2017 Hyo Jeong CARP Assembly
Cheong Pyeong Training Centre, March 12, 2017
Distinguished It’s nice to see you. Do you understand the providence? I was reflecting on what I should speak to you about. At this time, we can say the nation that once headed the Soviet Union is a powerful nation. However when the Industrial Revolution took place in Europe, and the United States was established, Russia was a developing country. The last Czar of Russia learned much from Europe, disguising himself as an ordinary citizen in order to learn about the culture spawned by the industrial revolution. He investigated through his experiences at the lowest level of society and took what he learned back to his own nation. That was the starting point for Russia to become a powerful nation. However, Russia, which had been in the Christian sphere, proclaimed that "God is dead" and become a nation ruled by communism. - read more
Vienna, Austria, 18. March 2017
By Elisabeth Cook
More than 30 members of the Family Federation gathered on March 18th, 2017 in Vienna for the Tribal Messiahs’ workshop conducted by Dr. Wolfgang Czerny and Kurt Sattlberger. After a general introduction all participants were asked to write down their own experiences concerning tribal messiahship activities and then discuss the answers with the person sitting next to them.
In the first session the questions and sharings were about ourselves – what motivated us to join the movement, what kind of activities would we like to have in our church, how do we envision our future tribe. These questions and discussions opened the hearts of the participants and made everybody share his/her thoughts and wishes feely and joyfully. - read more
Paris, France, March 19, 2017
Hina matsuri (literally "Doll's Day") is an important day for young Japanese girls. On March 3rd families who have young girls set up an altar of dolls (hina) which supposedly brings good luck, including that the children of the house will be in good health. This altar is decorated with peach flowers which flower at this moment of the season and are believed to have the power to chase away bad spirits. - read more
Visit of Regional President of Europe
Rome, Italy, March 13 - 17, 2017
By Giuseppe Cali
From March 13th to 17th, President Jack Corley together with Peter Staudingen, the European GA, visited some communities of the country of Italy. It was a quick passage on the way to Greece and Albania, but it was a good chance to meet some families and members of Milano, Rome and Napoli communities, especially young members of the 2nd generation.
He showed slides of the recent European leaders meeting in Praha and explained about its program and amazing good atmosphere, but mainly members could share a lot about public and personal issues. - read more
Rome, Italy, March 15, 2017
A program sponsored by WFWP and IAPP took place in the Italian House of Representatives. There were 90 participants. This program was the third to take place in the Italian Parliament since one lady MP attended the launch of the IAPP in London in September 2016. Among those speaking at the program were two members of parliament who testified about their good experiences of attending the Foundation Day events in Korea, a representative of the office of the mayor of Rome and a key advisor to the parliament on legal matters. Two of our sisters who spoke at the program testified directly to the work of True Parents and their presentations were very warmly received by the audience. - view more pictures - Program
Paris Education Centre, France, March 16, 2017
Since October 2016, UPF and WFWP have been organizing a weekly Divine Principle lecture for Peace Ambassadors and contacts, every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 pm, at the Paris Education Center.
Called “Jeudis de Barrault” (“Thursdays at Barrault”), after the public name of the center, “Espace Barrault”, the program has become a regular opportunity for our members to bring their guests and to meet, centering on True Parents’ precious Word. - read more
European C.I.G. Leaders Assembly
Prague, Czech Republic, March 9 - 12, 2017
During the past weekend (March 9 to 12) the European C.I.G. Leaders Assembly 2017 was held in Prague, the Czech Republic. Around 250 leaders and members gathered to receive guidance and inspiration and to make a renewed determination for the fifth year of Cheon Il Guk.
The theme for the assembly was “Europe Can Do It: Tribal Messiahship and Blessing.” Among the participants were about 40 Second Generation as well as many young First Generation members from Albania, Romania and the Czech Republic. Around one-third of the participants at the assembly were young, which created a great energy.
At the end of the assembly the European sub-regional leaders went on stage to publicly offer their determination in front of Heavenly Parent, True Parents and our European members.
The program was divided into three main segments followed by breakout working sessions to discuss issues related the main topics.
1. Tribal Messiahship, Witnessing and Blessing
2. Creating an Environment for Witnessing
3. Raising Young Talent
In addition there were special discussions on UPF, WFWP and Blessing department. Special meetings over lunch and dinner were also arranged for different groups (Regional leaders, WFWP, youth etc.), together with the regional president and special emissaries.
