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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.

June 29th, 2014
Dear Friends, Just as America is experiencing quite a bit of hot weather in many places, it seems the whole world is going through some kind of "heat" or a fiery furnace of challenges on many levels. Iraq is boiling with sectarian strife. The slaughter continues in Syria. A war between Christians and Muslims threatens in the Central African Republic -- not to mention Nigeria. Ethnic hatred seethes in the Xinjiang and Tibet areas of China. This is where women, mothers and Women's Federation, with our unique peace-building tool set, could come in like a cooling breeze to quell the heat by providing relief and care, love, healing, encouragement, inspiration, and hope, working and networking with other women from the local to the global level and beyond our own borders. Though this issue of our e-newsletter is a bit late -- and we apologize for that -- it is rich in content, as we witness the loving work of mothers and daughters from California to Chicago to the nation's capital, the UN and also Canada, the Schools of Africa, the Middle East, and Haiti, where our team is currently serving. Our Co-Founders, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon and her husband, the late Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, who was an ardent supporter of women, recognize that women and mothers have innate peacemaking qualities rooted in their role as nurturers and educators of the family and in their natural orientation toward faith. Dr. and Rev. Moon's vision is that all such women are called and needed to use their gifts and talents in all sectors of society to bring about peace, a culture of mutual respect, prosperity, and interdependence -- together with our husbands and in harmony with men. At this time WFWP USA is also supporting a special God's Hope…
May 24th, 2014
Dear Friends, How do you feel about the abduction and sale into sex slavery of the 300 young girls in Nigeria? And would you think for even a moment that a mother or mothers would be able to do such a thing? I do not know any single mother of any culture who would even conceive of taking someone else's children and putting them through a hell like that. ... Therefore as we consider our role as women and mothers, especially at this time in human history, we can clearly see the need for change and positive influence. We might not be able to make a big impact right away on a big level, but we can start right where we are in our own families and communities to raise up a different kind of generation of children and adults who will cherish one another in heart, and value each other's differences in race, religion, and nationality. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in an interview a few years ago, talked about his own mother when he was a little boy. He was riding on her back, and would pull her left ear to steer her left and her right ear to steer her right, and she would cheerfully comply--and she thus made him feel so close and comfortable and safe with her. His mother in India is a very simple woman, with no education. But she gave him a treasure for life! He concluded by saying he felt sad that in today's culture such intimacy between mother and child, or between father and child, has been, more often than not, lost. He therefore called on all women, the simple mother, any mother, to go outside her household into the neighborhood and community and share her simple heart of love with…
April 20th, 2014
Dear Friends, As spring is in full bloom across the nation, this month's newsletter is also chock full of hopeful news and events that occurred especially during Women's History Month in March! Through each article, one can sense and feel a stirring in the hearts and spirits of the women and mothers. In addition, some articles show how young women are using their unique gifts, talents, and feminine qualities to contribute to the greater good and to make a difference for the sake of peace. We are most hopeful when we see the younger generation step up and step forward, such as young woman volunteer Ms. Greta Anderson. At the recent and very successful WFWP International parallel event at the UN's Committee on the Status of Women, Greta brought a fresh spirit and heart to the table, asking the question, "Why is the world a broken plate?" As Fannie Smith put it in her article below, "Greta for six months lived in Israel's dangerous places and among ruins and vowed to design her own program to create peace, alleviate poverty, and give a voice to the voiceless." Quite a remarkable young woman, who also happens to be the designer for WFWP USA's Assembly themes. We are also hopeful to see how city officials and former civil rights leaders crossed the Bridge of Peace in Las Vegas for the sake of closing the still apparent racial divide in this country as part of the activities celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. We thank Mrs. Katherine Duncan, president of the Ward 5 Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, for having the vision to make the Bridge of Peace a central part of the celebrations. Women propelled and moved by their maternal heart, love, and passion pulled these events together, creating…
November 28th, 2013
