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CIG Special International IW Dr. Lan Young Moon's Visit to Russia and Ukraine 
July 6 - 18, 2018


On July 6-18 CIG Special International Itinerary Worker Dr. Lan Young Moon is visiting Russia and Ukraine. She was specially dispatched by True Parents to Europe / Middle East region along with two other Special IW from Korea. She is an unique person in our movement who has been following True Parents from the age of 13 already for more than 60 years! Despite her age she looks very young, bright, full of energy and love. She came with purpose to testify about True Parents and share their love to members. - read more 


 
Rev. Paul Ann's visit to Albania Special CIG International IW! 
Tirana, Albania, July 13 - 17, 2018 


We were very blessed to have Rev. Paul Ann - the CIG Special Itinerary Worker - visit Albania from 13th - 17th of July 2018. We felt once again True Mother's special care and love for all brothers and sisters. On July 13th Rev. Ann had personal meetings with several leaders and gave personal guidance to them. On July 14th we had a meeting with all community leaders and department leaders. Rev. Ann shared for about 3 hours with leaders about the most fundamental principles of a life of Hyo Jeong and what leaders should always keep in mind while they face different situation and difficulties in front line. - read more 


 
The Power of Peace Road  
Story of Alexey Kostyuchenko
Russia, 201 - 2018 


Alexey Kostyuchenko is 57 years old, 16 of which he spent in a nursing home for the elderly and disabled in the city of Volgograd. He lost his legs and hands as a result of frostbite due to alcoholic intoxication, but he repented and changed his way of life.
After that, he made several jumps with a parachute, climbed the mountains and sank to the seabed, wrote poetry and spoke motivational speeches before the disabled. Inspired by the example of hand bikers, he became interested in this sport and when he learned about the Peace Road project, he got very inspired and he decided to run across Russia. - read more



PEACE ROAD
Lisbon, Portugal, July 15, 2018 


By Sergio Neto
On Sunday, July 15th, we held our Peace Road joined by the community of members of Lisbon, Porto and Lousada, Ambassadors of Peace and some members of the athletics group. The event took place in the Park Eduardo VII at the Lisbon downtown. It was a moment of fraternization where everyone united once more to remember peace and give testimony of the tireless work of True Parents, delivering leaflets to those passing by. We finished our march near to the holy ground where we shared a family lunch.
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Seminar on the UPF Vision and Peace Principles
House Glory, Bergen am Zee, The Netherlands, July 13 - 15, 2018



By Jacques Marion
UPF Europe & Middle East organized a Seminar on the UPF Vision and Peace Principles at Glory House, a beautiful hotel located on the dunes of the North Sea in the beach resort village of Bergen Aan See, in the Netherlands.
25 participants - including staff - coming from 7 nations of Europe, the Middle East and Eurasia attended the two-day seminar that began on July 13 afternoon and ended on July 15 afternoon. Participants ranged from long-time Peace Ambassadors like Dr and Mrs Glaubach from Israel, to recent contacts of UPF like Pastor Sostha Muvuma and his wife, a Christian couple from Belgium. On Sunday morning six local Peace Ambassadors and guests were invited by UPF Netherlands to join the last two presentations. - read more



Hyo Jeong Arts & Culture Website

By Kazuha Canak
From the 14th-17th of June I attended a christian conference in Augsburg, Germany called "Schøn" (translates to beautiful). When I first saw the advertisements for this event it reminded me a lot of the Vienna Peace Starts With Me event except that its goal was to answer questions like:
What is beautiful?
What is art and what's not?
What's real and what's fake?
What's the secret of true inspiration-beyond kitsch and mainstream?
I was very curious to see what content they'd share, how they'd structure an entire 4-day conference, and to learn how they'd attract 1400 young people. The results I witnessed exceeded my expectations by far. - read more



Summer HARP Workshop
Manantial del Corazon, Spain, July 3 - 13, 2018



By Stefan Campillo Fette
Good morning to all of you, first I want to thank God, the VPs and Miguel and Maryvonne for the enormous blessing they gave me by naming me Harp Leader. The workshop started on 3rd and finished on the 13th of July, being a total of 9 full days. We were a total of 36 participants including staff and kitchen staff. - read more
Video by Javier Badosa: https://vimeo.com/280903478



European 15 Day Divine Principle Workshop
Gaflenz, Austria, July 1 - 15, 2018


By Martine Masner
Over 35 participants gathered to study Divine Principle and its application during the European 15 Day DP workshop in Austria. From the very beginning the participants were very enthusiastic to study the Principle of Creation and God's heart, given by their favourite lecturer Ashley Crosthwaite. - read more



