Come to Dakar, Senegal for the AFRICAN SUMMIT 
by special invitation of 
True Mother 
December 28 – January 21, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I’m writing to let you know that at long last, registration has opened for those ready, able and willing to accept True Mother’s invitation to volunteer at the upcoming Africa Summit in Dakar, Senegal. The registration link is here.
As you can see from the simple leaflet attached, our team in Senegal will participate in two weeks of social outreach and service, before joining and helping to staff the Summit where True Mother will speak. During our time in Senegal, we will be active at both ends of society, working side by side with young Africans, Christians, Muslims and Unificationists. We will be volunteering in poor rural neighborhoods one week, and meeting heads of states in the nation’s top conference center the next. There will be outreach at the University of Dakar, one of Africa’s best, and work at Gorée e Island, a poignant memorial to the slave trade.  - read more  -  leaflet

IAPP Inauguration in Albania 
Tirana, Albania, November 25, 2017 

Dear brothers and sister,
We would like to report you about the IAPP Inauguration event which took place in Tirana International Hotel in Tirana - Albania on November 25th 2017. Right after the IAPP Inauguration on Balkan level, which took place in Pristine - Kosovo on 23rd - 24th of September, we started preparation for the inauguration on national level. Our goal was to have at least 30 correct and former MP present, therefore together with Mr. Apostoli - Chairman of UPF in Albania and a Former MP, we worked hard to make sure MPs take seriously our invitation and attend the event. Actually, 28th and 29th of November are national holydays in Albania and most of MPs & VIPs travel with their families, therefore we had to work really hard.
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Dr. Michael Balcomb's Visit to the Netherlands
The Netherlands, November 25 - 27, 2017 

By Hans Campman

A most remarkable and unexpected event took place at Dr Balcomb's arrival in the Netherlands: A "Light Festival" in and around Glory House, our training centre.
On Saturday 25th November Dr Balcomb first had arrived in Belgium, coming from the US. He had come on his own as his wife Fumiko had a binding commitment in the US. In Brussels Dr Balcomb had addressed the Belgian members in the HQ centre. In the evening he came to the Netherlands by car together with Mr Hugo Veracx, the national leader of Belgium.
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- https://vimeo.com/245496736

Ceremony for Handover of National Leadership
Vienna, Austria, November 25 - 26, 2017 

By Elisabeth Cook
On Saturday, 25th Nov 2017, 35 Austrian leaders of FFWPU, UPF, WFWP, CARP, HARP and the different departments of FFWPU, gathered for a national meeting in order to redefine the directions and goals for the Austrian movement, as well as to share experiences of the last months.
After the HDH reading, those gathered watched the cheerful and encouraging video "EUME Nr.8", in which we could see brothers and sisters from many countries of our region, celebrating the recent 58. True Childrens' Day, as well as other activities. - read more 

True Parents' Message at the Hyo Jeong Family Festival in Osaka
Osaka Kadoma Sports Centre, Osaka, Japan, November 21, 2017

Respected Leaders of Various Fields, Ambassadors for Peace, Members of the Family Federation, and Blessed Families of Osaka! Today, we have assembled here to become the key players of this new age. This will be our first step in carrying out the responsibility of making a heavenly Japan and a heavenly Osaka that attends Heavenly Parent. When we look around the world today, we do not have hope for the future. Depending on the area, the religions Heaven let thrive began by explaining the good beginning, but they did not know where the final destination was or how to bear fruit. That is why I would like to explain about God our Creator and the original center of the universe. God created all things in heaven and on earth and then created the man and woman who would become the first ancestors of humankind. - read more

Aichi Prefecture, Power of Family Hyo Jeong Culture Festival
Aichi Prefecture Sports Complex, Japan, November 16, 2017

Beloved Global Citizens of Nagoya, I love you! Leaders of various fields, ambassadors for peace, members of the Family Federation, blessed families, ladies, and gentlemen! Today we have gathered here to become the key players of this new age. When we look around the world today, we do not have hope for the future. There are many religions but they were unable to give us a conclusion about the next life nor the future. Yet, Christianity alone said that the relationship between God, our Creator, and human beings was a parent-child relationship. However, they did not know the true meaning of this. The original owner of the universe, God, the Creator, created all things in the heavens and on earth and created the man and woman who would become humankind's first ancestors. Through the growth period, they should have developed absolute faith, absolute love, and absolute obedience to God. God would have then said, Now you are all grown. I will bless you! 
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Reunion of the Foreign Missionaries from 1975
Camberg, Germany, September 22 - 23, 2017

