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True Parents’ Message and News English Version No. 28 天一國 4年 08天曆 September 2016


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Article One The Mainstream of God’s Providence By Thomas Hwang We Unificationists have a unique understanding and clarity about history. Divine Principle provides us with the right views, right insights and correct understanding about the currents and events that have shaped our history. We fully grasp the fact that God is behind human history. God’s history is the mainstream, the true history. For example, we know the reason that the communist movement appeared on earth in the twentieth century and how and why it ended in failure. Communists themselves do not understand this. We know clearly who Kim Il Sung was, and why South Korea and North Korea were divided. Kim Il Sung himself did not know who he was, or understand clearly his role in history. But we know very well. Mainstream history has consistently been inspired and guided directly by God through his chosen people. We have the record of his efforts through Judeo-Christian history, and in the present day, we have witnessed his work throughout the challenging course of the unification movement. All other historical events and narratives are peripheral. The people who were called to lead God’s mainstream history were real, down-to-earth people who had to cope with real, down-to-earth challenges. Outstanding figures like Moses and Jesus faced their missions with amazing courage and determination. They were not afraid of death. In the face of tremendous opposition, they won people’s love and devotion by moving people’s hearts and minds. In the end, they won great victories for the sake of the world. Despite all those years of wandering and following Moses, the Israelites still had nothing when they came to the border of Canaan. Yet, out of that nothingness, they went on to found the nation of Israel, which would become the base for God’s future providence. Jesus’ fate was far worse. When Jesus died on the cross, he was completely alone. None of his followers remained with him to the end. Golgotha was like a perfect “ground zero.” At that time, in that place, it looked as if all of Jesus’ strenuous effort to build God’s kingdom had been in vain. Yet, out of that nothingness, Christianity arose to become a powerful, dominant force in the world. There is only one reason for this astonishing resurrection: God was behind it. The same pattern repeated in the history of our unification movement. Like Moses, like Jesus, True Parents followed an arduous path beset by obstacles and opposition, rejected and persecuted. There were times of betrayal and abandonment when it appeared that all their devotion and exertion would come to nothing. However, no one, nothing, can stop God. God has always been behind True Parents. That is why they were able to surmount the eight stages and win an amazing victory for all of humankind. God’s victorious foundation covers the whole world now. Cheon II Guk is expanding every day, in every corner of the world. Thanks to the victory of True Parents, we now stand on the strongest divine foundation ever seen in human history. God is not only alive and well, but must be delighted and excited. Now, with True Father in the spirit world and True Mother on earth, God manifests both male and female aspects in directing mainstream history toward the coming of the kingdom of heaven. Since the Fall, God’s dream has never been closer to realization. Any attempt to separate Father and Mother is foolish nonsense, and will never succeed. The new dimension in God’s providence in our time is based solely on the inseparable, holy relationship between True Father and True Mother. When we pause to reflect on our place and time in history, we all know that we are deeply blessed to be alive at this amazing time. We are right in the swift and powerful current of God’s mainstream history. Dear brothers and sisters, Blessed Central Family members, please stay in the mainstream. Do not get lost wandering along peripheral paths. God’s power is manifested through the mainstream, which is True Parents. Centering on the mainstream, history will continue to flow into the future, our shared victorious future. As long as we stay afloat in the mainstream, we have nothing to worry about. As we say in Kenya, “Hakuna matata!” God bless you all. Rev. Hwang is a special emissary to East Africa.


p. 3 True Parents’ Message and News CONTENTS 天一國 4年 (天曆) 8月 September 2016 04 07 36 Article One 02 The Mainstream of God’s Providence coalitions for peace 10 C oncern for the Future Draws Leaders 16 A Significant Step Higher in the Italian Providence True Parents’ Messages 04 A merica and God’s Will 07 Heritage and Destiny: CARP at Fifty interview 18 Blessing Those in Our Second Generation Regional News Asia 21 Guiding Your Children into Blessed Marriage Albania 24 Remembering True Father is a Call to Witness Korea 26 Serving the Nation in a Time of Social Change hallowed legacy 36 T ime to Rise Again Washington Monument Forty Years Later United States 30 Champions of True Parents’ Vision for Peace Martial Arts 32 Reaching the Peak of World Martial Arts 34 Martial Arts, an Inner Battle Testimony 39 A Dual-Family System to Restore Tribes 42 Spreading New Thoughts in My Hometown