Activity Report of Hungarian Family
June to middle of July, 2018



By Tibor Krebsz - read more



Second Generation Hyo Jeong Summer Camp
Lithuania, July 4 - 8, 2018 


The annual 4 day workshop for the 2nd generation of the Baltic states was held in Lithuania with the motto: "Happiness: Purity in Heart, Purity in Mind". In total 22 participants gathered representing two age groups: elder group 11 to 15 years old, and younger group 7 to 10 years old. Both groups received lectures of the Divine Principle, with an emphasis on achieving a happy life through the attendance to a standard of purity both in mind and in heart. They also enjoyed many sports and games sessions, building stronger connections in their teams and age groups, which helped them successfully overcome Challenge day. - read more



Three Day Witnessing Campaign for 
Second Generation
Kiev, Ukraine, July 2 - 8, 2018



After the 4-days educational workshop for Ukrainian SG held in Kyiv, our 11-15 years old children went to two witnessing centers for 3 days. First group of 9 kids went to the Western Ukraine - L'viv City, second group of 5 kids went to the south - Odessa City. Each group was accompanied by few blessed family's members. During these 3 days children lived together with fulltime members in witnessing centers, following the common schedule and the rules. They were doing all kind of witnessing activities: street witnessing, lecture training and giving Introduction lectures to people. - read more



Family Festival
Tuchkovo, Russia, July 8, 2018



The Festival was held together with the holiday Day of Family, Love and Loyalty. The total number of guests is 30 people. The holiday was held in the cultural center of Tuchkovo. Represent couple was Leonid and Bayarma Ephrеmov. 4 couples received the blessing. The ceremony was held in a positive and good mood. After the festival, all the couples were invited to the Banquet. A General photograph was taken. All information about the families, who participated in the blessing, was collected. During communication with couples there was a very cordial atmosphere. - read more



Young Achiever Awards to 
two FFWPU Youth Members
London, United Kingdom, July 3, 2018


Two FFWPU young people won awards at the Universal Peace Federation UK 'Young Achiever Awards: Celebrating Future Leaders' at the House of Commons, Tuesday 3rd July 2018. They were active in public service, education, and sports with young people in their communities.



Eastern Europe Heavenly Tribal Messiah Challengers Team visited Cambodia and Thailand 
June 18 - 24, 2018


Two members visited Thailand and four others went to Cambodia. Before travel we set up two main goals:
1. Gain confidence that national restoration and accomplishment of Vision 2020 are possible through HTM activities. 2. Acquire practical experience of educating and taking care of couple who received True Parents' Blessing
In Cambodia we went to Battambang city with a population of 250,000 people. This is the third city in the nation. There are two of our centers in the city. One is HTM center, another is CARP center. True Parents' Special Envoy to Cambodia, Mr. Hajime Saito, leads HTM activities. 



Czech HARP Summer Workshop
Krkonose Mountains, Czech Republic, June 30 - July 7, 2018



By Benjamin Lajda
From the 30th June to the 7th of July, 2018, Czech HARP held its sixth annual summer workshop. Thirty-one Czech HARP members and a further ten participants from Slovakia and two brothers from Germany gathered in the beautiful Krkonose mountain region in the north of the Czech Republic. During the seven-day event our core staff were joined by a number of guest speakers and assistants, who would help to make this one of the most memorable workshops for our Czech community so far. Each day we had morning inspiration given by one of team leaders, based on the book "Little Prince"   - read more - view more pictures



Summer Workshop
Chamarande Training Centre, France, July 8, 2018



The workshop, which brought together 25 - 30 children, started with a Sunday service for 2 groups, 0 - 3 years old and 4 years and older, (The Life God Wants for Me was the theme). We then did 3 creative activities that gave the children an opportunity to make something they could take home. Everyone picnicked together followed by sports activities by teams, water games and playing in a small pool. We ended the day with a snack. 
- read more -  A short video



Blessing & World Peace Awards
Stockholm, Sweden, June 30, 2018 


By Ing-Marie Hedberg Kikuchi
This was a conference on initiative of our Peace Ambassador Buddhist Abbot Pramaha Boonthin. UPF and FFWPU in Sweden cooperated and supported him in this. The main event for us was the family festival - the blessing of the Thai-Swedish couples. FFWPU in Sweden invited three lecturers from Thailand. - read more - view more pictures



Information Stand, 
Book-Table and Street Witnessing
Oslo, Norway, July 7, 2018


By Knut Holdhus
We had many good conversations with people interested to know more when the Family Federation had an information stand in the busy main shopping street of Oslo in lovely summer weather. We handed out many leaflets, booklets and Sun Myung Moon's autobiography.



