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.
Are you by any chance stressed? Do you feel bogged down with health issues, feel powerless to effect change, or feel trapped physically and emotionally?
In this October issue, you will find many pointers and insights about staying healthy, such as what brought a Cuban woman who lives in New Jersey to be 102 years young! You'll also discover tidbits of wisdom as to what you can do to recreate your own health and feel more empowered!
And did you know that the digestive system reacts based on how you think before you eat, or how you think before you even prepare the food? So health begins in the mind and in our emotions, as Mr. Bochenikov taught in our WFWP health seminar in the Washington, DC, chapter. Therefore, everyone needs emotional healing, and a "miracle of heart and soul," which can occur in many ways, such as through a Bridge of Peace crossing, or through experiencing art, music, and beauty that uplifts our spirit.
Since this month is also Cancer Awareness Month, we are featuring the stirring story of Dr. Sandra Lowen, a cancer survivor -- how after several battles with cancer she has been cancer free for 15 years!
There can't be lasting peace without a healthy mind and healthy body. As someone mentioned at a recent International Peace Day celebration, "Peace Day is every day!" In the same vein, a "health day" is also every day! And healing is available to make that happen.
And did you also know that you can laugh yourself to better health through "laughter Yoga"? You can check it out at our upcoming 24th National Assembly, November 11-13, in Fairfield New Jersey! Yet, there is more than one reason to attend, I would submit at least 7, to uplift, empower and inspire you and for you to be an inspiration to others. (See "Why attend") Hope to see you there!
Enjoy this beautiful month of October, and here's to your health and well-being and to the health and well-being of your family!
But more specifically, why attend? What’s in it for me? Below are seven reasons that personally inspire me:
1. Speakers: Several experts in their fields will share new ideas and challenge us to shift our mind and heart to a new way of thinking. They will be addressing hot issues that are the silent killer of human spirit and dignity and giving practical take-away points, on the topic of compassionate sustainable leadership.
2. Learning and Fun: Through interactive breakout sessions, you can experience laughter yoga, learn how to develop a healthy and happy sex life in marriage, get practical tips on turning your passions into a sustainable project, and so much more.
3. Healing rifts and relationships: Through the Bridge of Peace, open a path to address and resolve current issues and heal the pain and wounds of the past. Learn from those who cross the Bridge the skill of reconciliation and solving issues with intelligence and heart instead of violence.
4. HerStory Award, Veterans Award: We will uplift, celebrate, and honor those who have made a difference by overcoming the odds and making a difference through their outstanding example.
5. Action: WFWP is motivated and propelled forward through a mother’s heart and the Logic of Love which is expressed in a multitude of service and relief projects from the local to the international level reaching out beyond the United States and serving the world. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve,”
6. The Blessing of marriage breakout session and Ceremony will introduce a new way of looking at marriage and provide knowledge and tools to make our marriages last. WFWP USA’s core tenet is that, “Healthy Families are the School of Love and the Foundation for a happy society and world. A healthy family based on morals and ethics will provide fertile ground for leaders of integrity, conscience, and compassion who will care for the greater good more than for themselves.”
7. Your Presence is very important and appreciated, as we TOGETHER will create something new and amazing for everyone. I know that through your presence and contributions, this work for peace will be blessed and will multiply more quickly
What inspires me the most about this year’s assembly is the involvement of the next generation of young women and of our local chairwomen, especially our local New Jersey chapter, in planning and executing this wonderful gathering.
Will you join us there? I sincerely hope so!
What does the word "peace" mean to you?
Each year on September 21, the UN celebrates the International Day of Peace, yet we might wonder what there is to celebrate.
Even right here in the U.S., during this very month dedicated to peace, police shootings of black men continue, as in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, inflaming racial tensions regardless of whether the killings were justified or not.
However, whatever things may look like, the last thing to do now would be to give up on peace!
Earlier this month, I and my husband Bob attended radio talk show host Al Cole's annual "People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards" reception in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. He has been highlighting, uplifting, and endorsing "unsung heroes" in the community from all walks of life (see article below). That evening, his organization bestowed awards on 20 humanitarian leaders from small but effective organizations providing a wide variety of amazing services to people in need.
What Bob and I took away from Al's awards reception was hope in knowing that there is still so much good in the world, and here in the United States, that there are many "unsung heroes" who sacrifice and live for the sake of others, quietly and consistently, and ARE making an impact for the better!
A very stirring and moving moment also took place this month on September 17 when two mothers, representing black and white Americans, respectively, walked across the Bridge of Peace at the Washington Mall next to the U.S. Capitol building as a part of the "America and God's Will" 40th Anniversary celebration. One of the mothers, Elzabieta Byrne, lost her daughter due to murder but was able to forgive the perpetrator and even show compassion and understanding toward his parents.
Closing with inspirational quotes as food for thought:
"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding."
- Albert Einstein
"I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings."
- Mahatma Gandhi
What does "peace" mean to you?