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posted 9 Jan 2021, 08:24 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 9 Jan 2021, 08:24 ]



MBCNET Documentary:
Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s 100th Birthday


Dearest Brothers and Sisters!
May Our Heavenly Parent and True Parents be with you and bless you at all times. Please share this video which prepared in English, Korean, and Japanese with blessed families and members around you. The Spanish and French languages will be prepared soon.

English - https://vimeo.com/495125523
Japanese - https://vimeo.com/495126195
Korean - https://vimeo.com/495126921

Thank you very much.
FFWPU International Headquarters

 

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posted 9 Jan 2021, 07:53 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 9 Jan 2021, 07:54 ]



Connecting the World Through Peace
Peace Road, Hungary - Austria 2020

 

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posted 1 Jan 2021, 04:21 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 1 Jan 2021, 04:23 ]



UPF Lebanon IAPD Launch
Bhamdoun, December 10, 2020


By Hermine Schellen

We are very pleased that we could launch IAPD in Lebanon, Thursday 10th Dec. in Bhamdoun, a historic town, near Beirut. Close to 30 Religious leaders and Clergy attended the Interreligious Leadership Conference, representing the main denominations, Sunna Shia, Maronite, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Coptic Church (Egypt and Syrian), and Druze.

UPF Lebanon President, Mr. Thomas Schellen as MC of the conference, welcomed all the participants and gave a brief introduction about Upf activities, after the opening prayer, by a Muslim and a Christian representative.

Next, our Regional President Mr. Umberto Angelucci, gave a powerful message about the Purpose and aim of IAPD as well as the International Summit in Korea and the launch of IAPD.

Then the Religious leaders were invited to give a short speech. They were very eager to share their convictions and beliefs at the same time they all agree that, to have collaboration and Interreligious harmony is the way to build a peaceful prosperous nation. In other words, the IAPD vision and goals truly resonated with their own beliefs.

Also, Mrs Marylin Angelucci gave an inspiring presentation, about the Sunhak Peace Prize.

After the Conference, several leaders expressed their appreciation and their willingness to collaborate with IAPD. For example, Sheikh Qassem sends this message: "I am blessed for your efforts in spreading thought and dialogue and to more brilliance, creativity and attendance. We are pleased to communicate with you constantly"

Our IAPD Launch concluded with a beautiful Prayer by Mr Jong In Park and a great lunch. Overall the IAPD Launch was truly a great success and opened a path for a much better Collaboration with the Clergy leaders. 

 

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posted 1 Jan 2021, 04:15 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 1 Jan 2021, 04:16 ]



Public Online Lecture inspired by the Book CHILDREN OF CAIN

By Martine Masner

On December 8th, we had an online public lecture by the Austrian sister Barbara Grabner, who has also written the book MISSION BUTTERFLY. Her topic was on Restoration and on the “long road to reconciliation” – centering on the Cain and Abel issue. Over 100 viewers attended our online lecture.

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posted 1 Jan 2021, 04:02 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 1 Jan 2021, 04:02 ]



Religious Leaders: A Source of Hope and Harmony for People in Time of Crises
Webinar, Albania and Kosovo, December 12, 2020

We are happy to report that on December 12th, 2020, Universal Peace Federation Albania and Kosovo organized a webinar conference with religious leaders under the theme “Religious Leaders: A Source of Hope and Harmony for People in Time of Crises”.

Uniting with the spirit of the Rally of Hope held in America on December 5th on the occasion of 1st anniversary of WCLC, we called Albanian religious leaders to come together and give messages of hope for our people in these unprecedented times.

We had high-level representatives from different religions in Albania and Kosovo:
Hajji Bujar Spahiu, Chairman of Muslim Community
Hajji dede Edmond Brahimaj, World Leader of Bektashi Order, Islam
Father Gjergji Gjata, Representative of Orthodox Church
Sister Bardhe Gjini, Representative of Catholic Church
She Hysen Hormova, Head of Halvety Order, Islam

Imam Rexhep Lushta, Head Imam of Mitrovica, Kosovo

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posted 16 Dec 2020, 02:02 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 16 Dec 2020, 02:02 ]



UPF Moldova on TV
November 23, 2020


An AfP working with TV was very inspired by the new start of the UPF Moldova and invited UPF representatives for November 23, to give an interview for a TV program about UPF and AfP. Two ladies, Erica Zucec, MP of MD and fresh AfP, and Diana Esanu, Young AfP, gave a detailed and beautiful 20 min. interview. But it is in Romanian.

