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Marriage and Family

Addressing Faith and Family at a Toronto Forum

Toronto, Canada – The March 1 meeting of Ambassadors for Peace in Toronto focused on faith and family in preparation for participating in a television talk show.

Regarding faith, Rev. Mitch Dixon briefly spoke about UPF founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who was born Jan. 6, 1920, in part of the Korean peninsula which is now North Korea. During his childhood, he became intensely aware of human suffering and the failure of humanity to create a loving and just world. He sought to understand why people suffer and how suffering can be ended. He also was a Christian leader in the Korean independence movement against the Japanese occupation of Korea. In 1982 he founded The Washington Times, a newspaper in the US capital which promotes family values and supports the role of religion in society.

Then Ambassadors for Peace were invited to contribute their thoughts on the topic of “Rethinking Marriage” in preparation for a talk show program on a cable television network that supports multi-faith presentations. The talk show will be produced on March 22 and will be shown several times later in the year.

Dr. Hoossen Auckberaullee, speaking about the topic, said that it is important to promote the concept of marriage in such a way that no one’s right is infringed with. “We all know that marriage is the foundation stone of the family and thus the nation; other human intimate relationships may be the right of a person but they do not support the pro-creativity for which Adam and Eve had been created.” Rev. Dixon spoke of the challenges of inculcating the value of marriage in the younger generation.

Mr. A. R. Qureshi raised the question about which values would motivate people to value marriage between man and woman. “Who would adopt the values?” he asked, “and how do we address such people?” He suggested that a variety of lines of reasoning be included.

Mr. Edmond Young talked about highlighting the purpose of marriage, suggesting that if the purpose of marriage is understood, then it is easier to maintain and strengthen the marriage bonds between a man and a woman.

Mrs. Lilly Tadin invited everyone to attend the International Women's Day celebration on March 15 in Toronto.

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