FATHER MOON's 3RD ANNIVERSARY SEUNG HWA (ASCENSION) CELEBRATION
FFWPU National Pastor Ely Loew,August 31st 2015, Gresham Hotel, Dublin
Celebrating the Life of Reverend Moon
Pastor Loew shared with a capacity audience of FFWPU members and guests
the mission and life of Rev. Moon and the organisations he inspired and founded in order to further interfaith co-operation and build "One Family under God".
Projects such as the UPF, which was created to give an interfaith dimension to the UN, or the "Peace UN" were outlined as well as the Holy Marriage 'Blessing' which is breaking
down barriers of nationality and race centering on the ideal of God-centred families and True Love between man and woman, expanding and embracing three generations in grandparents and beyond.
After the 'Life and Work of Reverend Moon' presentation by Pastor Loew, WFWP Ireland President Doris McCann outlined
"Father Moon's Vision for the Role of Women in the 21st Century",
followed by a moving prayer by Patricia Iverson, who tearfully remembered experiences with Father Moon as a Missionary and his visit to Ireland in 2005.
Syria: Can We Remain Indifferent?
On the Deliberations of the Workshop of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on the Crisis in Syria
and the Hopes for the Geneva 2 Conference, January 13, 2014
The horror of violence and death in Syria has brought the world to a renewed reflection,
and thereby to a new chance for peace. The Geneva 2 Conference on January 22 allows the people of Syria,
the region, and the world to conceive of a fresh start to end violence that has claimed more than 130,000 lives
and left a beautiful country in ruins and dislocation.
Let us therefore all work in harmony and trust to chart an urgent path to reconciliation and reconstruction.
The first and most urgent step, agreeable to all men and women of goodwill,
should be an immediate cease-fire and end to violence of all kinds, an end without political preconditions.
All internal combatants should put down their weapons; all foreign powers should take immediate steps to stop the flow of arms and arms funding that feed
the escalation of violence and destruction. The immediate cessation of violence is in the interest of all.
It is a humanitarian imperative, and represents the first step to reconciliation.
The end of fighting should be accompanied by the immediate start of humanitarian assistance and reconstruction.
Millions of Syrian people have been displaced. Countless numbers are refugees, being housed temporarily in camps in
neighboring countries.The displaced populations are suffering from extreme and life-threatening deprivations of nutrition,
safe water, sanitation, electricity, safe shelter, telecommunications, transport,
and other basic human needs required by any well-functioning society. Let Syria embark, with the full plentitude of global financial and human support,
to a path of rebuilding, one that can begin even before all political and social questions are resolved.
In this vital rebuilding, young people and the poor should be given a preferential role,
with access to jobs and to training for vital reconstruction skills. The Syrian economy is in a state of collapse and youth unemployment is pervasive.
The re-employment of young people will not only meet urgent material needs, but urgent social and personal needs as well.
In this way, the start of material reconstruction can attend to the urgent needs of survival.
Inter-community dialogue and reconciliation should also tend to the urgent needs of spiritual and community rebuilding.
Syria is built upon a complex, historic, and wondrous tradition of pluralism of religions, ethnicities, and cultures.
he Holy See is committed to supporting all religious faiths and communities in Syria to reach a new understanding
and significant restoration of trust, after years of inter-communal violence. It is widely understood that the conflict in Syria has drawn its violent force from the conflicts
and deep distrust in the region.
As many have noted, the conflict in Syria has often been more about the rivalries of the regional and international powers
than about conflicts within the Syrian community itself. On the one hand, this is promising. The people of Syria have lived amongst each other in peace throughout history, and can do so again.
On the other hand, the regional conflicts that have engulfed Syria must also be addressed
in order to create the conditions for long-lasting peace. To build the basis for regional peace, Geneva 2 needs to ensure inclusive participation of all parties to this conflict,
within the region and beyond.
Of particular note is the vital importance of the recent agreement reached between Iran,
with the permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany, to find an agreement on Iran's nuclear program.
This interim agreement gives the world great hope that an extended period of grave distrust between Iran and other nations in the region and beyond might now be followed by a new era of trust and even cooperation.
The success of this new agreement would also provide a vital foundation for a lasting peace in Syria.
So too would a breakthrough in the ongoing Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations being facilitated by the United States.
These, then, are preconditions for lasting peace: an immediate cessation of violence; the start of rebuilding;
inter-communal dialogue; and progress to resolve all regional conflicts, and the participation of all regional and global actors
in the pursuit of peace in Geneva 2.
They provide a base of security and reconstruction upon which lasting peace can be built.
New political forms in Syria are needed, to ensure representation, participation, reform,
and the voice and security of all social groups. Political transformation is needed.
It is not a precondition for ending violence; rather, it will accompany the cessation of violence and the rebuilding of trust.
