singer, Nizar Al-Issa, guitarist Udi Glazer, Anna Kempton on Chello, violinist Julia Stone and Woody Dean on the piano and was held in the classic church background of St Peter's in Notting Hill. Photo link here.
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