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.
If I had to summarize in a few bullet points or paragraph my experience during a 10-day marathon of empowering, inspiring events related to our Co-Founders' birthdays, this is what I would say:
It is time to ignite a new culture, a culture of heart, peace, joy, innocence, and creativity as leaders -- young and older, men and women -- using our expertise and knowledge to create that culture together.
On the occasion of her 74th birthday and her late husband's 97th, the woman of action who is Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon not only celebrated her birthday with 25,000 people, dignitaries, and youth from around the world but also demonstrated her capable leadership as a woman who operates from a mother's heart, giving to others for the sake of all humanity.
Dr. Moon was personally involved in the planning and execution of eight huge, stellar events, ranging from the World Peace Summit of Parliamentarians for Peace to launching and relaunching relevant organizations, especially in the area of sciences and the arts, all for the sake of making world peace a reality -- with the highlight event being the awarding of the annual SunHak Peace Prize to two utterly outstanding recipients.
She encouraged the various audiences she addressed to be leaders who lead with the heart of a mother, a more feminine style of leadership based on "soft power" and leadership of the heart, and who guide the people they are responsible for and truly care for through their own examples and lifestyle of living for the sake of others.
Dr. Moon believes that the sciences and the arts should be used to create a positive environment for peace, and that knowledge should be used to solve the many problems and ills of the world, creating a culture of what she calls "Hyo Jung" (Korean for "the filial heart of a child") -- in other words, a culture of innocence, authenticity, genuineness, and goodness without any shadows.
We all were able to experience that heart and culture, especially during her birthday celebration, when she had her and her late husband's favorite foods prepared in lunch boxes that each of the 20,000 people present received, along with a personal letter from Dr. Moon (please read). Then she ate together with the great assemblage.
As the leader ultimately responsible for everything at the festivities, Dr. Moon personally invested herself in all the events and programs, such as the World Summit, the SunHak Peace Prize award ceremony, the relaunching of the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences and the Professors World Peace Academy (two organizations founded by her husband decades ago), and also the launching of several entirely new organizations, such as the International Hyo Jung Cultural Center and the Hyo Jung Academic Center.
In it and through it all, her motherly heart and touch was seen and profoundly felt, as she also used the opportunity to address several audiences in person, giving it her all. She modeled leadership through example by launching the new projects and reviving old ones, all of which are intended to work to bring to fruition and substantiation the vision her late husband had set out to accomplish some five decades ago. He invested every moment of his life and every ounce of energy to inspire others to become shining rays of hope around the world with a filial heart toward Heaven and exemplary citizens of peace.
Women's Federation for World Peace International also engaged in several meetings and discussions with our international president, Dr. Yeon Ah Moon; with WFWP International vice presidents from around the world; and with our Korean chapter leaders, with whom several smaller nations created sisterhood partnerships to synergize their efforts and resources in order to grow and develop in their countries.
Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon's example of simple elegance, depth of heart, prayer, and hard work inspired women and men during these 10-plus days to double and triple our efforts to be shining rays of hope in a troubled world. What a way to celebrate a birthday!!
As mentioned in the President's Corner, while I was in Las Vegas, it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to share WFWP's vision and heart on Aimmee Kodachian's The Experts show at the beginning of this brand new year 2017! The show aired to about three million subscribers on January 23, 2017 and can be seen below.
I am convinced that this is indeed just the beginning for the voices of peace, love, reconciliation, and action to be heard and seen throughout 2017!
Click here to go to the website and see the show.
Happy New Year 2017!
I hope your new year's resolutions are still intact?! In case you are a bit behind, the Chinese New Year began on January 28 this year, so we have another opportunity.
According to the Chinese calendar, 2017 is the year of the fire rooster! I love the four virtues that the fire rooster represents and thought to share them with you:
Civil Service - "Crown" (comb) on his head;
Courage - fights without retreat (for goodness);
Generosity - shares food with others;
Sincerity - always lets us know the right time in the morning.
In WFWP USA we dedicate 2017 to be the Year of Solutions, Problem-Solving, and Actions for Goodness, infused with these virtues above.
In the spirit of the fire rooster of courageously speaking out, I had a wonderful opportunity to be on the "Aimmee Kodachian and the Experts" show in Las Vegas this month. I was interviewed about "Women as the Turning Point for Peace." (See article below that includes the video clips of the show.) Ms. Kodachian spoke at last year's National Assembly in New Jersey (in last month's newsletter and on the website); and is an ardent supporter of the WFWP chapter in Las Vegas.
Also this year, WFWP will celebrate its 25th Anniversary around the country, and we will take this opportunity to "Show and Tell" the greater public about our noble Founders, our Philosophy of Peace, national and local activities; and the amazing women who, with a sacrificial heart and spirit, have been laying a wide foundation for impact over the last two plus decades in the new series introducing WFWP's National Chairwomen.
In 2017 we will continue to empower and educate women in creating peace as peace leaders in their homes, the greater community, the nation, and the world; to be an alternative voice to that of hatred, strife, confusion, and despair. We are also actively seeking to create chapters in the remaining 15 states in the U.S. So, if you would like to start a chapter in your state, please let us know. We will assist you!
Regardless of how things may look around us, we are very hopeful and excited because we are certain that lasting change for the better will come from our Creator first within our hearts, and then will be actualized elsewhere.
The process has already begun and is gaining momentum. We invite you to join in this process.