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 Inaugurates UPF in Hungary

Budapest, Hungary - Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon arrived in Budapest and immediately began sharing their hearts with  organizers of the Universal Peace Federation inauguration there. Also we could sense his vision for the family as his grandson Shin Joon started to make friends by shaking hands with us.

That evening the main room which seated 460 was packed, including 70 distinguished guests, with the Hungarian staff standing along the walls, and another hundred filled the overflow room. The program opened with two songs sung by the Women's Federation for World Peace Choir directed by Maja Mina. Dr. Thomas Walsh gave a brief explanation of the World Peace Blessing and marriage rededication and guided our guests through the ceremony, a deep experience for many. Rev. Chung Hwan Kwak, Chair of UPF, introduced the main speaker, and Father Moon came to the stage. He spoke for two and a half hours, returning to theme that although people may attack him today, he is not afraid, knowing that he will be victorious because God is with him. The peace message was very powerful and inspiring. Father Moon seemed very relaxed in this family-style atmosphere. “Hungary is a good country," he said. "You have suffered a lot during communism! … Hungary should unite the former communist countries.”

Father Moon could touch the heart of the Hungarian audience, but at the same time his explanations were a challenge the guests will never forget. He mentioned several times that these explanations are from God and not his personal words.

During the speech he asked Rev. Kwak to come up on stage and sing a song. He became very enthusiastic when he spoke about cross-cultural marriage.

Guests could experience Father Moon as a dynamic speaker about communism, and he mentioned some special missions that the Hungarian nation has to fulfill in the future. As the speech went on, and some members of the audience started leaving the hall, but those who stayed got an expanded vision of life.

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

After the speech, flowers were presented by an elderly Protestant pastor and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Kőhegyi. Then Prof. Lazarovits, director of foreign relations at the Hungarian Jewish Association, and Dr. Parisa Goodiz, representing the Islamic faith, together presented a trophy commemorating this event, symbolizing the power of Father Moon's teachings to dissolve barriers between people of faith.

The event concluded with comments of two Ambassadors for Peace. Prof. Zsuzsanna Lesták, who teaches communication in several colleges in Budapest, testified about the great power of Rev. Moon’s teaching when applied to our personal life. She was followed by Rev. Dr. David Hart, an Anglican priest from the UK, who praised his work for peace.

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-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.