Israelis Unite through Interfaith Study

UPF and the Jerusalem Interfaith Forum held an interfaith study to celebrate the holidays of three major religions.

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UPF-South Asia Hosts First "Peace Talks" Webinar

UPF-South Asia held its first regional “Peace Talks” webinar on the future of South Asia in a post-coronavirus world.

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UPF-Argentina Commemorates UN International Day of Families via Zoom

UPF-Argentina recognized six couples who have been married for 31–49 years in the context of the International Day of Families 2020.

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UPF “Peace Talks” Extend Their Reach to Bangladesh

UPF-Bangladesh’s “Peace Talks” webinar was on the theme “A Circle of Light: Moving Through and Beyond the Coronavirus Crisis.”

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UPF-Congo Hosts Seminar, Appoints New Ambassador for Peace

From June 27 to 28, 2020, UPF-Congo’s Ambassadors for Peace participated in a two-day seminar having the theme “A Heavenly Congo in a Heavenly Africa.”

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UPF “Peace Talks” Webinar Looks at Post-Covid Economic Outlook for the Americas

Experts from the Americas—North, South and the Caribbean—discuss the economic challenges brought by the pandemic.

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Peace Tour Builds UPF in Swaziland

Manzini, Swaziland - The UPF peace tour in Swaziland featured delivery of peace messages at the Tums George Hotel in Manzini, Swaziland. Among the dignitaries at this well-attended gathering were traditional chiefs, tribal kings, senators, members of the national assembly, religious leaders, and NGO leaders. The opening speech was given by former Minister Mrs. Stella Lukhele, who emphasized “living for the sake of others” and family as the basic unit of everything.

The welcome address was read by Senator Bella Katamzi on behalf of the Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Trusty Gina. An extract of the speech reads: “Unless we can practice the ‘principles of peace’ in our Kingdom of Swaziland, we will continue to face the challenges of HIV/AIDS, dysfunctional families, poverty and hunger. That means that the Kingdom of Swaziland will only be in a state of 'absence of war,' but not at peace within us. I trust the peace messages we will receive today will touch the hearts and minds of all those present today.

The Chairman’s address was read by Rev. Abednego Dlamini, Senator and chairman of UPF-Swaziland. Rev. Peter Wonderlik and Rev. Youngsuk Kim delivered the peace message. Ambassador for Peace certificates were awarded to Chief Prince Kekela Dlamini (a member of the King’s Council), Senator Bella Katamzi, and tribal chief Bishop Musa Mbingo.

Among the participants there was an appreciation for the emphasis in the peace message on strengthening the family, and they pledged a new commitment to their marriages. The call for education for Ambassadors for Peace on an ongoing basis was another popular reflection. Rev. Dlamini and Rev. Wonderlik were interviewed by Swazi TV, and the event made the national news.

To read a message delivered during the UPF peace tours click here.

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UPF Academicians Association Inaugurated in Oceania

Melbourne, Australia—More than 380 people participated in a “Peace Talks” webinar inaugurating the International Association of Academicians for Peace (IAAP) in Oceania.

Jewish Leader Speaks of His Path as a Peacemaker

St. Petersburg, Russia—The spiritual leader, who is also a sports coach and mentor, recalled his interethnic and interreligious activities.

UPF-Argentina’s Monthly Zoom Meeting Has the Topic “Peace With Creation”

Buenos Aires, Argentina—Environmental issues were addressed at UPF-Argentina’s monthly Ambassadors for Peace meeting.