4. Annual Commemoration of Nazi Massacre
Cavriglia, Italy, July 4, 2018



By Aldo D'Onofrio
On the morning of July 4th, 2018, I was invited by the Cavriglia town's mayor, to speak at the annual Commemoration for the July 4th, 1944 Nazi massacre of 191 male citizens. After a solemn Holy Mass, celebrated by the Bishop, there were speeches by county and regional government officials. On this occasion, were present also the relatives of the victims of Red Brigade raid of March 1978, when they killed all of the Aldo Moro's bodyguards. - read more



Empowering Women Seminar
Oslo, Norway, June 30, 2018 


By Marea Toresen
On Saturday, June 30th, WFWP Norway held a seminar on empowering women. There were four presentations all based around empowering women both internally and externally, while showing how the two can be connected. - read more



"Europe - Identity and Future"
Linz, Austria, June 20, 2018 


By JMaria Pammer
Maria Pammer shortly introduced UPF and spoke about the latest facts concerning the World Refugee Day published by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. In the past year worldwide about 68,5 million people were fleeing from conflict, pursuit and human rights violations, which is more than the population of France or Great Britain. - read more



True Parents' Special Luncheon with 
CARP-USA
Hotel Chinzanso in Tokyo, July 2, 2018

Did you eat a delicious lunch? Did you also read some hookdokhwe to feed your soul? Which one was more delicious? 
I said yesterday that Korea, Japan, and the United States should become the leaders of the global providence. They should become the protagonists of the heavenly providence. America was blessed with the mission to ensure a safe environment for the return of the Messiah to this fallen world. "I (the son of God) will return." This is certain. In the Last Days, if humans fail once again, will they find salvation or not? If this planet is destroyed, humanity will cease to exist as well.  - read more



60th Anniversary of FFWPU-Japan

2018 20,000-Person Rally for the Hopeful March Forward of FFWPU for a Heavenly Japan, Saitama Super Arena, Japan, July 1, 2018


Distinguished guests, parliamentarians, ambassadors for peace, and blessed family members from the Family Federation gathered here! I'm pleased to meet you today.
Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Japanese movement. I hope you will remember that in terms of human life, the 60th birthday is not the end, but a new starting point. There are many problems arising in the world. We have reached the limit of what human power alone can do about them.  - read more
https://vimeo.com/279850358 
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- 3.000 Man Choir 60th Anniversary of FFWPU-Japan: https://vimeo.com/278918845



Special Emissary Rev Jun-seok An 
visiting Austria
Vienna, Austria, July 6 - 8, 2018 
https://vimeo.com/279477398

Rev An who was President of the European Movement for several years, arrived on Thursday evening, July 5th, at the Austrian Hq. On Friday afternoon and evening he met brothers and sisters for informal talks and shared dinner with them.
Saturday morning, he participated in an Interreligious Breakfast meeting of the Vienna Family Federation. Two Christian pastors and one Indian group, Ravidass, introduced themselves, before Dr. Dieter Schmidt who participated as well, introduced the Family Federation. Rev. An then spoke briefly about his visit to Austria. - read more
Rev An in Graz - read more
Rev An in Linz - read more



Family Festival
Düsseldorf, Germany, July 1, 2018


By Claus Dubisz
Planned already long before, especially for those couples who were unable to attend the Blessing in Camberg in February, a wonderfully organized Family Festival was held in the Düsseldorf center on the 36th anniversary of the 2075 couples' Blessing in 1982.
Three very special couples out of the almost one hundred participants were to receive the Blessing: Ender Eker from the MIHR-Foundation with his wife Sally, an Iranian couple (both longstanding UPF Ambassadors for Peace), and -having especially made the journey from Frankfurt - a further Iranian couple, whose daughter Ronak had been in Vienna and had attended the last weekend seminar. - read more



"ONE Korea" Project
Estonia, June 29 - July 2, 2018 


On June 29, under the annual international football tournament Pärnu Summer Cup, the "One Korea" project was held, the Korean football team Cheonghae 2Gen played 3 friendly games with Estonian and Finnish teams in the Lindi village and Pärnu city, "summer capital of Estonia". Peace Ambassador Reigo Tõnsberg organized a warm welcome and care during their stay. Time passed in a sporting and friendly mood. The number of participants and fans was more than 100 people. - read more - watch video



