Alan Rainer

Universal Peace Federation      

House of Lords            

9th December 2014


Eid Mubarak!

We want to share Eid Greetings from the Universal Peace Federation (UPF). Congratulations on completing fasting and devotions during the Holy Month.

We pray for peace and fairness in the world and that those who are suffering may be comforted. Our heart goes out to those who are experiencing Eid Ul - Fitr during war and desolation. We pray that Allah's Love, Peace and Blessing may be shared between all the human family.

Rev Dr Marcus BraybrookeAs a student in India, I sometimes helped at a Leprosy clinic. The other students were a Muslim from Hyderabad and a Catholic from Sri Lanka. The doctor was Hindu. Together we were helping those in need. This is what interfaith work is really about. All the meetings to overcome inherited hostility and isolation are so that together people of faith can contribute to the healing of the world. Jesus said that he came to bring life in all its fullness. Faith communities should be for the service of all, not for their self-promotion. Interfaith work is not just theological discussions of scholars or spiritual sharing of devotees – it is very relevant both to peace and development. (For further speeches and photos of the UPF World Summit)

The murder of a soldier in Woolwich was a tragic event last night. Our prayers are with his family who must be really suffering. It is also sad to see a backlash from small extremist groups against the Muslim Community. Now is the time for all communities in UK to appreciate the genuine Islamic contribution to UK. The Muslim community should be supported and valued as a vital part of the UK. It is through the democratic process, that the role of the UK soldiers who represent us all, is decided. Our strength and harmony is through the inclusion of all communities in the social and political fabric of the nation. That is a daily responsibility for all of us that now has added importance. The Universal Peace Federation, along with many other groups, promotes interfaith activity to facilitate mutual understanding and enhance this fabric.

Please see Youth UPF visit to Regents Park Mosque

First Panel Jo Berry, Marcus Braybrooke, Brian Frost

A Universal Peace Federation (UPF) event, 'Forgiveness for the Future', was held on Saturday 8th September in London UPF HQ. This is part of a series of conferences over the last four years. The first session was chaired by Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke who began with a minutes silence for UPF Founder, Rev Sun Myung Moon. He read some words of Father Moon on forgiveness. Jo Berry gave a personal testimony of working for the greater good with Patrick McGee who was responsible for the death of her father during the Brighton Bombing. Brian Frost described the significance of the symbolic gesture, the expressions of regret and the care of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that comforted the hearts of the Irish people during her visit to Dublin earlier this year. (Photo Link)


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