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WFWP USA President​ ​Angelika Selle

WFWP USA President​ ​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.

November 1st, 2017

President's Corner

Dear friends,

Pre-Thanksgiving greetings to one and all!

There is peace in the air... at least, we hear voices for peace here and there, especially in September during the time of International Peace Day.

Why are voices for peace so important? They matter because they provide a much-needed counterpoint to the ugliness that is occurring in many parts of the world and even in our own backyard, such as:

Wars - In the Syrian civil war, well over 400,000 have so far been killed. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, thousands are still dying in conflicts over minerals.
Poverty - It's estimated that 21,000 poverty-stricken children die every day from hunger and easily preventable diseases.
Addiction - At least 100 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses.
Gun violence - Some 30,000 Americans die each year as a result of suicide and homicide.

And there is a great deal more going on... Violence occurs on so many different levels, and it sometimes seems as if we humans are hellbent on destroying each other, our own selves, and this planet Earth.

This should be a wakeup call that it is time for all peace-loving citizens, from local to global, to coalesce and make our voices heard, sharing messages of hope, reconciliation, wisdom, and self-change wherever we are and whenever we can, because PEACE DOES START WITH ME. The only long-term antidote to war and senseless killings is prayers and actions for peace, creating an atmosphere in which peace can grow, through education and through leadership that builds up caring and sharing in our families, communities, nations, and world.

It's in light of this that we applaud and pray for our Founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who is currently preparing a "Peace Starts With Me" public rally in Seoul's World Cup Stadium on November 11. She is is seeking to bring to the table a voice for peace on the international stage, especially concerning the peaceful reunification of North and South Korea.

Let us join her in prayer and action wherever we are, because each action of love, care, reconciliation, forgiveness, and serving others makes a difference on the global level. We are all in this together!

Here is an action step you can do right away: Send a peace message to a friend or foe today, and then repeat such an action every day!

And let's keep in mind the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: "We must learn to live together as brothers (and sisters) or perish together as fools!"

Wishing you peace in all you do!

Sincerely,
Angelika Selle

WFWP USA's Treasurer and Secretary, Mrs. Kaye Allen, decided to move on to other areas of her passion after 25 years of loyal service. Mrs. Allen was honored with a plaque and small gift from the organization, presented by President Selle, Vice-President Katarina Connery, Administrator Kiyomi Schmidt and Financial Administrator and new treasurer, Irmgard Baynes on October 3, 2017.

Also the WFWP USA National Board had decided to create a Kaye Allen Award Fund in her appreciation.

Thank you, Mrs. Allen, for your service, love, and sacrifice for all these years!

We love you!

Stay tuned for a future article highlighting the details of Mrs. Allen’s contributions.

 

 

Introduction

This year’s annual retreat in Las Vegas was very unique, even historic, as it occurred just 15 days after the terrible tragedy and massacre of 58 people during a concert near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort. In addition to the ascended, hundreds also were wounded. The city and nation are still shocked to the core.

At the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of WFWP this year, WFWP USA had planned our retreat at the International Peace Education Center (our WFWP Co-Founders’ residence), a place of beauty, tranquility, and peace.



It was also notable that our flyer showed the very symbol of Las Vegas, the sign at the entrance of the city, which by then had become a memorial place for the victims and their families. There was no question in our minds and hearts that Heaven called us women and mothers to pray for and love the families who lost their loved ones, and who are still hurting. We therefore decided to adjust our schedule to be able to visit the site on two separate occasions.