Family Festival with Blessing
Tbilisi, Georgia, July 1, 2018


On July 1st , the Family Festival was held in Tbilisi, where one couple received Holy Wine. Totally 26 people participated, including NGO representative, students and children. The NGO representative was inspired and wants to invite couples in future. Two ambassadors for peace gave the speech about Family Values and they want to make the program on higher level and get attraction of local government. - read more



World Peace Blessing
Stuttgart, Germany, June 30, 2018 


By Patricia Wenzel & Hubert Arnoldi
I t was a fantastic success - richly blessed by our Heavenly Parents and accomplished on the foundation of good cooperation between many members. The whole thing really started 17 years ago, with the establishment of the Interreligious Table.
In 2011, the MIHR Foundation and members of the Round Table joined to form the House of Religion (now House of Religion, Stuttgart) as a platform for interreligious dialogue and cooperation, following the model of the House of Religions in Hannover. - read more



Educational Workshop Second Generation
Kiev, Ukraine, June 27 - July 1, 2018 


Since June 27 to July 1 we held 4-days educational workshop for our middle-school 2 Gen (11 years old and more). It had a title "WS for SG on embodying Principle in life". 14 children from different cities came to Kyiv to participate in the workshop. The first day included DP lectures (Introduction, Principle of Creation, The Human Fall and Principle of Restoration) and presentation about the goal of DP education. Children asked many questions about these topics. - read more



Happy Family Festival 
Baku, Azarbaijan, June 24, 2018 


On June 24, 2018 a "Happy Family Festival" was held in the Sky Hotel of Baku, Azerbaijan. Total number of participants was 36 persons. There were 12 couples among of 36 persons. The event began with instrumental music. Then one VIP, Mayil Yagub (PhD and teacher in Khazar University) gave beautiful speech about traditional family values in Azerbaijan. Then the central Blessed family Seyfulla Heybatov began to give presentation about our organization and founders and their activity. Then was short video about one old man who are very faithful to his died wife and he living respectful life toward his wife. - read more



Peace Trophy 2018
Monza, Italy, June 24, 2018



By Franco Ravaglioli
The "Trofeo della Pace", an inter-ethnic 7-player football tournament, took place on Sunday 24 June at the Sada stadium in Monza, with a large audience of all ages attending.
This thirteenth edition was attended by 7 teams: CMR 50, the boys of the Mamma Rita Center, winners of last year - Atletico XX Settembre - Black United - CPIA Monza - Spallanzaska - UPF Sport for Peace, in addition to the Lions Corelli team of Milan who played a "game of welcome" against a selection of players from the Peace Trophy, for a total of a hundred young participants. - read more



Second Generation Summer Camp
Belarus, June 15 - 24, 2018



From June 15 to 24, 2018 East Europe 2nd Generation Department together with FFWPU Belarus conducted the 6th annual 2nd Gen Belarus Summer Workshop in Korolevo, Belarus, for 10-14 years old 2nd gen. It was the 6th and the largest Workshop in terms of people joined - we welcomed 75 participants from Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Estonia, Latvia and 21 members of STAFF. - read more



PEACE ROAD 2018 in Norway
Norway, June 24, 2018


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By Steinar Murud
Eighteen cyclists from Fjellfoten Cycle Club participated in the Norwegian PEACE ROAD that took place on Sunday the 24th June. The event started outside the Town Hall in Nes Municipality where they received encouraging words and wishes for a good trip by the local Mayor. With the Peace Road logo on their back the cyclists started their journey, accompanied by shouts of good trip from our staff and guests. The local newspaper covered the start. - read more - https://vimeo.com/277223795



Peace in Afghanistan starts in Austria
Vienna, Austria, June 23, 2018



By Elisabeth Cook
A meeting with leaders of the Afghan organisations in Vienna. We have invited Mr. Umberto Angelucci who had worked in Afghanistan for many years. The first secretary of the Afghan embassy gave the keynote address, followed by a lively Q&A session. - read more



21 Day Divine Principle Workshop
Kiev, Ukraine, June 25, 2018



On June 25, the 21-day Workshop on the Divine Principle started in the workshop center near Kyiv. Seven new guests from different cities of Ukraine came to the workshop. Some of them already decided to join our one-year education program after the workshop. We also expected more new guests come to the second part of the workshop on July 4.