By Hildegard Piepenmburg
The atmosphere was electric. Breaks were forgotten and the meeting finished later than planned. It was as if time had stood still, when 19 of the original 80 German foreign missionaries told their stories. "Just how amazing was that - when we, young and full of enthusiasm went out into the world 42 years ago to tell people about the Messiah?"
Memories and emotions bubbled forth and a youthful freshness beamed out from not-so-young faces while everybody listened spellbound - stunned, crying and laughing. "In this company, we could finally receive full understanding for what we had experienced", commented Wilhelm Lichner, who had experienced the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1978.
It was here in the newly adapted Seminar House Neumühle that the great adventure began in the spring of 1975. At that time they were all between 18 and 24 years old, had only heard the Principle a few months previously and had never seen True Father.... - read more

Activity Report of the Hungarian Family

Budapest, Hungary, November, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters
Many greetings from Hungary.
Please enjoy to read our activity report for the monthes of October and November.
All the best and may God bless you all!
Tibor Krebsz
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"A Good Life; A Good Death"

Stuttgart, Germany, November 25, 2017

By Ute Lemme

On 25 November, an audience of twenty-two gathered in the Stuttgart UPF Center to hear a presentation given by Ludwig Scharnreithner entitled: 'A Good Life: a Good Death'. Several of the older members of the audience have already been dealing with this topic.  - read more

Celebrating the Day of the Christian Family

Sofia, Bulgaria, November 19, 2017

By Edina Zsolcsak-Dimitrova
21 November is the Day of the Christian Family in Bulgaria. For this occasion, we organized a celebration in the Embassy of Peace in Sofia Sunday afternoon. Apart from our blessed families and members, other families participated as well with many small children.
We sang songs in different languages, had some games and discussions in teams, a short presentation about love languages, and above all, a great fun time together.

An Afternoon of Lebanese Culture

Bonn, Germany, November 19, 2017

By Gregor Sattler
Natascha Schellen, who is currently completing her Masters study at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University, grew up in Lebanon where her parents still live and involve themselves in several peace projects.
On 19th November she shared her enthusiasm for her homeland with an international audience at a Lebanese cultural event, jointly held by the Women's Federation and the Universal Peace Federation. Natascha gave a vivid report about the country and its history, centering on its people - their attitudes and traditions. She dealt with various conflicts in Lebanon, but stressed above all the exceptionally good and pleasant interactions that she had experienced in her school time with children and families of various faiths. - read more

Annual Interfaith Week Scotland FFWPU at Quaker Meeting House Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland, November 19, 2017

By Elizabeth Marshall

There were 13 people present who all came by invitation. We had 3 Ahlulbayt Muslims, 2 Latter Day Saint members and one Nepalese man I just invited the day before having come across his 'phone number in my diary. 7 members from FFWPU attended.
I started the proceedings by reading a letter from Rev Brian G. Cooper from "Unite for Peace" where he is the Interfaith Secretary and editor of his quarterly magazine. He is a retired Baptist minister who is over 80 years old yet still works very hard for peace travelling down to London regularly to his meetings in the House of Lords. We are very grateful to him for his support and hope he recovers very soon. - read more

80 People Joined the Watford Interfaith Pilgrimage

Watford, United Kingdom, November 19, 2017

By Francoise Murphy
Many thanks to all those who came and supported the Watford Interfaith Pilgrimage on Sunday 19th November. We had a wonderful experience visiting 5 places of worship in one afternoon going from a Synagogue to a Hindu Temple, a Mosque, a Catholic Church and finishing at a Gurdwara with a warm meal at the end. Over 80 people came. We managed to keep our timetable, the weather was good and we all enjoyed each other's company and learned a lot. Like one of the speakers at the Gurdwara said: 'There are many religions, all coming from different springs. They become rivers which all flow to the same destination: the ocean' - read more

Peace Work in Columbia
Munich, Germany, November 18, 2017

Robert Bentele
On Saturday 18 November 2017, the Universal Peace Federation Munich held an afternoon event dealing with the protracted peace process in Columbia.
Laetitia Sengseis, peace activist and student from Salzburg, who has worked with the Austrian branch of the well-known International Fellowship of Reconciliation, gave us an account of her work in this South American country.
She started off by showing us a video of reports and interviews with people from a village that had been oppressed by violent strife.  - read more

