170 High School Students write Essay on 
True Father's Autobiography
Albania, May 9 - 11, 2018 

Beloved True Mother, on the occasion of Mother's Day we would like to offer you something we are trying to do for your children in Albania!
On May 9th and May 11th two special activities were organized in two different cities in Albania. An essay competition was organized in Koplik city, north of Albania, and another one was held in Pogradec city, south - east of Albania. The theme of the essay was the very title of the astonishing Autobiography book of True Father's life "As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen". For few years already, we have organized such competitions with high school students. We couldn't miss this year without sharing True Father's life with youngsters of our country. Following the strategy, we prepared for 2018 and the yearly plan of activities, over 250 high school students during this year have become part of the Essay Competition Program. - read more

Vienna 2018 - Photo Album 
Vienna, Austria, April 16 - May 1, 2018 


Toward Interdependence and Mutual Prosperity: The Role of Religious Leaders and Parliamentarians
ILC, Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria, April 28 - 29, 2018

WFWP Session: Brief Report
Session IV: Beyond Coexistence: Dealing with the Challenges of Interdependence
Values Education and Healthy Families - Fostering an Environment for Prosperity, Citizenship and Interreligious Harmony
Building a peaceful world of co-prosperity and shared values has long been the goal of religion, politics and educational institutions. In a stable, loving family, individuals may naturally develop capacities for love, respect, communication, cooperation, service, conflict resolution, forgiveness and other social skills that are relevant to life in the wider society. How can this universal principle be applied and extended to encourage harmonious social relations and partnerships for peace in our communities and in the family of nations?
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- Opening remarks ILC by Carolyn Handschin, Director UN Office WFWPI

WFWP Luncheon Reception
Wimberger Hotel, Vienna, Austria, April 29, 2018 

Preceeding the Main Event at the Vienna Statthalle with the WFWP Founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, a luncheon reception was held at the Wimberger Hotel for the international guests, members of the Vienna diplomatic community and faith leaders. Nearly 140 gathered to enjoy the buffet, create friendships and discover one another's passion and focus in the areas of peace and human development before walking to the Hall together. - read more

Activity Report of the Hungarian Family
March to middle of May2018

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SES Me Leadership Tour
Bucharest, Romania, May 4, 2018

We are grateful to offer this report for Heavenly Parent and True Parents. Once in the two weeks we are organizing Open Event 'SES Me Leadership Tour' for Romanian young people to have chance to listen inspirational lecture for their life. The meaning of this title is 'SES Me (in Korean ward SeoSu means Washing face, so means washing our Self), Leadership Tour (meaning as the life is journey)'. So our national leader Mr.Jeong comes to give lecture about 'life as journey'. Each time he gives a lot of life inspirations for young people and a lot of people feel spiritual benefit from this event. - read more

Visit of 2017 Sun Hak Peace Prize winner, Dr Sakena Yacoobi
Birmingham, UK, April 14 - 15, 2018 

By David Earle
On the 15th of April, we had the rare privilege of a visit from Dr Sakena Yacoobi, the co-recipient of UPF's Sun Hak Peace Prize in 2017. The visit to Birmingham originated in Dakar, Senegal, where David attended the Africa Summit jointly hosted by UPF and President Macky Sall's government. During a breakfast conversation with her, David discovered that Dr Yacoobi was to take part in a conference in Oxford, in April, and asked her if she would consider coming up to Birmingham to share her story and life experience. Things worked out nicely, and she arrived in Birmingham on Saturday the 14th, sharing informally with a small number of local Peace Federation members in the evening, followed by an interview with Unity FM radio station on Sunday morning, and then two public talks on Sunday afternoon and evening in our home. 

Blessing Ceremonies in Elbasan and Tirana
Albania, April 14 - 15, 2018

Following previous Family Festivals & Blessing Ceremonies, we held the 9th & 10th events for 2018. On April 14th the Elbasan Community organized a beautiful event in the centre of the city at Skampa Hotel where around 100 people gathered to attend the Family Festival. Among them, 20 couples became part of the Cosmic Blessing Ceremony. Among them were also several Ambassadors for Peace. - read more

Gender Equality: How Far Did We Get?
City Hall, Fidapa, Italy, April 18, 2018 

By Elisabetta Cali
Welcome regards have been given from the city mayor, the counsellor of equal opportunity and the assessor on youth policies. Excellent speakers have reported on the status of women rights, starting from their own experiences in manager's field, society and family's field, reminding the importance of the 5 points of SDG 2030. Other topics have been touched such as Violence against women and children, the Chart of Girls Rights, Feminine Value in today's society, Education in the school as prevention against violence. Elisabetta Nistri after thanking all the speakers and women that have been fighting in the past so that now we could benefit of their victories has proposed the WFWP vision underlining that now is the time to look for feminine and masculine virtues to build a better society. - read more