One special meeting was held between the European regions and those Albanian Communities with whom they are twined with and will be supporting.
Participants commended that the spirit and unity during this Assembly was the best they have experienced. This is due to the foundation which has been laid by True Mother since the passing of True Father.
- Link to the program, pictures and videos
Rome, Italy, March 8, 2017
By Elisabetta Nistri
To celebrate the International Women's Day, The President of the Italian Republic Mattarella had chosen the theme "WOMEN OF PEACE". He had invited the ladies representing the major institutions of the political sphere, the media and the associations. Also, Elisabetta Nistri, the President of WFWP Italy had been invited to the Ceremony. - read more
Book Launching of True Father's Autobiography
Oslo, Norway, 28. February 2017
By Steinar Murud
The launch of True Father's autobiography in Norwegian language was held in the premises of the Eldorado Bookshop and Culture Center in Oslo on 28th February.
The translator, Knut Holdhus, shared his reflections on the challenges involved in translating the book from the original language, Korean. A letter was read from our Ambassador of Peace - Professor Arnljot Strømme Svendsen, one of the founders of the Rafto Peace Prize, in which he said that Dr. Moon had played a significant role in securing freedom, protecting human values and preventing dictatorship. Professor Svendsen has been involved in our movement since the seventies.
FFWPU leader. Steinar Murud, gave a summary of the autobiography in a short power point presentation.
Twenty-seven participants attended, including 5 guests, one of whom was a former advisor from the European Parliament. We closed the evening with a beautiful cake, refreshments and informal discussion.
One Day Divine Principle Workshop
Vienna, Austria, 4. February 2017
By Jennifer Businaro & Akio Friesacher
On the 4th of February 2017, as a conclusion of the CARP outreach activities during this past semester, we held a 1-day Divine Principle workshop. As a tool for outreach we have been using the “STEP UP lectures” from America of developing our character and making a contribution to society. Therefore, to connect to the general idea of these lectures we chose the workshop motto: “Be the change you want to see in the world”. Altogether there were 25 people: 17 participants, including 5 guests and 8 Staff members. We had the chance to receive content from two lecturers (1st & 2nd Gen) on the Principle of Creation, the Fall, the Purpose of the messiah and the Last days. - read more
Cranes Club Conference 2017
2017 is nearly two months old, and we want to make this the year we move to the next level with our Cranes Club development. Over the past twelve months we've tested a couple initial ideas, with some successes and some challenges we could learn from. The most successful part of the Cranes Club in 2016 were the two conferences we organized; the first Cranes Club Conference in Camberg in January, and the Cranes Club Health Conference in November.
I believe that if we pull off an engaging and educational conference once per year, the Cranes Club will add significant value to each of our members' professional and personal lives. I also believe that we can expand beyond an annual or semi-annual conference, and we will be sharing some ideas in the coming weeks and months that will be on the agenda for our next AGM (Annual General Meeting). Although I'll be working with the current project managers and other volunteers to put together an agenda, all Cranes and future Cranes are welcome to share feedback, ideas, and submit proposals.
With the above in mind, I would like to cordially invite you to the 2nd Cranes Club Conference, which will be hosted in London from Friday, March 31st to Sunday April 2nd, 2017. (programme) Register today at http://cranesclub.org/europe/ to avail of the early registration fee.
I look forward to seeing many of you in London in a months time!
Youngil Ely Loew
Cranes Club Europe
Assembly and Call to Action of the International Association of Youth and Students for Peace to Support the Victory of Vision 2020
Cheong-Ah Camp, Gapyeong, Korea, February 23, 2017
True Mother attended the launch of the International Association of Youth and Students for Peace (IAYSP) as a providential organization and NGO.
By FFWPU IHQ, Yeunhee Chang
An audience of 1,800 filled the Cheong-Ah Camp gymnasium in Songsan-ri, Gapyeong, in Korea on February 23, 2017. Among them were 1,760 Korea-CARP and Seonghwa students from Korea and Japan, as well as VIPs from various organizations from the Tongil Foundation. The gathering was titled, “Assembly and Call to Action of the International Association of Youth and Students for Peace to Support the Victory of Vision 2020.”