Purpose and Goals for the Retreat and Seminar

  1. Connect and reconnect all women with WFWP Founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, WFWP USA’s upgraded vision, mission, and goals for vision 2020 through HDH, music and testimonial sharing
  2. Introduce Leadership of the Heart and feminine leadership style through teamwork, delegation, and education
  3. Update participants on new developments, guidelines, and tools for their chapters
  4. Be inspired, refreshed, and empowered to take ownership of the vision, set goals for 2020, and commit to share and implement what was learned in their chapters

Overall 57 women from around the country attended, among them 12 young women and some mother-daughter pairs. Others came from as far as the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Trinidad and Tobago. The participants were treated to three days of spiritual and practical guidance and tools for strategy and goal setting, so that they could be strengthened, refreshed, and empowered to continue their important work for peace. The schedule also was spiced with exercises such as Qigong, meditation, facials, makeovers, dance, the movie “Hidden Figures,” and a Bridge of Peace for friendship and sisterhood.

Opening Night

Much excitement was in the air as women arrived on Thursday, the spirit of which continued throughout the entire weekend. Local Pastor Ken Doo of the Las Vegas Family Church welcomed the ladies warmly, delighted to see so many women come to the Founder’s home and residence. He expressed his heartfelt greeting and best wishes for a successful conference.

“If I could change one thing in the world today, what would it be?”



A very appropriate ice-breaker lead by WFWP USA Administrator, Kiyomi Schmidt, opened the heart of each woman in the room. Each person had to answer the question on a Post-It: “If I could change one thing in the world today, what would it be?” Submissions were mixed and redistributed, and each sentence was read out loud by someone different than the original author. The responses included messages like: end all wars, stop racism, make sure all human beings have adequate education, end poverty, let all women know their value, and create better schools.

This exercise showed that we were all already on the same page and described the task of peace leaders and our purpose for coming, so that we all felt we are in the right place at the right time.

Opening with a Prayer for Peace and Healing and Why We Are Here

Vice President Katarina Connery, who served as an excellent emcee throughout the full program, called President Angelika Selle to the stage to welcome all present. President Selle began by asking everyone to stand and honor those who passed in the massacre and their families with a moment of silence and followed by her heartfelt prayer. She then gave a brief overview of the internal and external purpose of this year’s retreat and seminar all revolving around this year’s theme: “Igniting a Culture of Heart.”



Morning Sessions

Each day began with a morning session to awaken the spirit and body. Spiritual readings and words of Mother and Father Moon, music, internal guidance, and pair share created awareness of the profound spiritual roots of WFWP, the depth of heart of the founders for God and humanity, and the call on all women and mothers at this time to “educate and nurture the world with Mother’s Heart,” as Mother Moon urged.

Day One –Connecting to the Vision and Mission of WFWP in action

The “What is WFWP?” session was a refresher and eye-opener for many new participants, and showed the long term members of WFWP that their sacrifice and investment over many years is bearing great fruit. As President Selle narrated the colorful slides from national to global levels, all were able to see the big picture of the vision in action.

Vice-President Connery continued with slides highlighting the many new and more recent developments of WFWP USA, such as the webinars, Leadership of the Heart Curriculum, Become a Friend feature on the website, and more. One lady remarked, “I just saw the Philosophy of Peace in action, [and it was] very inspiring!”

The presentation was followed by a lively activity in which the participants were divided according to age group, to discuss what each was looking for at their stage in life. These desired goals and traits were then sorted into WFWP themes, so that we could realize what WFWP has to personally offer each of us.

Pres. Selle and Vice Pres. Katarina gave an overview of purpose of the Leadership of the Heart Curriculum as well as a taste of the first part of three, entitled Discover the Leader Within.

Self-Care and Self-Worth



We played a recording of Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook when she spoke for WFWP in July of this year. She highlighted one important point: to make sure and take a “selah,” or a break, pause, and time for regrouping and nurturing the self. She inspired the ladies to the point of applause.

Vice President Juanita Pierre-Louis, who founded Life-Healing Ministries, energized the group with a song, “Waging War,” sung a cappella, and shared about healing oneself and keeping a sound mind, spirit, and body.

Tanya Selle, daughter of Pres. Selle, enlightened the ladies with a presentation on self-esteem and confidence. She had us repeat the mantra, “I can do this,” five times, starting with a meek pose and voice, incrementally growing to a powerful pose at the top of our lungs, allowing us to feel free and let loose.