Speech Contest
Women's Contribution to Social Peace 
through Resilience and Reconciliation
Madrid, Spain, April 14, 2018 

By Marcia de Abreu
The II Speech Contest organized by Women's Federation for World Peace Spain took place last Saturday April 14th.
There were 5 finalists who spoke on "Women's contribution to social peace through resilience and reconciliation". Their ages ranged from 19 to 27 and most were University students.
Laura Bourgade, originally from France, a student of Spanish Philology in Madrid University became the winner after she had made a brilliant presentation focusing on peace with oneself, peace with other women (sorority) and peace with men. - read more

Divine Principle Seminar for 43 Albanian key Ambassadors for Peace
Ohrid, Macedonia, April 5 - 8, 2018

From 5th - 8th of April 2018, 43 Ambassadors for Peace from 13 Local Peace Councils of Albania and one couple from Kosovo gathered in Ohrid - Macedonia to study the content of the Divine Principle. The Regional President for East Europe, Rev. Jack Corley also arranged his schedule in order to support this seminar. Our goal was to have 50 AfP this time, however we ended up having 43 exactly like last seminar we held in December 2018. - read more

Home Town Activity
What happened to Israel after Jesus?
Bad Vigaun, Austria, April 9, 2018 

By Barbara Grabner
Easter time is the most appropriate time to give a lecture about the Mission of the Messiah which provides new insights. The presentation was scheduled one week after Easter when the festivities were over and people had returned from their visits. My lecture carried the title "Jewish Wars and Messianic Figures after Jesus" and was announced by some local newspaper. The venue was a guest house in the spa Bad Vigaun not far from the city of Salzburg. The lady who owned the guest house had attended some lectures in my home village in 2017. Maria has many friends who are open to interreligious discussion. On Monday April 9, we gathered in the nicely furnished breakfast room. Among the 19 participants were a few new faces as well as our brothers Klaus and Friedrich. - read more

Two Days Divine Principle Workshop
Colle Mattia, Rome, Italy, April 7 - 8, 2018

On 7th-8th April we held a 2 days Divine Principle WS in Colle Mattia, we had 12 people and 4 guests. It was nice to separate ourselves for couples of days from our daily routine, surrounded by beautiful nature and share our hearts with each other. Lectures were given by Ignazio Cabras and in addition to the classical topics: Ideal of Creation, the Fall, life and mission of Jesus, historical parallels, he explained Sun Myung Moon 's life until recent time and we received some insight on prayer to improve our relationship with God. It was a very refreshing workshop and members could gain benefit. Certainly, after this experience our lives will change in a positive way. 

Prague, Czech Republic, March 29 - April 2, 2018 

In the end of March, on the occasion of Easter holidays - time of spring and resurrection, CARP CZ organized together with CIG missionaries from USA special 5-day seminar about Universal Principles called "Revolution of heart". Through this seminar we wanted to offer to young people highly inspiring seminar with more practical view on Universal Principles, something that would be more connected with their everyday life and reality and that would help them to grow in their heart towards our Heavenly Parent. - read more

Spirituality Workshop - Interreligious Series 
Espacio Ronda, Madrid, Spain, January to March 2018 

By Armando Lozano
With Vikrampal Singh, international teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Gong. They concluded with a meditation with Gong. "The first time I heard a Gong I shuddered, it was an intense feeling, its sound entered through each of the pores of my skin and then its power dragged me towards the rotating force of the cosmos, the sound of OM or AUM enveloped me. The Gong makes the door to the invisible become visible. "Vikrampal Singh. A little about Vikrampal Singh: Bachelor of Economics and Business Administration, black belt of karate 3rd dan, professor of the Pontifical University of Comillas (1990-2014), international teacher of Kundalini Yoga, Sungazing (Solar Yoga according to Hira Ratan Manek), trained in Personal Development and Systemic Therapy, formed in Social Triformation and Anthroposophy, Gong Master Training.
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15. Anniversary of HARP Spain
Manantial del Corazon, Spain, April 1, 2018 