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http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001NVurwYA_bk3idwvXmeaWLzuh3ytW5xTs04SLAjCdvXjKqKiQPwUOCHZ6rSJU2R8qrvjHs_VyiF1vxstHHBb7EUFQf8a8gS13DBV-7XGiRlF4z3apGynUm5x_3_e7U9DGTMOOZy9rWEMZ789PRvzg-6c5kqyfHk09Qnt4CgKOtlA8Ouq54HS8qyB1rmk9EOj5GOQ6ihoSeaJhxOFMwXpTag==&c=0MkrRz21ae_foO1chSbTmO8h5g__24sZ_GYtNHkzi6gGpc8EbP_1ow==&ch=4cWw0Kps41HPnTvMD3LeLqqJ4mVvccz9Ldg0oX9zGGQ7NGcioa1f7g==

Also here's another interview on TV from Mrs. Gutiere Prodan, who became AfP in 2013. She testified with pride about being AfP. This material is also in Romanian.

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RU-201204

posted 16 Dec 2020, 01:56 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 16 Dec 2020, 01:56 ]



Supporting WCLC
Moscow, Russia, December 3, 2020


By Konstantin Krylov

UPF Moscow had a meeting entitled “Goodness in Action” to promote cooperation between clergy and NGO activists serving the community. The program was hosted by Moscow City Government NGO Center offline and featured several NGO leaders. Two Russian Orthodox Church Priests involved in humanitarian service in Moscow and in St. Petersburg made online presentations. The topic of community service and religious leaders’ involvement was extremely popular and collected more than 20.000 views on social networks within 5 days after the event.

 

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posted 16 Dec 2020, 01:51 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 16 Dec 2020, 01:53 ]



Supporting WCLC
Moscow, Russia, December 4, 2020


By Konstantin Krylov

Another event took place in Moscow on December 4. Ambassadors for Peace gathered on the eve of WCLC rally to discuss God in families and looking for God in Russia. They made a “different look” video about it (practice your Russian above). 5 new Ambassadors for Peace. Some came with spouses from other towns for the nomination. Including a former Russian diplomat to DPRK. A new model: Our partners paid us to rent and brought their cake and refreshments to make it happen.

 

AT-201107

posted 12 Dec 2020, 07:49 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 12 Dec 2020, 07:50 ]


Online Christian Clergy Conference in Austria
Austria, November 7, 2020

By Elisabeth Cook

An online conference was held with representatives of several faith communities. The topic was „Transition to the Spirit world – faith communities‘ practices and their understanding of the eternal world“

The first speaker, a Catholic woman priest, spoke about how she helps people deal with the fears that are connected with departing from this world on one hand, and on the other hand, how she deals with the fears of the relatives of the dying person are faced with. „If you love that person, you have to let her/him go to a place where she/he is destined to go!“, is one important conclusion she drew from her experiences of more than 30 years‘ work with sick and dying people.

The President of the Islamic community of Upper Austria emphasized that his faith community views death as the time when eternal life starts. Especially in the Sufi tradition, they consider the day of death as the day when humans can meet their beloved creator.

Even if there is the fear of death, people believe strongly in the Creator’s mercy and benevolence.

A member of the Family Federation who had worked for 20 years in an institution caring for sick and dying people, recalled some of his deepest experiences during his work. Asked what his views about the afterlife are, he answered „On earth we are building a house of love which will be or home in the eternal world, that’s why it is essential to practice true love during our lifetime.“

A spokeswoman of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day-saints shared her community’s view of the eternal world, namely that humans have been sent to earth in order to make certain experiences. Therefore they see all the relationships we build during our earthly life as essential, as they are for eternity, like the marriage vows and the family bonds. Death causes pain, but the prospect for eternal life makes it a transition filled with hope.

The last speaker’s topic was on how to prepare the deceased person for her/his last journey on earth. She said it is a pity that in our days people leave the last acts of love towards the deceased person, such as dressing him/her up, etc., to the funeral parlor. She encouraged the audience to be more involved in sending their loved ones to their eternal home.

Despite the serious and unusual topic, everybody appreciated the speakers‘ input. One person mentioned that she was especially grateful, because not often can people get advice on how to deal with the death of a loved family member and with all the procedures involved.

