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Angelika Selle

Angelika Selle

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 finally happened: A very long-awaited trip to Ukraine.

For the past five years, each year, Mrs.Tatiana Kotseba, the President of WFWP in Ukraine had been inviting me to speak at their annual WFWP anniversary conference; and every single year, I couldn’t go for one reason or another.

At last, this year, the stars were aligned, and I made my way to Kiev, arriving on April 26, which marked the 50th anniversary of the Chernobyl incident. It turned out to be the perfect time to visit Ukraine, as most of the country was in the full bloom of springtime, and was celebrating Orthodox Easter Week and Easter Sunday.

A small delegation of WFWP leaders welcomed me at the Kiev airport with a bouquet of roses, and brought me to our beautiful quarters a bit outside of the city of Kiev--or Kyiv in Ukrainian.

The next day, April 27, WFWP Ukraine held an educational roundtable event in collaboration with City Hall. Thirty-five women leaders and CEO's gathered around a very long conference table at City Hall, to share and discuss the topic of "Women, Peace, and Security." It was the fourth roundtable discussion of its kind, and included international representatives of WFWP from the USA, Japan, the United Kingdom, Belarus, and Austria.

Round-table at City HallRound-table at City Hall

In my 10-minute presentation, which was translated paragraph by paragraph, I highlighted the 1325 UN resolution that states that it is beneficial to have women at the negotiation table in matters of war; since they gave birth to and will lose those who are fighting each other. I also compared the relationship between men and women in the US which is on a more equal footing, more like a team, when compared with the traditional one in Ukraine. Notwithstanding, however, the additional fact that in the US the healthy family unit is falling apart and gender confusion is on the rise.

Other presentations talked about the issue of women still not having a voice in decision-making in Ukraine, and being the ones who always need to carry the results of war, poverty, and with little or no support. One presenter especially “unloaded her heart on this issue,” and I could feel the deep pain that Ukrainian women feel, waiting and hoping for “liberation.”

WFWP President Tatiana then highlighted WFWP’s vision and focus on strengthening the family as the “School of Love and Peace.” She pointed out that the family in Ukraine has also undergone many changes and is no longer the stronghold of society that it used to be.

A lot of the weakening of the family has to do with the ongoing wars and fights for independence that Ukraine has been involved in over the years under Communism. The women in Ukraine have for decades had to fend for themselves and their children, since their men went either to war or were involved in other independence-driven, dangerous activities where they lost their lives. As always the women and mothers have had to deal with their children, without support and living in poverty as a result.

Unfortunately, it is clear that the Ukrainian traditional culture is very much intact, which means that women still don’t have much of a voice; yet I experienced that internally they are very strong and have very deep hearts.

The highlight of the visit was the 9th National Anniversary Conference of WFWP in Ukraine, which took place the following day, on April 28, at one of the largest Universities in Ukraine, the Kiev University of Borys Grinchenka. The conference brought together around 500 women and also men from different parts of the country.

Among them were representatives of the Ministry of Social Policy, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Defense, city administrators, public organizations, embassies, Universities rectors, school principals and teachers, artists, scientists, and many other dignitaries and women leaders.

Anna Kalmatskaya, WFWP Secretary-General, described the event briefly, as follows:

“Prior to the event a national TV channel interviewed [WFWP] USA President and International Vice-President, Angelika Selle, Ukrainian WFWP President Tatiana Kotseba as well as famous Ukrainian woman artist. In addition, two All-Ukrainian and three local newspapers highlighted the event.

“One hour before the conference, special guests and international representatives partook in a tea reception in a special VIP room, while others enjoyed the music of the military Lyceum orchestra, which was playing outside the building and attracted many onlookers.

“The conference began with a WFWP video report, welcoming words from the Vice-Director of Grinchenka University and also from a vice-chairman of children’s rights department of the Ministry of Social Policy. Mrs. Angelika Selle – WFWP USA president and Mrs. Tina Coombs, member of the European WFWP board, spoke on behalf of WFWP International and WFWP Europe. President of WFWP Ukraine Mrs. Tatiana Kotseba based her speech on the Founder’s words, emphasizing the importance of family, centered on universal values.”