One Day Divine Principle Workshop
Lisbon, Portugal, June 23, 2018



By Sergio Neto
UPF Portugal organized a one day weekend DP workshop, on 23 of June, with the full support and sponsor from FFWPU Portugal. We had 27 participants, including members and 11 guests, 6 of them were listening Divine Principle contents for the first time. - read more



CARP Talk - Share Your Inspiration
Bucharest, Romania, June 22, 2018


We are almost at the end of our JeonDo activities for this semester, before the summer, and we can feel how much we were guided all this time to meet young people that have a pure heart and are curious to discover something new for their life. We really tried to spread True Parents' words through our activities and show a different standard and more hope for our guests. - read more



World Conference at the UN
Religions, Creeds and Value Systems
UN Geneva, room XVI, Switzerland, June 25, 2018 


By Chantal Komagata
Dear brothers and sisters,
Yesterday, I participated in the world conference at the UN with Noëmie and Mélanie. Natasha and Amira were there too. Astrid Stuckelberger had distributed flyers for it at our May 31st consultation. It was patronized by Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. I send you here the link to the video of General Secretary of the UN, Antonio Guterrez, a picture with Astrid, the notes I took about the prince's speech as well as a picture of my thanking him and explaining about UPF. - read more



One Day Divine Principle Workshop
Bucharest, Romania, June 23, 2018



We concluded last JeonDo Activities in 1st semester of 2018 with successful One Day Divine Principle Workshop. Whole workshop was joyful atmosphere with Romanian young people, STF and GMP brothers and sisters. We were so happy to receive these Romanian young people who want to understand about life and Principle. - read more



SEA - Interreligious Manifistation in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 17, 2018



By Wim Koetsier
A group of our members, representing UPF and WFWP, participated in an action in the Vondel-park in Amsterdam. (SEA stands for "Samen-Een-Amsterdam, meaning "Together-One-Amsterdam"). The event was organized by a committee of the Council for Religions and World Views in Amsterdam. This committee is connected to 90 different organizations. A core group of 15 people has been convening every six weeks to prepare this event, which takes place once a year. - read more



Coming Closer to Our True Mother
An interview with Dr Michael Balcomb



A week after the events in Vienna that brought European and Middle Eastern members together in an unprecedented outreach campaign, we interviewed Europe and Middle East regional group chairman Dr. Michael Balcomb in Korea. One part of his interview appeared in a recent issue of the online True Peace magazine. The part of the interview that follows here is drawn from Dr. Balcomb's testimony of his experiences with True Mother, both in the context of the Vienna events and in light of various personal meetings and observations.
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A Letter to True Mother
Reykjavik, Iceland, June 19, 2018 


By Rohan Nandkisore
Dear Most Beloved True Mother,
Dr. Otsuka made us very happy during his visit in Iceland when he showed us the video of his presentation in Cheon Cheong Gung about the ILC in Vienna. In the beginning you looked so stressed, but as he continued his presentation about IAPD you started to smile and became so happy. It was so wonderful to see your beautiful smile. We are so grateful to him. We held an UPF seminar in Reykjavik on 8th of June including 7 religious leaders. I gave a divine principle lecture on the fall of man (Chapter2) and Dr. Otsuka spoke about IAPD. All 40 participants were so happy. From here we want to avoid talking about secular matters and catch the interest in divine principle to educate more. We experienced vertical alignment and subsequent work of our absolute good ancestors. - read more



True Love and Family Festival
Colle Mattia, Rome, Italy, June 17, 2018 


By Giuseppe Cali
On the 17th of June 2018, it was held a True Love and Family Festival in Rome, Colle Mattia. More than 25 guests and 30 members participated, 4 couples received the Blessing.
The day started in the morning with few songs offered by the Naoko Soul Duo band, who created the right atmosphere to begin with the ceremony. - read more


Seminar about Marriage
Barcelona, Spain, June 17, 2018

 
By Artur Beshaj
Greetings from Barcelona!
Last Sunday June 17 we had in our center Ronda Barcelona the seminar with the theme "Growing in Marriage" with Manuel Campillo as lecturer. Most of the guests were the couples who received the Blessing last December, also blessed families from our community.
- read more



Surprise Heavenly Tribal Messiah Party and Holy Wine Blessing
Dedemsvaart, The Netherlands, June 16, 2018



By Sadikoen and Andrea Wirjoredjo
Andrea and I, with the support of my family and tribe, held a surprise party at the 65th birthday of my mother, Toejani Karijopawiro. At the same time, we celebrated the 30 years wedding anniversary of Toejani to her Dutch husband Jan Kuik. It all took place in a small town, Dedemsvaart, in the "far east" of the country. - read more



