Nordic Walking on St. Petersburg ‘Winter Peace Road’

The local chapter of UPF opened the winter season of Peace Road by sponsoring a session of Nordic walking.

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Interfaith Welcome for New Year in Spain

Madrid, Spain—UPF-Spain held an interfaith gathering to ask for God’s blessings on the new year.

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IAPD Is Inaugurated in France

More than 100 participants gathered to inaugurate the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD).

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UPF-UK Holds Year-End Gathering

Ambassadors for Peace, long-standing friends, branch chairs, and others from across the United Kingdom attended the annual meeting.

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Africa Summit: Honoring the Legacy of President Nelson Mandela

UPF and the Royal House of Mandela hosted the conference “Peace and Human Development in Africa” to honor the centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

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UPF Interfaith Initiative Inaugurated in Canada

UPF’s interfaith initiative, the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD), was inaugurated in Canada during UN World Interfaith Harmony Week 2019.

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Peace Road USA Hits the Road in Elizabeth, NJ

Elizabeth, New Jersey—On May 20, Elizabeth became the first U.S. location to hold Peace Road 2018. In partnership with the organization Groundwork Elizabeth and the City of Elizabeth, it was held in conjunction with the city’s annual Tour de Elizabeth bicycle event. It attracted more than 500 bicyclists from around Union County and even neighboring towns and counties.

The bike route was divided into two. The first route covered the western part of the town commencing from the City Hall, while the second route was directed towards the Elizabethport area and the Elizabeth River Trail on the eastern part of the town. They both arrived at the very same spot where everyone started.

Registration started around 7:30 AM, and the tour officially begun at 9 AM. Bikers as young as seven and as old as seventy from different levels of experience came together to celebrate Bike Month and to promote peace and tourism in the city. Elizabeth City Mayor Chris Bollwage, the main organizer, greeted everyone with so much enthusiasm despite the gloomy weather as this year marks the 15th year of Tour de Elizabeth. Bicycles in various shapes and sizes flooded the streets of Elizabeth; even a young mono cyclist participated in the tour. Ten Peace Road bikers made it through the first phase (around 7 miles) in an hour because of several inclined roads. After a short break, the team trekked the second route (around 8 miles), completing the whole 15-mile bike tour.

Jonathan Phillips, the executive director of Groundworks Elizabeth along with bike marshals and local police, guided riders along the path and made sure that everyone was safe. Finishers, filled with pride and a sense of accomplishment, were greeted with big cheers and congratulations.

After the tour, there was a raffle drawing with a grand prize of a brand-new bicycle and helmet. More prizes were raffled off, courtesy of different sponsors and booth exhibitors. Each participant was also provided with a t-shirt, hat and goody bag full of gifts and informative material, including a Peace Road postcard.

Emiljun Rapada, the Peace Road USA 2018 national coordinator, thanked all the participants and encouraged them to join other scheduled locations in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Manhattan, New York, in June and July respectively. UPF’s Peace Road project is an outgrowth of the vision of UPF Founder Sun Myung Moon for an international highway connecting all continents. It began in the United States in 2015 and has expanded to become a series of international annual events. For more information and latest updates, check the Peace Road website (www.peaceroadusa.org).

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World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed in Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia—World Interfaith Harmony Week 2019 inspired a discussion of “Fanaticism and Tolerance – Obstacle and Impetus for Interfaith Dialogue.”

UPF Celebrates Hungarian-South Korean Ties

Budapest, Hungary—Hungary’s 30 years of diplomatic relations with South Korea were celebrated at a UPF event.

UPF Interfaith Initiative Inaugurated in Canada

Toronto, Canada—UPF’s interfaith initiative, the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD), was inaugurated in Canada during UN World Interfaith Harmony Week 2019.