By Ruben Cabero
The principal idea for this workshop was to commemorate 15 years of HARP, in the almost the same day as the first Spanish HARP workshop back in 2003. For some reasons, it was just possible to organize one day, which started with some words of Armando Lozano, telling some old stories from "El Manantial del Corazón", the unique place where all Spanish HARP workshops happened. That connect us to many experiences where we grow up, plaid, fought, prayed and cried together - read more

UPF lands in Greece to establish 
a new Beginning
Thessaloniki, Greece, March 30, 2018 

By Giuseppe Cali
The UPF Albania in cooperation with Giuseppe Calì, director of the South Region of Europe and Prof. Vasileios Toulikas, organized the founding meeting of UPF Greece, on March 30th 2018, at the Hotel Porto Palace, in Thessaloniki.
The story of this event is quite interesting. Prof. Toulikas was appointed as Ambassador for Peace around ten years ago in Albania, but for all this period he couldn't do much, being very busy in teaching at the University and involved in political activities. When he met Mrs. Alma Thano, a famous Greece national level athlete and Ambassador for Peace herself, living in the same city of Thessaloniki, they decided together to establish UPF in Greece. They started to gather people and contacted a common friend in Albania, Prof. Flamur Shehu, one of the Albanian AfP, in order to organize an introductory event for all their contacts. - read more

STF 2016 - 2018

Establishing Local Peace Council in Librazhd 
Librazhd, Albania, March 28, 2018 

March 28th 2018 was another important milestone for UPF Albania. On the afternoon of this day, in the city of Librazhd was organized the UPF activity for establishing the Local Peace Council. 35 people participated in the event, among them many important figures of the city. 
It's very wonderful to see how much the VIPs of different cities in our country want to welcome UPF in their communities. They are very inspired to listen to UPF's founders vision, and they are promising to work hard for this vision to spread wide all over Albania. - read more

4 Day Divine Principle Workshop
Mullet, Tirana, Albania, March 22 - 25, 2018

Coordinated by Majlinda Ziko and moderated by Marsida Sina and Eglantina Hoxha, the workshop started with "a café in Mullet". By getting to know each other, all the participants from all over Albania and Kosovo, could start to feel as in their own families. We divided the participants into two clans and each clan was composed by two families. - read more

Family Festival of the Celestial Church of Christ and FFWPU 
Vienna, Austria, March 24, 2018 

By Elisabeth Cook 
On March 24th, 2018 we could host a joint Family Festival of the Family Federation and the Celestial Church of Christ in Vienna. 
The contact to the Celestials had been kept the last years mainly by one brother who attended their services and supported them in various ways. Already in 2003 one of the Celestials' couples could receive the Blessing. This time, in 2018, more couples could be blessed: all together 9 couples with their children present, and 10 others whose' spouse couldn't come. 
The celestials' shepherd (bishop) opened the meeting with a heartfelt and powerful invocation, followed by songs into which all their members joined in. - read more  -  more pictures   -   background report

Family Festival and Blessing Ceremony 
Rome, Italy, March 25, 2018 

By Elisabetta Nistri Cali 
In the beautiful environment of our training center of Colle Mattia, a Festival for families was organized by the FFWPU community of Rome. Four couples attended the Blessing, while the community and several new guests participated in creating an uplifting atmosphere, full of music, inspiring speeches, testimonies, and prayers. The MC, Elisabetta Nistri, introduced the meaning of the ceremony and showed a video with some international Blessing ceremonies. Carmine Natale, the pastor that officiated the ceremony, gave an overview on the meaning of the Blessing as well. Attending the ceremony was a Christina Pastor, that gave a congratulatory speech at the end, in which he spoke of the importance of the family and spirituality, especially nowadays. - read more

Who was Karl Marx really? 
Bratislava, Slovakia, March 26, 2018 

By Barbara Grabner 
The end of Communism did not end the influence of Marxism, at least not in Europe. Recently we register a renaissance of Marxism, and therefore it is appropriate to analyze the man and his work once more. The year 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, and the 170th anniversary of the publication of his Communist Manifesto. - read more

Establishing Local Peace Council in Diber 
Diber, Albania, March 26, 2018 

On Monday, March 26th 2018 in the city of Peshkopia, region of Dibër, was organized an important UPF activity for this region. We could finally establish there the UPF Local Peace Council. With the support of local governmental institutions, we could organize the activity in the main hall of the municipality. 
35 important figures of this regions participated in the event. After explaining the vision and the work of UPF, by Mr. Gani Rroshi, president of FFWPU Albania, 9 people got the certificate of Ambassador for Peace. In the end, the elections of the UPF local peace council chairperson and 2 vice-chairpersons took place. - read more

