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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.

Dear Friends,

Happy March and happy Women's History Month!

As spring is undoubtedly making its way throughout the country (though occasionally being interrupted by snow and cold temperatures here and there), we in WFWP USA feel that spring has fully arrived on many levels.

There was a "new spirit" felt at this year's WFWP International parallel events at the CSW59 convocation (the 59th annual session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women) in New York, of which WFWP USA was one of the co-sponsors. A young and fresh spirit was felt through the presence of the excellent young women panelists and the participation of local high school students. The latter were invited by WFWP, were exposed to this setting for the first time, and learned a lot.

Our dynamic young international president, Professor Yeon Ah Moon, who spent the entire week attending UN-related sessions and activities, inspired the women at the WFWP Luncheon with her welcoming remarks. As she quoted our founder's original vision for WFWP at length, we could see and feel that this very vision is now beginning to manifest right in front of our eyes and around us! It gave us a feeling of great hope and joy indeed! "What a Blessing" it is to be a Woman, as our Washington DC chairwoman expressed in her poem, especially to be a woman at this time.

In this issue of the Logic of Love News--as well as in the April issue--we will feature articles, reflections and speeches pertaining to the
WFWP International parallel events at CSW 59, and we hope you enjoy them!

During the month of April, WFWP USA is having a membership drive, and we invite you to Spring into Action by inviting another young or "experienced" woman, or even your husband, brother, or son, to join WFWP as a paying member.

Spring also reminds us to "Spring into Action," which includes doing our spring cleaning, not only of our homes and offices but of our body and spirit; doing our shaping up with physical exercise; and catching up on education, reading, training ourselves, stretching our minds, and dreaming big. All of these will make for us a strong recharge and a springing into action! Let's celebrate Spring; and I celebrate YOU!

So let us Spring Forward together!

Warmly,
Angelika

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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

WFWP USA Staff with the Young ParticipantsWFWP USA Staff with the Young ParticipantsWith 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."

Warmly,
Angelika

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January 31st, 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

Dear Friends,

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!

With love,

Angelika

December 27th, 2014

End of Year Message

Dear Friends,

As this year is coming to a close, I would like to THANK YOU for your ongoing support and loyalty to Women's Federation for World Peace USA!

I already mentioned in our previous E-News that we have had much to be grateful for in 2014 in terms of many new developments with our younger generation, service to areas of need like the Philippines, and much more. To give you a preview of what might come next year, I would like to share with you a bit about our end-of-the-year board meeting.

This year's second annual national board meeting, which was held in New York City at our WFWP USA headquarters, was filled with a new kind of energy and excitement. Our board members gathered in a beautifully seasonally decorated conference room on November 22 to review this year and make plans for next year. We also welcomed a new younger generation member to the board, Teresa Ferrete, who had assisted WFWP as the events coordinator for this year's 22nd national assembly.

Overall, we were grateful that nearly all the goals and objectives for 2014 had been fulfilled. Yet when it came to the "brainstorming session," under the youthful and innovative facilitation of Ms. Ferrete, we filled six single-spaced sheets with ideas for 2015!! Clearly, this will be a year of growth! Therefore, we decided that the theme for WFWP USA in 2015 will be "GROWTH"! That is, growth on ALL levels -- personally, spiritually, service, expansion of activities, membership, and new circles of friends.

Once a young person asked me what is the one emotion that WFWP can be described by or should be known for? Without hesitation I answered simply, JOY!

We therefore invite you to continue the partnership, sponsorship, and fellowship with us in this coming year, which promises to be a year of great adventure, with new horizons, positive change, and fulfillment.

Here's to a Happy 2015!

Warmly,
Angelika

Dear Friends,

It's the season to be grateful. And as we enter the holiday season and I have time to reflect on this year's activities, I do feel much gratitude and hope. Why? Because throughout this issue of our newsletter, I can feel the passion, commitment, and soul that motivate and drive the women, mothers, and young women of WFWP to do what they are doing.

