Israel’s Faith Leaders Pray during Pandemic

Leaders representing four main religions met to pray for the healing of the world from coronavirus.


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.


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.


Africa Day Event Tackles Major Issues

An Africa Day commemoration discussed violence against women and government corruption.


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.


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 Poland

Dr. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon’s party arrived in Warsaw, the first stop of their 13-city peace tour in Europe, on a cheerful autumn morning in late October. Mother Moon commented on the beautiful colors of the autumn trees. From their hotel they could view the panorama of Warsaw, a city completely reborn in the past 15 years.

Volunteers had set up an exhibition about the Universal Peace Federation, organized in the center of Warsaw in the upper rooms of a well-known café.

As people came to the event in increasing numbers, it became clear that not everybody could fit into the hall. The hall had a capacity of 550, but there must have been a total of over 700 people. The doors at the entrance of the hall could not be closed, because people were crowding there and standing all along the wall.

Apart from Warsaw residents, there were a lot of international visitors: there were 240 from Germany and a busload of 50 from Holland.

Before long, Father Moon was on stage in Europe for the first time in almost two decades, and he had plenty to say. He was full of vigor and stamina and stayed on the podium for over one and a half hours, giving the Peace Message of this global tour. At one point he said that he was feeling very close to the audience. “You may feel so close to me that you won’t want to leave me anymore,” he said as he explained about cross-cultural marriage as a way to create more bonds among people, and elaborating on the significance of this day for the UN.

After the speech Mother Moon joined him on the stage and they were given bouquets of flowers and a large trophy by a combination of Polish and German Ambassadors for Peace.

One German Ambassador for Peace, a long-term friend and Bishop of the Mormon Church, expressed his dismay at the fact Father and Mother Moon could not enter Germany: at this point. “Nobody understands this entry ban, when it is clear that Rev. Moon works for bringing peace and harmony among the nations, races and religions,” he said. Feeling the Spirit present, he urged all participants to join the work of Rev. Moon in “establishing God’s Kingdom on earth.”

Then, unexpectedly Imam Abduljalil Sajid from Great Britain took the podium and congratulated the Polish people on hosting such an event. He himself would always refer to Father and Mother Moon as True Parents, he said. Imam Sajid was followed by Christoph Gago, the Secretary General of for the Peace Federation in Poland, who called on the Ambassadors for Peace to make a commitment to develop the Universal Peace Federation in their countries.

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-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.