Cultural Inheritence as Generator for Peace and Stability 
Fier, Albania, March 23, 2018 

By Zsuzsanna Sulejmani 
Local Peace Council of UPF in Fier city, organized an event with 100 participants align with the 2018 UN year of European Cultural Inherintence moto. The moderator, Mr. Gani Rroshi, President of FFWPU Albania gave a celebrating atmosphere to the activity through his words. 
One of the precious cultural representatives of Albania, Mr. Neritan Ceka (Archaeologist, historian) accepted the invitation to take a part and address a speech on this occasion. He called back the time of origin of Albanians and presented some of the most important places of antic times of Albania. The host leader, Mr. Myzaljen Hoxha mentioned, during his welcoming speech, the Divine Principle as a tool to learn the values of Peace. - read more

CRANES CLUB EUROPE - 2018 Annual Meeting
Paris, France, March 16 - 18, 2018

This year's annual Cranes Club conference was held on March 16th-18th, at Espace Barrault in Paris and was attended by some thirty-five professionals from across Europe (including a guest from the USA). The event was smaller than usual, owing to the Peace Starts with Me festival taking place in April, which not only understandably takes precedence for many with limited funds, but also resulted in the Directors scheduling the event a month early. All things considered, our weekend of guest speakers, networking sessions, mini workshops, and socializing proved impactful, with participants rating the overall success of the event 8.6 out of 10. - read more

Upper Austrian Celebration under 
the Banner of Love 
Gramastetten, Austria, March 18, 2018

By Elisabeth Cook 
About 50 participants gathered on March 18th, 2018 at the Vedahof in Gramastetten for an interreligious blessing celebration characterized by the blessing of true love and the gratitude man and woman feel for each other. The evening before a shining blanket of snow had covered the surrounding hills. The Prema-Church, church of the five world religions, set amidst this fantastic scenery was a suitable frame for this celebration. - read more

Run 4 Peace 
Lisbon, Portugal, March 18, 2018 

By Sergio Vieira 
The athletics team of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (RUN 4 FFWPU) has travelled throughout Portugal to conquer brilliant results and fervently promoting the ideal of true families spreading the word and making publicity about our movement constantly on the ground and in places where True Parents' message and vision would not reach. 
With over 250 thousand views on the official website and with 10 thousand followers on Facebook, we saw the perfect opportunity once again, as we did in previous years, to participate in the run. One leg of the run is passing by our Peace Embassy, So we took the opportunity together with the Recreative Group of Tercena and the support of the Sports Division of the Municipality of Oeiras, to invite the Tercena Athletics Grand Prix to our Peace Embassy where they met our brothers and sisters, who have just finished their Sunday service.

CIG Italian Leaders' Assembly 2018 
Colle Mattia, Rome, Italy, March 10 - 11, 2018 

By Giuseppe Cali 
On March 10th and 11th, we held in Italy an Assembly of leaders of all Federations and departments. Thirty responsible members attended it, among them twelve 2nd gen. and youth leaders and pastors. 
In the first morning Giuseppe and Elisabetta Calì gave a report about the recent events in Korea and the World Leaders' Assembly 2018. The report went from the explanation of directions from International HQ, to an overall report of all main events, to a very deep reporting on True Mother' speeches and guidance. - read more

WFWP Women's Peace Meeting 
"The Continuing Tragedy in the Middle East." 
Birmingham, UK, March 7, 2018 

By David and Patricia Earle 
We had a very large turnout for our last Women's Peace Meeting about the Middle East, reflecting the genuine feelings of compassion and concern for the on-going suffering and uncertainty of the people there, particularly women and children who are so often the victims of conflict. We heard from five main speakers, watched two interesting videos, had a number of valuable contributions during the discussion, and raised money for a WFWP project in Jordan, helping to support refugee families from Syria. - read more

Activity Report of the Hungarian Family 
Hungary, February 2018 

By Tibor Krebsz 
Blessed Families and brothers and sisters around the country stopped to go to work and school instead they came together to worship God and True Parents and the related CIG Anniversaries. The Budapest Church celebrated in the Hotel Benczur, the other Communities gathered in local church centers. - read more

Hope Through Tribal Messiah Blessing and 
Community Building in Central Africa Republic 
Berlin, Germany - Bagandou, Central Africa, February 2018