We are also very grateful for a most amazing 22nd anniversary National Assembly this year in Washington, D.C., which drew some 40 young women, including students. Their spirit brought a special energy and excitement, and our seasoned women emanated a spirit of wisdom, warmth, grace, and beauty. Love carried the event throughout, as the many diverse speakers shared deep nuggets of wisdom with the audience, especially 15-year-old speaker Victoria Pannell (please read her speech on the website). Victoria answered the question of a 12-year-old girl, who was attending the assembly with her mother, on how she could get motivated to become involved in peacemaking.

Inspired by this experience at our assembly, our WFWP USA national board members decided in a recent meeting to open up membership to younger age groups, starting even from middle school, with the permission of their parents. We all could see the value of starting young ladies off at an earlier age to aspire to do great things with their lives.

We also launched a year-end membership drive -- and we invite you to join us! If you feel grateful to WFWP for the work we have been pursuing, we invite you to become a dues-paying member or to offer a gift membership to a friend or another member of your family. Men are also members of WFWP, and more women-supporting men are most welcome!

Wishing you a most wonderful Thanksgiving season!

With love,
Angelika

October 24th, 2014

President's Corner from October '14

Dear Friend,

As we prepare for this year's 22nd anniversary National Assembly, you might wonder what WFWP is up to with our efforts and activities. What are we trying to accomplish?

Simply said, it is to empower young women to become leaders for peace and to empower older women and mothers to help raise this new crop of peace leaders! In order for peace to become real and not only a dream or concept, we seek to raise young women - and young men - who begin by humbly serving others and sincerely and genuinely caring about others.

Therefore, we precede our national conference with a Day of Service. Great people and beloved leaders are those who humbly serve instead of insisting on their power and position. In the spirit of John F. Kennedy, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country!"

We all are still in the process of learning that kind of leadership, and history has not many such selfless leaders to show. Thus, the title of our Assembly, for the second year now, is: "LEARN TO LEAD," as all of us need to acquire new skills of leadership motivated and based on the heart rather than the head.

With that heart and mindset, we seek to find innovative and creative solutions to our society's most serious ills, and replace old paradigms that cause hurt with those that bring about love and harmony.

Will you join us in this process?

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September 29th, 2014

President's Corner from September '14

Dear Friend,

"Transformed and energized" is the feeling I get when reading through each and every article in this month's edition of our E-news.

Please do take the time to carefully read through all of them to see and feel for yourself how the women and mothers of WFWP are making an impact in your community and in the lives of those whom they touch. We are therefore truly grateful for your ongoing patronage and support, which makes all of WFWP's activities possible. In this regard, please consider stepping up your level of membership and increasing your level of giving! :)

The latest, most exciting and hopeful news is that WFWP USA last month launched a young women's chapter in Bridgeport, Connecticut, initiated by Mrs. Lena Yasutake, a mother of three, a teacher and also a Board member of WFWP! We hope that it will be a catalyst for the development of an entire young women's component in the near future.

It is therefore with great anticipation that we are preparing for and looking forward to this year's 22nd Anniversary National Assembly here in the nation's capital, which will be geared toward both young women and seasoned women and mothers becoming young and energized again. As mentioned in our recent seminar, "Women's and Mothers' Role to Save America," each woman has an important role to play to change the tide for the better.

The main assembly will take place on Saturday, October 25 at the Washington Times building. Our theme of "Learn to Lead" continues, with this year's focus being on "From Local to Global - Leading with Heart." We will learn from seasoned women leaders, hear from our local chapters, show and tell what works, network, heal and reconcile, and celebrate and honor one another. The assembly will be preceded by a Day of Service in Washington, D.C. on October 23. Like last year, students and teachers will come together to serve the D.C. community in several projects of beautification and cleaning, since leadership begins with service.

I would like to invite you as our friend and patron to join in with your daughters, daughters-in-law, mothers, husbands and friends. To register now, please visit our website, www.wfwp.us.
Happy autumn!

With love,
Angelika

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August 31st, 2014

President's Corner from July '14

Dear Friend,

All of July and a few days into August were marked by continued involvement by WFWP USA around the country in the God's Hope for America Bus Tour.

During that time period, our chapters nationwide engaged in a variety of new activities, and more than at any other time co-sponsored and collaborated with our sister organizations, such as the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), the American Clergy Leadership Conference, and CARP, a student organization devoted to promoting healthy values. Our articles in this issue reflect the productive outcomes of these efforts.

