Pepsi and UPF Promote “One Family Under God” in Nepal

A couple of weeks ago I noted a UPI report which described how

two major business groups from Nepal — Pepsi Co. and the Chaudhary Group — have joined hands with two key nonprofit NGOs — Project Healing Touch of India and the Universal Peace Federation of Nepal — to offer a solution to a people in despair.

The project concerns micro-financing and business training; however, it is now clear (although unsurprising) that UPF theology will also be promoted. The Rising Nepal reports:

The project aims at enabling those in the most vulnerable sections of society to earn a respectable living, be self- supporting, make a contribution to society, and live in dignity inspired by three of the fundamental pillars in the UPF philosophy as-that sustainable peace can only be built on the principle of living for the sake of others, that irrespective of religion, language, cultural or ethnic background we are essentially “One Family Under God,” and UPF’s wholehearted support to fulfill the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

No mention is made of the “One Family Under God’s” “True Father” on earth: Rev Moon. It should be recalled that Nepal’s foreign minister, Sahana Pradhan, has praised Moon’s “universal philosophy that has the power and depth to unite people from all walks of life”.

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3 Responses

  1. It is difficult, on the surface, to dispute the high-minded principles that the UPF philosophy supposedly champions. But it should be noted that this talk of “living for the sake of others” is practiced very strangely in Moon’s Unification movement itself. I was a member of Moon’s Unification Church for 10 years, from 1976 to 1986, and my experience was that when the church leaders urged the members to “live for the sake of others” they were really urging us to “live in obsessive self-sacrifice for the promotion of the church” which in turn meant “give up everything for True Father” (i.e., Sun Myung Moon). So in the end, to a Unificationist, the best way to live for others is to give everything to Moon. That is the true meaning of the UPF’s high-minded-sounding principles.

  2. Thanks for all your comments and insights, keep them coming!

  3. Free said…
    Our staff have attended UPF events and found the committee members, leaders and affiliates are genuinely sincere to build and at times capable of re-inforcing bridges of peace in our community and nation. We should have courage to learn to enlarge our vision and set aside our differences to come to a common universal agreement for peace and prosperity. Any glitches and for some, early misconceptions to peace is understandable. To jump into quick and mis-directed conclusions of the Dr Moon’s spiritual goals of one human family under God, is a reflection of our mind set clouded with prior limited exposure to religions and spirituality. Narrow mindedness can be a setback to unity, harmony and mutual properity.

    Regards,
    Alexander Paul
    http://www.freenewspaper.org
    02 May 2008 17:30

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