Christina Kartel, former WFWP USA Administrator, spoke on her favorite topic of “Dress for Success” and gave tips for makeup, clothing color choices, and more.

Overall the point was that women and mothers need to learn how to take care of themselves, honor their body, keep their spirit high, and also look their best, representing WFWP and Mother Moon.

The Take a Selah Activity was designed to give back to our chair ladies and supporters. WFWP staff had prepared facial masks to use, and scented bath “teas” of Epsom salt, lavender, and chamomile to mix, bag, and take home. One young lady and masseuse, Youngwha Grice, provided massages, which was highly appreciated!

The day ended with a Friendship Bridge of Peace. The ladies were separated into two lines. One pair at a time, the ladies met together on center stage to receive the surprise of a new friend and sister. The new friendships created were celebrated with some lively dancing led by dance instructor Concha Marchitelli.



Day Two – Practical Tools to create growth and impact

The ladies began to delve into professional training and information. Vice President Katarina Connery introduced the long-awaited and sorely needed WFWP USA’s Chapter Manual, which she had carefully put together. This practical manual and guidelines were designed to assist the ladies in the field to run a successful chapter in alignment with all chapters in the US. Mrs. Connery gave an overview of its contents, highlighting important topics including developing your own leadership skills, passions, and priorities, building a diverse team where your weaknesses are your teammates’ strengths, and emphasizing the culture of empowerment instead of hierarchy.

As financial transparency is an integral part of the new culture, Mrs. Irmgard Baynes, WFWP USA Financial Administrator, enlightened the audience with our funding sources, how they are invested, and bookkeeping tips.

Hanabeta Deshotel, Membership Coordinator of WFWP USA, surprised us all with her passionate, eloquent, motivational, and also informational presentation on why membership is important, giving many suggestions, ideas, and pointers as to how the chapters and/or individuals can increase their numbers.

Schools of Africa

Everyone enjoyed hearing from our Schools of Africa Coordinator, Mrs. Fannie Smith, who over the last few years invested her mind and soul into this project, shared about the current state of fundraisers for Africa. Then, as always, she honored the efforts and accomplishments of several chapters with lovely gifts for each chapter representative. She also surprised the staff at HQ with a small token of appreciation with handmade pottery, thanking everyone for all their hard work.



Outreach with Heart was the next session, shared by Pres. Selle, and Mrs. Aimmee Kodachian, two women who love this area of their work. Pres. Selle emphasized that the first product you sell is YOU, so take time to study and understand what you represent, and own the vision. Talk show host Aimmee Kodachian followed with a most succinct and poignant talk highlighting 4 types of people, and how to interact with them to develop a comfortable reciprocal relationship. She said “You have to know who you are talking to!”

Time for action and setting goals! Participants had the opportunity to create SMART (Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Timely) goals. After spiritual and practical pointers for goal setting, each region gathered and discussed their goals. Several people shared, and it was quite inspiring to see that the seminar had made an impact and re-inspired ladies who have given so much already.

The evening ended with reflections from each participant and a heart-warming movie, “Hidden Figures.”



Day Three - Outings and Networking

On the last morning, Vice President Pierre-Louis and President Selle took turns to share about their experiences with Mother Moon and WFWP International President Yeon Ah Moon, about their heart, and how they expressed their feminine type of leadership style at this time. Both ladies also represented black and white America, and as they exhibited their heart of oneness and love, they inspired many ethnic participants, since racism is quite prevalent in our nation. In fact, several African American and African women expressed their hope in WFWP, that this organization will be a catalyst for bridging the racial divide in America.

The rest of the day after breakfast was reserved for outings and free time: one group ventured out to the Red Rock Canyon to enjoy God’s creation, and the other group visited Father and Mother Moon’s former residence and the shooting memorial site.

Those who went to the former residence re-experienced what it was like when both founders were actively working. Rev. Doo, Pres. Selle, Las Vegas Chairwoman Mary Hida, and local member Lorna Todd (she was employed there at one time) recounted many deep moments.