In Chicago, UPF and WFWP USA held an American Leadership Conference entitled "God's Hope for America: Righting a Nation Back to Its Providence." On Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., WFWP USA joined the other organizations in a celebration of National Parents' Day 2014. And then, at the annual CARP National Convention, we shared with the next generation of college students at the University of Maryland campus about good social etiquette and proper dressing for workplace and career.

Also, we launched a new type of WFWP seminar in Maryland along the lines of "America Is God's Hope, and So Are You," introducing and discussing practical tools for peacemaking-beginning with ourselves-that are derived from the philosophy undergirding our organization.

Those "Principles of Peace" are summed up in WFWP's Motto, "Living by the Logic of Love." And living by this logic means actually putting it into PRACTICE, centering on our Creator.

Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, our founder, also exhorted prominent Ambassadors for Peace and heads of state at her recent World Summit in Korea-and also on the occasion of the second memorial service marking the passing of her husband, the late Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon-with a similar message. Her theme was "FORGIVE - LOVE - UNITE." Dr. Moon encouraged all present to continue to practice the legacy of "Living for the Sake of Others" that she and her husband had begun and lived by in order to make world peace a substantial reality. (More on that in the next e-news.)

There will be a similar memorial service held for Rev. Moon here in the United States on September 20 in New York City (details to be announced).

As summer is winding down and school is starting, WFWP USA is also gearing up for our 22nd Anniversary Assembly, which will be held in the nation's capital on Saturday, October 25 (main event) entitled, "LEARN TO LEAD - From Local to Global - Leading With Heart."

Here's hoping you enjoy the rest of the summer!

With love,
Angelika

 

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July 27th, 2014

Reflections on "Independence"

Though we just celebrated our nation's 238th Independence Day in this month of July, our nation might be "independent" from the "Old World" but is still enslaved by overwhelming issues. The Chicago Tribune in one edition called this month's events, "The Crises (plural) of July 2014"! In that same edition, the newspaper reported that during the weekend of July 4 alone 80 people were shot or murdered in Chicago. That same edition also reported that the Freedom from Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wisconsin, announced giving the "Nothing Fails Like Prayer Award" to the person who gives the best secular invocation not referring to a Supreme Being but to human values alone.

If we would ever wonder what is the real reason for the rapid decline and weakening of America, herein lies the deep-seated root of our problems! Some 40 years ago, our WFWP founders came to this country to ring the warning bell on this very point, urging America to invite God back into our homes, schools and all institutions, making God and godly principles their point of reference in all their decision-making. In the speech "America Is God's Hope," delivered at Yankee Stadium in 1976, they clearly stated that only when that happens will we find solutions to our problems!

What does this have to do with WFWP? I believe everything!

It is especially women and mothers of conscience and faith who are needed at this time to assist in redirecting our nation to its original founding principles. Mothers, let us pray for and with our families, husbands and children, and our communities and re-instill those principles in them, especially in the next generation. Let us instill in them once again the urge to live by the "Golden Rule," being kind, respectful, responsible, modest, considerate of others-and most of all being accountable to the One Supreme Being, our Creator, who has so blessed America.

Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America, said it so well: "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." He also wrote, "Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith." Such thoughts have been the pillars of America for the past two hundred and more years, though they've been corroding for the past five decades.

At the most recent God's Hope for America banquet here in Washington, D.C., one of the speakers, Mrs. Dottie Chicquelo, of Native and African-American descent remarked, "We have a lot of work to do."

WFWP USA, as a nonpolitical and nonpartisan, international, and interreligious organization, is committing ourselves now more than ever to putting our founders' vision and message into action. (Please read, "The Hope of Humanity Comes from Mothers," at www.wfwp.us/founders-words.) Their message was prophetic at the time and today can serve as a guideline to resolve our social ills and thus bring about true independence.

You can make a difference wherever you are-saying a good word, lending a helping hand, a smile of encouragement to your husband and children, and more-as you follow the prompting of your heart. It will make your summer the more meaningful and help our country to once again rise to its original founding.

Please enjoy the articles in this issue!

With love,
Angelika

 

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