Peace Festivals Round-Up

I’ve blogged some of the UPF Global Peace Festivals (UK here and here; USA here; Mongolia here); here are some reports from other locations.

The Philippines, from The News Today:

The Global Peace Festival held here Nov. 17-19 became controversial after the Roman Catholic church withdrawn their support and manifested their strong opposition to it.

The Catholic church even announced on Sunday mass calling people not to support the said festival since it is anti-Christ.

However, organizers denied they are anti-Christ saying that they are bringing people to “One Family under God” regardless of whatever religion they have.

 Japan, from the UPI:

The Japan festival, hosted by the Universal Peace Federation and other nonprofit organizations, was held Saturday in Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo, with roughly 50,000 participants and delegates from 43 countries.

…The motto Moon emphasized at the Tokyo gathering was “One Family under God,” defining it as a spiritual vision, rooted in time-enduring values, principles and aspirations. The idea is one he has inherited from his father, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who is the founder of the Unification Church and News World Communications, Inc.

…Jose De Venecia Jr., former speaker of the House of Representatives in the Philippines, underscored the importance of interfaith cooperation beyond the national, racial or religious boundaries that humankind has created.

…One urgent issue for Moon, who was born in South Korea and grew up in the United States, is the unification of North and South Korea. He urged Japan, where more than 600,000 North and South Koreans live, to support reconciliation. The two communities within Japan have been seen as a symbol of the Korean peninsula’s conflict.

Among those present in Japan was Ogtai Rustamov, of the World Congress of Azerbaijanis. De Venecia, meanwhile, is a long-standing Moon ally.

Kenya, from the Bay Area Family Church:

Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his wife Ida introduce UPF Co-Chair Dr. Hyun Jin Moon to a large crowd of Kenyan youth and families at the Global Peace Festival in Nairobi.

…”This is an important day for Kenya and for Africa,” said Odinga, “It is a new beginning in the quest for our nation to be once again known as a nation of peace and security…The Universal Peace Federation and the Global Peace Festival are doing great things in Kenya,”

…Dr. Hyun Jin Moon, co-chair of the UPF and founder of the Global Peace Festival Initiative delivered the GPF keynote address. Dr. Moon, who is the third son of the international spiritual leaders and peacemakers Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, urged Kenyans to take pride in their nation and Africa’s role as the cradle of civilization.

 I blogged on the London events here and here.

The Solomon Islands, from Solomon Star News:

HUNDREDS of youths cleaned up Honiara at the weekend.

Rebekah Stone of the Global Peace Festival told the Solomon Star the clean was done mainly along Honiara’s main streets.

…The clean up is part of programmes held in the lead up to a peace festival next weekend at Lawson Tama.

An earlier report from the same source adds:

 The director of Global Peace Festival, Gregory Stone, said they are working in partnership with NGOs, Government ministries, churches and other stakeholders.

…Youth Programme Coordinator, Jerome Bellavance said the goal of the ‘HIV/AIDS Awareness and Character Education’ programme is to make Partnerships with all the Schools in Honiara and the Department of Education.

“This Partnership is for all on-going programmes relating to HIV/AIDS Awareness and Character Education with all Schools and the Department of Education,” Mr Bellavance said.

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