Dear Friends of WFWP, As many of us were enjoying the fall season, we were shocked when once again images of horror and devastation filled our TV screens from another calamity befalling the Philippines. Our hearts almost stood still as we watched the unthinkable happen to families, homes, and whole villages due to Super Typhoon Haiyan. With a prayer on our lips we immediately set up a WFWP relief fund, with access to it on our website. It seems that the global village is experiencing greater and greater extremes, both on the painful side, such as the calamities, domestic violence, and confusion in values that we all know about; and on the other side, an amazing outpouring of support, love, sacrifice, goodwill, and healing. This year's 21st anniversary WFWP USA National Assembly, entitled "Learn to Lead: Raising the Next Generation of Women Leaders," held on the University of Maryland campus just outside Washington, D.C., turned out to be one of the latter experiences. Not only did each Global Women's Peace Network panelist do an outstanding job of sharing her personal wisdom and insights as a leader, but we felt that real healing took place. This spirit of healing reached a crescendo in the evening during the Bridge of Peace Ceremony; then while to listening to the inspiring story of this year's HerStory Awardee, Dr. Aziz Baccouche, a blind nuclear physicist; and even through the experience of the very colorful entertainment. A big THANK YOU all those who contributed to make this year's anniversary so special, deep, and successful! Early in October, women leaders and international WFWP officers gathered in London, UK, for our annual international leadership conference. This year's theme, "Finding the Vision and Way Forward, and How to Transform Ourselves, Protect Our Families, and Build a Culture of Peace,"…
July 12th, 2013
Dear Friends of WFWP, It's healin' time! As we look back over the last two months, we find that our WFWP USA has been involved in many initiatives and activities that correspond to our theme this year: "Spirituality, Healing and Service." Most recently, 5 courageous women and two young people returned from a historic 1,000-mile Trail of Tears Prayer Journey, which started in Calhoun, Ga., and successfully concluded in Tahlequah, Okla., with a "Wiping of the Tears Sacred Ceremony." It was conducted by Rev. Dr. Linda Lucero (of the United Native American Council) and Chief George Akeen, who released the pain and resentment inflicted on the Cherokee and other nations 175 years ago. A fuller account will be published in the next issue and on our website. It doesn't take much to make an impact from one human heart to another (see other articles in this issue) when women decide to "just do it"! It is time for all women and mothers to get involved and use our God-given gifts of spirituality/prayer, healing and service right where we are, in our families, neighborhoods and communities to bring hope and change for the better. No titles and positions are needed for that - just a willing heart, working together, and tenacity to see it through! With the words of our Founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, on April 10, 2002:"We must all push ahead in the conviction that no matter how wounded and scarred this world becomes, it can be healed and cleansed by the substantial work of women united in the vision of God's true love." Have a wonderful summer! Angelika Selle
May 2nd, 2013
Dear friends of WFWP, The pain and outrage over the Boston bombing are still in our bones. As we keep going on about our lives, we come to realize more and more that the police, government, and other institutions are rather limited in what they can do to effect REAL CHANGE for the better. What can we, WFWP and you do about it? We can do more than we think! Looking over this month's edition of our newsletter, and reading between the lines of the articles, I especially sense that women are the answer! Once having dealt with their own pain successfully, once having healed themselves and equipped themselves with spiritual and scientific knowledge, they have the capacity and most of all the HEART to turn pain into purpose. Such women of victory can then devise creative solutions for even the most hideous crimes, such as human trafficking and other violence against women, and for even the most dreadful scenarios, such as war. In this year's women's leadership retreat in San Antonio, Texas, we focused on the very theme of "Spirituality, Healing, and Service" inspired by our founders' example of "Living by the Logic of Love" and "Living for the Sake of Others." They - and we - encourage all women at this time to reeducate their families and their greater community in sound family and moral values, demonstrating the power of love in action and mentoring the next generation. WFWP will put new initiatives in place to facilitate that, and we hope for your support and involvement as well. With warm wishes, Angelika Selle
March 2nd, 2013
Dear Friends, Greetings to all and Happy New Year 2013! As we also celebrated the Chinese New Year on February 10, let's claim double good fortune! According to the Chinese Horoscope, 2013 is the Year of the Snake. The snake symbolizes wisdom, beauty, and endurance. It can also symbolize the shedding of our old skin, leaving the old behind -- both of which we need to embrace for an awesome new year and new beginnings! This year, WFWP USA is already off to a powerful start with a flurry of activities and new initiatives, as you can see in this edition of our e-news. To summarize briefly, already this year: We held 12 introductory Clean Slate seminars (an abstinence-based program) in different locations around the U.S. We launched the "HerStory" presentation, which is based on the spiritual underpinnings of WFWP and the teachings of our Founders, in New York City. We officially introduced the Global Women's Peace Network (GWPN), a new project and initiative of WFWP, in five cities: Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis and Washington, DC. Both Vice President Juanita Pierre-Louis and I were on the road almost every weekend, sometimes in sub-zero temperatures and snow to make that happen. The most recent GWPN event, a brunch, was held in the nation's capital not long ago, and was especially rich in content. It focused on a new PowerPoint presentation explaining the GWPN in the context of WFWP's "HerStory" material and the notion of the arrival of the Era of Women's Leadership. The brunch was co-sponsored and co-organized by WFWP USA and the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) DC office which is under the leadership of Mrs. Tomiko Duggan. Last year, Tomiko and I were appointed to lead the GWPN in the U.S., as Vice Chairwoman and Chairwoman respectively. As you might…