The group then drove up to the Memorial Site, the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, in order to pay their respect, love, and prayers. The night before the visit, all retreat participants signed a poster from WFWP USA. Each lady placed a bouquet of flowers alongside the names and photos of ascended souls. We prayed surrounding the WFWP poster on the fence. Bystanders were moved and participated silently, as our women ended with the song “America the Beautiful.” Compared to the night visit two days before, the site seemed brighter to me, because of the love that is being poured out there by so many at all hours of the day. We felt that our prayers were appreciated by the souls, and we committed to continue to pray for their families who are still hurting.



Conclusion

This ended our amazing and unforgettable retreat and seminar 2017. Just like the city of Las Vegas will not be the same again, our women feel that something has shifted in their hearts and minds during this retreat, transformation has taken place, and they are going home with deeper love, stronger commitment, and greater hope.

Our deepest gratitude goes to God, our Founders (whose presence and guidance we felt throughout), our devoted and hardworking staff, and all chairwomen and members or guests who have invested into WFWP throughout the years. There is no doubt that together we can make peace a reality.



Reflections

“I learned to let go, and let God. I try to control everything and God has told me multiple times, multiple ways, and I have been resisting. I will own it now.”

“The dynamic duo of Angelika and Katarina was excellent! Angelika’s vision and how she expressed her heart and the heart of Heavenly Mother was deeply moving as always. Katarina’s insight and organizational/ development skills are superb. I could listen to her for days.”

“The format of the retreat was excellent. By that I mean - the flow of the workshops and how each one moved from the general to the specific, and from ideology to hands-on tools, with ample time in between to rest and reflect.”

“Thank you so much for putting on such an extraordinary retreat. The location was marvelous. The presentations were informative and inspiring, and provided lots of tools which are useful for our chapters. The group activities were good even though we had short time; it helped sisters to open up a bit and bond more. Throughout the retreat we felt so much love.

Tours:

  • Former residence of Reverend and Mrs. Moon: Even though I had visited the house in Las Vegas twice before, this time, having the chance to see their bedroom reminded me of the old (Family Federation for World Peace) Chongpa-dong church in Korea. We used to visit and pray there. We toured their rooms and even seeing where Reverend Moon used to cut members’ hair was moving.
  • The memorial place: Seeing people there who don't even know the victims but were praying/ having a moment of silence made me feel hope, love, and pain at the same time. We really do need peace to be ushered quickly in the world, and most importantly we need true love. 

 

Warm greetings from Women's Federation for World Peace USA on this special month of International Peace 2017!

The world is more at war than ever before - in addition to a nuclear threat, there at least 10 wars currently going on abroad, not to speak of the wars that are going on in our own backyard, such as racism, domestic violence, human trafficking, and so much more. It is a time of great uncertainty and fear for many. (Our hearts go out to all victims of the recent Hurricanes and earthquake in Mexico.)

It is therefore also the time where ambassadors for peace, peacemakers, and peace institutions are needed the most to work together and create ways to turn the tide for peaceful resolutions.

Peace is possible, and it starts with each of us, with me and with WE (as we turn the me around).

Thanks to all WFWP chapters who held various peace events in collaboration with other organizations or a small one in their home!

Peace to all,
Angelika

In this issue of "Logic of Love," please enjoy articles on the recent International Peace Day events around the country:
Washington, DC
"President Selle Speaks at Peace Summit in DC"
New Jersey
"A Time of Love and Sharing"
Arkansas
“Unity in Peace Promotion: WFWP Arkansas Peace Week”
Ohio
“Building Bridges Across Columbus”
Georgia
Living Lives with Intention: International Day of Peace Qigong Celebration in Georgia

Stay tuned for next issue, which will feature articles on other Peace Day events.