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True Parents’Messages 1 America and God’s Will True Father delivered this public address in front of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington DC, on September 18, 1976 as part of the God Bless America Festival to mark the United States' bicentennial, two hundred years since her Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. H onorable citizens of the United States and world delegates: I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of you for meeting us at the monument. Tonight we are celebrating America’s bicentennial in the name of God. For you and me, this is a historic moment. This evening I would like to speak on the subject, “America and God’s will.” God is eternal, unchanging, unique and absolute. If those are the qualities of God, his purpose of creation must also be eternal, unchanging and absolute. In the beginning, God’s ideal was to create one world of unity and harmony. Today, however, our world has no unity or harmony. Instead, there is much division, disharmony, confusion and chaos. Individually, our minds are separated from our bodies, and our families, races, nations and world are torn apart. This reality is in total contradiction to God’s original inten- tion. Clearly, something is fundamentally wrong. Religion has an explanation: It says that this worldwide division is the result of our first ancestors’ rebellion against God, the Fall of Adam and Eve. In order to save fallen humanity, God sent the Messiah. His purpose was to restore people to their original state before the Fall. Therefore, salvation is the same as restoration. The human Fall brought about this fallen world. Disobeying God’s word, Adam and Eve rebelled against him. This put them in the position to be overpowered by Satan’s lies. So, finally Adam and Eve united with Satan, receiving Satan’s personality and love instead of God’s personality and love. To be restored as an original person, we must reverse the process of the Fall. This time we must separate ourselves from Satan, reach out to God whom we have lost, and obey his word. In this way, we can receive God’s personality and his love. God is supremely selfless and supremely public-minded. Satan, however, is absolutely self-centered and only out for himself. God’s formula to restore us is for us to become God-like. This means that we must become completely selfless and public-minded. Each of us has to become a person who is able to sacrifice for the sake of others. Such a selfless and public-minded person will prosper through becoming the image of God. The selfish, self-centered person will decline because such behavior is contrary to God. This is God’s rule. Central nations’ inability Human history has been a history of struggle, a history of war. It has been almost like a tug-of-war between God and Satan, with humanity as the prize. Good and evil have been struggling to win people to their respective sides. Because human history started with the Fall, evil got a head start. Therefore, in history, the evil side has always taken the aggressive and 4 True Peace


