Twenty three people gathered on the evening of January 24, 2007 at Livingstone House in Chislehurst to enjoy a UPF Interreligious Peace Meeting, this time under the title “UPF UK MEPI update” featuring Mr. Robin Marsh as the main speaker.
The audience was greeted by the UPF coordinator for Bromley, Mr. Edward Hartley, who gave a short overview of the work being done and principles behind the UPF, particularly for the three guests joining MEPI (Middle East Peace Initiative) for the first time. Other members of the audience included 15 FFWPU (Family Federation for World Peace and Unification) members and 5 Ambassadors for Peace.
After Mr. Hartley spoke, a new DVD about the work of European Ambassadors for Peace, entitled “Peacemakers”, was shown.
The main talk was delivered by Mr. Robin Marsh. This was a very substantial talk about how Ambassadors for Peace and others are invited to the Holy Land and participate in a four or five day programme, first examining the Palestinian perspective and then the Israeli perspective.
“How do you stay impartial?” one member of the audience asked. Mr. Marsh answered by saying “These two peoples are like brothers. I stay impartial because they are like family members who should be united and combining their talents for the betterment of all people in the region. They both have a case but with help they can resolve these issues and unite!”
“We (the UPF) sometimes get told off because we appear to a person with a particular viewpoint to be biased or because we left some important point out but we like that kind of critique because it helps us to get better and better. We can even act as a mediator between ordinary people such as those who lost relatives, for example, and foreign governments because of the contacts we have and the circles we move in”.
“There is definite hope in the Middle East for a solution to be found”, remarked Mr. Marsh, “We will continue to seek to bring together the right kind of people and to assist in informing them so that they in turn can help bring the peace everyone wants”.
Before breaking for refreshments and lively conversation, the evening ended with Mr. Harley presenting a close neighbour, Mrs. Mylvia Allen, with an Ambassador for Peace award. The award was presented for her thirty five years of investmant as a tutor for children of all different ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds who experience difficulties to reach their true potential.