Engaging Communities to Protect the Vulnerable
Glasgow, Scotland, November 18, 2017 

By Oliver Lane
Women's Federation for World Peace (WFWP) Scotland & Glasgow Peace Federation (GPF) joint event was held on Saturday 18th November 2017 at Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow. The theme for the event was "Building a Better World through Knowing Universal Principles"
Scotland WFWP joined with Glasgow Peace Federation to share their vision of a world where women's unique compassion, nurturing and practicality can play a leading role in resolving some of society's major problems. Members, guests and Ambassadors for Peace joined in resolving to participate in a "Bridges of Peace" ceremony in order to create an environment of peace and wellbeing for future generations between people of all races, cultures and religions. - read more

Sun Jin Nim at 
Hyo Jeong Family Festival in Osaka
Osaka, Japan, November 21, 2017

Beloved leaders from throughout Japan, representing all sectors: government, religion, civil society, the media, academia, business, arts and culture. Brothers and sisters from the Family Federation, from all across the land. Ambassadors for Peace. Ladies and Gentlemen.
We gather today to stand together for peace! We stand together on common ground and a shared vision. We stand together, centered on universal values.
I am deeply honored to stand on this stage on this day, for such an important purpose. - read more

Start Smart !
Neumuehle, Bad Camberg, Germany, November 17 - 19, 2017

By Sarah Zimmermann
Using the same name as the Familyfed-USA our German Blessing and Family Department held a "Start Smart" Workshop/Retreat in our training centre near Bad Camberg this weekend for 10 newly blessed 2nd generation couples.
With the valuable help of two other second gen couples from our German community and two first generation lecturers we were able to provide a varied and fun weekend that was also packed with a lot of helpful information and tips on starting life together as a couple.
The programme included couple games, a candle light dinner with a session from the Marriage Preparation course from Nicky and Sila Lee about our "Shared Goals and Values", ballroom dancing, free time to walk in the nature, and a couple photo-shooting session.
The couples not only enjoyed themselves but found the weekend very helpful. We were sorry as our time together ended all too quickly on Sunday after lunch. We realised how much this work is needed and are already planning the next retreat for other couples in the new year.
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Our Tribal Messiah Mission in Armenia
Armenia, November 15 - 21, 2017

By Christoph and Martha Kral
Martha and I visited Armenia from 15.-21. November 2017. I have been there the first missionary starting from 1992. Since that time, we are supporting the mission and National Leader, which is my spiritual son, regularly. Armenia became also part of our Tribal Messiah Mission.
This time it was our common goal to hold a Peace Blessing for at least 10 couples, at the end 16 couples received the Blessing. One of them decided right after attending a 2-day DP workshop to attend the Blessing too.
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President of South Region visits Madrid
Madrid, Spain, November 18 - 19, 2017

By Maryvonne Jamois
On Friday night November 17th, Giuseppe and Elisabetta Cali, Regional President for Southern Europe arrived in Madrid to visit our community.
On Saturday November 18th, around 30 members from our community celebrated True Children´s Day with them. After sharing breakfast altogether, we organized a meeting with the different leaders, FFWPU, UPF, WFWP, BFD, business leader, and youth represented by 2 Second generation. Giuseppe explained us about the expectations of True Mother through this new organization in Europe, and also that we are now in a different era in which we have to reach a higher level.  - read more

2017 Global Rally for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
The Truth of History from the Viewpoint of Heaven's Providence, and This Nation's Mission
Seoul World Cup Stadium, November 11, 2017

Beloved global citizens, leaders of various fields, Ambassadors for Peace, members of the Family Federation, ladies and gentlemen:
Today we have provided this event, which can deeply move Heaven at a time when this nation's fate is at stake. Many religious leaders and members of the clergy, around four hundred, have come here from all continents, and the one hundred-member ACLC Choir came from America. I am truly very thankful for that. - read more

