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 Tour Inaugurates UPF in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka has been plagued by fighting between the largely Buddhist Sinhalese populations settled mostly in the West, and the Tamil, largely Hindu population in the Northeast, many of them wanting independence from the Sinhalese.

But for the inauguration of the Universal Peace Federation, all was peaceful and calm. An excellent team was at work preparing for the inaugural event including Mr. Thilairajan, Dr. Robert Kittel, and Rev. John Gehring from New York, Ambassador D.L. Mendis, Japanese and Nepalese volunteers, and Ambassadors for Peace.

A dance performance by the Musaeus College was a treat to the audience. The teacher and some of their students had performed at the World Culture and Sports Festival in Korea.


The main program speakers included Dr. Baptist Croos, who cited the well-known teaching of Confucius that if we have righteousness in character, we have harmony in the family, and if we have harmony in the family, we have peace in the nation, and if we have peace in the nation, there will peace on heaven and earth.

Ven. Dr. Kotte Pannindria Thero spoke of important Buddhist virtues that essential to peace. Then Hon. Loku Bandara, Ambassador for Peace and Speaker of the Sri Lankan parliament, welcomed Dr. Sun Myung Moon and the UPF to Sri Lanka.


Welcome Proclamation

Sri Lankan Welcome Table


Ambassador Mendis gave a very thoughtful presentation about the significance of the event being a turning point for the nation, bringing a timely message of UN reform, the strengthening of the family, and the need for interreligious harmony. With this introduction, Father Moon's peace message was received with great interest.

The event included an invitation for couples to join in a world peace blessing toast of marriage rededication.

To read the inaugural peace message, click here.
To download a report booklet of the UPF Founders' 2005 World Peace Tour, click here.

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UPF-Italy and WFWP "Peace Talks" - Webinar Focuses on Social Distancing Stress

Rome, Italy—Anxiety and stress resulting from social distancing were the topics of a webinar held by UPF and an affiliated organization.

UPF-Argentina Hosts Weekly Reading and Reflection Sessions on Zoom

Argentina—On May 18, UPF-Argentina held via Zoom its fifth reading and reflection session with the theme “Science and Ethics.”

Australian Webinar Discusses Health and Peacebuilding

Melbourne, Australia—UPF-Melbourne continued its personal development webinar series with a virtual seminar on mental health and peacebuilding.