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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.

This is my fourth year in a row representing WFWP USA at the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) events in New York City. Each year it is quite an experience when thousands of women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds from around the world, representing their countries, organizations, and causes, descend on New York City and the UN to participate in discussions at CSW events.

As you might know, this year's annual topic is “Women Empowered to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).” This title in and of itself gave me a lot of hope for actual progress in solving issues rather than just talking about them. And indeed there is a lot of evidence and hope that this will happen this year.

What I noted immediately at the Opening Session of Consultation Day, as well as at the General Assembly on the following day, was that there was a significantly higher number of young women present—and men (mostly young)! This became more noticeable to me during my lunch break at the UN cafeteria, where there was a gentleman sitting at nearly every other table with a group of women, involved in conversation. The increased number of young men and women was partially attributed to the newly launched Youth UN component, which held its first forum on the 11th and 12th of March.

 General Assembly opening session of CSW events at the UN, March 14, 2016 General Assembly opening session of CSW events at the UN, March 14, 2016

Overall this year, there seems to be a more upbeat, more hopeful spirit present, which was confirmed and expressed by Susan O’Malley, Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in New York and of the International Federation of Businesses and Professional Women (IFBPW), in her welcoming remarks on Consultation Day. “During these next two weeks,” she said, “we will be focusing on implementing the SDG goals, as well as addressing pressing problems.”

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, highlighted that the focus for this year would be the implementation of the resolutions concerning violence against women and children through a universal approach. “Institutions that are well resourced,” she emphasized, “have the most influence in helping those who need help.”

Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Later in the morning during the panel discussion focusing on the theme “No One Left Behind: Opportunities and Constraints in Implementing the 2030 Agenda,” Mrs. Ngcuka suggested that to implement these very hopeful goals we “need to start at the back.” She encouraged us to also begin with data collection, to document the work being done. She noted also that the new Youth CSW and the “multi-generational cooperation will be an integral part of the decisions we make.”

H.E. Ambassador Antonio de Agular Patriota, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Brazil and Bureau Chair of the CSW, also spoke. “Unless we place gender equality at the center of the focus of our program,” he said, “we will not be able to erase poverty.” The commission, he also pointed out, “needs to expose shortcomings and build new alliances.” He encouraged everyone to include the private sector and to engage the philanthropic community and all stakeholders.

Mrs. Ngcuka, who was also part of the panel, again emphasized the importance of securing resources. She suggested making a case to donors for funding by highlighting that “investing in women will give us all higher benefits.”

The motherly essence of women shines outThe motherly essence of women shines out

Another panelist, Mrs. Saida Ali, International Policy Consultant, shared some of the very painful stories of sexual slavery she witnessed in her country of Kenya. She pointed out that most people don’t know the meaning of the necklaces some young girls are wearing. She said, “When young women wear the beautiful African pearls, it actually means that they are available for sexual abuse.” Therefore, “let’s not philosophize about why these things happen, but let’s talk about what we can do so it will not happen in the first place.” She called for insisting on and promoting accountability of actions. She ended by saying that she herself attempts to visualize and meditate on what a society of non-discrimination would look like, and encouraged all present to do the same.

Mrs. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the UN and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, declared CSW60 2016 to be “the biggest year of hope, endeavor, and achievement.” She said the CSW efforts have come to a very “promising point,” poised to leave the wrong behind and to capitalize on the positive in all discussions. Based on the UN’s very hopeful 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Puri felt that women will be able to accelerate their momentum and create a new model within a generation.

On a personal note, as I was sitting in the audience in the YMCA auditorium (where some of the CSW60 events were held), surrounded by a great variety of women, I could feel the deep-down inner feminine and motherly essence that all women carry, which is the essence of birthing humanity, the force of giving and nurturing life. I felt hopeful because women during these past years have been talking here at the UN about “real situations” and have not been shy to express the pain and suffering that women have been enduring throughout history—suffering that is still not acknowledged to the necessary degree. However, it was also amazing for me to realize that it will have to be the women who take the lead to end that suffering and to provide real and practical solutions for a sustainably peaceful world without violence and hate, using their own creative resources and inner wisdom gained over centuries and millennia. Quite remarkable!

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki​-moon at the Opening SessionUN Secretary-General Ban Ki​-moon at the Opening Session

This year’s second Women of Distinction Awardee, Bandana Rana from Nepal, who was introduced and welcomed warmly, echoed many of the points mentioned earlier and added that the importance of “movement building” and the collective energy of all women “will make a difference.” She also said that UN Women needs power and resources and that we need to work on changing the minds of the men “in the house,” because “we need men to join us!”