HTM Study Tour in Thailand
Bankok, Thailand, November 9 - 15, 2017

By Gani Rroshi
Dear brothers and sisters,
We are very happy to report on a very inspiring and successful Heavenly Tribal Messiah Study Tour of 6 Albanian leaders to Thailand who went there to learn, study and inherit the foundation of successfully completing the mission of Heavenly Tribal Messiahs. It was at the very beginning of October when True Mother herself gave direction that some Albanian FFWPU leaders should go to Thailand to study about HTM there and bring that experience back to Albania. At the beginning we were a little bit sceptical and hesitant, mostly because of the full agenda of activities we had already planned until the end of December 2017, but also we were wondering if this was the right time for us to focus on Heavenly Tribal Messiahship providence. - read more

Media Coverage of 2017 Global Rally 
for Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Here we would like to share with you the Korean media coverage of the 2017 International Rally to promote the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula, held on November 11, 2017 at the World Cup Stadium in Seoul.
Click here to watch the media coverage of Asia Business TV, KBS, MBN, SBS and TV Chosan
Click here to watch a PowerPoint of the entire coverage in the Korean media

More material:
Click here to watch the feature video shown at the main event
Click here to watch the main event
Click here to watch the banquet to celebrate the victory
Click here to see pictures from the main event, the ILC and the victory celebrations 

2017 Autumn Hyo Jeong Cheongpyeong Great Works 
True Parents' Special Gathering
Cheongpyeong Training Centre, Great Hall
November 4, 2017

Where are we? This is Cheon Il Guk's holy land, the capital. You are honorable citizens of Cheon Il Guk. You must show the world who you are boldly, with pride and self-esteem. The omniscient and omnipotent God is the same from the beginning to the end. However, the problem is that a victorious man and woman must appear who can become the good ancestor of humankind, whom God tried to bless in the beginning. Heavenly Parent's dream was to become the "True Parent" of humankind and reside with us. After the long period of four thousand years, when God could find a nation, Heaven sent Jesus Christ. - read more

1st Cranes Club Education Conference
Seebenstein, Austria, October 27 - 29, 2017

By Natalia Ladstätter, Zita Kiedler, Jasmin Brunnbauer and Benedikta Becker
From the 27th to 29th of October 2017 the 1st Cranes Club Education Conference took place in Seebenstein, Austria. It was attended by 45 educators, parents and interested people from 11 different countries. Around two thirds of the attendants were second generation and the rest were first generation members and one guest.
The main aim of the conference was to bring together like-minded individuals to discuss issues in the field of education and exchange innovative ideas that can help change and revolutionize the education system and inspire projects in this field. - read more

Witnessing in Hamburg 
and Northern Germany
Hamburg, Germany, November 17, 2017

By Martine Masner
They hold DP-Breakfast-meetings in several homes and small restaurants. This adds up to around 100 times a year. Some regular guests could learn the content of a full 7day WS through this.
Since November 2016 they started witnessing at the Hamburg University. Every Friday afternoon, they speak to the students for about an hour and invite them to their DP study group. If guests join, they read from the DP book and if they have no guests, they also read for about 40 minutes and then share testimonies. "This creates a deep bond of heart, as we experienced it when we joined our movement."  - read more

25th Anniversary Celebration 
of WFWP in France
Paris, France, November 12, 2017

By Brigitte Wada
WFWP France celebrated the 25th anniversary of the WFWP in Paris at l' Espace Barrault. More than 60 people were present for our celebration.
The program was divided into two parts: the first was ceremonial and the second festive.
Mrs. Brigitte Wada, president of WFWP-France gave welcoming remarks recalling the vision and the objectives of WFWP. She remarked that without the sacrificial commitment of Japanese women volunteers in 1994, WFWP could not have developed in more than 160 countries in the world. Then a short film especially made for the 25the anniversary of WFWP International was shown. - read more

World Peace Blessing
Glory House, The Netherlands, November 11, 2017

By Mihoko Koetsier and Hans Campman
On the very day of the great "Global Rally" in Korea where True Mother gave her address to the Korean people and the world, FFWPU Netherlands held a World Peace Blessing in our own Glory House Hotel in the dunes on the North Sea beach. By holding this event we wanted to attend and support Our True Mother on this day of great providential importance.
In a joyous and warm atmosphere, 15 couples received the Blessing. Additionally, a handful of attendants, who came single but are married, received the blessing for themselves and their partner, who could not be present; the remaining people were singles. Altogether 102 people (58 guests & 44 members, incl. children) took part in this celebration.  - read more

True Family Values Banquet and 
International Peace Blessing
Biel, Switzerland, November 11, 2017