During WFWP International's Leadership Summit in Korea, I was happy to meet with four WFWP women leaders from Africa. Looking at the photo below are, left to right: Ms. Mau from Ivory Coast; Ms. Shirly, a representative of Zambia; Angelika Selle, WFWP USA President; Mrs. Susan Kone, International Vice President of Africa; and Ms. Rosario from DR Congo.

It was a time for comparing notes on best practices, as well as discussing the challenges women in Africa are facing, and how the U.S. can best collaborate to help bring success.

"It's hard to get women motivated to do anything," said Ms. Mau, "as many are dealing with the pains of polygamy, physical abuse, even mutilation and financial difficulties. Their morale is quite down. There is not only physical poverty but also internal poverty... Women need a spiritual uplift."

A deep discussion ensued, and three points were identified to be addressed and acted upon:

  1. Create programs for economic empowerment
  2. Introduce tools for self-healing and self-help
  3. Create a package to use for the Bridge of Peace Project as a tool for healing relationships
The U.S. offered to send written materials, brochures, and seminar content on the above points, to be used as needed and adapted to each country and situation.

It was good to share from the heart as women and as mothers: we felt one at heart and full of concern for our people, the next generation, and the future of our countries.

It is my personal belief that as much as Africa needs assistance and input from the United States, the U.S. also needs Africa's input and support when it comes to spirituality, family culture (there are healthy models of extended family culture in Africa), and operating from the heart. Having been to Africa previously in 2004, I experienced the deep heart of the people there, which manifests in spite of the overwhelming poverty and many other challenges, and we should not forget about that.

America is poverty-stricken in a different way. Our country, in spite of all our material wealth, is love-starved. In addition, individualism is emotionally killing our families and youth. We also need input from elsewhere, as from Africa, so we can come back into balance.

We look forward to continue to collaborate with WFWP chapters in Africa (in addition to supporting the Schools of Africa program), and as we do so, we will find that healing and enrichment will occur for both sides.

Right after the powerful and inspiring Madison Square Garden events, around 60 WFWP women leaders from Korea, Japan and the United States made their way to another meeting venue in order to meet with WFWP International President Yeon Ah Moon. The purpose of the gathering was to begin the discussion, as to how the three nations can collaborate based on the Founder's Vision, and Build a Culture of Peace. In fact, ​this was ​in direct response to Mother​ Moon's call during her message at MSG, when she said: "....these three nations [Korea, Japan, and the United States], ​need to unite...on the foundation of a revolution in the culture of heart​..."​

Even before July 15, Mother Moon had commissioned this meeting to take place together with President Yeon Ah Moon, asking in particular the women to lead the way to making this collaboration a reality.

WFWP USA President Angelika Selle opened the meeting welcoming each delegation of women leaders, 20 Korean leaders, 7 Japanese leaders, 20 US state chairwomen, as well as two leaders of the UN Office in New York, under the leadership of Alexa Ward, and more than 10 observers.​

Angelika Selle thanked the Korean and Japanese women for their many years of sacrifice, love, and patience. WFWP Korea and WFWP Japan have given much to internally nurture and raise up our organization here in America, almost like a father and mother. However, she also mentioned that now America has matured and is ready to take the lead.



She introduced Pres. Y​e​on Ah Moon who shed more light on the purpose of the meeting, and shared words from Mother Moon.

Then to loosen things up,a short ice-breaker followed. One representative of each group shared what ​she is passionate about in WFWP. The theme running through most of the four testimonies was that the ladies were proud to live at the same time as Mother Moon, who is our unique example of a true woman leader, to take part in her vision​ that is based on​ living with a mother's heart, and ​working together with​ women from every culture and background​ ​to make peace​ a reality.​

A delicious dinner was served that created a warm atmosphere for chatting and discussion at each table.

Then a one hour​ long​ discussion took place within each group discussing the question: "What is the Founder's vision for 2020, and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each nation in accomplishing it.”

​Pulling the two tables together, our American women leaders started to engage in deep conversation, sharing different insights, suggestions, and also posing many questions. ​​It was evident that within each nation ​and group​ the spirit and ideas were flowing to hear each person's take on the topic.