On the following day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s address began with words of encouragement and hope: “I feel truly inspired. You empower me and I am energized by your energy and strength. I thank you very much. You are here to change the world. When I see all of you—from so many different countries, with so much experience and such strong commitment—I know we can achieve full equality for all women, everywhere around the world.”

Concerning men's involvement with and support of women in their plight, he mentioned his own example:

“I was proud to be the first man to sign up for the HeForShe campaign to mobilize men and boys. This built on my network of men leaders fighting for full equality around the world. ... I pay tribute to the thousands of heroines I have met along the way. And I commend the men who join us, because they know women’s rights are human rights that we secure for the benefit of everyone.”

He went on to highlight the many attempts he has made and steps he himself has taken to promote the cause of women, ending with introducing the latest step he has taken to address the prevention of violence against women and girls.

He said: “The new United Nations Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism sets out specific proposals to give women more influence in the global response. And the Plan calls for ensuring that efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism never violate any human rights. When we stay true to our principles, we stay on the right side of history and the winning side on this issue. As long as one woman’s human rights are violated, our struggle is not over.”

As I attended other sessions that day, words and phrases like “accountability,” “implementation,” “the how to,” and “collaboration and movement building” were surfacing in nearly all sessions.

It is comforting and hopeful to see the head of the UN supporting the cause of women, and when men do stand up and speak up for women and girls, and for all other issues on the table, together we can make a difference!

In reflecting on and observing these hopeful beginnings of the CSW60, I believe that the real hope is in the increasing number of men who are concerned and are getting involved to alleviate the plight of women!

I would like to end with a quote from Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, our WFWP Co-Founder, who addressed over 1,000 women in 2012 on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of WFWP International in a speech entitled “Women as the Turning Point for Peace.”

She said: “Now women and men should play a major role in world history by serving alongside each other like the wheels of a great engine pulling the construction of a peaceful world forward. Today I invited women to accept an important role and become the turning point in building a new century characterized by a loving peaceful culture.”

Dear Friends and Esteemed Supporters of WFWP,

We trust that you have had wonderful Holidays thus far, as this eventful year 2015 quickly draws to a close. It seems like the earth is spinning faster these days!

2015 definitely was a year of new energy and progress, perfectly reflecting our theme for this year (GROWTH - Uplift, Upgrade, and Collaborate), which has manifested on many levels. This was mostly made possible through our young, new women leaders at our headquarters, administrator Kiyomi Schmidt and newly appointed Vice President Katarina Connery, as well as young women leaders on our national Board and in some of our chapters nationwide.

Congratulations to Mrs. Connery also on becoming a mother during this month of December, having giving birth to a wonderful baby boy, Mathew William Connery! To both father and mother Connery, best of luck and much happiness!

There were many highlights to note regarding activities throughout the year in our local chapters (see the summation by category below), which were all recorded in this year's Logic of Love e-newsletter!
A big THANK YOU to all our chairwomen and co-chairwomen nationwide for their vision, consistency, and labors of love in making an impact in their communities. And a big THANK YOU to all our subscribers and supporters, who through your contributions make it possible for WFWP USA to continue making a difference!

Looking forward into 2016, we would like to share with all of you our new motto and focus:"Compassionate, Sustainable Leadership"!

Given the state our world is in at this moment, we need a different type of leadership, from the inside out, motivated by heart, governed by principles of integrity and character, and inspired by creativity and spirituality.

WFWP will seek to provide education and mentorship in these areas, especially for young women. We will seek funding for it, and hope for and will be humbled by your continued support.
Wishing you a wonderful, reflective, and peaceful end of this year, and a most energetic, hopeful, and adventurous 2016!

The key is to be completely open and ready, to see with new eyes, and to give yourself and others a new chance!

Here's to an awesome 2016!!
With love,
Angelika

Dear Friends,

This year's Women's Federation for World Peace 23rd anniversary National Assembly, October 22-24, which also marked the 20th anniversary of WFWP's flagship Bridge of Peace project, to me and to all of us was like a big gift basket overflowing with lots of goodies - rich and nourishing offering healing fruits and foods, including much food for thought.

There was fruit in terms of seeing our Founder's vision in action and substance, a vision which over the last two decades countless women have been laboring for, sacrificing for and investing into! It was a great celebration. It felt like a reunion, as we had with us our first and second Presidents of WFWP here in the United States, Mrs. Nora Spurgin and Mrs. Alexa Ward, as well as many other women who had helped lay the foundation for this wonderful organization.

