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In September of this year, Hurricane Maria caused extensive damage in Puerto Rico, leaving the citizens in a dire situation. Months later, many people are still without electricity and even more without access to clean water. Moved by the tragedy, Universal Peace Federation of Colorado, in partnership with WFWP Colorado and local salsa instructor, Mercy Gonzales, sponsored a fundraiser for disaster relief in Puerto Rico on Saturday, December 9th. A representative of World Vision, the organization chosen as the recipient of the fundraiser, traveled from Seattle to make a presentation about the work they are doing there to help families devastated by the hurricane. As of November 19, World Vision and local church and community partners had helped nearly 52,000 people, including 17,280 households. Hurricane survivors have received food, water,…
On November 18th, an Interreligious Celebration of Marriage event took place in the Denver Family Church. It was hosted by the Women's Federation for World Peace of Colorado and was sponsored by the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU). Six married couples participated: two with a photo of their spouses, and four with their spouses present. The sanctuary was decorated with white streamers and banners of the world’s religions to heighten the celebratory atmosphere. The main theme of this event was that we need each other to create a culture of peace: no one religion, denomination, race, or ethnicity can do it alone. Marriages and families centered on God, especially those that merge different religions or backgrounds, bring people together for a common purpose and therefore are the…
People from a variety of faith backgrounds, including Muslim, Methodist, Mormon, Buddhist, Hindu, Unificationist, Pentecostal, and 7th Day Adventist, all joyfully gathered to commemorate International Day of Peace on September 21st in the sunny courtyard of the Grace United Methodist Church. We stood outdoors together in a large circle and each person had an opportunity to share their unique message of peace, through a prayer, a poem, a song, scripture, a quote, an original peace message, or an interactive exercise. Padma, a young Buddhist nun, encouraged,"We should strive to see each other's potential rather than each other's weak points." Pastor Oyedeji, a Nigerian Pentecostal minister explained, "In marriage, I council the couples in my church to learn to compromise so that there can be peace in marriage.” Karen del Peno…
The snow fell wet and heavy the night before our WFWP 25th Anniversary event on April 29. That is April weather in Denver, Colorado. It can rain, snow, hail and then burst forth with bright sunshine, all in the span of one day. But at 8 pm the night before, I was getting worried. Fellow shoppers at the grocery store told me we were getting anywhere from four to 12 inches of snow. They held up their smart phones and gave me grave looks."We can't have worked so hard on this event to have it cancelled!" I inwardly cried to myself and to God. I called my co-chairwoman, Shirley Chimes. She too was concerned, but we both came to the same conclusion: let's wait until morning and then we can…
The other day I thought of you In my mind's eye, I saw you Lovely Sister with a beautiful smile. Began my day and turned my dial. Since then, I'm thinking all the time Why don't my sister and I dine? Let's dress to the T's and wear a hat My lovely sister and I, out to eat Breakfast, lunch, or dinner; Please consider and let me know. I'm home all day with my phone, Waiting for you to call. So we can be alone, Together, dining, sharing -- together.
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