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. www.worldsummit2013.org (For further speeches and photos of the UPF World Summit)

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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Forgiveness for the Future

Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke: World Congress of Faiths

Marina Cantacuzino: The Forgiveness Project (TFP)

Jo Berry: Building Bridges of Peace

Brian Frost: Ecumenist and Writer on Forgiveness

2pm-6pm Saturday 8th September, 2012 – Refreshments at 1.30pm

43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

Sukhbir SinghSukhbir Singh came to present the words of Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh on the Charter of Forgiveness. This Charter adds to the Charter of Compassion that Karen Armstrong and others have initiated. The work on the Charter began four or five years ago and it is not yet finished.

Forgiving is an activity necessary for healing and reconciliation and the overcoming of legacies and memories of injustice, conflicts and wars of the past. This allows people to be liberated from being imprisoned in the past and allows the grace of the Divine to restore peace and harmony among individuals and communities.

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