FOLLOW US

FacebookYoutubeLinkedin

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

June 2019
S M T W T F S
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 1 2 3 4 5 6

Interreligious Leadership Conference 2017 Schedule

Seoul, Korea—Religious leaders and representatives of faith-based organizations concluded an international conference co-hosted by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC). The Interreligious Leaders Conference (IRLC) assembled from November 11 to 14, 2017, at the Lotte Hotel World to discuss “The Responsibility of Religious Leaders and Faith-Based Organizations in Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time.”

For an executive summary of the proceedings, click here.

To see the entire album selection from the IRLC: click here.

Schedule
November 10, 2017

Photo Gallery

 

Opening Banquet

Emcee: Dr. Michael W. Jenkins, National Co-Chair, ACLC
Invocation: Rev. John Izvernariu, Templestowe Baptist Church Iranian Congregation, Australia
Ven. Pramahaboonthin Taosiri, President, Thai Buddhist Society of Sweden

Welcome Address
Dr. Thomas Walsh, Chairman, UPF International
Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, Vice President, FFWPU International
Rev. Kyeong Seuk RyuPresident of FFWPU Korea
Mrs. Wonju Jung McDevitt, Chief of Staff, Founder’s Secretariat

Speakers 
Rev. Seishi Moriyama, Zen Monk, Fukuchiji Temple, Japan
Mr. Sutinder Singh Jabbal, Leader of Sikh Community, Kenya
Prof. Syafaatun Almirzanah, Professor of Religious Studies, Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, Indonesia 
Mrs. Vicki Lyn Tiahrt, Co-Founder, American Prayer Initiative, USA
Bishop Noel Jones, Senior Pastor, City of Refuge Church, USA

November 11

Photo Gallery

 

SESSION I: INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERFAITH VISION AND WORK OF UPF AND ACLC

Moderator: Mr. Ricardo De Sena, Secretary General, UPF-North America President, UPF-USA

Invocation: Rev. Suamalie Naisli Tafaki Iosefa Naisali, Chairman, United Reformed Christian Church of Tuvalu, Kirbati and New Zealand

Special Remarks: Amb. Suzan Johnson Cook, former United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, USA

Speakers

Mr. Michael W. Jenkins, Co-Chair, ACLC [Slide Presentation]
Mr. Thomas P. McDevitt, President, UPF International
Dr. Tageldin Hamad, Vice President, UPF International
Ms. Jennifer Gray, Director of Interfaith Outreach, State of Maryland Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, USA
Archbishop George A. Stallings, Jr., Co-Chair, ACLC

 

SESSION II: 2017 GLOBAL RALLY FOR THE PEACEFUL REUNIFICATION OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA, SEOUL WORLD CUP STADIUM

Amb. R. James Woolsey, Jr., Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency, USA
Bishop Don D. Meares, Senior Pastor, Evangel Cathedral, USA

Keynote Address

Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, Co-founder, UPF

Special Addresses

Archbishop Dr. Johannes Ndanga, President, Apostolic Christian Council, Zimbabwe
Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, Joint-President of the World Congress of Faiths, Co-Founder of the Three Faiths Forum, United Kingdom

November 12

Photo Gallery

 

SESSION III: INTERRELIGIOUS PEACEBUILDING: THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RELIGION AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS IN BUILDING PEACEFUL AND PROSPEROUS SOCIETIES

Moderator: Mr. Jacques Marion, Vice President, UPF Europe and Middle East

Invocation

Imam Moussa Drame, Fatima Zarhra Mosque of Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast
Rev. Jerome Edgerton, Bishop, New Faith International Fellowship, USA

Speakers

Dr. Elmar Kuhn, Dean, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Austria [Slide Presentation]
Amb. Jakob Finci, President, Jewish Community of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bosnia
Mgr. Jacques Gaillot, Titular Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Partenia, France
Rev. Yoshio Kawakami, Professor Emeritus, Tezukayama Gakuin University, Japan
Dr. Hamdi Murad, Professor, the International Islamic University, Jordan
Archmandrite Vladimir Milovic, Diocese Budimlje-Niksic, Serbian Orthodox Church, Montenegro
Dr. Ancil Peters, President, Mentoring the Nations Network Int’l, Trinidad and Tobago
Rev. Dr. Tina T. Saxon, President, Saxon Fellowship Center, USA

 

SESSION IV: SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 

Moderator: Mrs. Tomiko Duggan, Director, Office of Public Affairs, UPF-USA

Speakers

IAPP – Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Minister for Peace and Reconstruction (2015-2016), Asian Co-chair, International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP), Nepal [Slide Presentation]
Northeast Asia Peace Initiative – Mr. Thomas McDevitt, President, UPF International [Slide Presentation]
Peace Road – Dr. Kwang Seuk Song, President, UPF-Korea [Slide Presentation]
Sunhak Peace Prize – Mr. In Seog Nam, Secretary General, Sunhak Peace Prize Secretariat, Korea [Slide Presentation]

 