By Heiner Handschin
Based on a long foundation of regular outreach and educational activities in the City of Biel, the Swiss UPF Secretary General, Ms. Chantal Chételat-Komagata, proposed that this year's True Family Values Banquet in Switzerland could be held in her city and hometown. Biel/Bienne, a bilingual city in the vicinity of the Capital Bern, has been several times in the history of the FFWPU/UCS Switzerland in the headlines for its substantial contribution to the providence in the nation. The venue of this year's event was the hall of the Freemasons Society of the city of Biel/Bienne, a very gorgeous hall in a beautiful setting.
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UPF Meeting with young Muslims

Copenhagen, Denmark, November 16, 2017

By Nobuhiro Igarashi
We had a UPF meeting with Minhaj Youth (Muslim young group) on 16 November. We had an interfaith meeting with them last year. We shared with them our ideas and activities. We showed two videos, one about MEPI and about our UN International Day of Peace event. Afterwards we made plans for the rest of the year and next year, like joining the Peace rally in Copenhagen and next year's interfaith meeting. They also suggested that we will have a meeting with their Imam soon.

The Philosophy of Peace and its Application in a Globalised World
Kloster Hoechst, Germany, November 10 - 12, 2017

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Global Rally for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
Seoul, Korea, November 11, 2017

Family Values in a Multicultural Society:

How Religion shaped our European Culture
Orsay, France, November 10, 2017

By Hanna Lotterie
Our local outreach association, a subsidiary of Family Federation, called Familles et valeurs - Orsay-Les Ulis (FAVORLU), had the second discussion evening on "Family Values in a Multicultural Society". The specific topic of tonight was "How religion formed our European culture".
Mrs. Hanna Lotterie explained how the family as well as the vertical and horizontal relations in the family were structured and formed first within the Hellenic culture, then the Roman Culture, and later by Christianity and Islam.
She then demonstrated through quotes from the Coran and the Bible how these two religions viewed and taught the various relationships of parents and children, husband and wives and siblings. - read more 

Beyond Refugee Crisis and Human Trafficking 
Perspectives for the Youth in the Horn of Africa with a special Focus on Eritrea
Vienna, Austria, November 3, 2017 

By Peter Haider
UPF Austria in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Eritrea at the United Nations in Vienna, UNCAV - United Nation Correspondents Association and the "Horn of Africa" Peace Initiative organized a panel discussion with the topic "Beyond Refugee Crisis and Human Trafficking - Perspectives for the Youth in the Horn of Africa with a special Focus on Eritrea".
EriDiaspora TV: Engaging & Understanding the Horn of Africa 'Focus on Eritrea'
The aim of the panel discussion was to reflect the untold story and share the view and experience of the horn on human rights in relation to the recent phenomenon of migration. - read more

Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Bratislava, Slovakia, November 7, 2017

By Barbara Grabner
On the 100th anniversary, UPF Slovakia prepared a thrilling lecture about the ideological aspects of the Russian Revolution. UPF invited the philosopher Herbert Giller from Vienna to speak on the very date of the revolution - 7th November. He is a brilliant analyst and critic of Marxist thought and Communism in all its shades. "It has been a long, deep desire of mine to give a lecture in a communist country someday," he said while accepting our invitation in mid-October. - read more

Cranes Club Health Conference 2017
Bad Camberg, Germany, November 4 - 5, 2017

By Catriona Valenta, Sonja Read and Viola Hara
Based Following the success of last year's pioneer event in Seebenstein, the second Cranes Club Health Conference was held in Bad Camberg from 3-5 November 2017, under the motto 'Health in Cheon Il Guk'. There was a healthy mixture of participants in terms of age, cultural background and variety of experience in different aspects of health care. - read more

Korean Culture Evening
Vienna, Austria, November 4, 2017

By Akio Friesacher
On the evening of the 4th November 2017 CARP Austria organised an event to let people discover Korean culture. Our motivation was to offer an event which can embrace all kinds of people, make them feel loved and to stimulate them to practice a culture of heart. We chose the Korean culture to connect us and the guests to our spiritual roots, our True Parents. Altogether 32 people attended, from which 8 were guests. - read more

Sun Jin Nim Shares Her Heart with Brothers and Sisters at the Cheongpyeong Great Works