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offensive position. Good has been passive and defensive. Yet, God is on the side of good. In the end, the good side always wins the victory. The good side is always the underdog, yet it comes out victorious and expands. For example, during World War I and World War II, the evil sides attacked first, yet they were the ones to be defeated. Today, there is much talk about World War III. This time evil, represented by the communist nations, is challenging the Free World, provoking conflicts and war everywhere. Yet, again, based on God’s formula, the ultimate victory will surely be on the side of God. There is another formula in God’s work of restoration. Before God sends the Messiah to restore people, he always prepares a central religion and a chosen nation as the foundation to receive the Messiah. According to this formula, God established Judaism as the first central religion and Israel as the first chosen nation. Upon this base, God sent Jesus Christ as the Messiah. God’s hope was that the chosen nation and religion would become one with Jesus, establish the kingdom of God on earth and restore the world to God. For this purpose, God prepared Judaism and Israel for nearly four thousand “biblical years.” If they had recognized Jesus Christ as the Messiah and worked with him in a spirit of sacrifice, he would not only have been successful in Israel, but also would have gone on to unite all the Arab nations and Asia, linking the East and West. By unifying the world under the sovereignty of God, he would have established the kingdom of God on earth at that time. Israel and Judaism, however, did not fulfill their responsibilities. Jesus was not accepted as the Messiah, and finally was crucified. Thus, God’s kingdom remained a promise, not a reality. However, Jesus opened the way to spiritual salvation and started Christianity, which is spiritually in the position of the Second Israel. The early Christians witnessed and taught in Rome, only to encounter terrible persecution. For four hundred years the blood of martyrs was spilled. Their sacrifice atoned for the loss of four thousand years of God’s preparation for the Messiah. The Christians finally triumphed in Rome and Christianity became the state religion. Thus, Rome came to occupy the position of the Second Israel physically and received the blessing of God. At that time, God expected the papacy and empire to completely unite and unselfishly build the unified world left unaccomplished at the time of Jesus. However, the papacy also did not realize the significance of its mission and often used its power for its own glory. There was abuse and corruption within the church and it departed from the will and expectation of God. The dignity of the papacy fell. In reaction, a thousand years later, humanism arose, and Protestantism called for reformation of the Catholic Church. Instead of heeding the call, the papacy and Catholic princes unleashed persecution against the reformers. During that period, it was no coincidence that Henry VIII, king of England, also revolted against Roman Catholicism. He enacted new laws through Parliament and founded the Church of England. This was actually a golden opportunity for Great Britain to join the Protestant movement of Europe and bring about a new hope for the advancement of God’s will. At that time, the British Empire started on its path to become the greatest power in the world, inspiring September 2016 5


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the famous saying, “The sun never sets on the British Empire.” This extraordinary blessing was not for England but for the advancement of God’s kingdom. If Britain had understood God’s will, it would have supported the Puritans and other reform movements and tackled the God-given task of world restoration. Through accomplishing that, Britain could actually have built a United Kingdom of God, transcending all national barriers. However, Britain persecuted the Puritans and was apathetic toward the reforming spirit. The persecuted people had to look for a land of hope. They were united by a common destiny. Transcending race and national barriers and fleeing persecution, they came to the New World, the American continent. Here they established an independent Protestant nation. This is the providential background behind the birth of America. Today, America and Christianity together must take up the sacred task of world restoration. America must unite the cultures of the West and the East, as well as the Middle East, and create one great, unified culture, ultimately fulfilling the mission of establishing the kingdom of God on earth. America’s responsibility Judaism was God’s first central religion, and Christianity was the second. The Unification Church is the third, coming with a new expression of truth that will fulfill the final chapter of God’s providence. These central religions must unite in America and reach out to unite the religions of the world. Judaism, centered on the Old Testament, was the first work of God and is in the eldest brother’s position. Christianity, centered on the New Testament, is in the position of the second brother. The Unification Church, through which God has given a new expression of truth, the Completed Testament, is in the position of the youngest brother. These three religions are indeed three brothers in the providence of God. Then Israel, the United States and Korea, the nations where these three religions are based, must also be brothers. Because these three nations have a common destiny representing God’s side, the communist bloc as Satan’s representative is trying to isolate and destroy them at the United Nations. Therefore, these three brother nations must join hands in a unified effort to restore the United Nations to its original purpose and function. They must contribute internally to the unification of the world’s religions and externally to the unification of the world itself. One world under God is the unchanging, eternal and absolute desire of God. This goal will be realized. Yet, in order to accomplish this goal, the unity of religions is the foremost task. When all people worship one God as their Father, accept one Messiah and uphold Godism, an absolutely God-centered way of life, the dwelling of God will be with humanity. It will be only a matter of time before we see the kingdom of God here on earth. The United States of America, transcending race and nationality, is already a model of the unified world. The people of the United States must realize that the abundant blessings God has been pouring upon this land are not just for America but for all human beings throughout the world. Upon the foundation of world Christianity, America must exercise its responsibility as a world leader and the chosen nation of God. Israel did not meet the expectation of God, nor did Rome, nor did Great Britain. Now, what about America? To inspire America to avoid the same mistakes, to inspire America to sacrifice herself for the sake of the world, to inspire America to work toward one world under God, God summoned me to this country to proclaim God’s new revelation. In particular, God called me to lead the young people of America, the leaders of tomorrow, back to God. Today, America is plagued with problems—racism, juvenile delinquency and immorality. Christianity is declining. Communism is rising. The menace of communism is everywhere. Of all these problems, atheistic communism is the worst. It is not just America’s problem; it is the problem of religious people and the problem of God himself. Ladies and gentlemen, at this crossroads of human history, we must listen to the call of God. God prepared America for two hundred years. This is the time for awakening. America must accept its global responsibility. Armed with Godism, America has to free the communist world, and at last build the kingdom of God here on earth. God has chosen America as the flag bearer. America must rise up today. Tomorrow may be too late. I not only respect America but I also truly love this nation. I respect and love the United States as a great nation, as a godly nation and as the central nation in God’s providence. America is now at the threshold of its third century. America must not disappoint God. Today let us pledge to God Almighty that we shall do his will. We shall never let him down. Never! Today in this holy place, let us together lay the cornerstone of the kingdom of God on earth. Let us all join together as the coworkers of God. Let us be the pioneers of his kingdom. My dear brothers and sisters who long for unity, this is the place of commitment, the moment of decision. If you are willing to give your sweat, your blood and your very lives to the call of God, then in this sacred moment before heaven and earth and before all the people of the world, let us shout it out. We know we can build the kingdom of God here on earth, in his power and with our own hands. May God bless you and your homes, and forevermore may God bless America. Thank you very much. Pyeong Hwa Gyeong, Book 9 Speech 4 6 True Peace