When each group had their representative give a summary report of their findings, it became very evident that each nation has great accomplishments; yet, initially, it was not easy to see a common base.

It was evident that this was just the beginning, and that more meetings such as this are needed to find a common base and common project, more than our common objective to support the Strategic Nations and also develop the Global Women’s Peace Network.

Instead of analyzing and summarizing the findings, Pres. Yeon Ah Moon requested that participants share their personal experiences at the Madison Square Garden event, their responses to Mother Moon's message, and any ​insights​ they ​wanted to relate to the group.

The stories and anecdotes, related in a very lively way,​​ created a whole new dimension and atmosphere in the room, especially when ​the US chairwomen expressed their hearts, emotion, and love for Mother

​Moon,​ ​quoted feedback from their guests who were completely inspired and transformed, and also expressed their sense that much more is being expected of​ ​women from now on.

Pres. Yeon Ah Moon concluded with words from her heart​, observations about Mother Moon, ​with whom she is privileged to serve and work with up close on a regular basis. Pres. Yeon Ah mentioned the great trust​ Mother Moon has in the women of the Women's​ Federation ​for World Peace as she regards this organization as ​a "direct extension" of her heart and body. All felt uplifted and came together in heart.



The evening concluded first with group photos, followed by individual group photos, and finally, photos were taken one on one with our lovely and beloved International President. All the ladies there truly appeared as beautiful shining lights.

​​The evening marked a good beginning for further communication and collaboration among the women leaders of these three nations, ​and held much promise for a​ ​​productive future ​together.​

Thank you Mother Moon and President Yeon Ah Moon, for your leadership and example, that continue to inspire all of us to not only keep going, but to outdo ourselves.

April 3rd, 2017

A Big THANK YOU! WFWPI 25th Anniversary Party

WFWP USA and WFWP International hosted a big celebration of the 25th Anniversary that took place on March 17th, 2017, with about 120 guests from the US and abroad. Our emcee, Katarina Connery, Vice President of WFWP USA, opened the program with her youthful and genuine spirit and briefly introduced the purpose of the evening, which was two-fold: to honor all international volunteers of the first 25 years of WFWP and then CELEBRATE!

WFWP USA President Angelika Selle shared a brief word of warm welcome, and recognized the international delegations, former and current leaders present from the United States, and the male representatives in the room.

International President Yeon Ah Moon then gave her special remarks thanking especially all men present for their support. She shared that “WFWP cannot fulfill our true role and mission without the help of our men, brothers, husbands and sons.” She thanked the many volunteers who made WFWP successful over the last 25 years and wished all well for the next quarter of a century to be even more successful.

A very moving video was shown depicting all volunteers worldwide who had received an award. The categories included outstanding long term service, outstanding financial contribution to the work of WFWP, and outstanding long term service from those who have passed away. Mrs. Carolyn Handschin, UN Secretary General of the UN office in Geneva and IVP of Europe, called all awardees by name, and thanked all volunteers in the room for their contribution.

We were very happy and proud that one of our awardees from the US was present, Mrs. Denneze Nelson, chairwoman for the state of New Jersey. She and Mrs. Friederike Buczyk from the WFWP UN team came on stage to receive their awards. The other awardees from the US included Sheri Rueter, who received a special plaque to honor her many years of service and investment, Linda Marshall Perry who was instrumental for acquiring the General Consultative Status at the UN, and Mr. Dan Bankus who truly supports the work of women at this time.

The dance floor didn’t seem big enough to hold what then followed: Dancing, moves, singing and joyful expression lead by Mr. Luke Higuchi who pulled almost everyone in the room on the dance floor and engaged them into line dancing. Apple Heaven USA provided just the right music, ambiance and backdrop to this very joyful occasion, concluding 25 years of amazing work of women, and opening up the next chapter of WFWP.