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posted 12 Dec 2020, 06:44 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 12 Dec 2020, 06:46 ]


IAYSP Austria
Youth and Multiculturalism in Austria: “Preventing violent radicalization of young people”
Austria, December 4, 2020

By Marlies Ladstätter & YSP Team Austria

IAYSP Austria organized a Zoom meeting on Youth and Multiculturalism in Austria: “Preventing violent radicalization of young people”. Due to the recent event in the shooting terrorist attack in Vienna, we thought it is also an important topic for IAYSP Austria to tackle.

62 people from different backgrounds and NGOs participated in the event. We had three speakers who shared their input and answered the questions of the audience afterward.

Mrs Mag. Dür-Kwieder, a psychologist and adult trainer, as well as a volunteer at the Documentation and Counseling Centre for Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Racism, mentioned that after the attacks, racism against Muslims, especially Muslim women, increased significantly. 

Minorities often feel excluded and unwelcomed, which leads to isolation and many exclude themselves from society. She highlighted that solidarity is the key. 

„Südwind“ (The Südwind Association is an Austrian non-profit NGO focusing on education and campaign work in the international development field.) did a research on “rhizome against polarisation”, which states that young people who are facing racism and feel unwelcomed, develop an insecure personality. They have difficulties to connect and their identity becomes fragile. Extremist groups look for those who have a fragile identity and are in the need of support and orientation. She stated that we have been blind to the needs of young people and as a society, we should include those young people more and give future prospects to them. There should be more offers of participation for Muslim young people to strengthen the sense of belonging to the Austrian society and social processes and involvement in civil society. We should offer activities to strengthen the resilience of young people, for example, programs on self-motivation and emotional intelligence. Furthermore, she mentioned that we need more awareness-raising and training on racism and sexism. We need to involve social actors who are working with young people on this subject.

She suggested that there should be a subject in school curriculums to learn about racism and social media competence, as young people are vulnerable to online information, as there is a threat of fake news and hate speech, and provide them with counter narratives. In addition, she emphasized, diversity, human rights, and democracy are crucial components and that we need more solidarity in our society and look out more for each other.

Mrs. Dr. Mohamed, is a pharmacist and public health advocate. She is originally from Somalia, lived in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Pakistan, and Austria. Suad aims to spread awareness about refugee and migration issues, to improve the healthcare and pharmaceutical systems in developing countries and to empower women and young people. In her presentation, She highlighted that young people get radicalized because they do not have a sense of identity, they are missing a sense of community and they do not have anything positive they believe in, they lose trust, and often face violence at home. She stated that society can also cause radicalization, it starts with small things, for instance when we do not tell others that racism is wrong. Furthermore, she mentioned that radicalization is not related to religion or just one religion. We can prevent radicalization through giving young people a sense of identity, providing dialogue in schools, such as talking to the students on the topic of migration and learning about other cultures. She emphasized that we need to work together as a community to prevent radicalization and help each other.

Mr. Bogdan Pammer, a teacher in Steyr; former school director, and IAYSP President of Europe and the Middle East, mentioned that the radicalization of young people is a broader social issue. He stated that in his understanding there are two extremes that young people face: on one hand there is nihilism, which portrays hopelessness, rejection of great stories of how the world is, and not finding one‘s place; on the other hand, in their search for the identity they are confronted with totalitarianism. It provides them with simple answers: a sense of belonging and empowerment. However, It is important to provide young people with a narrative for their journey in life that equips them to deal with those traps or temptation of those two. Moreover, he mentioned that the family plays a crucial aspect in that. It gives us purpose and belonging and helps us to deal with contradictions in life.

He highlighted that schools and teachers are very important to provide a holding space for young people as young people have a lot of things going on in their mind, bodies and relationships. School is much more than a space that provides knowledge. Holding space means that there is a free space that teachers are there and that they believe in them and challenge their view in the world. Furthermore, he mentioned that applying the 7 pillars against violence are also key in schools and in preventing the radicalization of young people. He highlighted that teachers have to start believing again in themselves that they have an important role in society.

Another important aspect is the role of religious communities and NGOs. Mosques are important to build defenses against nihilism and totalitarianism.

He highlighted the 4 core values of IAYSP as being crucial in fighting radicalization: RISE, which stands for Responsibility, Integrity, Service, and Empathy. The role of Peace Designer Projects will increasingly be more and more important.

Afterward the speakers answered several questions from the audience.

Thank you all for this interesting input and discussion on this topic.

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