Israel’s Faith Leaders Pray during Pandemic

Leaders representing four main religions met to pray for the healing of the world from coronavirus.

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UPF-Korea Event Supports Launch of New Organization

UPF-Korea held an event in support of the launch of the Heavenly Parent’s Holy Community, an affiliated organization, which was broadcast online and attended by 810 participants.

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Russian Orthodox Cleric Promotes Pedagogy of Peace

A prominent Russian Orthodox cleric was the first guest in a series of online meetings on interreligious cooperation.

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Africa Day Event Tackles Major Issues

An Africa Day commemoration discussed violence against women and government corruption.

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India Celebrates Global Day of Parents with Virtual Conference

UPF-India celebrated the UN Global Day of Parents 2020 by organizing a virtual conference on “Parental Love is the Key to Combating COVID-19,” with several hundred participants.

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Faith for Earth: Climate Change and Environmental Justice

The Coalition of Faith Based Organizations, a partner organization of UPF, hosted a June 4th webinar on Faith for Earth: Climate Change and Environmental Justice..

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Peace Rally Held in Angola

Angola - A rally to deliver the UPF peace messagae was held in the capital of Angola, in the hall of the African League on October 7. The 102 people attending the event included government administrators, Muslim and Christian religious leaders, university professors, party heads, leaders of NGOs, diplomats, and journalists. The national television showed an interview with the secretary general of UPF and gave the event seven minutes of coverage during the news show. This enabled people to understand the activities of UPF and its Founders’ vision for world peace and the development of a culture of living for the sake of others.

The October 14 rally in Cabinda was covered by local television and radio. A representative of the governor attended, along with local government officials, Christian leaders, business people, and representatives from civil society. The 150 people in attendance gained a better understanding of UPF and its Founder. Participants requested another rally in Cabinda in the near future.

Cabinda is an enclave situated on the Atlantic coast north of Angola, separated from Angola by a portion of Congo-Brazzaville. The enclave was given to Angola by Portugal after its independence in 1975. A separatist group known as FLEC (Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda) was formed that year and fought against the former communist government of Angola, adding to the strife caused by 27 years of civil war throughout Angola. Many of the people struggling for independence have been drawn to UPF and its vision for peacemaking, including Antonio Bento Bembe, leader of the Cabindan Forum for Dialogue.

On April 4, 2006 FLEC rebels agreed to end hostilities against the central government, in return for the government giving the Cabinda enclave if not independence some autonomy and special status on account of its resources, which include petrol and lumber. The Angola government will invest in several local development projects. Cabindan refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Congo Brazzaville are coming back to Cabinda to support the reconciliation process. This is a special, historic opportunity for UPF to put its vision of peace and reconciliation into practice, using radio and television.

The rally in Lubangu City, in the southwest province of Huila, was also held on October 14. It attracted about 50 people, including members of local government, university professors, local churches leaders and journalists. Dr. Manuel Adao Domingos, president of UPF-Angola led the rally. The local radio station did a special program before the rally in which representatives of UPF-Angola explained the Founders’ activities and vision of peace. There also, people requested that another rally be held in the near future.

In September UPF received legal recognition enabling it to work everywhere in Angola, from Cabinda in the north to Cunene in the south, along the border with Namibia.

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

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UPF-Congo Hosts Seminar, Appoints New Ambassador for Peace

Pointe Noire, Congo—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.”

UPF-USA’s 11th Weekly Prayer Webcast Includes Representatives from the Three Abrahamic Faiths

United States—UPF-USA’s eleventh weekly Interfaith Prayer for the Nation and the World was convened on the Zoom and Facebook platforms on Thursday, June 18, at 1 PM (EDT) through a call out to Ambassadors for Peace, UPF members and friends of UPF.

Israelis Unite through Interfaith Study

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