Interfaith Peace Blessing 2017
Birmingham, United Kingdom, February 18, 2017
Birmingham. The UK's 'second city'. A 'City of Sanctuary'. A city of Tolkien and Lord of the Rings. A city of hundreds of churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and gurudwaras. A city of industry which played a major role in the first and second world wars. Hopefully moving towards being a 'City of Peace'.
By David Earle
We held the annual Interfaith Peace Blessing in the main hall of the Arya Samaj Vedic Mission, situated in Birmingham's heartland near the city centre. This year's Blessing had a somewhat different flavour to previous occasions, making it something of an 'unknown quantity', with no real idea of how many people would attend. Our National Council had decided to make it more of a Family Festival, and in the end the main hall was close to its 300 capacity. We were only able to manage the numbers due to an excellent Family Federation staff, and several supporters, who worked seamlessly together for about 7 hours, providing a very meaningful and joyful experience for all our guests. - read more
Legacy of Love
German HARP Winter Workshop
Bad Camberg, Germany, 27. December 2016 – 3. January 2017
By Benedikt Jensen
I would like to share my experience as workshop director on this year’s winter workshop. It took place in Camberg Neumuehle, Germany from 27th December 2016 until 3rd January 2017. We were about 70 participants plus staff making a total of about 90 people.
During the workshop, we heard daily lectures and had different activities and sports both cooperative and competitive. As the biggest yearly German workshop and a highlight for many, it is always a special and moving experience to take part in.
Experiencing the Principle from both sides in one day
Prague, Czech Republic, February 18, 2017
By Veronika Trinklova
We were lucky to experience the Principle from both its theoretical and also practical side. On that day, W-CARP CZ organized in cooperation with WFWPU leader Marcela Rozehnalová half-day Universal Principles workshop for new guests called “Follow your dreams”. We had in total 4 new guests plus CARPies and together we created very deep inspiring spiritual atmosphere. The atmosphere was so open for sharing so that we could freely talk even about heritage and mission of our True Parents. - read more
UPF Panel discussion about religious freedom
Bratislava, Slovakia, February 2, 2017
By Barbara Grabner
On the last day of January, the National Assembly of the Slovak Republic amended the existing law about the registration of religious bodies. From now on every faith needs to have a minimum of 50,000 adult members if it wishes to be recognized by the state. The number is disturbingly high since Slovakia has only five million inhabitants! The new legislation is not only restrictive but also discriminating: Only the Catholic Church and three other churches meet the required standard; new religions or established faiths like Islam are prevented to take roots in the country. - read more
UN-World Interfaith Harmony Week
UPF Event in Cooperation with the House of Religion
Stuttgart, Germany, 5. February 2017
By Hubert Arnoldi
A significant event to mark World Interfaith Harmony Week was held in the hall of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), which had been lovingly decorated for the occasion. Hubert Arnoldi, representative of the ‚House of Religion in Stuttgart, greeted the audience and expressed that they should not hide their light under a bushel, but should bundle it together and radiate it with united strength. In this way darkness, will illuminated with heartfelt prayers and the power of goodness will have more room to work actively together with the God of all religions. An intensive prayer can bring the ideal to flourish in various ways. - read more
World Interfaith Harmony Week
London, UK, 10. February 2017
By Danial Lajda
Greetings Universal Peace Federation is very keen to support World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) annual event because it consistent with its founding values to promote interfaith forums from the United Nations down to local communities to defuse tensions derived from international and inter-religious misunderstanding. Radicalization is an expression of these tensions. UK – UPF held an event to consider the significance of interfaith understanding to countering radicalization. This is part of a series of discussions in the process of developing a Think Tank with several leading contacts in the UK. - read more
One Day Divine Principle Seminar
Bucharest, Romania, 4. February 2017
We would like to start this report by offering our gratitude for Heavenly Parent and True Parents!