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True Parents’Messages 2 Heritage and Destiny: CARP at Fifty True Mother spoke on September 25 at the Cheongpyeong Training Center to CARP students from Korea and abroad celebrating CARP’s fiftieth anniversary. This is what she said to them that day. September 2016 7


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12 34 5 I was very excited as I was coming to meet all of you. From the beginning, when God created the universe, he had a dream, something he had hoped for. When looking at the immediate results of his dream, I think in his heart he had this same happy expectation. The Bible says that God had created the universe in six days and rested on the seventh. The concept of time in the Bible, the notion of days, is not six actual days. It says, "there was evening and there was morning, one day.” [Genesis 1:5] The creation of the universe is not a concept of time but represents the necessary period to give life to all created beings. God created Adam and Eve and saw that it was good and he was happy. God created the first human ancestors, Adam and Eve, and specifically gave human beings responsibility. He hoped that they would grow and become one with God, through the heart of absolute faith, absolute love and absolute obedience. This was the providence for God to feel joy and happiness through future humans. Unfortunately, the heart expressing selfishness and greed formed. The result of that untimely greed was the Fall. That is how the beginning of fallen history of humanity, with no connection to God, began. Carrying the providence Most of you here today, are second-generation members from parents who have received the blessing from True Parents. In that case, each of you is the "pure water" that our Heavenly Parent can feel joy toward for the first time in six thousand years. Do you understand? Through True Parents—pure water. You are in a position with no connection to the Fall. Yet when we look at the environment of this fallen world, do you think we still have a long way to go, or a short way to go? You all are in the position of true children who have received the blessing from heaven for the first time in six thousand years. In that case, you must all absolutely become one with True Parents. You must become the filial children, loyal subjects and soldiers who will realize our Heavenly Parent’s and True Parents' dream. Do you understand that? In order for you to do that, you must all become the best in each of your fields. In this large environment—the 1 A CARP member presenting flowers to True Mother 2 S un Jin nim, In Sup nim, Cho Sung-il, director-general of the FFWPU IHQ; Wonju McDevitt, chief of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon's Secretariat ; and Yun Young-ho, the deputy chief; listening to True Mother speak. 3 CARP talent on display 4 Mr. Moon Sang-pil, president of CARP-Korea 5 Katsumichi Motoyama, president of CARP-Japan 6 The motto for the meeting expressed optimism and determination 7 A commemorative photo of True Mother with the CARP members world—we must make a protective fence that embraces 7.3 billion people. In that sense, the world today has been without hope, without peace. This world has many walls. Religions do as well. The walls in religions are very tall. In light of the original standard, religions that do not know God's providence should not be greedy but should humble themselves. Responsibilities The world today has no owner. In short, this is not the world that our Heavenly Parent desires. You must lead the way in broadening our Heavenly Parent's and True Parents' hope and in bringing their wish to fruition. On your own volition, you must 8 True Peace


