Principles of Peace Seminar - Birmingham 20 May

Principles of Peace Seminar - May 20, Birmingham 

We had a wonderful Peace Seminar last Saturday, with so many very special friends, creating such a lovely atmosphere for Dr David Hanna to share the Principles of Peace with us. The event was held under the umbrella of UPF and WFWP, and in relation to the United Nations Day for the Family. About 120 people, young and old, representing all our different faiths, cultures and nationalities gathered under the one roof! Some were prominent faith and community leaders, while others represented the 'grassroots' of society, including some who arrived recently as refugees from Ukraine.

In three presentations, Rev. Dr. David Hanna gave an overview of the ideal, our reality, and the journey towards a world of peace, and then shared about the lives of our founders, Father and Mother Moon, with many inspiring quotations from Father Moon's words. We could also explain about all the different practical activities of UPF and WFWP, putting theory into practice. Two Ambassador for Peace awards were presented, and we heard words of encouragement from Rev Marcia Levine, Sheikh Nuru Mohammed, and Mrs Swaran Talwar.

There were performances from Julia McHugh, Tom Pritty and Viola Dirnhofer. We had a lot of informal sharing during the day, including over a vegetarian lunch, old friendships were renewed, and many new friendships were made. Everyone gained a lot from the Peace Seminar, feeling inspired and lifted up, taking away something to share with family and friends. A number of us really worked hard on the day, allowing everything to go smoothly. Thanks to everyone for your contribution, as we continue to build peace together. We genuinely felt the spirit of God with us throughout the day.

Dr. David and Patricia Earle head Universal Peace Federation - UK's Inter-Religious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD)

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