Interfaith Prayers at UPF World Summit

Sunday, February 24, 2013 
Seoul, Korea

National flags flanked a hall of the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel filled with 800 delegates from 91 nations attending UPF's World Summit 2013 in Seoul, Korea, February 22 to 25.

"Peace and security are blessings from God, and it is vital to use all the teachings that come from God and take wise and bold measures to establish lasting peace and security," declared H.E. Mohammad Karim Khalili, Vice President of Afghanistan. (For further speeches and photos of the UPF World Summit)

Charlotte Simon

Tragedy in the Democratic Republic of Congo -

Mothers of Congo

18:30 Friday 1st March,

43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

Partly as  a gesture of thanks to the Universal Peace Federation - UK for all the support given to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the "Mothers of Congo" would like to extend an invitation all members, other NGO's and friends to a Congolese evening on 1st of March 2013 (from 18.30 until 21:00 pm) at 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA. During the evening you will be able to experience Congolese culture, sample its food and enjoy the best of Congolese music.

We would like to take this opportunity to inform our guests who are not aware of the tragic situation in the DRC. Eastern DRC, especially, was one of the most beautiful places in the world but is now recognised as one of the most dangerous places on earth. We will see a brief video followed by a talk.There will be an explanation of 'conflict minerals' that originate in the lawless area of eastern DRC and are used extensively in our smart phones, tablets and laptops. The money paid for these precious minerals is part of the reason for the violence in the region. We would also like to give time for Q-A and discussion as to how we can support each other's campaigns, humanitarian efforts and activities.

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:

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

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

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.


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