My 20-minute presentation covered the main topic: “What are Universal Values, and why we need them to achieve global peace and harmony.” I highlighted three values, which also reflect the values of our organization and are important for leadership of peace:

  1. Integrity
  2. Living for the Sake of Others
  3. Service

When practiced, these values have the potential to create a plateau for real change for the better in both of our nations.

A very strong focus of festivities was the award-giving ceremony which honored and highlighted ordinary women who had accomplished extraordinary things, as well as women leaders who have made great impact in their field of influence.

Among the awardees was the mother of a Ukrainian pilot hero, Nadiya Savchenko, who received the “Woman-Patriot Mother” award; an 81-year-old world legend of gymnastics, Mrs. Albina Deriugina became “Woman Coach Nominee;” and the head of the biggest All-Ukrainian charity foundation on IDP (internally displaced persons) issues received the “Woman Public Figure” award. Seven other wonderful ladies became “Woman-veterans”, “Woman-journalist”, “Woman-teacher”, “Woman-mother of many children”, “Woman-doctor”, and the “Woman-artist” honorees. The conference also included award winners of the children's literature competition entitled: “My mother is the best”, initiated by WFWP Ukraine.

The award ceremonies and speeches were interspersed with lively Ukrainian music, performed by dance group and a group of Kazaks.

In spite of the language barrier (I don’t speak or understand Ukrainian), I felt a natural and strong affinity with the Ukrainian women and mothers, whose deep hearts, souls, and inner strength were exuding from them.

Seeds of love and connection were sown through these moments of sharing, as well as later when leaders of WFWP met together and shared about each other’s vision, goals, and ways of working.

It was a very fruitful cross pollination, and all committed to building on this new-found friendship. Heart to heart connections were established on many levels; even after the events, when our international delegation had the opportunity to go sightseeing and visit historic and beautiful sites that reminded us of the deep spiritual but also painful history of Kiev and Ukraine. On Easter Sunday the city was enveloped not only in beautiful sunshine, but there was an atmosphere of holiness and joy everywhere.

Traditional Easter bread that had been baked the night before and was sanctified by the priest in the early morning hours, was shared everywhere in the homes and in the restaurants for free, as well as colorfully painted and decorated Easter eggs.

We ended our visit with an Easter dinner, enjoying Ukrainian borscht and other tasty dishes. Most of all we all felt we had become closer in heart as friends and distant family, and committed to stay in touch and in good collaboration for our common goals.

After all I thought; the U-nited States and U-kraine, both begin with the letter “U;” and if we put the two together, we have a “W,” a “We.” So, together, WE can do it!

This is my fourth year in a row representing WFWP USA at the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) events in New York City. Each year it is quite an experience when thousands of women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds from around the world, representing their countries, organizations, and causes, descend on New York City and the UN to participate in discussions at CSW events.

As you might know, this year's annual topic is “Women Empowered to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).” This title in and of itself gave me a lot of hope for actual progress in solving issues rather than just talking about them. And indeed there is a lot of evidence and hope that this will happen this year.

What I noted immediately at the Opening Session of Consultation Day, as well as at the General Assembly on the following day, was that there was a significantly higher number of young women present—and men (mostly young)! This became more noticeable to me during my lunch break at the UN cafeteria, where there was a gentleman sitting at nearly every other table with a group of women, involved in conversation. The increased number of young men and women was partially attributed to the newly launched Youth UN component, which held its first forum on the 11th and 12th of March.

 General Assembly opening session of CSW events at the UN, March 14, 2016 General Assembly opening session of CSW events at the UN, March 14, 2016

Overall this year, there seems to be a more upbeat, more hopeful spirit present, which was confirmed and expressed by Susan O’Malley, Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in New York and of the International Federation of Businesses and Professional Women (IFBPW), in her welcoming remarks on Consultation Day. “During these next two weeks,” she said, “we will be focusing on implementing the SDG goals, as well as addressing pressing problems.”

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, highlighted that the focus for this year would be the implementation of the resolutions concerning violence against women and children through a universal approach. “Institutions that are well resourced,” she emphasized, “have the most influence in helping those who need help.”

Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Later in the morning during the panel discussion focusing on the theme “No One Left Behind: Opportunities and Constraints in Implementing the 2030 Agenda,” Mrs. Ngcuka suggested that to implement these very hopeful goals we “need to start at the back.” She encouraged us to also begin with data collection, to document the work being done. She noted also that the new Youth CSW and the “multi-generational cooperation will be an integral part of the decisions we make.”

H.E. Ambassador Antonio de Agular Patriota, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Brazil and Bureau Chair of the CSW, also spoke. “Unless we place gender equality at the center of the focus of our program,” he said, “we will not be able to erase poverty.” The commission, he also pointed out, “needs to expose shortcomings and build new alliances.” He encouraged everyone to include the private sector and to engage the philanthropic community and all stakeholders.

Mrs. Ngcuka, who was also part of the panel, again emphasized the importance of securing resources. She suggested making a case to donors for funding by highlighting that “investing in women will give us all higher benefits.”

The motherly essence of women shines outThe motherly essence of women shines out

Another panelist, Mrs. Saida Ali, International Policy Consultant, shared some of the very painful stories of sexual slavery she witnessed in her country of Kenya. She pointed out that most people don’t know the meaning of the necklaces some young girls are wearing. She said, “When young women wear the beautiful African pearls, it actually means that they are available for sexual abuse.” Therefore, “let’s not philosophize about why these things happen, but let’s talk about what we can do so it will not happen in the first place.” She called for insisting on and promoting accountability of actions. She ended by saying that she herself attempts to visualize and meditate on what a society of non-discrimination would look like, and encouraged all present to do the same.

Mrs. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the UN and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, declared CSW60 2016 to be “the biggest year of hope, endeavor, and achievement.” She said the CSW efforts have come to a very “promising point,” poised to leave the wrong behind and to capitalize on the positive in all discussions. Based on the UN’s very hopeful 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Puri felt that women will be able to accelerate their momentum and create a new model within a generation.

On a personal note, as I was sitting in the audience in the YMCA auditorium (where some of the CSW60 events were held), surrounded by a great variety of women, I could feel the deep-down inner feminine and motherly essence that all women carry, which is the essence of birthing humanity, the force of giving and nurturing life. I felt hopeful because women during these past years have been talking here at the UN about “real situations” and have not been shy to express the pain and suffering that women have been enduring throughout history—suffering that is still not acknowledged to the necessary degree. However, it was also amazing for me to realize that it will have to be the women who take the lead to end that suffering and to provide real and practical solutions for a sustainably peaceful world without violence and hate, using their own creative resources and inner wisdom gained over centuries and millennia. Quite remarkable!

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki​-moon at the Opening SessionUN Secretary-General Ban Ki​-moon at the Opening Session

This year’s second Women of Distinction Awardee, Bandana Rana from Nepal, who was introduced and welcomed warmly, echoed many of the points mentioned earlier and added that the importance of “movement building” and the collective energy of all women “will make a difference.” She also said that UN Women needs power and resources and that we need to work on changing the minds of the men “in the house,” because “we need men to join us!”

On the following day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s address began with words of encouragement and hope: “I feel truly inspired. You empower me and I am energized by your energy and strength. I thank you very much. You are here to change the world. When I see all of you—from so many different countries, with so much experience and such strong commitment—I know we can achieve full equality for all women, everywhere around the world.”

Concerning men's involvement with and support of women in their plight, he mentioned his own example:

“I was proud to be the first man to sign up for the HeForShe campaign to mobilize men and boys. This built on my network of men leaders fighting for full equality around the world. ... I pay tribute to the thousands of heroines I have met along the way. And I commend the men who join us, because they know women’s rights are human rights that we secure for the benefit of everyone.”

He went on to highlight the many attempts he has made and steps he himself has taken to promote the cause of women, ending with introducing the latest step he has taken to address the prevention of violence against women and girls.

He said: “The new United Nations Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism sets out specific proposals to give women more influence in the global response. And the Plan calls for ensuring that efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism never violate any human rights. When we stay true to our principles, we stay on the right side of history and the winning side on this issue. As long as one woman’s human rights are violated, our struggle is not over.”

As I attended other sessions that day, words and phrases like “accountability,” “implementation,” “the how to,” and “collaboration and movement building” were surfacing in nearly all sessions.