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April 3rd, 2017

CSW61, 25th Anniversary of WFWP: Highlights

Overview

This year’s annual CSW61 (Commission on the Status of Women) event was indeed very special in that WFWP International also celebrated our 25th Anniversary (founded in 1992) and the 20th Anniversary of our General Consultative Status as an NGO at the UN!

The week from March 12- 19, therefore, was chock full of programs, events, activities, and also meetings. We were especially grateful and blessed to have our WFWP International President, Professor Yeon Ah Choi Moon present with us during that entire week!

The events were put together mostly by the WFWP UN office and team under the leadership of Mrs. Alexa Ward, in collaboration with WFWP USA national headquarters and local chapters and chairwomen in the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania area.

The main events were also greatly supported by Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, Continental Director (now International Vice-President) of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), and Dr. Michael Balcomb, President of FFWPU USA and the Family Federation media team as well as the Apple Heaven USA band.

Altogether there were eight public events and about seven additional WFWP meetings and gatherings with Professor Choi Moon, and the International Vice Presidents (IVPs) as well as national leaders from abroad, to discuss internal matters, strategy, and planning for vision 2020.

All programs and events were attended well, were rich in content, and provided opportunities for young women to be educated and exposed to the UN and WFWP International History and current vision and mission.



Sunday, March 12: Consultation Day – Opening Day of all CSW events: “Women’s’ Rights and Gender Equity in the Changing World of Work”

Angelika Selle attended these very enlightening opening sessions with the chair of the NGO Committee Susan O’Malley opening the events at the Hunter College with about 400 women present. This year, for the first time since its inception, more than 8,000 women came to New York, and more than 1,100 organizations signed up to participate and have programs.

Right after the welcoming remarks a volunteer ensemble, United Nations Singers, sang four songs from different countries in the original language, truly setting the stage for international harmony. Two engaging panel discussions followed that set the tone for the topic; all interspersed with poetry and more songs. Together, this created the atmosphere and readied our mindset for the upcoming two-week marathon sessions in and around the UN. The special performer of the day was the Harlem Diva, LeeOlive Tucker, a singer from the Civil Rights Movement that I met personally after the performance.

I also attended a breakout session on Sex Trafficking, Child Labor in Africa and Forced Labor of Women. There, we met women from organizations addressing and battling with this insidious issue that no one seems to have gotten a handle on so far. For the first time the question was asked: What does it take to change mindsets and heart sets, for these serious problems to be resolved for good?

Monday, March 13: WFWPI Parallel event – “Women Fostering Peace and Co-prosperity: Intergenerational Collaboration Sans Arrogance” at Assembly Hall, Community Church of New York

This year’s panel consisted of both younger and older women, who shared their personal experience honestly in response to questions posed by the emcee, Ms Roudabeth Jamshid Eini. Questions included balancing work and career, how to relate with older and younger generations, and much more.

This year again, for the third time in a row, Dr. Bishop Gonzales’ Macademy Middle School students participated in the event to learn from the discussion and be exposed to this kind of setting. WFWP USA also invited friends and guests from the New York, New Jersey area as well as guests from other parts of the country.



Tuesday, March 14, 2017: Big SNOW BLIZZARD in New York and surrounding areas.

All CSW events were cancelled on that day as well as the special first time WFWPI “Meet and Greet” Open Event for networking and relaxation which had been planned at 43rd Street. I spent the entire day with our guests and colleagues from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Chicago; discussing and sharing about WFWP more in depth, the WFWP Founders, vision in action, the goals for 2020, and so much more. It became an educational and informational personal seminar for the ladies who were able to understand WFWP more in depth as a result.



Wednesday, March 13: WFWPI 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at the Diplomat Ballroom at the ONE UN New York Hotel located across the street from the UN.
It was significant to celebrate this occasion with representatives of the UN, close associates, and friends of WFWP; most of the international vice-presidents as well as some of the early pioneers of WFWP. It was rather significant to hold this kind of occasion at this location, since WFWP International in a way represents nations working together in unity.

