October 09, 2010 , CBG, Seoul Korea
UPF International Chairman’s Keynote address given on the occasion of the Interfaith Assembly: The Significance of Interfaith for Peace and Development on October 9, 2010. Seoul, South Korea.
Dear distinguished spiritual leaders from around the world! I was moved by the recitation of sacred words from the scriptures of your traditions, and your prayers, bringing God’s blessing to our endeavors.
Thank you for gracing this occasion with your presence, and for your lifelong commitment in service to God, humanity and global peace.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you here to the Cheon Bok Gung. This sanctuary is dedicated to the vision and wisdom of Almighty God, who leads us toward peace according to divine providence. This providence has been served through all the world’s great religions and faith traditions and can only be consummated or realized by all of them working in concert.
Our meeting here in this holy place is an expression of our mutual commitment to discover the path to lasting peace, and I am sure that God’s blessings are upon all of us.
This is also my spiritual home, the place where I come to give glory to God every day. This is a place where we share the good news of God’s providence and the vision of his Peace Kingdom. I am very pleased that you are all here today. So, once again, welcome to Korea and welcome to the Cheon Bok Gung!
This morning, it is my distinct honor and privilege to share with you a few words on behalf of my parents, Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, Father and Mother Moon. This morning, because it is a primary focus for our Interfaith Assembly, and because it is so central to the mission of the Universal Peace Federation, I want to share with you my Father’s vision for the establishment of an interreligious council at the United Nations, for this represents an urgent and necessary step towards world peace.
My Father has great respect for the United Nations. Had it not been for the United Nations Peace Force, comprised of 16 nations, not only would this nation of South Korea not exist today as a free and democratic society where religion has flourished, but neither would my Father have survived to carry out his providential mission. Nor, needless to say, would I be here today.
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