September 11th, 2012
Dear members and friends of Women's Federation for World Peace,   Greetings in the love of God!   We just received the news that our dear Father Moon, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, husband of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, our WFWP founder, transcended into the spiritual realm in Korea this afternoon at 12:54 pm Eastern time.    At age 92, after a life of suffering, service and constant investment for the sake God and humanity, he kept pushing himself (working hard and barely sleeping) even at his ripe old age to bring about a world of peace even one day sooner. A couple weeks ago, due to severe pneumonia, he was admitted to a hospital in Seoul, Korea. And yesterday, after there was no further hope of saving his life with modern medical science, he was transferred to the Cheongshim Hospital, where he passed away, surrounded by his wife and children.   Thank you for all your prayers and fasting support to bring about healing even against all odds. Words cannot describe how many of us feel who have known him and worked with him for the last 40 years, and we are deeply saddened that he passed from us so quickly. Yet knowing him, he will not rest, but rather continue to work from the other side to make God's dream and humanity's dream a reality.   May we as women, mothers and daughters, surround him with our love and prayers as he is ascending. Let us also surround our dear Mother Moon, Rev. In Jin Moon, their daughter who is also the national pastor of Lovin' Life Ministries here in the United States, as well as all their family.   May we now even more than ever before support and work together with our Mother Moon, our…
February 10th, 2012
Greetings in this still brand-new year of 2012! Are you like me and haven't yet formulated your new resolutions and goals for this year? It's not too late, especially since we just celebrated the Chinese New Year on January 23, according to the Lunar Calendar. Two weeks ago, I returned from Korea, where I was privileged to attend a series of New Year's celebrations, as well as the joint birthdays of our WFWP co-founders, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who turned 70(!), and her husband, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who celebrated his 93rd. They looked healthy and well, and reminded us that it is indeed time for women to take leadership, investing all we have for the sake of peace. Just like a mother who is in labor, giving birth to a child, it takes that kind of focus and effort to bring about positive change. This year 2012 is also a year of celebration and acknowledgment, since it marks the 20th anniversary of WFWP International! Special celebrations will be held around the world, with the international one coming up in Seoul, Korea, from March 25 - 27. If you are interested in attending, please contact our New York office. Here in the United States, mark your calendars: Our big event will be in Las Vegas from October 25 - 27. It will be entitled "The Turning Point - Women's Role in Bringing Peace in the 21st Century." Stay tuned for more information. This issue of our newsletter is somewhat transitional, covering events from 2011 all the way into February 2012, since we are in the middle of creating new literature and materials for this year. As you can see, 2012 will be a year of action - and hopefully also one of inner transformation as we seek to make…
November 13th, 2011
Dear Readers and Friends of WFWP USA, Greetings in this wonderful fall season here on the East Coast! It is time for harvest and, in a way, celebration of the fullness of the creation and the fullness of life. As I look over the past few months, our WFWP USA has indeed grown and borne much new fruit! Many new initiatives and activities have been sprouting forth, especially after our recent national assembly in August. Most of all, the wonderful spirit of warmth, love, creativity and women taking action continues to spread and take root across the country. We welcome the many new women leaders who have come forth to nurture and build our local chapters, especially on the West Coast, as well as the many young women who inspire us with their creative ideas, enthusiasm and desire for action! Finally, WFWP USA is expanding our former "Women of Faith" component and is giving birth to "Women of Spirituality and Healing." Why? Because we need not only faith in our lives—to be anchored and strong in the face of challenges—but also women of spirituality and healing who can receive spiritual guidance, wisdom and insight from above that can guide us through these turbulent times, and who can heal others. Wishing you a fruitful season in every way and to stay focused on what is beautiful and good! Warmly, Angelika Selle
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