Three Global Women’s Peace Awards were given to Mrs. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Dr. Rima Salah, and the Nation of Japan, whose members were the very first pioneers worldwide to make the foundation for WFWP. Also, President Yeon Ah Moon received a special award from Founder and President of Active Intervention of Mothers, Inc., Amalle Daou. The award was for the organization’s 2017 Best Contribution to Women’s Empowerment.



Thursday, March 14, 2017: Evening session for young women, Strategic Planning and Peace Studies as an Academic Discipline by Dr. Thomas Ward

WFWP USA invited 10-15 young women from the local area who attended and were very pleased with the information given.

That evening, the news arrived of the sudden passing of two wonderful WFWP women leaders in Thailand and also Taiwan, who had faithfully invested themselves over many years for WFWP. President Yeon Ah Moon immediately called for a special spiritual reading followed by testimonies anda prayer circle for the sisters to surround them with love and comfort at their time of transition. We all felt the seriousness of that moment and for the work of empowering women worldwide.



Friday, March 17, 2017: Special WFWP USA Meeting with Pr. Yeon Ah Moon

Despite her grueling schedule, Pres. Yeon Ah Moon asked to meet with WFWP members and volunteers of WFWP USA from the area. In spite of the short notice, close to 20 women gathered to hear straight from her heart, the heart of Mother Moon, and guidance for this current time. Pres. Moon gave a special gift of a high- class pen to the ladies to say thank you for their great efforts.



Saturday, March 18: Horizon Summit at East Garden

This one day seminar provided an opportunity especially for young women to receive inspiration and education on WFWP, and how WFWP works in the UN as an NGO.

Mrs. Angelika Selle, WFWP USA President emceed for the day, opened up the morning by welcoming all women and sharing what inspires her to work with and for WFWP: Vision, Mission, Philosophy and Founders. She interjected many personal anecdotes and stories to show how WFWP puts the vision into practice.

Dr. Rima Sala then spoke on her experience in working at the UN for the last few decades; followed by a more intimate setting with the young women in a circle, encouraged to ask any kind of question.

Mrs. Karen Smith, long time former member of WFWP (for 20 years) elaborated on how to best work within the system of the UN while using a more “feminine” approach and how to get results. It seemed like a good marriage of putting the vision of WFWP into action at and with the UN.

After a delicious Korean lunch, Dr. Thomas Ward surprised most all with a very intricate group exercise to understand and own the reality of negotiating oil prices between two enemy countries such as Iraq and Iran. It brought to everyone the important lesson of seeking mutual prosperity and trying to satisfy each party’s interests rather than stubbornly holding on to your own position. It was very insightful and entertaining.

All participants had the opportunity to then take a tour of the East Garden, the former residence of the Founders, Dr. and Mrs. Moon. It is always a very uplifting experience to spend time in their residence, which is filled with a clear and beautiful spirit: “leaving all concerns and worries outside the door,” as the calligraphy sign says at the entrance of the house.



Sunday, March 19, 2017: Horizon Summit- Educational Tour

Those who were able to stay for one more day, were in for a special retreat to go on a field trip to visit the FDR home and tour of the museum. Through a special lecture they learned about the contributions of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt to the founding of the UN, had a great lunch and toured the Val-Kill historic site, where the former first lady had spent the latter years of her life.

 

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March 3rd, 2017

Igniting a New Culture: Leadership of "Soft Power" and Heart

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.

Sakena Yacobi receiving the SunHak Peace Prize from Dr. Moon.Sakena Yacobi receiving the SunHak Peace Prize from Dr. Moon.
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.

Gino Strada Receiving the SunHak Peace Prize from Dr. Moon.Gino Strada Receiving the SunHak Peace Prize from Dr. Moon.

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!!

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February 1st, 2017

AK and The Experts Show Features WFWP USA

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.

Aimmee, Angelika, Mary Hida, and Stephanie ThompsonAimmee, Angelika, Mary Hida, and Stephanie Thompson

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