As Pope Francis said in September of last year, at the time of a prayer vigil for peace:
I once again ask the Lord that we Christians, and our brothers and sisters of other religions,
and every man and woman of good will, cry out forcefully: violence and war are never the way to peace!
Let everyone be moved to look into the depths of his or her conscience and listen to that word which says:
Leave behind the self-interest that hardens your heart,
overcome the indifference that makes your heart insensitive towards others, conquer your deadly reasoning,
and open yourself to dialogue and reconciliation. Look upon your brother's sorrow and do not add to it,
stay your hand, rebuild the harmony that has been shattered; and all this achieved not by conflict but by encounter!
1 Pope Francis, Vigil of Prayer for Peace, 7 September 2013.
Jean-Louis Pierre Cardinal Tauran, H.Em. Georges M.M., Cardinal Cottier H.Em., Roger Cardinal Etchegaray,
H.E. General Gianalfonso d'Avossa, H.E. Msgr. Antoine Audo, Rev. Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot,
MCCJ H.E. Amb. Juan Pablo Cafiero, Prof. Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Rev. Fr. Hyacinthe Destivelle, OP Rev. Aleksej Dikarev,
H.E. President Mohamed ElBaradei, Prof. Joseph Maila, H.E. President Thierry de Montbrial,
Prof. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, H.E. President Romano Prodi, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, H.E. Msgr. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo,
H.E. Amb. Piotr V. Stegniy H.E., Msgr. Silvano M. Tomasi, C.S. Prof. William F. Vendley, Dr. Thomas Walsh, Lic. Miguel Werner.
The Universal Peace Federation and the Global Peace Council
The Global Peace Council is a international movement
pursuing lasting peace as the realization of harmony, cooperation and co-prosperity
among all the members of the human family, through the application of universal
moral and spiritual principles. In a word, it seeks to "Build a Global
Culture of Heart and a World of Lasting Peace."
Because durable peace will
only be realized as current thinking and practices are transformed by grounding
our most fundamental perspectives in universal values, the Peace Council first need to
develop a broad range of programs that underscore the need for:
among all faith traditions as a pre-requisite for world peace
Good governance grounded in spiritual and moral principles that highlight unselfish
service, a global vision, and cooperation between religious and governmental
leaders, and Human development which includes spiritual development and extends from the
individual, to the family, community, society, nation and world.
Key Action Principles
The primary principle and cardinal virtue for peace is unselfishness, namely, the capacity and strength to live for the sake of others.
The family is the school of true love and ethics, and is the foundation of the good society.
Peace begins with personal transformation in relationship to God or the ultimate reality, and extends to the family, the society, the nation and the world.
When we seek to understand our world from God's point of view, aware of our eternal spiritual life, there are no enemies, only brothers and sisters.
Interreligious harmony and cooperation are prerequisites for peace.
Harmony and cooperation between political and religious leaders is necessary for lasting peace.
Through the practice of true love, divisions can be bridged, barriers overcome, and conflicting parties reconciled.
The world is at a critical turning point; courageous, bold and unselfish leadership is needed if peace is to be achieved.
Coercive force yields only an interruption in conflict, and violence offers no lasting solution;
peace is built on the foundation of true love and service.
UPF Inaugural Tour & Founder's Vision
Where do you start to describe something as extraordinary as Dr. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon's sense of passion,
divine calling and commitment to undertake a tour of 100 cities in 67 countries
around the world in just 100 days to mark the launch of the Universal Peace Federation?
The schedule alone seemed to defy convention and logic given the high walls
of bureaucracy and caution in a post 9-11 world And, if it were logistically
possible, would Father Moon, only a month shy of his 86th birthday, have the
stamina to get up on the stage each evening when it came time to deliver his
Well, now we know that it was possible. The tour started at the Lincoln Center
in New York September 12 and concluded in Toronto December 23, a little over
3 months later, after more than 70,000 miles, 280 hours of airtime, and 60 time
zones. Dr. Moon proved to have more stamina than most of the crowds and all
of his traveling companions, sometimes speaking long after midnight. "I'm
sorry if I make you suffer," he would say with a smile, "but I may
never meet you again, so I have to share everything that is in my heart."
And what of the lofty goals of the Universal Peace Federation, which, in the
words of its Founder, should address and even help solve the very problems the
United Nations has wrestled with for more than sixty years without success?
Early in his life, Dr. Moon had a profound encounter with God who revealed Himself
as the grieving parent of all humankind longing for the return of His lost and
On this tour, Dr. Moon introduced three important goals— First, the founding
of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF). The UPF has the mission to help the
United Nations, which represents all nations and all political leadership of
the world, to find renew itself through the spiritual wisdom and insight from
the world¡¯s faith leaders. This task is even more urgent because so many
of the world¡¯s most intractable disputes have a religious element.