At the same time, we saw young women and students stepping forward to assist with the Assembly in the spirit of "learning how to lead" and "practicing leadership through service." This year, our annual Day of Service in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of Senior Vice President Juanita Pierre-Louis, drew more students and more excited involvement from the D.C.-area community than ever before. One enthusiastic fourth-grader, for example, told us he discovered, "Service is cool!" In the end, it was "teamwork that made the dream work," as Minister Chi Mauuso, our program director for the Day of Service, always says.

Please enjoy the articles, photos, and video that you can access by following links to the WFWP USA website; and thank you for your support! I believe you will find that each article in this autumn edition of the Logic of Love News contains much food for thought and many nuggets of wisdom that emerged from activities around the country on topics ranging from how to make peace sustainable, women's leadership and racial reconciliation to pointers for daily life success.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Season! Indeed, there is so much to be grateful for!

Warmly,
Angelika

August 30 marked the third consecutive year that hundreds of leaders, some heads of state, public officials and international ambassadors gathered together with thousands of friends and members of the Unification Movement, at the Cheongshim Stadium outside of Seoul, Korea, to bid a final farewell to Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, who, with his wife, co-founded WFWP on April 10, 1992.

The main ceremony was conducted by his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who has for the last three years faithfully offered public devotions for her husband, as is traditional in Korean culture. During that time she also has proven herself to be a leader in her own right to lead the worldwide movement in spite of her inner pain and the loss of her husband, encouraging everyone that "There is no stopping!" to carry on her husband's legacy of peace.

Many other events occurred throughout the week both before and after the commemorative ceremony, including the World Peace Summit, co-sponsored by WFWP International and the Universal Peace Federation (a special report will be forthcoming), to multiple leadership assemblies, sports activities, and gatherings for the youth. There was also time for groups here and there to come together and share fond memories of Father Moon.

Mrs. Selle with Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate Mr. Gupta and wifeMrs. Selle with Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate Mr. Gupta and wife

I would like to note that during these last three years of great challenges and mourning, Mother Moon has been working very hard to complete and put the finishing touches on several projects Father Moon had begun; such as completing the construction of the International Peace Education Center (IPEC) in Las Vegas, publishing three volumes of speeches and speech excerpts containing the essence of their philosophy of peace; establishing a strong youth leadership component, and so much more. Through all this, Mother Moon has been able to create a foundation of her own, through her own leadership style, showing herself to be a capable and noteworthy woman leader and an example for other women to follow.

In fact, Mother Moon's special touch, deep thought, and warm heart was felt in every single event, and great joy and hope filled the air! We are indeed very proud of her!

As we all bid our final farewells to Father Moon, his legacy, which was undoubtedly divinely inspired, continues to live on in all who resonate with the same vision and heart and all who are willing to invest themselves wholeheartedly to see its fulfillment.

Dear Friends,

 

I hope your summer has been going well!

Transitions and Leadership are the two words that come to mind when I think about what WFWP USA has been experiencing over the last few months--and also in our most recent annual chairwomen's retreat. The retreat / leadership training was an intergenerational effort from beginning to end and drew 50 ladies, from ages 17 to 70. Together we discussed--and experienced--this year's theme, "GROWTH - Uplift, Upgrade, Collaborate" (see article below).

Transitions and growth are occurring as new and younger women are stepping forward to take leadership in various WFWP chapters. As this happens, the more seasoned and experienced ladies are taking on the role of mentors and are now able to move on to other areas of their passion (we will have more information on this in subsequent newsletters).

Also I would like to introduce and welcome our new national membership coordinator, Pam Stein, who will assist in the growth of our national organization and each chapter thereof. Welcome, Pam!

Transitions and growth are also reflected and noted on a more personal and spiritual level in some articles in this August issue, as leadership always involves self-reflection, self-change, judiciously taking care of "me," and prayer in order to expand our maternal heart and embrace the painful and the unlovable.

As we close this month, we also commemorate the third anniversary of the passing of our co-founder, the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon. It will be marked in Korea and elsewhere around the world on August 30. Before he passed, he especially encouraged women to play a central role in leading the world to sustainable peace. We thank him for his legacy of love and living for the sake of others, and it is our commitment to expand this now and in the years to come.

Have a great rest of the summer!
Warmly,
Angelika

P.S.--On an entirely different and much more earthy note, don't miss checking out our movie recommendation and a delicious recipe for meat loaf!