The Role of Arts in Peace Building
London, UK, June 16, 2018



By June Darby
W ith the inauguration of the Inter Religious Association for Peace and Development I thought that it would be appropriate to choose a topic connected to the development of peace. Prof Ian Hall spoke on The Role of Arts in Peace building. He spoke about how music can unite people of disparate views and backgrounds, and the need to have an activity that can engage people so that they can converse and discuss issues. His talk was very interesting and spirited as he shared humorous stories about his activities and the illustrious contacts he had made, like Kid I Annan and Keane Nkrumah. - read more



The Power of Forgiveness
Torino, Italy, June 16, 2018


By Sergio Coscia
Since we started our project that we named "Our Life Together", we have had different meetings on various, meaningful topics: how to create a strong foundation within the couple, communication, conflict resolution. But the evening we spent together on Saturday, June 16th was really special. - read more



Open Hoon Dok Hae Discussion 
"Life's Journey"
Bucharest, Romania, June 15, 2018


Greetings from Romania!
We are happy to share about last week's activities in Bucharest, Romania. First, we want to offer our heart of gratitude to Heavenly Parents and True Parents for their love and guidance, so we could be able to organize this event. Last Friday we had the Open HoonDokHae event, which is organized by our full-time members, and where we could gather few CARP members, but also new guests or young people who already participated in some of our activities. 
- read more 



FFWPU Kenya Members, Ministers and Ministry
London, UK, June 15, 2018



By June Darby
When I was in Dakar in January I met Rev Kililo the National Leader of Kenya. I learnt that the members there are fulfilling their HTM goals through blessing Christian churches. I was amazed as I had been praying about how we '. could make a breakthrough with blessing the Christians in Britain. Rev Kililo invited me to go to Kenya so that I could learn how they work. - read more



Special Consultation on the Creation of a Chapter of the "Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD)"
World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland, May 31, 2018



By Heiner Handschin
A half day special consultation on the creation of a chapter of the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) was held at the World Council of Churches offices in Geneva Switzerland. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the background and reasons for the creation of such an organization and to what extent a future launch of this project in Geneva was of particular interest. The gathering brought together around 40 personalities, from Geneva and abroad, experts and representatives of various organizations, different faiths, academia and even politics. - read more



Contribution of the Churches and 
Religious Communities to Society and State
Innsbruck, Austria, June 11 - 12, 2018


By Elisabeth Cook
This was the third time that two professors of the University of Innsbruck organized a symposium for churches, religious and confessional communities - gathering the country's historical larger churches as well as the newer smaller religious communities at one table, requesting each to present their report about the given topic. - read more 



Workshop for Children and Parents
Moscow, Russia, June 10 - 11, 2018


Two-day workshop for parents and children was held in Moscow. There were 24 families: 28 parents and 29 children 7-11 years old from Moscow, Ryazan and cities of Moscow region. Topic of the first day: "Parent child relationships - how to express my love the way other person can feel it." Parents learned what their style of education children is: pros and cons. - read more



Hold a Festival and Bless all the People
Goefis, Austria, June 3, 2018



By Elisabeth Cook
This sentence was once said in a sermon by someone, and it inspired Petra and Jose Suarez to prepare a Blessing in their village of Göfis in the western part of Austria, near the Swiss border. Petra's 50th birthday was coming up. In prayer she felt strongly that God was so sad because so many times He couldn't rely on us. Petra felt God's desperation and she thought: "I can't have God wait any longer! I have to bless the people of our village!" That was the starting point of her preparing a Blessing ceremony in their village which has only 3500 inhabitants. 
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UN World Refugee Day
Stuttgart, Germany, June 16, 2018 


In 2000, the UN introduced the World Refugee Day to be held annually on June 20th , in order to raise awareness of the plight of refugees world-wide. On June 16th, the Stuttgart Women's Federation group organized an event in cooperation with Mrs. Barbara Mobley of the 'Friends of Refugees, Wangen' to mark this year's World Refugee Day - read more



26. Day of All True Things in Monaco
Merton, France, June 17, 2018 


By Kiyotaka and Claire Koyama
Our Beloved True Mother,
This Sunday, June 17th, we celebrated the 56th Day of All True Things in Menton, near Monaco. We are a small community and we were happy to have the visit of Jean-François and Hisako Moulinet, Regional president, and Patrick Jouan, UPF-France Vice-President, who worked for several years in Monaco. - read more



Pioneering through Serving the Community
Panevezys, Lithuania, June 11 - 16, 2018