SESSION V: INTERRELIGIOUS PEACEBUILDING: THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RELIGION AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS IN BUILDING PEACEFUL AND PROSPEROUS SOCIETIES

Moderator: Mr. Masayoshi Kajikuri, President, UPF-Japan

Speakers

Pastor Dr. Charles W. Schultz, founding vice president of “CONFELIREC,” Confederation of Religious Liberty, Colombia
Dr. Syafiq Mughni, Professor of Islamic Civilization, National Islamic University, Indonesia
Dr. Ohr Yitzhak Margalit, Head of the Department of Jewish Thought, Levinsky College of Education, Israel
Dr. Chintamani M. Yogi, Founding Principal, Hindu VidyaPeeth School, Nepal
Dr. Prophet Radebe, Prophet, The Revelation Church of God, South Africa  [Slide Presentation]
Ven. Prof. Dr. Medagampitiye Wijithadhamma, Head of Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
Rev. Dr. William A. McComish, Dean Emeritus, Geneva St. Peter’s Cathedral, Switzerland

 

SESSION VI: SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 

Moderator:  Rev. Gregory Stone, Secretary General, UPF-Oceania

Speakers

Korean Religions Association – Rev. Hyun-young Lee, President, Korean Religions Association [Slide Presentation]
Youth and Students for Peace – Dr. Robert S. Kittel, International President, YSP, Thailand [Slide Presentation]
Women’s Federation for World Peace – Rev. Angelika Selle, President, Women’s Federation for World Peace-USA [Slide Presentation]
Interfaith Blessing Movement – Mrs. Ursula McLackland, Secretary General, UPF-Asia, Indonesia [Slide Presentation]

November 13

Photo Gallery

 

SESSION VII: LAUNCH OF THE INTERRELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

Moderator: Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, Chairman, UPF International

Interfaith Prayer

Bishop Jesse Edwards, Executive Board Member, ACLC
Ven. Pramahaboonthin Taosiri, President, Thai Buddhist Society of Sweden
Dr. Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, Chief Imam, All India Imam Organization, India

Speakers

Protestant Christianity: Rev. Hjoertur Magni Johannsen, Head Minister, Free Lutheran Church of Reykjavik, Iceland
Sikhism: Hon. Manjinder Singh Sirsa, Assemblyman, Delhi Legislative Assembly, India
Judaism: Rabbi Yaakov Luft, Rabbi, International Rabbinical Court in Talpiot, Israel
Japanese Religion: Dr. Fumiya Sakow, Head Minister, Shinshoji Temple, Japan
Shia Islam: Sheikh Mohamad Ali Hajj, Director, Imam As-Sajjad Seminary, Lebanon
Interfaith Leader: Brother Agricol Lozano Gomez, Vice President, Interreligious Council of Mexico
Buddhism: Ven. Sobhita, Principal, International Buddhist Educational Center, Myanmar
Reformed Churches: Rev. Suamalie Naisali Tafaki Josefa Naisali, Elder Minister and Chairman, United Reformed Christian Church of Tuvalu, Kirbati and New Zealand, New Zealand
Sunni Islam: Dr. Sheikh Hojjat Ramzy, Director, Oxford Islamic Information Centre, UK
Pentecostal: Rev. T.L. Barrett, Executive Board Member, ACLC, USA
FFWPU: Rev. Richard Buessing, President, Family Federation for World Peace – USA
Hinduism: Min. Amar Gupta, Minister, Capitol Hindu Temple, USA
African-American Catholicism: Archbishop George A. Stallings, Jr., National Co-chair, ACLC, USA

Presentation and Signing of Resolution

Sounding of the Gong

 

SESSION VIII: CLOSING SESSION

Moderator: Mrs. Genie Kagawa, Director, Executive Office, UPF International

Invocation: Pastor John Dick Tabilepo, Apostle Pastor, City Prayer Evangelism and Harvest Ministries, Vanuatu

Speakers

Hon. Netani B. Rika, Member of Parliament, Fiji
Fr. Joseph Saghbini, Parish Priest, Basilian Salvatorian Order, Lebanon
Dr. Robert Lewis, former Minister for Education, Human Resource Development and Labor, St. Lucia
Dr. Emad Abu Alrub, Head, Ukrainian Dialogue and Communication Center, Ukraine
Rev. Jesse Dompreh, Chaplain, African Methodist Episcopal Church, USA
Ms. Nadia Hassan, Executive Director, Young Leaders Institute, USA

Cheonwon Complex Tour and Group Photo

Founder’s Banquet

If you find this page helpful and informative please consider making donation. Your donation will help Universal Peace Federation (UPF) provide new and improved reports, analysis and publications to you and everyone around the world.

UPF is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and all donations are tax deductible in the United States. Receipts are automatically provided for donations of or above $250.00.

Donate to the Universal Peace Federation: Your donation to support the general programs of UPF.

Donate to the Religious Youth Service (RYS): Your donation will be used for service projects around the world.


Donate to UPF's Africa Projects: Your donation will be used for projects in Africa.