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 in Greece Addresses Social Issues

 Athens, Greece - The Global Peace Tour 2009 took place in the heart of Athens with a full evening program of entertainment, presentations on globalization, family, society and environment, and on UPF’s peace-building principles. Also presented was a letter of support received from the governor of Athens. The keynote address was read by Dr. Yong Cheol Song.

We are most grateful for the abundant support and multiple contributions of many Ambassadors for Peace and of the special adviser to UPF Greece, Mr. Shunichiro Yoshida, without whom we could not have held this event at such a place and so gracefully! The Old Parliament venue was very difficult to secure as it is reserved only for high-level individuals and organizations of prestige.

This neoclassical building which was the first permanent seat of the Greek House of Representatives from 1875 until 1932 and the place where the first Greek democracy was established 1924, became the place for holding our historical event. The Old Parliament now functions as the premier national historical museum.

There were several challenges to preparing the event, with the country in recession and the fever of upcoming elections, coupled with an unrelated labor demonstration taking place on the same day at the center of the city that threatened to turn violent.

Although the demonstrators had begun throwing stones and police started advising people to avoid approaching the place, more than 50 people gathered on time and others arrived just as soon as they could. Thanks to wonderful music played by one of our Ambassadors for Peace, the spirit stayed high.

We started with the reading of a letter of support sent by the governor of Athens, followed by opening remarks and the presentation of papers. As we were coming close to the end of the first session, finally three key people who had been delayed by the demonstrators arrived.

Among the participants were four representatives of embassies, one sub-mayor, eight university professors (current or retired), 23 representatives of NGOs, and one Buddhist leader. All presentations contained significant content. A young professor skilfully translated and summarized each speech without delay, and at difficult times our young technicians gave the right solution.

The day after the event, we received congratulations from the leadership of the Old Parliament with the comment," It was a very wonderful event! Congratulations!"

For the keynote address and more information about the peace tour, 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.