Cheong Pyeong, November 3, 2017

FFWPU International President Sun Jin Moon was accompanied by her husband In Sup Nim. She began her speech by warmly welcoming the brothers and sisters who had already arrived for the first day of the Cheongpyeong "Great Works" workshop. Here follows a summary of the main parts of the two-and-a-half-hour session:
Sun Jin Nim: "True Parents have been creating a haven, a home, where all the people of the world can find their true home, their true parents, understand Heavenly Parent's word and be reborn as true, filial sons and daughters. I welcome you, my brothers and sisters from around the world with tremendous joy, with tremendous love, and tremendous gratitude." - read more 

Our Outreach Work with a Book Table

Duesseldorf, Germany, November 5, 2017

By Herbert Beyer
For several years now, our book table has been a regular feature on the Oberbilk Market in Düsseldorf. In the beginning, Makoto Noguchi, our community leader, began to distribute leaflets there on his own. At that time, we spoke about a certain proportion: from each thousand people who were approached, one guest came to our center. If that were to be considered the only measure of the success, our work could hardly be seen as being worthwhile. - read more

Sunday Sermon Dr. Michael Balcomb
Madrid, Spain, November 5, 2017

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Talk about Life after Death

Upper Austria, November 1, 2017

By Katharina Bauer

Shortly before Nov 1st which is a national Holyday in Austria, "All Saints Day", I was invited to share my spiritual experiences connected to life after death.
I was invited by our sister Mirjami Ledermüller, who has been successfully operating a project in her village for 6 years by now: she was given the opportunity to use an empty house right next to the local church for holding courses and workshops for the local people. Together with her friend Gerlinde who became a Peace Ambassador she developed it into a meeting place which more and more people came to like and join her programs. - read more

Inauguration of the New Witnessing Centre

Prague, Czech Republic, November 5, 2017

By Martine Masner
On Sunday November 5th, 2017, we held the inauguration of our new witnessing center in Prague. The young people are very inspired by its location right next to the largest university campus in the city. Through our witnessing activities we want to bring joy and comfort to our True Mother. We have been very inspired by our True Mother's initiative of "Youth and Students for Peace"! We want to invite young people to our center, for them to understand True Parents' peace activities, and give them hope by introducing them to our universal principles. Advanced lectures and seminars will continue at our HQ building. The national leader, Mrs. Martine Masner offered the dedication prayer and cut the ribbon together with the CARP Leader and Prague Community Leader. Mrs. Veronika Costa, the Czech Youth Leader, sanctified the place with holy salt. The event was followed by nice refreshments, where everybody felt inspired by this new beginning in witnessing. Thank you, True Mother! - read more

"People, Passion and Purpose" 
Joanna Hartl's FM Radio Programme
Swindon, UK, November 5, 2017

Our sister, Joanna Hartl, is launching a radio programme called "People, Passion and Purpose", which will air on Radio Swindon 105:5 on the first Monday of every month at 2pm.
The first programme will air on Monday 6th November 2017 and will feature an interview with a Pentecostal Pastor and his wife who also run a charity shop. - read more

How to Protect the Family and Life itself

Hotel Rokohof, Klagenfurt, Austria, October 25, 2017

By Alfred Waldmann
Around 40 guests gathered in a seminar room of the Rokohof Hotel on this evening, to hear a presentation by Johannes Stampf from Vienna - which he especially prepared for this evening.
That event was preceded by meetings with representatives of several religious groups to which we had built friendship recently, explored ways how to approach each other and how to work together. - read more

Charity Concert with Seiko Lee
Duesseldorf, Germany, October 31, 2017

By Werner Fehlberg
This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's proclamation of the 95 theses in Wittenberg. To commemorate this event, the Seiko Lee Project and the Düsseldorf members organised an Ecumenical Charity Concert in the New Life Church http://www.newlifechurch-duesseldorf.org/ in Düsseldorf.
Protestantism was represented by Pastor Richard Aidoo and the New Life Church Düsseldorf, and Catholicism by Brother Matthäus Werner from the Franciscan order http://www.die-armen-brueder.de/
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Hyo Jeong Concert & Seminar
Vienna, Austria, October 21, 2017

