Assembly of World’s Religions
MacAfee, New Jersey, USA - November 15, 1985
Honorable Chairman, scholars, leaders from religions around the world, ladies and gentlemen!
I welcome you from the bottom of my heart to the Assembly of the World’s Religions. Our gathering here is not an ordinary event. It is itself a great accomplishment that we, from 85 countries and with such a diversity of religions, cultures, traditions, and nationalities, should come together to open our minds, to harmonize with each other, and to share our concerns about the future of humankind. I am sure that God also is delighted with this historical event.
Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK
Ambassador for Peace Meeting
6 pm Tuesday, 29th July 2014
43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA
'A Personal Relationship With God As a Source of Peace'
Please join us on Tuesday July 29th to study together one of the UPF's five principles,
This principle relates to the UPF slogan that 'Humankind is One Family Under God'. God is a loving parent of humankind. This parent - child relationship being a central core to the universe. This establishes a family model of humankind that places rights and responsibilities on family members. There is a source of fundamental rejuvenation, a well spring of life that can be trusted and relied upon through our relationship with our heavenly parent. Faith based organisations can be very effective when the approach is serve all of humanity centred upon God's parental love.
Celebrating Swedish National Day in the Malmo Islamic Centre. It was an honour to have been invited to speak during this programme representing the Universal Peace Federation. The Islamic Centre is famous for its involvement in Malmo public life. Eric Ullenhaag, the Government Minister for Integration, addressed the gathering after the Friday midday prayers.
We had an Ambassador for Peace gathering last night to discuss the five core Peace Principles Universal Peace Federation (UPF) promotes. The presentation was based on the UPF powerpoint Ambassador for Peace Peace Principles
To begin the evening we ran the updated UPF introduction video. Someone who came for the first time, a former Bahrain MP, described his experience at a UPF International Leadership Conference in South Korea. A journalist explained his previous conflict resolution activities in west Africa. These were followed by some very heart-moving personal testimonies.
At the Universal Peace Federation's (UPF) International Women's Day 2014 event in the UK's House of Lords, Margaret Keverian Ali, a Director of UPF UK, spoke of the role of women from a UPF perspective. Co-founded by Father and Mother Moon in 2005, UPF is currently guided by Mother Moon* after the ascension (passing) of Father Moon almost 2 years ago.
Yesterday many Ambassadors for Peace and friends of Universal Peace Federation were attending the Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Global Summit in ExCel centre, London.
As well as the headline leaders of this initiative, Angelina Jolie and William Hague, thousands of UN staff, government officials and NGO representatives took part in a series of expert conferences to highlight both the importance of removing impunity for sexual violence in conflict and the best practices for investigation, documentation and bringing cases to a successful conclusion.
In several instances women panelists or delegates explained that they had been raped and described the painful process of healing both physically and psychologically. Dr Denis Mukwege shared about the work of his Panzi hospital in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, to heal women from the scars of rape in what has been described as the 'rape capital' of the world. He told me of attempts on his life in 2010 that had almost stopped him from working at one stage.
Walter Schwimmer is the Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Chairman of the International Coordinating Committee of the World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations. He gave this speech in Japan during a series of Universal Peace Federation events.
What is Europe? Looking at the map, strictly speaking, and from a geographic point of view, it is not a continent at all but a mere peninsula tacked onto Asia, the Western-most outreach of Eurasia, while Japan is the Eastern-most one. Europe has been considered since ancient times a continent with a strong cultural identity, despite its huge variety of nations, languages, features, landscape and religious beliefs. You will find in Europe 49 states, 200 languages, and several religious affiliations: Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Jews and even Buddhists; there are Latin, Germanic, Slavic and Ottoman traditions, and others. But for millennia this Europe was far from forming unity and providing peace.