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6 7 gather the 7.3 billion people of the world to praise the heavens, and guide them to live their lives according to their original minds, offering joy and glory to True Parents. I am reflecting on the modern conveniences in this twenty-first century. Throughout history as civilization has developed, no one has known Heavenly Parent’s and True Parents' situations. To say that instead civilization has rushed in the opposite direction, toward destruction, would not be wrong. When we look at the history of civilization and the history of wars— far from making the world that God originally created more abundant and healthy—our highly developed scientific civilizations have produced weapons of war and nuclear weapons as means of destruction, leading to hopeless wars that put our world in danger. Turning the world around When God originally created energy, human beings should have done research and begun developing in a beneficial direction. The result of destructive research is today's nuclear weapons. If we cannot resolve this, there is no future for the world, no future for the human race. True Father brought together and educated many intellectuals through the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences and the Professors World Peace Academy. In the midst of this, he was able to end the reign of communism. The United States, a world power, could not even imagine this and felt threatened by communism. True Father was able to accomplish this without anyone's help. The United States was raised centered on the providence, but it is now in the midst of chaos. Once again, for you and me, our task is to give the world, not despair but hope! That is why from next year, I will research ways to heal the damage in the world and the damage to humans done by the misguided use of civilization’s scientific developments. That is not all. You all like games, right? We will create healthy games for those in preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school and university, based on the providence, using Divine Principle and True Parents' global peace initiatives. I have given the order to research this and create a general plan. Invincible in unity No one can go against those of you who go forward united with True Parents. We must fulfill our responsibilities for this nation, which is at the center of national restoration and restoration of the world. This is not something that someone will do for us. Heavenly Parent and all people of the world must see you and all the blessed families united as citizens of God's homeland. You are the pure water that took six thousand years to emerge thanks to True Parents’ efforts. Through all of you, this murky world, this dirty world, must become clear. Total Commitment In order to do that, you must all be thorough. Absolute faith, absolute love, absolute obedience! Those who become one with True Parents and march forward cannot be defeated on that path. CARP students, national restoration and global restoration will happen with your hands! We must mobilize members of CARP from around the world here in Korea, God’s homeland and unite to go forth boldly toward national restoration and global restoration! September 2016 9


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Coalitions for Peace Concern for the Future Draws Leaders International Leadership Conference in London, United Kingdom, September 7–9 By Jacques Marion Sun Jin Moon, on behalf of True Mother, addressed the audience at the launching of three new chapters of IAPP in the House of Commons. To her right are her husband and Dr. Walsh, president of UPF. 10 True Peace


