Angelika Selle, born in Pforzheim, Germany, studied at the University of Freiburg in Catholic Theology, in German and English. In the years following she travelled to Japan, Korea and America. She settled in the U.S. in 1983 with her American husband, Bob Selle. Together they are the parents of 4 wonderful children. She has worked with Government officials, held the position of the editor in chief of two magazines, “Neue Hoffnung” and “Today’s World”, and she taught at a parochial elementary school. Rev. Selle’s true passion and calling is to be a reconciler and peace-maker to promote reconciliation and healing between different races, religions, and cultures. Together with her husband and another family, they founded a reconciliation group in MD. In 2001 she founded the Prayer in Action Ministry and in 2003 the Interfaith Prayer and Fellowship Ministry in Washington DC. On April 8, 2005 she was ordained at the Lively Stone Worship Center under “God’s Vision International Ministries” by Apostle Floyd Nelson. In 2006, Rev. Selle was appointed to be the Pastor of New Hope Family Church in Landover Hills, MD. Earlier this year, on March 21, 2010, Rev. Selle was appointed by the Founder of WFWP, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, to be the President of Women’s Federation for World Peace USA and Vice-President of WFWP International.
It was a great joy for WFWP USA to co-sponsor and participate in this year's CSW59 events in New York at the United Nations. More than 9,000 women from around the world and the United States registered this year. Among them were a good number of men! All were eager to participate in the main CSW59 (59th Commission on the Status of Women) session at the UN and in over 450 side or parallel events, all under the theme, "Make it Happen."
This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, which promulgated the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Considered to be the most comprehensive blueprint for advancing women's rights, the 1995 Beijing Declaration road map was adopted by 189 governments.
But, 20 years later, those commitments adopted have been only partially fulfilled. In the sessions I attended, one could feel and hear a sense of dissatisfaction on this point. Questions were raised again and again as to how to "make the Beijing Declaration's action steps truly happen."
Yet, it was quite refreshing to participate in WFWP International's parallel events on March 9, the Public Event, and on March 10, the more intimate Luncheon Program, both of which focused on the theme, "Young Women and Leadership: Education, Opportunities, and Obstacles." Having attended such events over the past five years, I found this year's experience was entirely different. For example, in the program on March 9, all of the panelists and the emcees were young women in their 20s and 30s. Each co-sponsoring organization had a few moments to introduce itself, and then everyone enjoyed the young panelists' eloquent presentations.
Our local WFWP chapters from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut sent small delegations of high school and middle school students from the following schools: Frederick Douglas High School in Harlem, New York; M.A.C.A.D.E.M.Y. School of Science and Technology in Brooklyn, New York; North Star Academy College Preparatory High School in Newark, New Jersey; and Bridgeport International Academy in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Exposing students to these events was a first, and added greatly to the overall experience for all the participants. We look forward to hearing their impressions and reflections in the next issue of the Logic of Love News.
Ms. Ronchetti from Frederick Douglas High School said that the WFWPI parallel event opened the children's mental scope and way of looking at the world; that the students now can begin to look beyond Harlem to have an outlook of the world that goes beyond their community and environment. It will enrich their lives and help them to dream big.
The highlight of this year's Luncheon Program was the keynote address by our new, young WFWP international president, Professor Yeon Ah Moon. She quoted at length from the words of WFWP's co-founders, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon and her late husband, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon. Also very inspiring and insightful were the remarks by newly appointed director of the WFWP International UN Office, Mrs. Carolyn Handschin, who eloquently emphasized the role of women.
Every night after attending multiple CSW sessions at the UN, President Moon met with different groups of women until late at night to reflect, strategize, and mobilize.
Our WFWP USA team enjoyed a dinner with our international president, along with many young women. Each young lady shared about her passions, studies, hopes, and dreams for WFWP and for her own life. The "more experienced" ladies in the room poured out their hearts, their wisdom and insights to the younger ones, invoking tears, laughter, and everything in between. That is what you get when women of all ages come together and share.
With the conclusion of the CSW 59 events this year, WFWP USA is very hopeful for the future, as we connect and expose our local foundation and the next generation of young women to global affairs. This year we were able to witness the beginning of this paradigm shift as it takes on more substance, with more men supporting women and with women of all ages, especially young women, getting involved and being heard. Action steps toward real and lasting peace are developing. There's no turning back now.
Welcome to our new WFWP USA newsletter - with a new format and new title!!
We felt it was a good moment in time to "upgrade" ourselves, which happens to coincide with the Chinese New Year (lunar calendar) on February 19. So Happy New Year again!
This February issue of the Logic of Love News also contains new types of articles and welcomes our new vice president, Katarina Connery, who was appointed by our founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, to be groomed as the future president of WFWP USA (see her profile and article below). We wholeheartedly welcome her to our WFWP USA team. She will be joining our current, seasoned vice president, Juanita Pierre-Louis, who will remain in her role as well.
As we celebrate Black History Month here in the United States and are gearing up for the upcoming 59th session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) events in New York City, during Women's History Month in April, it occurred to me that there is actually a deep connection between women and blacks here in America. Not only do women and blacks share a history of suffering, abuse, and disempowerment (which continues to this day in many countries), but they also share amazing strengths that they can bring to the table at this time to contribute to making peace a lasting reality.
To make that point more clear, I would like to highlight the article below on the Ubuntu culture throughout Africa, the motherland of African-Americans. This culture, which is based on a consciousness of all human beings being interconnected, is expressed in the simple phrase, "I am because of you." This is a mindset that also comes naturally especially to women and mothers, whose brains are already "wired" to see connectedness rather than division. And it is that very God-given gift, or Ubuntu way of thinking and acting, that I and WFWP feel is needed at this time for women and blacks to contribute in all aspects of life, especially in areas of conflict, in order to bring lasting solutions to our social ills.
Only when I see that your problem is "my" problem, and that we are in this together, and think what I can do to help you, instead of accusing you for your problem, can we find healing and inner peace.
This is a call to all women and mothers to bring that voice of Ubuntu to the table wherever we are and in whatever we do, as we continue to "Live by the Logic of Love."
Happy New Year 2015!
January is the month in which we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is inspiring how Dr. King's philosophy of peace and reconciliation resonates so perfectly with WFWP's ongoing motto, "Living by the Logic of Love." Therefore, at the beginning of every year we are very happy to celebrate the thought, vision, and accomplishments of this champion of peace -- especially since this process has not been completed yet. Agreed?
While this new year is already well on its way, we here at WFWP USA are still in the mode of planning, goal setting, strategizing, and organizing for the next level of development of our organization.
It promises to be an exciting year as we teach the ropes to our newly appointed vice president, Mrs. Katarina Connery, and the next generation of young woman leaders. Welcome again!
Just to clarify as we train and raise our next generation, we in the more "seasoned" generation are not retiring or stepping down as woman leaders. Mrs. Juanita Pierre-Louis will continue as the current vice president, and we all, younger and older ladies, will work the vision TOGETHER. Indeed, in this way we are EXPANDING our foundation.
As an inspiration for this month and new year, I recommend to take a hint from the members of our Colordao Chapter, who began this year with laughter (see article below)! I hope you enjoy all of the articles in this issue, as well as a detailed overview and summary of last year's amazing activities and efforts by our local chapters!
We noticed that last year, more than in the previous year, all chapters collaborated and networked with other organizations.
GROWTH on all levels is our theme for 2015, and in order to accomplish that, we want to keep in mind an attitude of "uplift-upgrade-collaborate" in whatever we do, as the fuel to boost ourselves to a higher level.
Best wishes for a successful year!