From June 11th till June 16th Carp-Lithuania team spent a great week in Panevezys city. Inspired by True Mother's Vienna Peace Starts with Me Festival we want to spread a movement of living for the sake of others with true love, starting with people whom we already know and who know True Parents. There is a solid foundation of peace ambassadors and society leaders in Panevezys, built through multiple UPF events and especially through True Parents͛ world tours of 2015 and 2016. Thanks to our elder couple Vladimir and Jurate Khokholskiy, who have maintained and nurtured an unchanging long-term heartistic relationship with these people, we were warmly welcomed by them and a new development started. - read more



Remembrance Gathering for our Sister in 
Spiritual World Inge Maringer
Wels, Austria, June 16, 2018



By Hans and Hillevi Brunnbauer
Brothers and sister gathered in our Home to remember our sister and support her in spiritual world. Inge is a gifted classical singer. We prayed, read True Fathers word, sang Holy songs, brothers and sister gave testimonies of experiences together and watched some audio and video clips of Inges performances.
The Upper Austrian community supported her liberation in Jeong Pyeong 2,5 years ago and now that she can go to the blessing of unmarried spirits in August 2018. Thank you for everyone who came, especially our sister Mari with her daughter Harue. They guided our singing and performed two beautiful piano/violin classics. - see more pictures



Dinner for Ambassadors for Peace, who participated in the Peace Starts With Me Festival in Vienna
Munich, Germany, June 15, 2018


By Robert Bentele
We invited guests and friends, who were with us in Vienna on 28 - 29 April for a Korean dinner. And six of them accepted the invitation. We wanted to review the festival and talk about it.First we showed the short video that summarizes the festival, and also the PowerPoint with many impressive photos of the whole three days of the events.
Afterwards we enjoyed the dinner prepared by Jae Sook Schmid and Ursula Stöcklein. Before the dessert, we once again devoted ourselves to the speech of Mother Moon, which was not easy to understand at the festival because of the lack of overlays of the translation. Excerpts from their speech were presented and all present exchanged views again.



Swindon FFWPU Members in the News
Swindon, United Kingdom, June 15, 2018 


The Swindon Advertiser recently published an article about the Family Festival in Swindon. You can read it HERE.
"PEACE in the world must start with a healthy family, according to attendees of a Universal Peace Federation meeting in Swindon. The Universal Peace Federation is an NGO and international peacebuilding organisation which has special consultative status with the economic and social council of the UN. Its Family Festival at Broad Green Community Centre brought together people from multiple faiths to talk about the importance of family." 
 -  read more



Gathering of Interfaith Ambassadors for Peace 
Madrid, Spain, June 12, 2018


By Armando Lozano
One of the wonderful moments of our events is the break time. A loose moment where friends can relate to each other, coffee in hand, beyond boundaries of religion, age, race or culture. I witness that in our last UPF gathering in Vienna the end of April. As I looked people socializing with each other I thought why not to convert the breaks into a program and then I realize, even though many of our religious friends have been very loyal to our projects for years (some of them over 20 years), they didn't know each other so much. There was not a sense of an Interfaith Loving UPF Family. Therefore, the plan yesterday was very simple. - read more



WFWP Identity of Women Panel and 
Preparing for the Speech Contest
London, United Kingdom, June 9, 2018



Following the 1st WFWP Forum titled as "Gender Parity" on March 10th, the 2nd Forum was held for the sake of promoting our youth education project; "Speech Contest 2018" on Saturday 9th June at Kent Room, 43 Lancaster Gate. It started at 2:15 pm at Kent Room and finished with well-prepared refreshments at Café at 5:00 pm.
At this time the title to discuss is "Identity of Women" and three panel speakers presented each own perspective on this particular issue to the participants. The Panels are Jennifer McCracken, Asma Ahmed and Sharon Kabubi, and Christa Rennie was the MC once again. Some individuals expressed their own beliefs and opinions after the three presentations, and then all the participants were allocated into 4 groups and discussion continued in each group. - read more



Lecture in Public Library
Zagreb, Croatia, June 6, 2018



Tribunal for Culture and Science Collegium Hergesic invited Mrs. Baek Ji Suk, National Leader of Croatia, to present her work of art on June 6, 2018 at the public library in the very center of Zagreb. Using this chance, she added a presentation about UPF, FFWPU in the end. The aim was to find qualified people for UPF and some for FFWPU. Because of the work and life style of Mrs. Baek and her family it was natural to present FFWPU and UPF. - read more



Marathon "Children Against Drugs - I Choose Sport" joined Peace Road Movement 
Moscow "Golden Ring" cities, June 1 - 12, 2018