We concluded this week with a One Day Divine Principle Workshop with feeling hope for Jeondo. It was first the Divine Principle Workshop in this year. We all were so happy to receive new people who have a desire to know more about the Divine Principle. - read more
‘We Can Do It’ Workshop
Bad Camberg, Germany, 27. – 29. January 2017
As the 4th year of Cheon Il Guk ended and the 5th began, 100 representatives from 16 European nations gathered to participate in the ‘We Can Do It’ workshop. The goal of the workshop, which was run by three members who had come all the way from America on the invitation of the German leadership, was to increase our familiarity with the concept of Tribal Messiahship. These three young men have been building up the educational structure and supporting materials for several years, and have already held several similar workshops in the USA. - read more - Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/205548828
The Fourth Anniversary of Foundation Day True Parents' Message
English - French - Spanish - Japanese - Korean
Japan TOP GUN College Workshop (February 16~25, 2017)
Opening Ceremony, FFWPU International President, Sun Jin Moon
February 17, 2017 Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center
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Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) International President, Prof. Yeon Ah Moon, gave the following congratulatory address at the Inaugural Assembly and Academic Symposium of the Hyo Jeong Academy on February 7, 2017 in Korea.
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Lotte Hotel, Jamsil, Seoul, 4. February 2017
Distinguished guests, esteemed members of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace from 120 countries, it is wonderful to see you all. We all wish for a free world, a united, peaceful world. - read more
Letter to Members from True Mother
Each member participating in the True Parents’ Birthday Celebrations at the Cheongshim Peace World Center on February 2nd, 2017, received a beautiful lunch box which included a card with a letter to members from True Mother.
Fifty-seven years ago, right after our Holy Wedding, True Father and I sat before our first wedding meal; I vividly remember the royal table being the color of blooming Susuki Grass. Heavenly Parent’s profound heart and emotions could be seen in Father’s eyes and he was about to burst into tears the size of snowflakes. As we walked the path of True Parents, Father and I have been served countless meals; yet, each time we have sat at a meal table, our purpose has remained the same: fulfill the duties of the filial heart before Heavenly Parent, save all humanity, and realize a world of peace. This is why whether eating boiled barley for three years during desperate times, or touring two nations at breakneck pace in one day, or even having to endure an entire day with a single gulp of water, Father and I have never worried. To us, everything has been gratitude, everything has been joy.
European Leaders at the Cheon Il Guk Assembly 2017
Cheong Pyeong Heaven and Earth Training Centre, 6. February 2017
Cheon Il Guk Leaders’ Assembly: Towards National Restoration
Sun Jin Moon, International President of FFWPU
Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center, 5. February 2017
Respected and beloved brothers and sisters!
Welcome to this Cheon Il Guk Leaders Assembly 2017!
Happy Lunar New Year…..the year of the red rooster!
The red rooster does not remain quiet or withdrawn, right? It wakes the world to a glorious new day, proclaiming True Parents are here! Right? Yes! What a series of events to kick off the New Year! Absolutely fantastic!
These recent victories were truly miraculous due to True Mother’s divine vision and all of your absolute love, faith and hard work! So let us please give this room a great round of applause! Great! - read more
Introduction of Co-Founder
Sun Jin Moon, Chair UPF International
Lotte Hotel World, Jamsil, Seoul, South Korea, February 4th, 2017
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Parliamentarians, Participants in this Inaugural World Assembly of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace, Hon. Dan Burton and Hon. Speaker Jose De Venecia (who gave a very passionate speech!) who are the Co-Chairs of IAPP International, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am honored to be with you today and to have this opportunity to share a few words on this important occasion, to introduce my Mother, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon.
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The 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize
Lotte World Hotel, Seoul, South Korea
3. February 2017
From this link you can download pictures.
Here are a couple of video clips:
Entrance of the laureates: https://vimeo.com/202347546
Dr Gino Strada receiving the award: https://vimeo.com/202348069
Dr Sakena Yacoobi receiving the award: https://vimeo.com/202347800
For watching the whole award ceremony please go to: https://vimeo.com/202327579
This is the link to the Sunhak Peace Prize website: http://sunhakpeaceprize.org/?leng=en
True Parents' Birthday Celebration
Sun Jin Moon, International President of FFWPU
Cheongshim Peace World Center, 2. February 2017
Excellencies! Distinguished delegates from around the world! Current and former heads of state and government! More than 400 members of parliament from more than 100 nations! Participants in World Summit 2017, sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation! Ladies and Gentlemen! Brothers and Sisters!
