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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,

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

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?

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

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

 

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

 

On July 12, 2014, the Washington Times Ballroom in Washington, D.C. filled up with families and friends of the Unification Movement to welcome the God's Hope for America Holy Ground Tour bus, which at that time was halfway through its 48-state tour of 55 "holy grounds" and which made a major stopover in the nation's capital. They came to celebrate the legacy and accomplishments of our co-founder, the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, who had come to America some 40 years ago to remind the American people of their spiritual roots and to help them re-embrace them. He invested all his energy and resources to wake up America, pointing out God's three major headaches: 1) division within Christianity and among all faiths, 2) immorality and confusion among the youth, and 3) the strong influence of atheistic and materialistic ideology on the people of this nation. The tour was designed to reconnect to this message, to take ownership of it, and to inspire participants to make this vision a living reality.

Mrs. Dottie ChiqueloMrs. Dottie ChiqueloThere was a spirit of anticipation and excitement in the air; it almost felt like a reunion. Among the 300 participants who filled the elegantly prepared ballroom was a significant number of the next generation. WFWP was represented with two tables and 12 guests in attendance, including one of the speakers of the program, Mrs. Dottie Chicquelo, a member of WFWP and an advocate for Native American Indian social change, who has been instrumental in assisting WFWP in last year's national assembly that was held at the university.

Among the keynote speakers including Dr. Michael Balcomb, Mr. Tom McDevitt, Dr. Michael Jenkins, and Bishop Ki Hoon Kim, were two women who represented the other half of humanity and the heart of mothers: Mrs. Chicquelo, of Native American and African American descent, and a younger generation mother, Mrs. Lan Tsubata. Each lady shed a different light on the occasion, as they shared their hearts about the significance of the tour and what it meant to them. Mrs. Chicquelo began by saying, "When I look at the theme of 'God's Hope for America: Remember - Revive - Reimagine,' I feel that this is going to take a lot of work!"

President Selle with participants from Maryland and Washington D.C.President Selle with participants from Maryland and Washington D.C.Throughout her speech, she quoted from Father Moon's message, "God's Hope for America," that was given in 1973. She expressed that after the rather painful beginnings of this nation, when her ancestor Native American people were slaughtered; she has new and real hope because of this tour, in which "spiritual warriors retrace the footsteps of Father Moon, who came to revive America with the true vision given by God, to rebuild America including ALL people." (Her speech will be available upon request.)

The banquet ended on a high note with musical presentations, and a fervent prayer from a young pastor, Reverend Miilhan Stephens.

 

June 29th, 2014

President's Corner: June, 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 for America Tour in honor of Father Moon's effort to awaken this nation to return to its original, founding spirit. The Tour is retracing the stops Rev. Moon made back in 1965, when he established 55 Prayer Grounds (Holy Grounds), at least one in each state, where he urged people to gather to pray for America and for the world. Please visit GodsHopeForAmerica.com for more information.

We hope this edition of our e-news will inspire and uplift you -- and that it will stimulate you to be a woman, mother, or daughter "on the move" to heal this great nation.

May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America!

Happy 4th of July 2014!
With love, Angelika

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May 24th, 2014

Happy Mother's Day Month 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 others, taking care of them, showing compassion and generosity.

This is also exactly the call of WFWP to women of all ages, to let our parental heart guide us and to express to others such a pure and simple love of a mother. And as this occurs more and more around the world, I am certain we will one day never again hear of news such as that in Nigeria!

Let your motherly heart shine!

Angelika

 

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April 20th, 2014

Happy Easter and Happy Passover

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 the atmosphere for repentance and forgiveness that is the first step toward reconciliation. Any woman or mother can do this when all work together. One does not need a position or title to create the atmosphere for peace.

As our founders have been emphasizing ever since the beginning of this organization, "Women and mothers are called at this time to play a central role for peace."
In this beautiful time of spring, let us "spring forward" together with love and action to make this world and our families a better place.

Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

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March 18th, 2014

Toward a New Paradigm of Peace, Partnership, and Development

In the middle of February in subfreezing temperatures 200 men and women world leaders gathered at the International Leadership Conference in Seoul, Korea. The conference was entitled "Toward a New Paradigm for Peace and Human Development" and was co-sponsored by WFWP, Family Federation for World Peace, The Washington Times, and Segae Ilbo, a Korean newspaper.

These conferences occur twice a year in Korea. This year's setting, from February 9-12, was smaller than usual but of excellent quality. All presenters brought forth many great ideas filled with insights into what it takes to bring about change, or a needed paradigm shift, for making world peace a reality in various world areas, such as Northeast Asia and the Middle East, and in various cultural areas, such as the media and education.

The highlight of the opening session was a 10-minute Founder's Message from Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, which was read gracefully and passionately by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Julia H. Moon, general director of the Universal Ballet in Korea. It inspired many. The founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, ended the conference with a Call to Action to all Ambassadors for Peace who were present, asking them to further study the teachings of her husband, the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, and to advance the ideals of peace and human development in their nations by applying the principle of "Living for the Sake of Others." It set the tone for the conference as well as for Foundation Day, a one-day program that was included in the conference and in which all delegates participated. (See separate article)

All 35 speakers, representing all the co-sponsoring organizations, covered the topic from various angles. Everyone talked about the many obstacles, but even more important about the many possible solutions.

WFWP USA was represented by a small delegation of women leaders, including Mrs. Cynthia Turner (founder of Seraphim Global), who was one of the panelists at the WFWP National Assembly in Las Vegas in 2012. There also were Dr. Amelle Daou; Mrs. Alexa Ward, deputy secretary-general of WFWP International's office at the United Nations in New York; and myself.

WFWP's moment to shine was in one of the afternoon sessions, which highlighted WFWP International and the Global Women's Peace Network, with four excellent panelists, among them Mrs. Cynthia Turner.
[Click here to read her speech.]

Mrs. Alexa Ward did an excellent job emceeing, introducing WFWP International President Dr. Lan Young Moon (whose address stirred those in attendance), and facilitating the panel discussion. The panelists "took their gloves off," as one gentleman put it, to express what women are going through and what women have to offer for the paradigm shift to take place and to make peace possible. The following day it was noted by one of the male speakers that part of the paradigm shift for peace must involve the other half of humanity, which is women and mothers!

Throughout the sessions, speakers gave kudos to the founders of all the organizations that with so much foresight and incredible investment of themselves, their resources, and their leadership had been able to make progress in so many areas for the sake of peace! They also commented on Mother Moon's woman leadership most admiringly!

At the concluding session, a retired general from the Philippines admitted that his initial doubts and concerns about our organization and activities had completely dissolved, and that in fact his heart was so moved that he even shed tears. Mrs. Mimi Morse from Las Vegas, President Moon, and Dr. Chang Shik Yang spoke about their many beautiful experiences with Father Moon, with his teachings, and the heart behind all our activities. There was such a beautiful harmony in the room, as everyone had become so close in just a few days through this magnificent experience. The conference concluded with a group photo, in which all the ladies were asked to occupy the front row. That in itself was putting the paradigm shift into action indeed!

The next ILC Summit will be held from August 9-12, 2014 in Seoul, Korea, on the occasion of the second anniversary of Dr. Sun Myung Moon's ascension. If you are interested in participating, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and submit your name to our Conference Committee.

 

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