Secondly, before nations can think about ending conflict and make peace, individuals
and families must break down barriers of race, religion, ethnicity and culture.
How? Through loving one¡¯s enemy to the point where the children of enemy
nations and peoples marry each other. It is a high wall to climb, but what else
can bring people together?
Third, for all peoples of the world to be able to live as one family we must
all share the same opportunities. Through visionary projects like the Bering
Strait Tunnel and the International Highway Project introduced on this tour,
the UPF is working to inspire new, world changing links between nations and
¡°I leave you with a choice,¡±
Father Moon would say each evening to the Ambassadors for Peace "Will
you join with me as I rise and gain strength in accordance with heavenly fortune?
Or will you miss this chance and risk a lifetime of regret? I ask you all to
devote your best efforts for the development and success of the Universal Peace Federation."
Michael Balcomb, New York, United States, January 6, 2006
Middle East Peace Initiative (MEPI)
UPF formally launched its Middle East Peace Initiative with an international consultation held on February 27-March 2, 2003, in Washington DC.
The program was titled, Beyond Coexistence Toward a New Culture of Peace: Focus on the Middle East.
That and subsequent consultations have been designed to offer a broad approach to the challenges facing the Middle East with a focus on bringing religious leaders to the table along with political, academic and activist experts.
The issues range from deeply detailed reflections on Israel and Palestine to broader, theoretical reflections on the clash of, or dialogue among, civilizations.
Irish UPF members in attendance at the Middle East Peace Initiatives Pilgrimages.
World Peace King Bridge Tunnel
Engineers and Diplomats Support New Link between Russia, US
Engineers, scholars and diplomats participating today in the first gathering of the Universal Peace Federation
spoke out in strong support of an idea to build a 52 mile, $200bn tunnel across the Bering Strait between Russia
and the United States.
The idea of a passage between Russia and America was first conceived in 1849,
but for over 150 years it has always been treated as a fantasy, if not an impossibility.
But in recent months, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Universal Peace Federation,
has been reviving interest in this most ambitious idea, and it seems the idea is gaining ground.
The Bering Strait passage is a "bridge to tomorrow, or rather a tunnel," says Craig Burroughs,
Treasurer of the InterHemispheric Bering Strait Tunnel and Railroad Company.
Railroads have historically brought economic growth and prosperity, says Burroughs, and economic growth and prosperity bring peace. ¡°It is time to stop just talking about helping the poor and miserable of the Third World,¡± he says, ¡°and improving the global transportation system is one of the first things the wealthy countries can do to help.¡±
Burroughs outlined a proposal for not just a set of three tunnels under the Bering Strait,
but a minimum of a 5000 mile railroad from Canada to Beijing that will connect all East Asia with North America.
"It will bring great advances in communications and open up the vast but currently inaccessible resources of Siberia,
including oil, gas and minerals to the world. Moreover it will create millions of jobs worldwide,
without ruining the environment."
"The technical surveys have also been very encouraging," he says.
Geological studies show that the tunnel is feasible with today's technology.
The rock is granite, which needs no lining, and moreover the tunnel bore waste materials can put to direct use
to form the track of the railway.
As far as cost, Burroughs estimated around $60bn, with at least another $60 billion to pay for a new
5000 mile multi-track high speed railway, electrification and tunnel.
"But even these huge sums are just a fraction of the US defense budget," he said.
"A tunnel is a problem solver, not a problem maker."
In response, Russian diplomat and academician Professor Konstantin Dolgov took issue with those who would characterize
the project as a "tunnel from nowhere to nowhere" as being narrow and shortsighted. In fact, he said,
there is a long history of friendship between Russia and Alaska - Alaska used to be Russian territory.
Building a tunnel or bridge between these two nations could be the final diplomatic step to end the decades of
competition and hostility caused by the cold war and return to a friendlier time. "The Russian people deeply want peace,"
said Dolgov. "Of course we are very interested in the economic possibilities that would come with opening a passage
to the United States. But it goes further than that. We see engineering and diplomacy as sister disciplines,
helping people to see things in a new way. Diplomacy itself is about building bridges and tunnels between peoples and nations."
The Rev. Moon shares the same confidence. In a speech planned for the Lincoln Center on the evening of September 12th,
Moon says, "Some may be afraid of the scale of such a project, but where there is a will, there is a way.
Especially when it is God's Will!" Even the enormous construction costs are not a problem, says Moon,
when compared to the astronomical sums currently being spent on war. Investment in peace will always pay for itself.
Members the Universal Peace Federation's tunnel discussions agree:
"Thanks to the Rev. Moon's vision, I think we just might see the light at the end of the tunnel," says Burroughs.