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S eptember 7–9, the Universal Peace Federation held an International Leadership Conference in London, the third in a series of events held this year to launch worldwide the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP). With the theme “Interregional Dialogue Addressing Critical Challenges: Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa,” the London conference represented the official launch of IAPP in these three regions (North Africa being part of our Middle East region). About a hundred and fifty people came from forty nations, including political and religious leaders, woman leaders and representatives of civil society. Thirty members of parliament from fifteen nations attended the event and signed the proposal to establish an International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace in Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East. Also in attendance were two former European heads of state and ten former members of parliament. The conference began on September 7 with a session on A Vision for Peace-Building in the Global Era. Mr. Jack Corley, the UPF regional chair; and I, the UPF regional secretary general; both of UPF-Europe, presented the UPF peace-building principles and practices. On critical challenges Three UPF ambassadors for peace then commented on the presentations and gave their views on the theme of the conference: Professor Martin Ramirez, chair of the Center for Conflict Studies at Nebrija University in Spain; Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, the former speaker of the Luxembourg Parliament; and Mr. Robert Vandemeulebroucke, a former ambassador from Belgium’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the Opening Dinner, Baroness Sandip Verma, from the House of Lords and Dr. Edwin Shuker, the vice-president of the European Jewish Congress, warmly welcomed the participants. Rev. Marcus Braybrooke, the president of the World Congress of Faiths, and Sheikh Dr. Hojjat Ramzy, an executive member of the Muslim Council of Britain, gave the invocations. The evening closed with Dr. Thomas Walsh, president of UPF. International, speaking a few words about the worldwide IAPP inauguration conference series, and former President Alfred Moisiu of Albania (2002–2007), emphasizing how significant such a conference and themes were for their nations. The immigrant issue The second day began with a session on “Peace and Migration: Cross-Regional Perspectives.” The Baron Nazir Ahmed, a member of the House of Lords, speaking at the London ILC September 2016 11


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12 345 presentations and discussion focused on the compelling issue of refugees, their integration into their new communities and the various factors behind migrations. The speakers were: Dr. Werner Fasslabend, Austrian minister of Defense (1999–2000) now president of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES); Ulla Sandbaek, from Denmark, a member of the European Parliament (1994– 2004); Dr. Mohammad Al Antaki, a medical doctor attached to Palestinian refugee camps and secretary-general of the Integrated Community Based Initiative in Jordan; and Dr. Antonio Stango, secretary-general of the Italian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights and Paulo Pisco, a journalist and member of parliament from Portugal. Toward Economic Harmony The second morning session was devoted to the theme: “Addressing Peace and Security Challenges through Trade and Economic Integration.” The session dealt with economic integration plans between Europe and Eurasia, and the Chinese project of a “New Silk Road” connecting Asia and Europe. It shed light on the UPF founders’ project of an international highway for peace connecting the world in order to foster economic equality and intercultural exchange, requiring the construction of tunnels between Korea and Japan and crossing the Bering Strait between Russia and the US State of Alaska. The panel’s members were: Dr. Victor Razbegin, the director of the Interdepartmental Center for Integrated Regional Transport Projects at the Russian Ministry of Economic Development, who studied and promoted the Bering Strait Tunnel project; Dr. Vladimir Petrovsky from the Russian International Affairs Council and a specialist on Far Eastern studies; Dr. Katsumi Otsuka, UPF-Eurasia regional chair and a former president of the Corporation for Building the Japan-Korea Tunnel; Ms. Madi Sharma, the UK representative at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels; Mr. Keith Bennett from the UK group, “The Icebreakers,” which specializes in China’s foreign economic policy. Presenting peace road Following this was a session introducing the Peace Road 2016 project, aimed at actualizing the vision of the international peace highway by promoting symbolic marches or 12 True Peace


