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 Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - Former Prime Minister Tursunbek Chyngyshev presided at the inauguration of the Universal Peace Federation in Kyrgyzstan, which was held on the Presidential Grounds. Participants included high-level officials from religion, government, civil society, the arts, business, and academia. Among the prominent guests were the President of the National Academy of Science, Mr. Djeenbaev, the Mayor of Bishkek, A. Nogoev, the Minister of Health, and a number of other cabinet-level ministers.

The Grand Mufti of Kyrgyzstan, Djumanov Muratali, offered the invocation. It being the month of Ramadan, the event was held at 4:00 PM, in order to conclude by sundown and the time to break the fast, 6:34 PM.

Nest, former Prime Minister Chyngyshev introduced Dr. Sun Myung Moon as a true champion of peace, a friend of Kyrgyzstan and the world. He urged all the gathered delegates to give their full attention to Father Moon’s peace message.

At the outset, Father Moon indicated he would read his speech pretty much straightforwardly. However, as he moved through the speech, he offered much elaboration and commentary on several points, particularly on the weaknesses of dialectical materialism, atheism, and lack of spiritual awareness. At times he gently scolded the audience, urging them to appreciate the seriousness of the time we are living in.

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

At the close of his speech, Mother Moon joined her husband, and traditional robes and hats were presented to them by several delegates.

On the morning of his departure, Father and Mother Moon met with 120 local volunteers and spoke to them until his departure. He encouraged those gathered, who were mostly young university students, to study many languages, including Korean and English. “Young people should learn as many languages as possible,” he said. “In order to unify the nations of the world, and the religions, language plays a key role.”

He also stressed the value of not only cross-cultural exchanges but also cross-cultural marriages. "The entire world should be one family under one heavenly parent, centered on true love. Marriages between people of enemy nations is the key," he said, explaining that it be emphasized when children are young so as they grow up they accept it as part of their tradition and culture.

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.