'The Impact of Migration on Families Worldwide' By Sister Kate Holmstrom:
Bonjour! Buenos dias! Dzen dobre! Al-salam al-lekum! Namaste! Jambo! Nee ha!
An event focussing on Families and Migration gathered about 35 people at the Quaker Centre, Milton Keynes, on 15 May, observing UN International Day of Families 2010, at the invitation of Christa Rennie of the WFWP (Women’s Federation for World Peace) and her husband David, of the Universal Peace Federation. Navrita Atwal from the MK Equality Council spoke on “Family Values from an Asian Perspective”, Ayser Ali on “The Journey of a Family from Iraq to the West”, I (Sr Kate) on my experience with refugee and immigrant families in London, Milton Keynes and Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, and David on the “Vision of the Universal Peace Federation”. ('Refugee Child' link to poem by Sister Kate Holmstrom)
On May 11th 2010 Mr Om Parkash Sharma MBE passed away. Mr Sharma (middle in photo) was a great friend of the Universal Peace Federation and an Ambassador for Peace. His funeral was today. Hearing more about his life from his family members extended our understanding of his kindness to a much wider realm of his life. He was able to touch so many people with his compassion and care.
On the occasion of the International Day of Families, the Universal Peace Federation honors UN resolution 52/81 of 12 December 1997, in which the United Nations General Assembly recognizes the need to strengthen and support families in performing their societal and developmental functions. UPF offers the following recommendations:
Kathmandu, Nepal - A new book written by Dr. Robert S. Kittel entitled 'Two Paths to Peace' is a case study highlighting the role which the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in Nepal has played, and continues to play, in helping peace return to the Land of Buddha.
It was presented to the Hon. Nilamber Acharya, Chairman of the Constitutional Committee of the Constituent Assembly on April 12, 2010. A total of 70 books were given to the committee at a program organized at the Parliament Secretariat. The book also offers insights into UPF Founders, Dr. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, and documents the contributions of their visits to Nepal and the initiatives they inspired to the peace process in Nepal from 2005 to 2009. Buy or Download Book Report by UPF Nepal.
Caritas Baby Hospital, Bethlehem has long been a favourite place for the Universal Peace Federation’s Middle East Peace Initiative to visit. On Thursday April 15th there was an appeal made by Daniel Hurter and Andreas Bachofner of Children’s Relief Bethlehem UK during the Joint Faiths' Celebration.
Daniel Hurter introduced a heartwarming 7 minute video of the work of Children’s Relief Bethlehem which finances and manages the Caritas Baby Hospital. (This can be seen by the video link. For further information please see link.) They provide medical care for all children regardless of race, religion or ability to pay, together with health education and other projects to benefit families in this troubled region of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
For more information please visit www.childrens-relief-bethlehem.org.uk
The Joint Faith’s Celebration was a accumulation of sharing, talk, reading, food, music and drama highlighting the significance of ‘Mawlid An-Nabi (Birth of Prophet Mohammed), Pesach (Passover), Easter And Vaisakhi’. Around the sharing of these precious faiths’ holy events there were many significant meetings among the 80 plus people gathered, including interfaith figures such as Rev. Dr Marcus Braybrooke, President of the World Congress of Faiths, Community Cohesion figures such as Dr Husna Ahmad, CEO, Faith Regen Foundation, Marilyn Brummer of the League of Jewish Women and humanitarian influential figures such as Dr Saif Ahmad, (MADE in Europe), Dr Hojjat Ramzy, Proprietor of the Iqra Girls’ School in Oxford and a presentation by Daniel Hurter about Children’s Relief Bethlehem. Photo Link