Dear Friends,

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!

Warmly,
Angelika

June 26th, 2015

Happy Father's Day

Dear Friends,

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!

Warmly,

Angelika
President

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May 28th, 2015

May 2015 Message

Dear Friend,

"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!

With love,
Angelika

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May 26th, 2015

In Honor of Laura Hornbeck

After more than a decade of leadership based on total service, heart and investment, our chairwoman in Texas, Mrs. Laura Hornbeck is moving on to other areas she is equally passionate about.

During many of the years she was the chairwoman for Texas, Laura also served as the editor of our WFWP online newsletter. Laura is a very gifted and talented writer and editor, and accomplished in working with the media.

She assisted in creating materials for WFWP International for their work with the United Nations and for other international projects.

She is a most kind, gracious, and gifted lady and leader.
We love and congratulate her on her accomplishments over the years. We honor her investment in the Texas WFWP chapter and wish her many blessings and success for her future endeavors.

With deep appreciation,

Angelika and WFWP USA

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March 28th, 2015

Women as Peace Makers and Peace Leaders

Good afternoon, dear ladies, mothers, leaders,

Happy Women's History Month! Thank you to the organizers of this important event, to Rebecca Holland, to the Maryland Chairwoman Kim Dadachanji, to Emiko Butler and all the Japanese women and mothers for preparing such a beautiful atmosphere here.

As we heard in our introduction, WFWP is committed to World Peace –with women playing a central role in the peace making. And "Women as Peacemakers" is the topic for today's event which is a rather huge subject to cover.

So as I was thinking and meditating on what to share with you today, I want to talk about:

  1. The need for a new type of leadership for peace
  2. Why women are best suited for being those "new" type of leaders
  3. What are the characteristics of leadership for peace?
  4. How to nurture and strengthen those qualities not only within ourselves, but in our sons and daughters and in the next generation.

I . New paradigm for leadership

Let me also begin with quote from our founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who said in her inaugural speech for WFWP in 1992 entitled "Women's Role in World Peace:"

"We see the signs of decay and confusion all around us. We need look no further than our own communities to find babies born addicted to drugs, children scarred by physical and sexual abuse, young dreams destroyed by unwanted pregnancy and neighborhoods under the siege of random violence. As women we are deeply affected by these images. Our families and our children are casualties of a culture that exalts living mainly for the self. The impact of this selfishness reaches from the individual to our families, communities, nations and world."

The result of this kind of selfish leadership is what we see today, as was described by Mother Moon: extreme poverty and suffering, political tyranny, and fierce ethnic and religious wars.

How did we get here? Thus far history has been mostly governed by men, whose style of leadership tends to be very territorial, controlling, manipulative, competitive, judgmental, narrow, and, yes, egocentric, power and position hunger, to name a few qualities.

In a news article of the Washington Post a few years ago, there was a headline: "The World Is Without A Leader." That means that men's leadership in government, churches, or institutions, and even in the United Nations has reached its end. And that is because thus far from the beginning history, only half of humanity was given a voice at the decision-making table, and thus leadership is limited.
There is good news: In a CSW event at the United Nations in 2011, in one session it was noted, that in order to accomplish the original goals for the UN to create and ensure world peace, there is only one resource left that has been untapped: Women and Youth.

II. Why do we need women, and what can we contribute?

For one thing, we believe that most, if not all, of the social ills and problems have their origin in selfishness, as Mother Moon has stated. But even deeper than that, we are dealing with emotions here: deeply-seeded emotions that have driven history so far, emotions of hatred, strife and jealousy, fear, anger, etcetera, etcetera.

And as we know men don't know how to deal with emotions, or acknowledge them. They usually operate from their intellect and reason, on the outside, but are driven from the emotions on the inside. We can see this in dramas on television today.

Women, on the other hand, are beings of emotion, sensitivity, intuition, compassion, and understanding first and foremost. These are the God-given innate qualities given to us by our Creator because we are the ones nurturing and raising our children, educating their consciences and understanding their needs.

Earlier we talked about a "Mother's Heart" or Parental Heart that women have and operate from. And that is the aspect of leadership that has been absent thus far. Because of that, most problems and social ills are still alive and well today.

It is, in fact, innate motherly hearts, women's deep wisdom, insights, and creativity, positive emotions of agape love that are now needed to bring about positive change, from the local to the global level, in every aspect of our society: media, education politics, cultures, the arts; in order to bring change for the better and to create an atmosphere that is conducive to peace.