By Kazua Canak
The day after the Seiko Lee Benefit Concert, Dr. David Eaton (director of the International Hyo Jeong Music Department) led the Hyo Jeong seminar at the Vienna church center. It was attended by approx. 90 participants (1st and 2nd gen) from eight countries including many of the FFWPU regional leaders of Europe-Eurasia-Middle East.
The seminar began in the morning with Dr. Eaton's sermon during Sunday Service which was followed by four sessions in the afternoon. Dr. Eaton spoke about the significance and success of the European culture, specifically music, that's rooted in Christianity which has accepted Jesus as the Messiah (session 1). He continued to share about the internal aspects of Hyo Jeong Cheonwon (the original Garden of Eden) as described by True Parents centered on their words in the CSG, Father's Autobiography and True Mother's recent guidance, and concluded his presentation with some practical steps that are being taken to accomplish this vision in the six areas of Hyo Jeong (music, dance, art, theater, martial arts, and media, session 2    - read more

"Peace Starts with Me" - CARP National Workshop
National Workshop Centre, Tirana, Albania, October 27 - 29, 2017

This kind of workshop we organize twice a year. The focus are young guests who came just few times in our local centers. During the workshop we challenge them physically through different games, and in the same time we try to touch their spirit and their minds through the lectures given by young carp leaders. Main focus of the lectures was to introduce main topics of the Divine Principle. Starting from the purpose of life, the origin of conflict and how we can solve it, team work, the importance of good communication and concluding with a lecture entitled "Peace Stars with Me", where we talked more about True Parents, and we shared different messages from True Parents speeches. The participants where moved by those words, and they promised to reflect about their life. - read more - view more pictures

"Principles of the Cultures of Peace" 
Workshop for WFWP Guests
National Workshop Centre, Tirana, Albania, October 21 - 22, 2017

We all like to sometimes get away from our normal life routine. Exactly for this reason, some WFWP guests occasionally express interest in activities outside Tirana. To respond to this need, on the weekend of October 21st and 22nd we organized a seminar for WFWP guests in Mullet training center. Despite modest accommodation that the training center offers, many guests enjoyed their stay in Mullet in the past, what gave us confidence to hold a workshop there. - read more - view more pictures

Voices of Peace

Voci di Pace
10. Anniversary 2007 - 2017

By Giorgio Gasperoni
Voices of Peace has been published in Italy and San Marino since March 2007. The Idea came with the initiatives developed in 2003 with the IIFWP with the Conferences organized throughout the world on the theme "The world at a turning point" and in 2005 with the establishment of UPF in New York. We registered the magazine in San Marino in 2005.
But we could start to publish it in March 2007. We wanted to involve our Ambassadors of Peace and keep them connected with our activities. We asked advice to some Managing Editors of other magazines in order to have a good input. - read more - latest edition

International Art Camo Croatia

Raab, Croatia, October 6 - 13, 2017

By Ji-suk Baek Tomas
I am Ji Suk Baek Tomas, blessed wife in Croatia. As an artist and educator of art I initiated the project International Art Camp in Croatia(ACC). We have so many talented 2.gen art students and future artist. I wanted to make a platform where we can connect with each other and learn, inspire each other.  
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-  video diary

KANDO Publishing House 
at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017
Frankfurt am Man, Germany, October 11 - 15, 2017

By Nina Kirchberger

Every year I write a report about Kando Publishing House and its participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and every year I ask myself the same question: Was it all worth the effort? What might be really of interest to those who read this report? But one thing is always quite clear to me: if we believe that we are in possession of a universal, comprehensive 'truth', then we should participate in this important book fair. Kando Publishing House simply has to be there. - read more

True Peace Magazine

October 2017

English  -  French

1. True Mother's Grace and Blessings
2. True Parents' Messages: A Providential View of the Pacific Rim Era in Light of God's Will II, A Gathering to Welcome True Parents to Japan, The Blessing of Motherhood, The Truth of History Seen through Heaven's Providence and Japan's Mission
3. Pictorial section: Providential Moments
4. WFWP: Creating the Environment with Our Mother-Child Mission
5. Korean Affairs: A Brighter Day May Come
6. Regional News: Austria
7. Sketch of a Nation: The History of Unificationism in Taiwan 
8. Interview: A Time of Reflection: Michael Balcomb, Kim Sang-seuk, Pastor T.L. Barrett, Bishop Jesse Edwards Testimony: Faithful Successful Young People Unite in a True Love Blessing

