Report on AFPAWS Dinner meeting celebrating the 33rd UN Int’l Day of Peace

Many gathered together on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the Windermere House overlooking beautiful Lake Washington and the Cascade mountains to the east.

Our purpose was three-fold: first to celebrate the 33rd UN International Day of Peace, second to hear some words from UPF Founders Rev. and Mrs. Moon about the necessity for the Universal Peace Federation and the Ambassadors for Peace program to give guidance to the UN’s peace-making work.

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AFP Mrs. Emma Herron performed the MC job so very well, including informing us about the ongoing visit to the USA by Pope Francis. Emma recounted the key points made during his speeches given earlier in the day to a joint session of the US Congress.

Reverend Richard Rivers, of the “Church Without Walls” of the Skyway area of Seattle, gave a wonderful benediction for the meeting and the dinner.

Reverend Richard Rivers, of the “Church Without Walls” of the Skyway area of Seattle, gave a wonderful benediction for the meeting and the dinner.

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During the tasty meal prepared by AFP volunteer cooks, we made conversation and then introductions.

Following dinner, Mr. Prosper Ndabishuriye, founder of the charity JRMD-YRWD (Jeunesse en Reconstruction du Monde en Destruction – Youth in Reconstruction of a World in Destruction) which builds homes for Burundians displaced by the periodic inter-tribal strife between the majority Hutu and minority Tutsi communities. A video was shown showing homes built and a school in operation for disadvantaged children; altogether a very moving report. As Mr. Ndabishuriye said repeatedly, he can do great things with donations from “friends and friends of friends”.

Next the UPF Secretary General for Washington State gave a brief talk on the topic: “Why we need UPF’s guidance for the UN to accomplish effective peace-making.”

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Following all went out onto the porch facing Lake Washington to participate in a candle-light prayer circle celebrating the UN International Day of Peace for 2015.

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We ended with a group photo of most of the participants, together with the banner:

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