Unity Prayer Meeting Held in Washington State
Seattle, WA – Unity Prayer Meeting held by Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – Ambassadors For Peace Association Washington State (AFPAWS), on Saturday, January 16, 2016, from 10-11:30am in the historic Jose Rizal Park, in Seattle, Washington state.
The meeting was the 2nd Annual Unity Prayer Meeting to start the year together with local Ambassadors For Peace (AFP) in Washington state. The local UPF Staff began organizing for the program in December of 2015. That morning AFP and members of the Seattle Bituin (Star) Lions Club arrived an hour before the meeting time to clean the park area where the meeting was to be held, which helped prepare a holy atmosphere.
Twenty-five Ambassadors for Peace and friends gathered together to share words of inspiration and prayers for our families and communities. Those attending were from diverse ethnic backgrounds and various faith communities, including Christian (Catholic and Protestant) and Unificationist.
Prayers were offered asking God our Creator for guidance in our working for and bringing about greater peace and harmony in our communities. We shared words from the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s sermon entitled “Loving Your Enemies”, and then a selection from the Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon’s speech given at the founding of the Universal Peace Federation entitled “God’s Ideal Family: The Model for World Peace”. The UPF was co-founded by the Reverend Moon and his wife, Dr. Hakja Han Moon, on September 12, 2005.
Then we went to prayer, with 3 representative prayers, which were followed by a unison prayer, followed by a closing prayer. We then sang two songs: “Let there be peace on earth”, and “God Bless America”. We concluded by rallying with the signs made by our UPF Staff member Mrs. Yuko Faris, proclaiming that we should “Forgive, Love and Unite”, first with God and then with each other. All felt this is a great way to start off the new year.
Reported by: Ray McCready, UPF Washington State Exec. Director and President of AFPAWS.