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.
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?
Al Cole's "People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards" reception took place on Tuesday, September 13 on Capitol Hill at the Rayburn House Office Building. Al Cole is a CBS radio talk show host, and he has made it his job to dig into various communities around America and unearth precious "diamonds" of sacrificial service who are hidden among all the attention-getting violence and desperation, and who are true agents of peace!
The small conference room was bursting with 250 guests, awardees, and friends from all over the country to witness small snippets of stories of the 20 "unsung heroes" who were honored on that day for their extraordinary work for the human family.
WFWP USA and our sister organization, the Universal Peace Federation, were represented well with a small delegation, as both organizations subscribe to the ideals of peace and "Living for the Sake of Others" that Al Cole is uplifting.
Twenty awards were presented to leaders of various organizations who were from a variety of culturally, socially, and politically different backgrounds, highlighting their sacrificial volunteer work of serving others. It was quite remarkable, and we were filled with hope and a renewed sense of how many "good people" there are in America!
Among the 20 awardees were people like:
=> a retired Police Captain who helps suicidal officers who suffer from PTSD
=> a Navy Admiral who started a senior service college
=> a therapist who helps countless youth deal with their emotional pain
=> a woman who works on preventing homelessness
=> a woman who helps to strengthen marriages and mental health, and
=> a woman who works to heal families to solve generational issues.
It was quite powerful to experience, the Human Family at its best!
At the occasion of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon's, our Founder's, visit here on the East Coast at the beginning of June, our international President Yeon Ah Moon who had accompanied her, took the opportunity to meet with a small group of WFWP leaders and members for a heart to heart meeting. The small group of ladies was comprised of representative of both WFWP USA and the International UN office in New York, under the leadership of Alexa Ward, who was also present.
As always, meetings with our International President turn out to be free flowing, free-spirited, honest, and energizing. We always enjoy being with Prof. Yeon Ah, because she herself emanates and demonstrates an open heart and spirit, which makes anyone in her presence feel immediately at ease. Needless to say, all ladies spoke freely from their hearts, sharing deep wisdom and insights; and as we listened to one another, we felt each unique contribution provided the brush strokes that together created a beautiful painting.
The highlight of the gathering was when President Yeon Ah shared her personal experiences with Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, her lifestyle, heart, and commitment that always amazes and inspires us. She highlighted and confirmed Mother Moon's ongoing concern and investment to educate the next generation and for the Elders to being role models of a parental heart through the leadership of the Logic of Love. The meeting ended in prayer and joyful fellowship!