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The North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) hosted a conference at the University of California in San Diego on Aug. 6-9, 2017. For this event, NAIN invited WFWP to host a Bridge of Peace ceremony to open the conference.There were over 20 faiths and 90 different groups represented at the conference. There were many students from the University of Arizona as well as young adults from Mexico. Altogether, there were over 170 people who attended.Toshiko Modesitt organized the Bridge of Peace with Sheri Rueter. Pastor George Kazokos of the Family Church in Los Angeles brought the bridge from L.A., which was decorated with beautiful flowers arranged by Toshiko. WFWP members Emma Reed, Caroline Betancourt, Keiko Loew, and Monica Ishioka also joined to assist the ceremony. Sheri’s friend, Sharon Ribeiro, even attended…
The Bridge of Peace Ceremony is the signature project of the Women's Federation for World Peace. Crossing the Bridge of Peace is an opportunity for those who participate to experience healing and reconciliation. No one is exempt from the need for this. On May 28th, the almost 200 people who attended the Bridge of Peace Ceremony held in South Gate, California, brought with them the spirit of friendship and love. Many were attending for the first time. The participants who had volunteered to walk the bridge brought with them a spirit of hope for reconciliation and peace in their lives.Last year, on behalf of WFWP in the Los Angeles area, I organized the first Bridge of Peace Ceremony in South Gate and rented a smaller auditorium. For that event, 120…
To help the more than 50 attendees celebrate WFWP’s 25th Anniversary in Los Angeles, Mrs. Angelika Selle, President WFWP USA, attended and brought us new insight on the direction WFWP is taking. During the first session, Angelika introduced WFWP’s founders Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon and Rev. Sun Myung Moon and spoke about their vision for WFWP. She gave a brief history of WFWP’s accomplishments. Many guests were surprised to hear about the 1600 ladies that were sent from Japan to 172 countries soon after its founding, to establish service projects around the world. Many of those projects still exist today, including seven WFWP schools in Africa.Angelika thanked all the Japanese guests in the room, one of whom had gone out with those ladies. She also honored Mrs. Sheri Rueter…
Editorial Note: Sheri Rueter, former Vice-President of WFWP and also chairwoman of Southern California is also known as the "Queen of the Bridge of Peace". Sheri together with a small group of women brought the Bridge of Peace to Public Schools, other organizations, and cities in the Southern California area back in the nineties and conveys the heart of it so beautifully. Sheri received the international Global Citizenship Award at the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of WFWP International. We truly appreciate her!I am so honored to celebrate 25 years of WFWP with you today. This is a very simple bridge; but it is very beautiful to me and to many of the women who are gathered here today. This bridge is a memory we hold in our hearts, a…
I came to the US in 1983 from Japan. Since then I have been living and working in the US. I have always loved the activities of WFWP and have had a strong desire to establish WFWP where I live in San Diego, California. The closest chapter to us is very far away and difficult to go to. However, until now, it wasn’t possible because I could not gather at least three ladies to really begin WFWP activities where I live.My friend Keiko Loew and I began praying and speaking together every day at 5 o’clock in the morning and continued for more than three months. Even though there were only two of us during that time, we were so moved by reading about the vision and mission of WFWP,…
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