Global Leaders Support a Unified Korea and Inauguration of Think Tank 2022

UPF’s second virtual International Leadership Conference concluded with participant reflections, a call to action, and the signing of the resolution proposing the inauguration of Think Tank 2022.

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6th Rally of Hope Sows “the Seeds of Peace”

The 6th Rally of Hope, organized by UPF International since August 2020, launched "Think Tank 2022,” May 9, 2021. Read report in The Washington Times, May 9, 2021 and UPF Press release.

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Roundtable Focuses on the Arts and Values

UPF co-sponsored a discussion on preserving traditional values in the creative arts.

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Centenary Event Honors UPF Founder

An online event held in memory of the UPF founder focused on his most challenging teachings.

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Estonia Explores K-pop and the Road to Pyongyang

UPF held its third webinar about life and culture on the Korean Peninsula.

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Europe-Middle East ILC2021: Executive Summary

UPF’s Europe-Middle East branch completed an International Leadership Conference focusing on a unified Korea.

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Peace Rallies Held throughout the Netherlands

On November 1, 2006, All Saints Day, 16 venues in the Kingdom of the Netherlands were scheduled to be visited by 16 saints of the new era, delivering UPF's peace message.The clocks had just changed on Sunday to winter time, and the season had changed too. The day was rainy, windy, and stormy.

The main Rally for Family Values and World Peace was held in Utrecht, the geographical center of the Netherlands and also significant for the Union of Utrecht of 1579, which set The Netherlands on the road to independence from Spain and established freedom of religious belief as a cornerstone principle of the emerging nation.

Other rallies were held in the afternoon. In the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, there were three meetings. In the UPF Dialogue Centre in “Old South,” Rev. Damon Roach prefaced his reading of Father Moon’s speech “God’s Ideal Family and the Kingdom of the Peaceful, Ideal World,” by saying, “I came not with my words, but I was commissioned by Rev. Sun Myung Moon.” He said his church was going through a major transition, involving the sale of the main property, “but it was important for me and my congregation that I be here. I have been pastoring for 29 years and have never missed Thanksgiving, but this was more important. These words are so dear to my heart.” He testified to his belief as a Christian that Jesus anointed Rev. Moon. The speech may not have been his words, but he made them his own, speaking with the fervor and passion that Europeans associate with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr. Outside, thunderclaps accompanied his speech!

Three ministers arrived in Germany, not the Netherlands, so in the western part of Amsterdam a local person read the speech instead of the scheduled minister.

Amsterdam New South, the Bijlmer is a post-World War II development with a large immigrant community, particularly from Africa and the Caribbean. The meeting was held in the Nieuwe Stad, a church built for use by different denominations. Among the guests was a Christian minister who had just returned from a visit to Africa and felt led by God to come.

The new city of Almere, an outgrowth of Amsterdam, was visited by Rev. David Scholet, a 45-year-old pastor who left a successful career in real estate to become a theological student. He said he was honored to be chosen to deliver Father Moon’s speech and hoped that Father Moon’s lifetime of overcoming great obstacles would inspire his audience to overcome problems in our own lives.

The Utrecht meeting was held in the home of Jean-Pierre and Elfi Verstraeten. One guest stayed afterwards to clean up so Jean Pierre and Elfi could attend the main event.

There were two events in The Hague, the political center of the Netherlands. Rabbi Mordecai Waldmann spoke in the afternoon, and his wife, Susan Will, spoke in the evening. Local coordinator Rita Salaris commented that she was impressed by how the rabbi “really lived the speech.” It is fascinating how each speaker makes the speech their very own.

In Nijmegen, at the eastern edge of the Netherlands, Jan and Inger van Winden hosted Bishop Henry Coaxum and were pleased at their guests’ response.

Posters in Alkmaar, North Holland, attracted people to hear Rev. Margaret Bocanegra talk about her life and family, her motives for participating in the tour, and reports about how the tour had gone so far; thought-provoking discussion took place over coffee and cake.

Rev. Ken Owens, who is known for his photographs of other people speaking, delivered the speech in Friesland, from where one line of his ancestry emigrated to the US 150 years ago.

It was planned that ministers who spoke in the afternoon would rest that evening, but they were so caught up in the spirit, or so serious about their mission, that most also attended the main event.

Rev. Michael Jenkins flew in unexpectedly and set the hall on fire at the main event in Utrecht. He proclaimed that the concept of brotherhood will not solve the divisions in the Middle East or anywhere else. “We need parenthood,” he said; “godly parental love has to emerge.” He reported about the ministers’ prayers at the Demilitarized Zone in Korea and noted that talks regarding North Korea resumed three days afterwards.

To read a message delivered at UPF peace rallies click here.

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International Day of Families Observed in Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia—The main speaker addressed the issue of challenges of family relationships.

UPF-Czech Republic Discusses Media Manipulation

Bratislava, Slovakia—A longtime journalist explained “Media and Manipulation” to an international audience.

“Leadership and Cooperation” Is Theme of UPF-Argentina’s Ambassadors for Peace Program

Argentina—“Leadership and Cooperation” program emphasized identity and mission of Ambassadors for Peace.