ONE GLOBAL HUMAN FAMILY BUILT ON LOVE, PEACE & UNITY
By Justina Mutale
African Woman of the Year 2012 and UPF Ambassador for Peace
2nd Anniversary of the Ascension of Father Sun Myung Moon
Founder of the Universal Peace Federation
Lancaster Gate, London, Saturday 16th August 2014
Each time I switch on the television in the past few months, I am greeted with horrifying images of war - images of humans killing other humans. Humans fleeing war waged by fellow humans; humans dying from gunfire or bombs dropped by fellow humans; humans dying of hunger, poverty, dehydration, lack of water, lack of food, lack of shelter - all caused by fellow humans. Humans fleeing their homes or being chased out of their homes by other humans; humans becoming refugees in their own homes and in their own countries; humans trying to flee to neighbouring countries for safety, from fellow humans.
Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK
2nd Anniversary of Father Moon's Ascension
3:00pm, Saturday, 16th August 2014
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.
Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK
Anniversary of Father Moon's Ascension (UPF Co-Founder)
Speech by IMAM DR Mufti Abduljalil Sajid, The Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony UK
‘I have witnessed myself his great contribution in building bridges to bring peace in the world. That is why he is rightly named as a ‘peace king’ and he has worked beyond borders of any differences of race, culture, religion and many other differences in which we human beings are divided.’
The two slogans emphasised by Rev'd Moon I first heard from my father at the age of four and a half. He taught me several sentences in Arabic from the Koran:
‘Best human beings are those who serve others, (my father added) selflessly’
When I read that Rev'd Moon said ‘you must live for the sake of others’, I thought that 'this is the Prophet’s Message so he is the Prophet of God who inviting us to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of others.'
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.
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.
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.