It is comforting and hopeful to see the head of the UN supporting the cause of women, and when men do stand up and speak up for women and girls, and for all other issues on the table, together we can make a difference!

In reflecting on and observing these hopeful beginnings of the CSW60, I believe that the real hope is in the increasing number of men who are concerned and are getting involved to alleviate the plight of women!

I would like to end with a quote from Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, our WFWP Co-Founder, who addressed over 1,000 women in 2012 on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of WFWP International in a speech entitled “Women as the Turning Point for Peace.”

She said: “Now women and men should play a major role in world history by serving alongside each other like the wheels of a great engine pulling the construction of a peaceful world forward. Today I invited women to accept an important role and become the turning point in building a new century characterized by a loving peaceful culture.”

Dear Friends and Esteemed Supporters of WFWP,

We trust that you have had wonderful Holidays thus far, as this eventful year 2015 quickly draws to a close. It seems like the earth is spinning faster these days!

2015 definitely was a year of new energy and progress, perfectly reflecting our theme for this year (GROWTH - Uplift, Upgrade, and Collaborate), which has manifested on many levels. This was mostly made possible through our young, new women leaders at our headquarters, administrator Kiyomi Schmidt and newly appointed Vice President Katarina Connery, as well as young women leaders on our national Board and in some of our chapters nationwide.

Congratulations to Mrs. Connery also on becoming a mother during this month of December, having giving birth to a wonderful baby boy, Mathew William Connery! To both father and mother Connery, best of luck and much happiness!

There were many highlights to note regarding activities throughout the year in our local chapters (see the summation by category below), which were all recorded in this year's Logic of Love e-newsletter!
A big THANK YOU to all our chairwomen and co-chairwomen nationwide for their vision, consistency, and labors of love in making an impact in their communities. And a big THANK YOU to all our subscribers and supporters, who through your contributions make it possible for WFWP USA to continue making a difference!

Looking forward into 2016, we would like to share with all of you our new motto and focus:"Compassionate, Sustainable Leadership"!

Given the state our world is in at this moment, we need a different type of leadership, from the inside out, motivated by heart, governed by principles of integrity and character, and inspired by creativity and spirituality.

WFWP will seek to provide education and mentorship in these areas, especially for young women. We will seek funding for it, and hope for and will be humbled by your continued support.
Wishing you a wonderful, reflective, and peaceful end of this year, and a most energetic, hopeful, and adventurous 2016!

The key is to be completely open and ready, to see with new eyes, and to give yourself and others a new chance!

Here's to an awesome 2016!!
With love,
Angelika

Dear Friends,

This year's Women's Federation for World Peace 23rd anniversary National Assembly, October 22-24, which also marked the 20th anniversary of WFWP's flagship Bridge of Peace project, to me and to all of us was like a big gift basket overflowing with lots of goodies - rich and nourishing offering healing fruits and foods, including much food for thought.

There was fruit in terms of seeing our Founder's vision in action and substance, a vision which over the last two decades countless women have been laboring for, sacrificing for and investing into! It was a great celebration. It felt like a reunion, as we had with us our first and second Presidents of WFWP here in the United States, Mrs. Nora Spurgin and Mrs. Alexa Ward, as well as many other women who had helped lay the foundation for this wonderful organization.

At the same time, we saw young women and students stepping forward to assist with the Assembly in the spirit of "learning how to lead" and "practicing leadership through service." This year, our annual Day of Service in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of Senior Vice President Juanita Pierre-Louis, drew more students and more excited involvement from the D.C.-area community than ever before. One enthusiastic fourth-grader, for example, told us he discovered, "Service is cool!" In the end, it was "teamwork that made the dream work," as Minister Chi Mauuso, our program director for the Day of Service, always says.

Please enjoy the articles, photos, and video that you can access by following links to the WFWP USA website; and thank you for your support! I believe you will find that each article in this autumn edition of the Logic of Love News contains much food for thought and many nuggets of wisdom that emerged from activities around the country on topics ranging from how to make peace sustainable, women's leadership and racial reconciliation to pointers for daily life success.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Season! Indeed, there is so much to be grateful for!

Warmly,
Angelika

August 30 marked the third consecutive year that hundreds of leaders, some heads of state, public officials and international ambassadors gathered together with thousands of friends and members of the Unification Movement, at the Cheongshim Stadium outside of Seoul, Korea, to bid a final farewell to Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, who, with his wife, co-founded WFWP on April 10, 1992.

