Imam Dr Abduljalil Sajid examines the vision of the UN Inter-religious Council as an advisory body to guide the world political leadership on moral and spiritual issues for creating better world. The formation of the UN Inter-Religious Council is the founding vision of the Universal Peace Federation. It will be considered in the UPF Peace Council in London on Saturday 4th December. (For more info)
We the participants, Muslims, Christians and Jews, from different denominations, meet today in London, to express our solidarity with and support for our brothers and sisters of the Iraqi Christian community who have been subjected to terrorist attacks, in particular the congregation of ‘Our Lady of Salvation’ in Baghdad. We emphasise the shared cultural heritage of Muslims and Christians in Iraq, as well as other faiths and denominations, as they have lived together peacefully for generations not only in Iraq but also in other Arab countries and elsewhere. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Iraqi Christians to confront the terror and fear that this important part of Iraqi society now faces, emphasising that these terrorist attacks will not succeed in dividing us and destroying the great values that we share and out long history of peaceful coexistence.
The third in a series of Forgiveness and Reconciliation Conferences, chaired by Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, considering not so much the theological statements about forgiveness but the personal experiences of those who have strived to forgive or be forgiven based on belief in those statements. The testimonies were from a series of people who shared about their struggles within wider community or national level conflicts, and those who had suffered personally in individual relationship problems. (Event photo link)
Building a Culture of Peace - The Role of the Little Angels
House of Commons, Sept 30th 2010
Dr Bo Hi Pak explained the history and purpose of the Little Angels during a session in the House of Commons to coincide with their visit to the UK. After showing a video of the Little Angels Tour to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, Dr Pak shared his gratitude to the UN forces who came to South Korea's aid during the conflict. The Little Angels have performed in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, in order to build relationships between the two nations who have never signed a peace treaty. (Photo Link here) Video link of Dr Pak's speech: http://vimeo.com/15585423
The Little Angels, the Korean Children’s Folk Ballet troupe, came to London on October 2nd 2010 to bring thanks to those British veterans of the Korean War on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of that conflict. It was a poignant occasion of exquisite art and tearful remembrance.
Attended by many Ambassadors for Peace, diplomats, political and religious figures, Sadler’s Wells was full with many newcomers to Korean culture in both a matinee and an evening performance. The audience was captivated by the grace and dignity of the young performers of Korea’s foremost art and culture school. Photo link here. Video Link.
Youth and Development
Written by Emanuele Militello
The United Nations ‘International Day of Peace’ was celebrated at the UPF UK Headquarters in Lancaster Gate on 23rd September. The event happens to coincide with UN Summit for The Millennium Development Goals with guest speakers’ theming their talks on Youth, Peace and Development. We had the pleasure of having Dr David Hoile an expert in Sudan and Darfur, Keldon Alleyne from Lewisham Youth Aid and Seja Majeed from vinspired, the youth volunteering organisation, speaking at the event.