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'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!
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?
"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.