The Glasgow Museum of Religious Life and Art was the venue for the latest meeting held by the Glasgow Character Foundation, supported by UPF and other local interfaith bodies. Approximately thirty guests gathered to hear presentations on the theme, “The Cause of Conflict.”
Daresh Nahar, Ambassador for Peace and member of the organization Global Unity, was M.C.
Prior to the presentations we saw a brief video of the UPF assembly in New York in September 2007, thus introducing some of the audience to Reverend and Mrs Moon and UPF.
All the speakers agreed that the world's conflict and turmoil was a reflection of man's inner struggle to do good and follow a righteous path.
Teacher, poet and writer Shamaaila Nooranne asked us to examine closely our perceptions of others and other faiths and to be open in heart and mind. She presented a very open and personal Islamic perspective endorsing the family as the key to national well-being.
Robert Williamson from UPF Edinburgh gave an insightful power point presentation underlining how the hope of all ages and all religions is a unified world of peace. All religions point to the Fall of Man as the cause of our mind/body struggle. This sinful or fallen nature brings about our world of conflict and therefore we need a saviour or prophet to take us forward.
Warris Abdullah spoke of his difficulties as a Christian in Pakistan but urged us to rely on The Holy Spirit's grace and guidance.
The meeting was then open for questions and discussion.
Each participant had been given the name of three nations, on arrival. In turn, we all intoned, “May peace be with...(the names of those 3 nations). When the round had been completed all said, “May Peace Prevail on Earth, Ah Ju!”