Vatican City – UPF’s president Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, along with the secretary general of UPF-Argentina, Miguel Werner, were privileged to have been invited to attend and to offer support and encouragement to the great work the Vatican, under His Holiness Pope Francis, is doing to promote interfaith and to bring an end to the violence in Syria. They attended the consultation “Syria: Can we Remain Indifferent?”.
By Dr. Nurit Hirschfeld
Director, Jerusalem Forum for Interfaith and Cooperation among Religions
The Universal Peace Federation held an international conference in Jerusalem December 19-22, 2013 on the topic of Interreligious and International Relations in the Middle East: Toward Peace and Stability. On the backdrop of sunny winter days that followed a blizzard, some 45 scholars, religious leaders, diplomats, geopolitical experts and NGO activists from five continents and 22 countries converged from around the globe in search for optional solutions to the conflict in the Middle East. The discussions dealt with the current situation in the Middle East from broad perspectives and diverse angles.
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International collaboration is indeed the force for the future. Without collaboration, human development will be limited, and the potential for conflict will always be high. Continue reading →
The idea of civil society has classical roots, dating back to Aristotle and the rise of the concept of a res publica, a public thing. It took on its modern understanding with Hegel, whose Philosophy of Right speaks about civil society as a realm that stands in between the family and the state, associated with the rise of capitalism. Marx drew on Hegel’s understanding of civil society. Alexis de Toqueville in his commentaries of the American and French Revolutions attributed the relative success of the American Revolution to its robust civil society institutions, including churches. Continue reading →
By David Fraser Harris
Secretary General, Universal Peace Federation-Middle East
The world is painfully aware of the horrific suffering in Syria and yet unable to find a way to end it. This UPF gathering was originally called as a small consultation, designed to facilitate in-depth discussion; it quickly doubled in size, eventually numbering more than 40 participants. A list of participants follows at the end of this report along with the full text of the resultant declaration. In addition, participants’ full papers will be made available in a coming UPF conference publication. This brief report will take a thematic approach, highlighting its strengths and special characteristics, which might be summarized as its diversity and the interdisciplinary approach; regional and international perspectives; religious/spiritual perspectives; NGO perspectives, and the points emphasized in the declaration.
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As we convene in Jordan, we are aware that the conflict in Syria has already cost the lives of more than 100,000 people and has led to the displacement of more than two million Syrians. Moreover, the conflict in contributing to widespread instability not only in neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey, but globally. Continue reading →
Paper submitted to the
3rd World Conference on Dialogue Among Religions and Civilizations
May 10-12, 2013, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
If we consider the quest for peace throughout history, we should not ignore the role of religion. While religion is often cited, quite accurately, as a frequent contributor to conflict and violence, it has also, and more substantially served to advance the cause of peace in many profound and various ways, including its calls for practices such as non-violence, restraint of acquisitiveness, forgiveness, reconciliation, and just war theory. The human aspiration for peace has roots in religious ideals that are widely shared among the world’s religions, and which long predated modern secular movements or ideologies.
Address at the 7th Anniversary of the Founding of the Universal Peace Federation in Korea
November 24, 2012
On this anniversary of UPF-Korea, and on behalf of the Universal Peace Federation, I would like to congratulate and express the highest appreciation to Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, Co-Founder of the Universal Peace Federation. Together with Father Moon, she launched the Universal Peace Federation in September 2005 at Lincoln Center in New York City. Soon thereafter, Father and Mother Moon began an unprecedented 120-nation tour, opening UPF national chapters in every corner of the world. They travelled to a different city each day, on a relentless schedule that allowed no time for rest. Father and Mother Moon were committed to providing a “roadmap for peace” that governments, religions, and the peoples of the world could embrace to their benefit, or dismiss at their peril. Father Moon was 85 years of age.
Paper presented at a conference on “Europe and Russia: Partners in a Globalized World”
International Center, Vienna, Austria – October 12-13, 2012
The Universal Peace Federation is dedicated to the promotion of good relations, good partnerships among peoples, nations, religions. Our Founder, Dr. Sun Myung Moon, envisioned all of humanity as one global family under God, living together in mutual respect and harmony. UPF’s presence throughout Europe and Russia is aimed precisely at fostering dialogue, understanding and cooperation.