The main ceremony was conducted by his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who has for the last three years faithfully offered public devotions for her husband, as is traditional in Korean culture. During that time she also has proven herself to be a leader in her own right to lead the worldwide movement in spite of her inner pain and the loss of her husband, encouraging everyone that "There is no stopping!" to carry on her husband's legacy of peace.

Many other events occurred throughout the week both before and after the commemorative ceremony, including the World Peace Summit, co-sponsored by WFWP International and the Universal Peace Federation (a special report will be forthcoming), to multiple leadership assemblies, sports activities, and gatherings for the youth. There was also time for groups here and there to come together and share fond memories of Father Moon.

Mrs. Selle with Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate Mr. Gupta and wifeMrs. Selle with Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate Mr. Gupta and wife

I would like to note that during these last three years of great challenges and mourning, Mother Moon has been working very hard to complete and put the finishing touches on several projects Father Moon had begun; such as completing the construction of the International Peace Education Center (IPEC) in Las Vegas, publishing three volumes of speeches and speech excerpts containing the essence of their philosophy of peace; establishing a strong youth leadership component, and so much more. Through all this, Mother Moon has been able to create a foundation of her own, through her own leadership style, showing herself to be a capable and noteworthy woman leader and an example for other women to follow.

In fact, Mother Moon's special touch, deep thought, and warm heart was felt in every single event, and great joy and hope filled the air! We are indeed very proud of her!

As we all bid our final farewells to Father Moon, his legacy, which was undoubtedly divinely inspired, continues to live on in all who resonate with the same vision and heart and all who are willing to invest themselves wholeheartedly to see its fulfillment.

Dear Friends,

 

I hope your summer has been going well!

Transitions and Leadership are the two words that come to mind when I think about what WFWP USA has been experiencing over the last few months--and also in our most recent annual chairwomen's retreat. The retreat / leadership training was an intergenerational effort from beginning to end and drew 50 ladies, from ages 17 to 70. Together we discussed--and experienced--this year's theme, "GROWTH - Uplift, Upgrade, Collaborate" (see article below).

Transitions and growth are occurring as new and younger women are stepping forward to take leadership in various WFWP chapters. As this happens, the more seasoned and experienced ladies are taking on the role of mentors and are now able to move on to other areas of their passion (we will have more information on this in subsequent newsletters).

Also I would like to introduce and welcome our new national membership coordinator, Pam Stein, who will assist in the growth of our national organization and each chapter thereof. Welcome, Pam!

Transitions and growth are also reflected and noted on a more personal and spiritual level in some articles in this August issue, as leadership always involves self-reflection, self-change, judiciously taking care of "me," and prayer in order to expand our maternal heart and embrace the painful and the unlovable.

As we close this month, we also commemorate the third anniversary of the passing of our co-founder, the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon. It will be marked in Korea and elsewhere around the world on August 30. Before he passed, he especially encouraged women to play a central role in leading the world to sustainable peace. We thank him for his legacy of love and living for the sake of others, and it is our commitment to expand this now and in the years to come.

Have a great rest of the summer!
Warmly,
Angelika

P.S.--On an entirely different and much more earthy note, don't miss checking out our movie recommendation and a delicious recipe for meat loaf!

July 24th, 2015

President's Corner July 2015

Dear Friends,

July has been a most "hot" month for our country this year. One of the very "hot" topics undoubtedly has been, and still is, the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage.

So I thought I would take this opportunity to let you know where WFWP stands on this topic. As it says in our Statement of Beliefs, number 3:

"We promote healthy and virtuous relationships within the family between husband and wife, parents and children, and extended-family members, and we educate and nurture young women to develop a character of internal and external excellence."

This is to note that we don't discriminate against or wish any ill towards homosexuals, who have often been treated shamefully, even by people of faith and in the name of religion. In fact, we affirm the dignity and value of every individual as a son or daughter of the Divine Origin.

