Nepal Event at HOL

Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Minister for Co-operatives and Poverty Alleviation, Government of Nepal  gave an update in the UK Parliament on the ongoing peace process in Nepal and the role of civil society within it during a short visit. Hosted by Mr Virendra Sharma MP, the event was attended by Parliamentarians and Ambassadors for Peace who are interested in progress in the search for peace in Nepal.  Photo Link for the event

Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal: Minister for Co-operatives and Poverty Alleviation,

Government of Nepal

Kindly Hosted by Mr. Virendra Sharma MP

3pm-5pm Tuesday,  30th October, 2012

Committee Room 11, House of Commons

You are cordially invited to an afternoon meeting to acknowledge the visit of Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Minister for Co-operatives and Poverty Alleviation, Government of Nepal who will be addressing the Parliament on the 'Nepalese Ongoing Peace Process: Prospects and Challenges'. We will also welcome other officials from Nepal and hopefully HE Dr Suresh Chalise, the Ambassador of Nepal to the UK (TBC). This visit and the opportunity to speak in Parliament has emerged with very short notice but it is a rare opportunity to hear from someone who has been highly involved with the peace process and building a renewed nation after a long term conflict.

Speakers Panel Meeting in the Scottish Parliament

This was a historic occasion, the first meeting of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.  It was also poignant for the fact that Father Moon, founder of the UPF, had passed away just nine days before.

Christina McKelvie, member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Lanark and convener of the European and External Relations Committee, extended a warm welcome to the gathering, which numbered about seventy.  She quoted from the UPF mission statement, recognising the importance of UPF’s work in healing community divisions.  She has recently returned from a visit to Montenegro in the Balkans.

Congo event - eastern DRCLast night Jeremy Corbyn MP hosted an excellent event to promote the campaign, 'The end of Impunity and for the Pathway to Peace in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.'  This event was organised by the Congolese Women's Group, 'Liberation'. Speaking in the photo is the former Prime Minister of Buganda (a semi-autonomous region within Uganda), Joseph Semwogerere Mulwannyamuli who was decrying the lack democracy in the region.  More information from the website:

Wreath from Kim Jong Un to Father MoonGAPYEONG, South Korea — It’s just one floral tribute among hundreds here, but the stand of white paper chrysanthemums draped by a ribbon of Korean characters bears some unique political and diplomatic weight, David R. Sands of The Washington Times reports.

The wreath expresses the condolences of new young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the death of Unification Church founder and spiritual guide the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who devoted much of his life and ministry to seeking an end to the long standoff that has divided the Korean Peninsula for more than 60 years. (Full Article - Rev. Moon lauded for efforts to reunify Koreas)

In a culture that values both hierarchy and diplomatic nuance, the effusive welcome given the Rev. Hyung Jin Moon, the 33-year-old youngest son of Rev. Moon and his designated spiritual successor, on a visit to Pyongyang just days after his father’s death turned heads in both Seoul and Washington. The warm reception also sent a strong signal that the Unification Church’s pioneering business ventures in the North, including a car manufacturer and a resort hotel, will not only survive but also expand despite Rev. Moon’s passing.

Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal PrayerIt’s often said that you really know who your friends are in a time of crisis, and the more than 300 UPF Ambassadors for Peace who made the long journey to Korea to attend the memorial services for Father Moon on September 15 proved that we are more than just friends: we are indeed one family under God. Over a course of three days, the UPF group shared tears, memories, determination, and also plenty of laughter and smiles as we comforted each other and shared testimony as to the many, many ways that this extraordinary man of God had touched all our lives.

Nowhere was this more evident than at the celebratory memorial banquet held after the memorial services Saturday night back in Seoul’s bustling Gangnam district at the Intercontinental Grand Hotel, fittingly located next to the COEX Exhibition Center where just three years ago Dr. Moon launched his best-selling autobiography, 'As a Peace Loving Global Citizen'. Indeed, many of those who came to attend his homegoing service had also been present on that sunny June day in 2009, and there was a sense of reunion in the air.

Father Moon’s impact on interfaith relations was evident from the heartfelt benedictions offered by four representatives from the religious community. Prayers were offered by Bishop Riah al Assal, the immediate past Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, who noted that throughout his diocese, which includes the troubled lands of Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, there is an urgent need for reconciliation of the family of Abraham. (Photo: Rt. Rev'd Riah Abu El Assal offering prayers.)

Dr. Hamdi Mohammed Murad, (Photo: Standing to Bishop Riah's Left) the soft-spoken Muslim cleric from Amman, Jordan, co-founder of the Interfaith Coexistence Research Center there, thanked God for his mercy and kindness, specifically for having allowed everyone present to have lived and worked with Father Moon, a man who loved God so much. Other representatives of the Middle East Peace Initiative (MEPI) also in attendance were Dr. Abraham Shalom Haim, Chair of the Council of Oriental and Sephardic Jews in Spain, and the prominent Druze leader and publisher, Sheik Samih Natur from Jerusalem.

“The Druze community has long been in complete support and agreement with the teachings of Father Moon,” said Natur, who just two weeks ago at the most recent MEPI event in Jerusalem unveiled a five-volume encyclopedia of the Druze religion and culture. “We especially appreciate his profound teachings on marriage and family values, and I am proud to say today we will continue to advance his vision in Israel and throughout the region.”

One Family Under God Is Dr. Sun Myung Moon’s Lasting Legacy  Full article

Coffin Carried up stepsSaturday, September 15, 2012

Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the international religious leader and founder of the Unification Church and the Universal Peace Federation, was laid to rest on September 15 in a series of moving ceremonies held in the mountainous countryside just outside Seoul that Father Moon loved so much in life. (See also One Family Under God Is Dr. Sun Myung Moon’s Lasting Legacy)

In addition to the 50,000 mourners packed in and around the Cheongshim Peace Stadium, church officials Ascension Ceremonyestimated that several millions more participated in the ceremony through live web broadcast and satellite programs in over 100 nations. After a selection of messages of support and condolence received from Korean and world leaders were shown to the mourners on the giant video screens, live coverage began. Father Moon’s body, which had been lying in state for eight days at a small chapel at the nearby Cheon Jeong Goong museum, was reverently led out to the waiting vehicles.

Slowly, the flower-bedecked procession wound its way down the mountainside, through wisps of fog and cloud, to the stadium where the tens of thousands of mourners—women dressed in white and cream and men with dark suits and white ties—were waiting in somber silence. Read full article 


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