By Mathias Monzebe and Annegret Landwehr 
The Centralafrican Repulic (CAR) is one of the poorest nations in the world right in the heart of Africa. The rate of analphabetism is very high: 75%. Infant mortality is the second highest in the world. In the villages there is no electricity and no running water. More than two years ago we had started a NGO ( www.bagandou.de ) in Berlin and in Mathias Monzebe 's (City leader Berlin) home village Bagandou in the south of the CAR: our projects support several primary schools and a secondary school. We donated school books and materials, constructed toilets for the schoolchildren, supported a health post with maternity supplies. The next projects will be a youth center with solar energy panels for which we can obtain support from German organizations. - read more 

Round Table about Gender Ideology 
Madrid, Spain, February 24, 2018 

By Marcia De Abreu Rodrigues 
On February 24th, an event on Gender Ideology and Education took place, organized by the Women's Federation for World Peace Spain, in Madrid. Alicia Rubio, who is a member of Professionals for Ethics, collaborates with its educational department, doing research on the Gender Ideology and its consequences on society was one of the speakers. Yobana Carril, lawyer and founder of a Law Bureau, an expert on gender violence and family was the other speaker. Both gave light to the strategy used by those influenced by the Gender Ideology especially in the environment of the schools. 
More than 60 people coming from a variety of places in Spain attended the conference showing a clear interest in learning about the topic. Their speeches are available on www.wfwp-spain.org and on Asociación de Mujeres por la Paz Mundial facebook.

"Africa and Global Peace" 
Hamburg, Germany, February 24, 2018 

By Ulli Ganz 
Through the initiative of our Peace Ambassador, Chief C.O. Onyeike, we were able to hold our first UPF event in Bremen. In the Bürgerhaus "Kulturladen Huchting" we could dance to the rhythm of the folk band 'FuFu' and live undisturbed the African spirit. 
Reinhold Merta gave the first presentation, a short speech based on "Unification Thought". He emphasized that peace begins with harmony within oneself, the creation of a harmonious social and family environment, and an awareness of environmental conservation. 

Hyojeong Winter Youth Camp 
Chamarande, France, February 22 - 27, 2018 

A HARP Workshop took place from Thursday 22 to Tuesday 27 2018 in our Chamarande training Center, in the south of Paris. Under the direction of young leaders from the Paris CARP-House, such as Inoë André, Takeyuki Koyama and Lauren Drevici, the seminar brought together some 30 young people, aged 9 to 17, from all regions of France as well as many from Paris region; A good opportunity for young people to meet each other, to create bonds of friendship and to realize their values in the eyes of God. - read more

Winter Workshop 
Lithuania, February 16 - 18, 2018 

By Roma Karagezian 
February 16-18 HARP Winter workshop was held for the 2nd gen children in Lithuania. After having Heavenly Parents Day and True Parents Day celebration in the morning, at 12.00 pm, 11 second gen. participants age 7-14 gathered at HQ in Vilnius to start their three-day seminar. This year February 16 Lithuania also celebrated 100 years since Independence declaration in 1918, so it was amazing coincidence. Paying tribute to this, the seminar was dedicated to the theme of history, looking from the global perspective of God to the role of each person in it. 

Peace Starts With Me 
Vienna, Austria, February 3, 2018 

By Akio Friesacher 
This was the motto of our 1 Day Workshop, which took place on the 3rd of February in Vienna. As a conclusion of the various Activities of the past semester CARP organized this event with the aim to bring young people together to nurture in ourselves the culture of peace. 
Around 27 people attended this workshop from different cultural backgrounds. We were a diverse group in age and nationality. We welcomed people from Afghanistan, China, Eritrea and more as well as young and old, mothers and children. 

Heavenly Tribal Messiah Academy Workshop 
Cheong Pyeong, South Korea, February 18 - 21, 2018 

By Uli Ganz 
When we arrived at the Cheong Pyeong resort on Saturday night it was very quiet, as it was the start of the New Year in Korea, according to the lunar calendar. So we had some time to walk around and take photos of the impressive new buildings and the wintry mountain landscape. In the evening, Alois Seidl invited me for a coffee in Heavenly G Burger, where we found Dr. Michael Balcomb and his wife sitting comfortably chatting with another leader. 

Testimony of her Experience at the Conference in Senegal 
West Country, UK, February 17, 2018 

By June Darby
I was really blessed to have the opportunity to go to Senegal, and felt that I was representing you all, so I am happy to share something about the experience. I have been trying to support Africa for the last few years because I felt that an African country would be the first to recognise True Parents. When I heard about the upcoming Conference in Senegal and that it might be possible to attend I was desperate to go and help in some small way, to make that dream a reality, and I am deeply grateful for the support I received that enabled me to do so. - read more