It has been the core philosophy of our Founders that the family unit, consisting of one man and one woman who commit to one another for life, is the basis for a happy and peaceful society, nation, and world. This philosophy has been the basis for all of WFWP's programs, activities, and projects locally and internationally for the last 20-plus years. We also promote the key role that women play for peace in such families, and also in the "extended family"--that is, their communities and societies--by using their unique gifts and talents and their "mother's heart" to bring their reconciliatory voice and insights to the table.

WFWP's signature project, the Bridge of Peace, is one expression of women's efforts to pave the way to "live by the logic of love" and reconcile former enemies. These Bridge of Peace ceremonies continue regularly here in the United States (see below) and worldwide and have great impact.

Notwithstanding the great impact of the Bridge of Peace, however; WFWP's Founders' interracial and intercultural Marriage Blessing is of even greater significance. In the Marriage Blessing, men and women of former enemy nations come together in holy matrimony, which provides the real cement for healing former enemy relationships. It is quite a revolutionary and innovative approach to create not only lasting marriage relationships but also a substantial foundation for sustainable peace.

Leaving you with this "food for thought," I wish you happy reading of this month's edition of the Logic of Love and a Happy Summer!

Warmly,
Angelika

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June 26th, 2015

Happy Father's Day

Dear Friends,

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL FATHERS!

On this year's Father's Day, we have a lot to reflect on...

Looking over this June issue, it is filled with important content, as WFWP USA is speaking out from the heart on the recent shootings in South Carolina, challenging ourselves to increase our work for peace and reconciliation.

During this fathers' month we also acknowledge and honor the father and Co-Founder of WFWP, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, who deeply understood and supported the value and role of women and mothers as peacemakers and peace leaders, together with their husbands. You will find some of his quotes below in the editorial.

Also hear from a young father, our very own WFWP USA webmaster, Michael Hentrich, how his life has been touched by his family and by being on the inside of WFWP.

We congratulate our chairwoman and mother in Minnesota, Jeannette Henry, for completing her Master's Degree in Religious Studies. Don't miss reading her story and her findings on "Women as Peacemakers: A Prerequisite for Sustainable Peace."

WFWP USA is very hopeful despite all the challenges America is facing, because we see true faith, forgiveness, and love of the enemy being practiced in the face of deep pain, as the congregants of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston are doing, and as are other men and women who still believe in and strive for goodness in this country.

Let us join together in faith and action to turn the tide!

Warmly,

Angelika
President

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May 28th, 2015

May 2015 Message

Dear Friend,

"History is calling for reconciliation, service and sacrifice. Today's problems cannot be solved by the logic of power. Today's problems can only be solved by the Logic of Love."

These profound words of our Founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, have never rung more true than now.

As we honor our mothers during this month of May, we realize that a mother's heart is so desperately needed to address, heal and resolve the world's problems, be it to assist the victims of the earthquakes in Nepal, and recently again that in the Philippines, or taking our children off the streets and out of harm's way, as Mother Graham did her son during the Baltimore riots. Words cannot resolve situations like these, only actions, motivated and initiated straight from the heart.

Our founder is leading us with that kind of heart in all she is doing, such as responding immediately to the Nepal earthquake by sending $1 million there for disaster relief. We thank her also for having given birth to 14 beautiful and accomplished children, each of whom she deeply cares for and loves. And yet her love has always gone far beyond her family, in caring and living for the sake of God and for the sake of all humankind.

We wish Dr. Ha Ja Han Moon and all mothers once again a very happy, happy Mother's Day and that they may continue the legacy of LIVING BY THE LOGIC OF LOVE.

Let your light and the warmth of your motherly heart be felt!

With love,
Angelika

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May 26th, 2015

In Honor of Laura Hornbeck

After more than a decade of leadership based on total service, heart and investment, our chairwoman in Texas, Mrs. Laura Hornbeck is moving on to other areas she is equally passionate about.

During many of the years she was the chairwoman for Texas, Laura also served as the editor of our WFWP online newsletter. Laura is a very gifted and talented writer and editor, and accomplished in working with the media.

She assisted in creating materials for WFWP International for their work with the United Nations and for other international projects.

She is a most kind, gracious, and gifted lady and leader.
We love and congratulate her on her accomplishments over the years. We honor her investment in the Texas WFWP chapter and wish her many blessings and success for her future endeavors.

With deep appreciation,

Angelika and WFWP USA

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