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.
July has been a most "hot" month for our country this year. One of the very "hot" topics undoubtedly has been, and still is, the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage.
So I thought I would take this opportunity to let you know where WFWP stands on this topic. As it says in our Statement of Beliefs, number 3:
"We promote healthy and virtuous relationships within the family between husband and wife, parents and children, and extended-family members, and we educate and nurture young women to develop a character of internal and external excellence."
This is to note that we don't discriminate against or wish any ill towards homosexuals, who have often been treated shamefully, even by people of faith and in the name of religion. In fact, we affirm the dignity and value of every individual as a son or daughter of the Divine Origin.
It has been the core philosophy of our Founders that the family unit, consisting of one man and one woman who commit to one another for life, is the basis for a happy and peaceful society, nation, and world. This philosophy has been the basis for all of WFWP's programs, activities, and projects locally and internationally for the last 20-plus years. We also promote the key role that women play for peace in such families, and also in the "extended family"--that is, their communities and societies--by using their unique gifts and talents and their "mother's heart" to bring their reconciliatory voice and insights to the table.
WFWP's signature project, the Bridge of Peace, is one expression of women's efforts to pave the way to "live by the logic of love" and reconcile former enemies. These Bridge of Peace ceremonies continue regularly here in the United States (see below) and worldwide and have great impact.
Notwithstanding the great impact of the Bridge of Peace, however; WFWP's Founders' interracial and intercultural Marriage Blessing is of even greater significance. In the Marriage Blessing, men and women of former enemy nations come together in holy matrimony, which provides the real cement for healing former enemy relationships. It is quite a revolutionary and innovative approach to create not only lasting marriage relationships but also a substantial foundation for sustainable peace.
Leaving you with this "food for thought," I wish you happy reading of this month's edition of the Logic of Love and a Happy Summer!
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL FATHERS!
On this year's Father's Day, we have a lot to reflect on...
Looking over this June issue, it is filled with important content, as WFWP USA is speaking out from the heart on the recent shootings in South Carolina, challenging ourselves to increase our work for peace and reconciliation.
During this fathers' month we also acknowledge and honor the father and Co-Founder of WFWP, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, who deeply understood and supported the value and role of women and mothers as peacemakers and peace leaders, together with their husbands. You will find some of his quotes below in the editorial.
Also hear from a young father, our very own WFWP USA webmaster, Michael Hentrich, how his life has been touched by his family and by being on the inside of WFWP.
We congratulate our chairwoman and mother in Minnesota, Jeannette Henry, for completing her Master's Degree in Religious Studies. Don't miss reading her story and her findings on "Women as Peacemakers: A Prerequisite for Sustainable Peace."
WFWP USA is very hopeful despite all the challenges America is facing, because we see true faith, forgiveness, and love of the enemy being practiced in the face of deep pain, as the congregants of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston are doing, and as are other men and women who still believe in and strive for goodness in this country.
Let us join together in faith and action to turn the tide!
"History is calling for reconciliation, service and sacrifice. Today's problems cannot be solved by the logic of power. Today's problems can only be solved by the Logic of Love."
These profound words of our Founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, have never rung more true than now.
As we honor our mothers during this month of May, we realize that a mother's heart is so desperately needed to address, heal and resolve the world's problems, be it to assist the victims of the earthquakes in Nepal, and recently again that in the Philippines, or taking our children off the streets and out of harm's way, as Mother Graham did her son during the Baltimore riots. Words cannot resolve situations like these, only actions, motivated and initiated straight from the heart.
Our founder is leading us with that kind of heart in all she is doing, such as responding immediately to the Nepal earthquake by sending $1 million there for disaster relief. We thank her also for having given birth to 14 beautiful and accomplished children, each of whom she deeply cares for and loves. And yet her love has always gone far beyond her family, in caring and living for the sake of God and for the sake of all humankind.
We wish Dr. Ha Ja Han Moon and all mothers once again a very happy, happy Mother's Day and that they may continue the legacy of LIVING BY THE LOGIC OF LOVE.
Let your light and the warmth of your motherly heart be felt!