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1 The speaker is president of the Italian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights; Paulo Pisco is a member of parliament from Portugal; Dr. Mohammad Al Antaki is a physician connected with Palestinian refugee camps. 2 Dr. Petrovsky is on the Russian International Affairs Council; Mr. Bennet is a member of a pro-Chinatrade group, the Icebreakers; Ms. Sharma is with the EESC in Brussels; Dr. Razbegin is in the Russian Ministry of Economic Development. 3 This ILC saw the launch of three chapters of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) including the one for Europe. Jack Corley is Europe’s regional president. 4 Katsumi Otsuka, president of our Northeast region, for which the launch of IAPP occurred in London 5 U mberto Angelucci, president of the Middle East region, for which the launch of IAPP also occurred in London, during the ILC 6 D r. Walsh presenting certificates to new ambassadors for peace 7 E uropean FFWPU members in the audience 6 7 bicycle rides for peace throughout the world. Mr. Matthew Huish, national director of the U.K. chapter of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), an affiliated organization, and organizer of the Peace Road in the United Kingdom moderated the session. After a video describing Peace Road events held around the world in 2015 and 2016 in support of the reunification of the South Korea and North Korea and world peace, three participants representing Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East expressed their support for the project: Sun Jin Moon, daughter of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, read her mother’s address. Gerardo Giovagnoli, member of the San Marino Parliament; Mr. Maxim Misko, chair of the Belarus Peace Fund; and Issawi Frej, member of Israel’s Knesset also spoke. The house of the people In the afternoon, all the participants moved to the British Parliament for two afternoon sessions in Committee Room 14 of the House of Commons. The first session at the Parliament had the theme of Overcoming Extremism and Promoting the Peaceful Resolution of Conflict: The Contribution of Religious Leadership. Thomas Brake, a British Liberal Democrat politician and Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington in South West London, hosted this session. Faith-based efforts Baron Nazir Ahmed, a member of the House of Lords and the first person to become a member of the House of Lords after swearing on the Holy Quran, greeted the audience. The session focused on the role that reli- gious leaders and faith-based organizations could play in cooperation with political leaders in bringing effective solutions to violent religious extremism. The panel comprised several prominent speakers: Lord Robin Eames, the former primate of All Ireland (a religious post), who is well known for his role in the peace process in Ireland; Fatmir Sejdiu, former president of Kosovo (2006– 2010), who was involved for many years at the highest level in the process of his country’s independence; Sen. Latifa Gahouchi, member of the Belgian Parliament and head of the Commission on Education of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation; Dr. Afzal Ashraf, a consultant fellow at the United Kingdom’s Royal United Services and an expert on terrorism and radicalization. September 2016 13


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Participants of the ILC in the Palace of Westminster, where the House of Commons and House of Lords deliberate IAPP established Virendra Sharma, a member of the House of Commons and the patron of UPF-UK, who greeted the participants, hosted the second session at Parliament, where the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace was launched for Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East. Moderating the session, Dr. Thomas Walsh explained the purpose of this world-level association of parliamentarians, describing it as a forum through which to work together for peace and human development by going beyond differences of ideology, race, nationality and religion. He then gave the floor to Lord Rajinder Loomba, founder of the well-known U.K. charity Loomba Foundation, which supports widows around the world, who greeted the participants and supported the UPF initiative. True Mother’s message The FFWPU international president, Sun Jin Moon, daughter of UPF Co-Founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, delivered True Mother’s address. “I will do my best to convey the warmth of love and the hopes for peace that she has in her heart,” President Moon said, “and I invite you to all pay close attention to her message.” In the address, True Mother recalled that when she spoke at the United Nations in Vienna in 2015, she called for a spiritual awakening and urged each member-state to serve the whole, looking beyond national self-interest. She also asked the audience in London to consider establishing a fifth UN Office on the Korean Peninsula in order to work for peace in the Asia Pacific Region. “I want to emphasize the importance of the role of parliamentarians,” Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon said in her address. “You represent the people. You are entrusted by the people with a great responsibility. If parliamentarians of the world join together in harmony and cooperation for the sake of peace, we can transform the current reality of our world, creating a world of joy, harmony and lasting peace.” Representative members of parliament from Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East then took the floor and gave brief statements of support for the new association, starting with: Nina Novakova, member of the Czech Parliament; Gen. Karlis Kreslins, member of the Latvian Parliament; Eleonora Bechis, member of the Italian Parliament; Silvio Parnis, member of the Maltese Parliament; and ending with Hilik Bar, deputy speaker of Israel’s Knesset, who closed the session with a rousing speech calling for peace in the Middle East. (Unable to attend, Sen. Ahmed Palankoev of the Committee on International Affairs at the Russian Senate, had sent a message of support to the conference.) All the panelists then signed the displayed proposal for the foundation of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace, joined by the former presidents of Albania and Kosovo, the former Austrian defense minister and his wife, and the three UPF regional chairs. All the participants separately signed the proposal, and then added their signature on the board. 14 True Peace


