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 Builds UPF in Angola

Angola had been chosen by the Universal Peace Federation as one of the stops in Africa where Mrs. Sun Myung Moon tentatively planned to hold a Rally for Peace; however, she was represented by UPF’s Continental Director for Africa, the Rev. Eiji Tokuno, on August 10 in the Tropico Hotel in Luanda, the capital city.

The attendance was less than expected because Parliament members were attending a meeting that day regarding the peace settlement in the Cabinda enclave; many leaders of government and civil society attended that important event. The total attendance was 160 people, including religious, political, academic, NGO, and media representatives.

Among the participants, five couples were pastors of the church of Our Lord Jesus in the World, founded by the prophet Simao Toco, who passed away 25 years ago. The present leader of that church, Bishop Afonso Nunes, has attended our international gatherings and demonstrated his desire to work as an Ambassador for Peace. He is a leader of 1,000,000 people, including high-level persons of this country.

Ten new Ambassadors for Peace were nominated. Everyone in attendance participated in the prayer for blessing of marriage officiated by Rev. Tokuno.

At the conclusion, a seven-point proposal for developing the UPF work in Angola was prepared, expressing our great desire to further the work of peace in this nation, which had suffered such devastation under communism and the long civil war.

Participants made telephone calls to offer thanks for the UPF initiative. They advised us to multiply the activities that Father Moon is doing to benefit humankind.

Angola is located in the southern half of Africa on the Atlantic coast, the last Portugugues colony until independence in 1975. The colonization lasted about five centuries. After independence, the country was controlled by a communist system. A civil war between brothers of the same country finished just after the leader of the rebels, Mr. Jonas Savimbi, died during the fighting. Both factions started negotiations for peace in 2002. Angola is rich in natural resources, but its people are facing serious economic problems; the country is still in reconstruction.

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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.