It is my special privilege and honor to share a few words with you today on this very, very special occasion as we gather to celebrate the birthday and the lives and the legacy of Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, our beloved True Parents. - read more
True Parents' Holy Birthday "Heaven's Glory, Humanity's Blessing"
Musical Performance for True Parent’s Birthday 2017
Cheongshim Peace World Center, 2. February 2017
Hyo Jeong Culture Festival 2017
Cheongshim Peace World Center, 2. February 2017
True Parents' Birthday Celebrations
Cheongshim Peace World Center
2. February 2017
Cheomngpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center, 1. February 2017
Welcome brothers and sisters to the Great Works Festival here in Hyojeong Cheonwon Complex/Cheongpyeong.
I am so happy to have this time with you today, to share about the glorious works our True Parents have carried out here in this holy place that unites heaven and earth with Heavenly Parent's dream of peace, True Love, and happiness for all.
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Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Conflict Zones - The Role of Religions
Vienna, Austria, 27. January 2017
By Peter Haider
UPF Austria, Vienna International Centre (United Nations), January 27th 2017: Commemorating World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017, the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) organized a conference on the theme of "Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Conflict Zones - The Role of Religions". The conference was attended by 200 participants including UN diplomats, religious leaders, NGO representatives and other members of civil society. This fifth consecutive annual celebration was held in the UN building in Vienna and included partnering organizations of the Women's Federation for World Peace (WFWP), the United Nations Correspondents Association Vienna(UNCAV-Press), the Best of the World Network, and the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES). - read more
Oslo, Norway, 29. January 2017
Around sixty members and guests gathered to celebrate Heavenly Parents Day and True Parents Day. Steinar Murud (NL) gave the sermon and afterwards we shared cake and food from the offering table together with a buffet lunch prepared by all families.
We then had entertainment including songs and a puppet show for the children on the topic of “The Good Samaritan”. There was also fishing for “goody-bags” with “Shaun the Sheep”(puppet). Next the adults had a “Find your love language test” so that we could start the year by becoming more loving partners for our spouses.
Finally the younger generation went on a trip to a nearby lake in the forest in the snow, where they built a fire, grilled sausages and marshmallows, and set aflame their resolutions for the new year!
Training Center, Tirana, Albania
27. - 28. January 2017
We would like to report you briefly on the beautiful event we had in Albania on national level on January 27th and 28th – on the occasion of welcoming the 5th year of CIG and celebrating 50th True Heavenly Parent’s Day and 58th True Parents’ Day.
Tirana, Albania, 27. January 2017
On the last day of the 4th year of CIG, as part of 100 days’ special activities until Foundation Day, we organized a Blessing Ceremony at the Peace Embassy in Tirana. Around 90 people filled the Peace Embassy hall and 7 couples received the blessing that day. - read more
World Peace Blessing
The Hague, The Netherlands, 21. January 2017
By Rita Salaris
A World Peace Blessing was held in the Christus Triumfator church, The Hague. The audience consisted of 75 participants including 14 2nd gens. Total number of guests was 29 of which 15 couples (a few widowed) were blessed. Officiators: Hans and Mieko Campman, NL of the Netherlands. Second Generation brothers and sisters fulfilled different responsibilities. - read more
Cosmic Blessing for Married Couples
Madrid, Spain. 22. January 2017
By Maryvonne Jamois
From beginning of November we had prepared an invitation for the Blessing we planned for January 22nd. We also prepared a small leaflet to explain very briefly the five steps of the Blessing, in order for our families to prepare candidates already married couples for this event. Little by little we had some confirmations the days before, and we were all with great expectations, and from 9.00 in the morning a few brothers and sisters were already here to decorate the venue, and prepare everything to create a lovely atmosphere. - read more
London, UK, 25. January 2017
CARP held its first Divine Principle lecture practice of the new year. In CARP UK’s first year we would host lecture practices once a week. This event allowed those CARP aged 2nd generation to listen and experience lecturing the DP in front of an audience.It was a very comfortable evening.
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World Peace Blessing
Vienna, Austria, 22. January 2017
By Elisabeth Cook
On Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 FFWPU Vienna hosted a World Peace Blessing Ceremony. Three couples and one lady whose husband has already ascended to the Spirit world were blessed. Around 60 members of the Vienna church attended the event and contributed to its beautiful atmosphere.
Two of the couples are Ambassadors of Peace. All of those who were blessed have been close to our movement for a long time. They also represented two different Christian denominations (Roman-Catholic and Evangelical) and Muslims (Alevits). In preparation, several Divine Principle workshops were held in order to create a better foundation for the couples to understand the value of the Blessing. - read more