On June 1, 2018, the children's and youth athletics super marathon "Children Against Drugs - I Choose Sport!" was launched, co-organized by the Federation for Universal Peace. The start of the marathon traditionally was from the zero kilometer near Red Square in Moscow. The annual run is dedicated to the memory of a doctor with a world-wide name, the marathoner and the Ambassador for Peace Eduard Yakovlev. The organizers of the sport event were the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in conjunction with the Moscow regional public organization "Super Marathoners - for a healthy lifestyle." This year the project received a grant from the President of the Russian Federation. - read more



Peace Road Arnoldstein 
Tarvisio - Kranjska Gora
Carinthia, Austria, June 9, 2018



By Alfred Waldmann
The event had been planned and the route been decided about six month before the actual event when three members of the Universal Peace Federation representing the three countries, Austria, Slovenia and Italy met together in Celje (SLO). The motto of this Peace Road was decided as well: "Biking for Peace where our Great Grandfathers were fighting 100 years ago". Six weeks before the actual event concrete preparations got on the way. First the route, leading through the three countries, the so called Three Countries Corner (Drei Länder Eck) was selected. Flyers, a banner and white T-Shirts were designed and printed. Then the mayors of the three cities were contacted and visited. Two mayors immediately responded and promised to receive the bikers. - read more



Family Festival
Vilnius, Lithuania, June 9, 2018



On June 9, in Vilnius, the first Family Festival took place, for which we had a goal to bless 12 couples. We tried to invite married couples to a blessing, their acquaintances and just people from the street. We had little time for preparation and it was very difficult for everyone to believe in any success, but one thing we knew for sure that we will go to the end. - read more



Outdoor Blessing Festival in Podolsk
Podolsk, Russia, June 9, 2018

On June 9 the First Blessing Festival was held in Podolsk town of Moscow region in the courtyard of apartment building, where Alexey and Olga Saveliev's family lives. About 50 people gathered for the festival, among them there were many children. One couple who lived together for 50 years received the Blessing. - read more



One Day Divine Principle Workshop
Bucharest, Romania, June 9, 2018


Greetings from Romania!
We concluded our 1st week of 68th JeongSung Condition period for JeonDo with successful 1 Day Divine Principle Workshop! We are so grateful for Heavenly Parent and True Parents for all these guidance and protection. All through workshop we could create joyful and positive atmosphere because of STF and GMP brothers and sisters. We organized Divine Principle lectures and discussions after each lecture. Because of this discussion time we could understand better about our new participants and we could create better relationships. 



Greetings from Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey, June 9, 2018


By Artan Kurti
During the past m
onth for every week together with the Middle East Youth Envoys team and the Albanian National Leadership Training Program Team, who joined us for a period of time, we have organized daily witnessing in Istanbul. We created a very successful weekly cultural evening program, every Thursday, with themes from different countries. Our guests are inspired and we follow up with Divine Principle lectures.



Inspirational Scotland Weekend with 
Divine Principle
Scotland, United Kingom, May 28, 2018


By Lynnda Houston
For three wonderful days Scottish members of all ages, ranging from three years of age to the upper seventies gathered at the Bonaly Outdoor Center to study the Divine Principle together. Throughout the workshop people arrived as they could around their busy schedules - 10 people attending on the Friday and approximately 20 people Saturday and Sunday.
The Friday was a rainy, gloomy day. People arrived slowly. We had dinner together in the evening and spirits were lifted as we chatted and enjoyed each other's company like a family would. The actual workshop started at 8pm with singing, a welcome, and the introduction to the Divine Principle prepared by MC Gustavo Santos. - read more



Project: "Live CARP Culture & CARP Club"
Tirana, Albania, June 8, 2018



This project, called "Live CARP Culture" is a cooperation between our CARP Centre, in New Tirana area, with the European University of Tirana, one of the best private universities in Albania. In the beginning it was a desire of one of our members, Mikaela Llalla, who is one of the best students at this university to start to give lectures to other students. After some time, with the support of all the members of our community, this cooperation took the form of a project and of CARP Club. - read more



UN International Day of Families in Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark, May 30, 2018



By Nobuhiro Igarashi
Sunday May 27th we celebrated the UN International Day of Families in the UN City in Copenhagen. The 200 seat Auditorium was filled with peace ambassadors, peace activists, performing artists and others interested in family issues, many families with children.
In the first session there were five presentations of prominent speakers on family issues and the importance of family in society. They touched several topics like "The strength-based parenthood", Love inside out - conscious parents with high self-esteem creates base for love in the family and the world" and "Make the vulnerable family sustainable" which gave the participants an understanding of the importance of the family in order to create peace and build a sustainable future. - read more
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