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Afloat on the River Thames The evening concluded with a wonderful dinner-cruise on the River Thames, during which the participants could admire famous London sights while enjoying music, songs and dance. On the closing day of the conference, Friday, September 9, participants had the opportunity to choose between four breakout sessions in the morning. Those at the session on Family, Peace and Sustainable Development discussed the role of the family in building peace, its impact on social stability and prosperity and the challenge to define family policies for sustainable development. Members of Parliament and prominent supporters of family values in Europe comprised the panel: Rajinder Loomba from the House of Lords; Mr. Harry Benson, the research director of the UK-based Marriage Foundation and a regular voice on the issue of the family in UK local and national media; Inga Bite, a member of the Latvian Parliament; Ulviyya Aghayeva, a member of the Azerbaijan Parliament; and Mr. Antoine Renard, the French president of the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations. Media in modern times A concurrent session on Media and Peace-building: The Impact of Social Media discussed the influence of social media in current societies, their role in relation to conflicts and to what extent laws should regulate them. Moderated by Mr. Humphrey Hawksley, a BBC world affairs correspondent from the United Kingdom, it brought together media professionals from Europe and the Middle East. Among these were Professor Simon Holberton, a lecturer in journalism at Deakin University in Australia; Professor Predrag Vujovic, the founder and president of the Public Relations Business School in Serbia and a leading communications expert in the ex-Yugoslavia region; Mr. Kiriakos Pierides, a journalist and founding member of the Association for Social Reform (OPEK) in Cyprus; Zuheir Bahloul, a member of the Knesset and a wellknown television and radio sports broadcaster in Israel. The role of women In the second morning period, the session on “Women’s Leadership in the Prevention of Radicalization” brought together woman parliament members from Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East who discussed the role of female empowerment and leadership in countering extremism and resisting radicalization. The panel was composed of: Alenka Jeraj, the vice-president of the Slovenian Democratic Party and president of its Women’s Committee; Dilara Jabrayilova, a member of the Azerbaijan Parliament; Ksenia Svetlova, a journalist and member of the Knesset in Israel; Flora Brovina, a poet, pediatrician, women’s rights activist and member of the Kosovo Parliament. Since the “male representative” on the panel, Roberto Rampi, a member of the Italian Parliament, had to depart unexpectedly, Dr. Walsh joined the panel and offered his views on the interactive and complementary role of men and women in overcoming conflict. Conflict resolution The concurrent session’s theme was Resolving and Preventing Conflict: Reconciling Secular and Religious Perspectives. The panelists discussed the interplay of religious and secular perspectives in conflict resolution and prevention, in view of searching for lasting, democratic solutions to contemporary conflicts. The panel comprised: Dr. Emmanuel Dupuy, the president of the Paris-based Institute for European Prospective Studies, who served as advisor to the French secretary of defense; Dr. Roman Joch, the president of the Civic Institute from the Czech Republic, a former advisor to the Czech prime minister on human rights and foreign policy; Asdin El Habbassi, a member of the Austrian Parliament and a deputy of the Austrian People’s Party youth organization. Dr. Edwin Shuker, vice-president of the European Jewish Congress, who concluded the session with heartfelt words on Jewish spirituality’s role in implementing peace. Some reflections A final luncheon ended the three-day conference, preceded by a ceremony in which thirty-two participants who had requested it received an ambassador for peace certificate from Dr. Walsh. One participant from each region offered a heartfelt testimony on their experiences throughout the conference, and a professional soul singer sent us all off with two farewell songs. In their evaluations, participants described good impressions of the conference, appreciation for the high quality of the speakers and the relevance of the themes discussed. They were particularly impressed by the sessions at the Parliament, by the support from prominent members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, and by the variety of political and religious views represented in the audience. Several members of parliament expressed their desire to join the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace and to participate in UPF activities. Reports of the conference made the news on TV channels and some major newspapers in countries around the world. September 2016 15



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