March 11-13, 2016 RETREAT
Friday evening to Sunday afternoon
Welcome to Cleeve House in Seend Village in Melksham, Wiltshire
As you may have heard we had a most pleasant and meaningful Winter Retreat in January, and a Spring Retreat in April, and a Summer one in July.
The Retreat will be from Friday dinner approximately 7.30 pm and with the departure on Sunday afternoon before 4.00 pm. The Cleeve House venue was so popular and appreciated by all participants that, we have decided to return there, and enjoy the beautiful countryside.
Happy 2016 from the Universal Peace Federation UK team. It will be a great year.
JAN 14: Introduction to Universal Peace Federation http://ow.ly/Wwqsy
JAN 21: Realstew Showcase: Sustainable Funding http://ow.ly/Wws0X
JAN 28: Genocide Awareness and Holocaust Memorial Day http://ow.ly/Wws7F
FEB 11: Introduction to Universal Peace Federation
FEB 27: Marriage Re-dedication
MAR 11-13: UPF Weekend 'Retreat' Wiltshire countryside
Happy Christmas and / or Seasons Greetings. I hope everyone has a wonderful time with family and friends. I hope we can all commit to do more next year to help everyone, especially those in difficult situations, to have a much better life circumstances and opportunities.
Thank you for so much support during the last year. Please find the upcoming dates for January and February below. Please also find the powerpoint of recent UPF activities on slideshare and other platforms. ( Universal Peace Federation - UK Aug to Dec 2015ow.ly/WjbBG )
The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Annual #Peace Council was a very inspiring occasion. One participant expressed, 'I am so inspired to hear the message of peace expressed today. I am so glad to have been introduced to you. It has given me so much hope.'
The monthly introduction to Universal Peace Federation - UK in the Lancaster Gate HQ was attended by people we had come to know through recent events. There was a stimulating discussion of the five core, universal principles of UPF. (see below)
Universal Peace Federation UK Peace Council
43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA
10.30 am Saturday 5th December, 2015
We wondered if you were interested in the upcoming meeting. It would be nice to see you. If you are limited for time just come for a short time and meet the people.
We would like to invite you to the annual year end gathering as a follow up and a preparation for next year. One of the central themes of the development of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is the Peace Council that was proposed at the founding of the UPF as a place for people from many backgrounds to join together to discuss goals and strategies that can influence a nation or a city in a good direction. It was proposed as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences.
The Peace Council was proposed as the forum to bring together national level people of many backgrounds in order to pool their efforts. UPF in the UK is known for holding events and activities such as commemorating special UN Days such as World Interfaith Harmony Week, UN Day of the Girl, International Women's Day, World Interfaith Harmony Week, Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Youth Engagement in Politics, as well as Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change conferences. We are also known for human rights events, interfaith activities, promotion of the family and the development of Youth UPF. We are a partner of Parliament Week and Youth UPF held a workshop on youth political understanding during Parliament Week 2015. We have held a series of events to raise awareness of human rights issues of sexual violence in eastern DR Congo and Conflict Minerals.
During this Peace Council 2015 we will have contributions from some of the Directors of UPF. They will explain a three year activity and fundraising plan for 2016 – 2018. We have a plan to focus on inter-religious programmes, Importance of the Family and how help strengthen the Family, finally on Peace building, centred on Inter Religious, Inter Racial and Inter Communal, Cooperation as well as Peace Activities.
There will be contributions from several Ambassadors for Peace. These will include Cecilia Hallstrom from Malmo Central Mosque in Sweden and Saoussen Ben Cheikh who will explain her work on the Turkish border with Syria with refugees from the Syrian conflict. She has been working with Medicin Sans Frontiere for several years and now working with another Turkish local charity. There will be a few reports / models of good practice including Birmingham and South London. There will be reports from Charlotte Simon about the work with issues and humanitarian projects relating to DR Congo.
You will be joining Ambassadors for Peace, UPF members and activists from different parts of the UK. There will be a number of notable speakers present on the day who have been part of our regular activities throughout the year.
Annual Membership is only £30 if you join before the Peace Council (or at the reception desk on the day), where entrance to the Peace Council will be £5 instead of £12 to cover lunch costs. Tickets can be bought online in advance to reserve your place through this link. Otherwise it will cost £12 to attend the Peace Council. Please let us know any dietary requirements.
RSVP to reserve your place. We look forward to meeting you on Saturday.