IAPP Inauguration in Italy
Rome, Italy, October 25, 2017

By Giuseppe Cali
Following the IAPP starting in Seoul and London, UPF and WFWP in Italy started right away to work on it, together with two members of the Italian Parliament and one member of the European Parliament, that attended those events. The result was that in the following months we could have four conferences in the Italian Parliament and organize a next event on December 5th to present the IAPP to the European Parliament. All this foundation conveyed to this inauguration held on October 25th in the "Refettorio Hall of San Macuto Palace", one of the main halls of the Italian Parliament, with the participation of around 110 guests. Among them 11 parliamentarians directly attending, one European parliamentarian that from Bruxelles sent a video message (the one that is organizing with us the conference at the European Parliament), and around 100 other guests from the civil society: economists, president of NGOs, professors, politicians and others. - read more

Charity Concert for Syrian Refugee Families and
Blessing at the Syrian-Orthodox Church
Vienna, Austria, October 21, 2017

By Elisabeth Cook
A Charity Concert at the Syrian Orthodox Church of Vienna took place on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Prof. Dr. Stefan Sacu, chairman of the church's parish council, warmly greeted the almost 300 participants. He thanked the concert's organisers, the Austrian Women's Federation for World Peace and their President, Mrs. Renate Amesbauer, as well as Universal Peace Federation and the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification.
In the first part of the concert, the wonderful soprano singer Seiko Lee presented classical songs, such as "Ave Maria", "O Mio babbino caro" - among others. The highlight then being three pieces from the Peace-Cantata Halelu, composed by Dr. David Eaton, Director of the New York Symphony Orchestra - who personally directed the singers and chamber orchestra. It was an impressive performance that inspired all present.
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The Role of the Netherlands in 
the Security Council of the UN in 2018
Utrecht, The Netherlands, October 19, 2017

By Wim Koetsier
As Netherlands will be seated at the UN Security Council next year, her voice will have more say in the international affairs and world-wide security issues. UPF NL Secretary General, Mr. Wim Koetsier opened the meeting with a few words from the founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon and warmly welcomed the 27 people from diverse organisations and movements. A video introducing the Peace Road project proposal was shown, which set the tone for global thinking. - read more

18+ Workshop
Learning from the Past, Imagining the Future
Manantial del Corazon, Spain, October 13 - 15, 2017 

By Carlos, Stefan, Ruben, Francesca
There is uncertainty in every moment of transition. But it is the way we face change that makes transitions an opportunity for growth and transformation. We explored this theme through all the stories and conversations we had in this gathering, under a setting we already experienced in Exploring the Essential, our previous workshop this year. - read more

Peace Road Croatia 2017
Zagreb, Croatia, October 21, 2017

By Dejan Perhat
FFWP Croatia, for the first time, took part in the worldwide Peace road project. Our Peace road event began at 3 pm in the city park, with 27 participants from several Croatian blessed families.
After short a speech by Peace road coordinator Mr. Perhat, we sang the song ''Tongil'' and made common photos. After that we went to our Holy grand, where we have prayed together for peace and unity. From there we went to the city centre.
First, we prayed and sang the song ''Tongil'' in front of the Orthodox Church and after that in the front of Catholic church (main cathedral). In this way, we wanted to connect traditional spiritual foundation of our country with the new spiritual foundation of the Unification Movement.
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Martin Luther:
500 Years Reformation 
What comes Next?
Frankfurt am Man, Germany, September 23, 2017

By Monika Kunde
After a warm welcome by Gudrun Mobo, representative of UPF Frankfurt, a short but very informative video about UPF International was shown. Our first guest speaker, Dr. Marco Frenschkowski, protestant theologian and Professor for New Testament Studies at the University of Leipzig, was then introduced. His presentation dealt with the topic: "Martin Luther and his Holy Scriptures ", mainly from the perspective of religious studies.  - read more

4. Interreligious Breakfast

Linz, Austria, October 14, 2017

By Maria Pammer
The theme of the meeting this time was "You shall be a blessing". Representatives of Catholicism, Islam and FFWPU shared impulses on the topic.
After everyone had helped themselves to the breakfast buffet, Mr. Heinz Krcek began with his talk. As former Benedictine Father and theologian, drawing on his vast experience, he delivered a nuanced contribution to the topic of blessing. He began with the three blessings that God gave to mankind in Gen. 1:28, expressing both the grace and the task they entailed. His remarks spanned from the birth right blessing that Jacob bought from his brother Esau to the marriage blessing conducted by the FFWPU.  - read more
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