III. What kind of leadership is needed – what are the character traits needed for peace leaders?

The new type of leadership we are talking about must be motivated from the heart of a mother or parent, PARENTISM, which is based on spiritual values, selfless love, dedication and sacrifice based on a life-style of practicing "living for the sake of others," or "living by the logic of love."

What is logic? It is the left brain and represents training in skills. What is love? It is the right brain and represents training in heart: compassion, patience, service, reconciliation (for example how does reconciliation come about? through listening and serving.)

Thus far in history, the left brain was the dominating force and frame of reference, and we now need a paradigm shift to the right brain, which is training in heart: love, compassion, patience, service, sacrifice, reconciliation, and harmony; in order to create the long-needed balance. And that's where women and mothers come in. By the way, it takes a lot of work on yourself to make the shift!

Now let's talk more specifically about what kind of characteristics a peace leader needs to acquire or nurture. Two years ago, as part of a personal project, I interviewed several women leaders, experienced mothers and daughters, and young women leaders. I asked them what they felt were the most important qualities we need to acquire, develop, teach, and draw out (educate) of ourselves and each other. Here are some key qualifications of a young woman leader that most everyone interviewed agreed on:

• Morals, ethics, values, and virtues – This was the number one point that all emphasized. Education toward a better world and true leadership begins with the self and with a simple understanding of right and wrong. A young woman leader needs to follow her conscience and become a person of virtue, sincerity, integrity and humility. As Ghandi exemplified: Peace begins with me: BE the Change.

• Compassion, love, and kindness toward others – We need to acknowledge, highlight, and strengthen those feminine qualities within ourselves. First of all toward myself, and then toward others. That is a great power and emotion, more powerful than the selfishness around us, and can turn enemies into friends, and spears into pruning hooks. Through caring and loving others, we can accomplish more than through confrontation and judgment (all based on truth and honesty, of course). Most important is to love the self in order to love others and be an agent of healing.

• Relationship skills and education of the heart – We strongly believe and promote the family as the school of love and the school for peace leadership. Especially our upcoming generation of young woman leaders needs to grow up in a harmonious and righteous family to learn and practice healthy relationships and experience the different kinds of love we described earlier. Dr. Moon teaches that society is the extension of the family.

• Find one's gifts, passion, or "inner calling" – It is essential that we women, mothers, and young women leaders develop our spirituality and connection with our Creator, God. In my own experience, through prayer, meditation, and self-reflection we can become more confident in ourselves and our gifts, and many times feel a divine hand guiding us.

• Develop a global and local consciousness – A woman leader of peace in this new age should be at least somewhat educated or exposed to one or two areas of the following: politics, international cooperation, business, languages, social issues, the arts, and the religions and ethnicities of the world. In fact I have met many young women professionals who are very dedicated and passionate in their area of expertise.

• Mentorship – Every woman and every leader needs someone who absolutely believes in her and sincerely cares about her. This is based on my own experience. As a child, teenager, and young adult, I was very shy and quiet, had no opinions, and low self-esteem until God put a teacher in my life who saw my potential, believed in me, and challenged me. Thankfully, I responded and developed my potential and found my true self.

IV. How can we nurture these precious qualities and instill them into our next generation and the world around us?

We have to begin with ourselves. As I already mentioned one needs compassion toward oneself. But what I want to emphasize is that we especially need good health, to care for our precious bodies as temples of God, to eat good and healthy food, and to have positive thoughts.

a) Take time to breathe, go to a spa, read a book, chat with a friend, dance, sing, whatever makes you happy;
b) Make time as a family over dinner to talk what is on your hearts;
c) Self-reflect every day about our thoughts, actions;
d) Live in the moment, live consciously, and enjoy your gifts as you share them with others wherever you are.

How can we bequeath what we have learned to the next generation?

BE the role model and example they can aspire to and be proud of. Leave a legacy of true love.

I would like to close with the words of our dear Founder and role-model, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, from the speech "The Ideal Home and World Peace," given on August 23, 1995 in Seoul, Korea:

"I have expounded since the founding of the Women's Federation that God and history are asking us to live a life of love and service, and build a world through realizing the ideal home. All the misuse of love and the selfish reality that has been controlling humanity must be boldly cleaned up. Immorality, hatred, and all self-centered perversions must be eradicated. It is the proper role of women to demand an end to and put in order these wrongful practices...With the introduction of this new women's age, all women need to become new pioneers, who guide with true love...and establish a world of true peace."

Together we can and will do it!
Thank you very much!

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