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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UPF-Malaysia Hosts Successful Multicultural Youth Service Program

Perak, Malaysia—UPF-Malaysia organized a program for the Multicultural Youth Service (MCYS) of Malaysia from October 19 through October 23, with the support of local government, community and university leaders and young people. The main objective of MCYS is to raise up young leaders to serve others for the well-being of the global human community. It intends to provide an environment wherein young people can rise above doctrinal differences, unite in activities of service and learning, and develop leadership abilities that enable them to help create a culture of peace.

MCYS 2018 gathered 52 youths from Malaysia, Japan and Philippines to conduct a five-day service project in a primary school in the village of Sungai Durian, Tanjung Tualang, Perak. Institutions represented included Tunku Abdul Rahman University, the AK Academy, Malaysia Hindu Sangam, International Peace College-Philippines, and CARP-Japan.

With the theme of “Connecting All Hearts as One,” MCYS successfully united participants from different backgrounds to beautify the environment of the primary school with mural paintings, completed together with the primary school children. All the participants worked very hard under the hot sun to paint the murals, but they truly enjoyed the moments of living for the sake of others. They were very thankful to be given this opportunity. The board of directors and the headmistress of the school also gave full support to MCYS by providing all the equipment and facilities for the participants.

MCYS also provided character education and team-building games for the participants. Through the team building games, participants learned how to communicate effectively and cooperate with team members to achieve their goals. In the character education portion, participants learned about the importance of living for the sake of others and being a leader who can bring peace.

During the closing ceremony, participants presented many wonderful offerings, including traditional dances, songs and music performances. Local community leaders also attended the closing ceremony and were touched and inspired by the spirit of the youths; they welcomed the possibility that UPF would initiate future service projects in the village. Through the MCYS, all participants could realize that love, unity and trust can together build a world with lasting peace, harmony and co-prosperity.

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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.