Friday, October 15, 2010

The Little Angels visit Luxembourg on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War

On September 18, 2010 the Little Angels Cultural Dance Troupe, founded by Sun Myung Moon, and promoted by the Korean Cultural Foundation, the Government of Korea, and a swarm of corporate sponsors stopped in Luxembourg as part of a 16 nation tour to honor the veterans of of the Korean War who fought as a United Nations alliance under US command to protect the free and democratic south from the aggression of Kim Il Sung's North Korea, The Soviet Union, and China.

There is much to say about the war, and about the remarkable gesture of gratitude exhibited in this major global undertaking to thank these honorable veterans as they move into their 80's and 90's and slowly lose their life long friends once again.

These young ladies who make up the Little Angels are exquisite ambassadors of gratitude from a nation that has risen from the ashes to become an important contributor to world culture.

It is true that many of these children might not even be alive were it not for the valiant sacrifice and devotion of these soldiers fighting and dying in a strange and far off land.

The visit of the Little Angels in Luxembourg was a grand affair, endorsed by the nation's prime minister and attended by the international diplomatic corps, and Luxembourg's political, social, cultural, and business leaders.

Much about the visit, and on many distinct occasions the impact was deeply moving; often tugging at the heart and moving to tears.

On this site however, I wish simply to show some images of the visit. It is a long sequence of photos. You can go to the site directly by clicking on the slide show if you prefer.

The Little Angels arrived, led by the head of the Korean Cultural Foundation, Mr. Bo Hi Pak. The little ones had a day of sight seeing, and then performed two ceremonies of commemoration, one at the Luxembourg war memorial, and the second at the US National Cemetary where General Patton is buried.

Mr. Pak and the visiting delegation offered a special luncheon for the veterans, and later that same evening Little Angels performed.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Opinion: Concrete barrier removed in Jerusalem

Opinion: Concrete barrier removed in Jerusalem

Values in Knowledge Foundation

Values in Knowledge Foundation

On August 10, 2010 the State of New York granted incorporation to the Values in Knowledge Foundation.

We are very excited for the official launch of this project.

Please visit the site as we begin the important work of the foundation.

Thank you

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Touch of Harmony Progam at NYU

Jamiyah Singapore is a magnificent and far ranging organization comprised of a host of social welfare activities that seem to cover all areas both of human need, as well as those of personal aspiration, and social improvement. It's founder and president is the bright, peaceful, pleasant visionary Abu Bakar Maidin, whom I had the honor and pleasure of meeting on my recent travels to Dublin.

One of the projects of Jamiya Singapore is the Touch of Harmony Program, now in its 6th successful year. In its own words:
In this experiential programme, a team of students and faculty members from New York University and various Universities in Singapore are given the opportunity to visit each other’s homeland to observe, work together and actively partake in educational, developmental and welfare missions and activities so as to learn about different socio-cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

On July 20, Touch of Harmony program leaders Mohamad Hosni Abdul Malik of Jamiyah Singapore, and Ms. Valerie Cabral of NYU invited me to spend an evening with this year's leadership participants. I shared with them my experiences and guidance from the pursuit of harmony among the world's religions, and endeavored to answer questions.

My experience was wonderful. The caliber of the students/program participants was superior in all ways.. These young people were enormously bright, engaged, informed, and present.

We had a couple of pictures together, one in the lecture hall,

And one over dinner with the photographer who humbly took the picture and missed the chance to pose with us.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Visionary of Peace Award

On Saturday, June 5, 2010, I was awarded the 2010 Visionary of Peace Award by the Interfaith Round Table of Ireland, the Inter Cultural Peace Center, and the Sheikh Satardien Justice and Peace Foundation

Other recipients included Professor Hamid bin Ahmad al-Rifaie and Dr Abdullah Omar Nasseef of Saudi Arabia.

The award was given as part of the 6th annual IRI interfaith peace conference, entitled Deity and Darwin.

Conference participation comprised an impressive collection of international and local leaders and scholars devoted to peace.

Some of the participants are seen here on the conference schedule:

Here are some pictures of the conference. The conference was attended by senior Catholic and Protestant clergy, as well as the Ambassador from Nigeria to Ireland:

While at the conference I delivered a paper on the conference theme.

A preliminary draft of this paper can be read here.

Conference organizers, particularly Sheikh Satardien generously supported my travel and lodging that allowed me to participate in this prestigious meeting.

But before the conference began, I was graciously hosted by Geoffrey Ross, the brother of a long time friend Peter.

My brief time with Geoffrey can be seen here

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Put to bed

I spent the last 30 days in the excruciating mission to oversee completing a manuscript to release for a large print run.

As I've tried to explain to friends and family the unique anxiety, pressures, and content of my 20 hour days, I realized that the experience has to stay within (at least for the time being). It feels incommunicable.

On Friday night April 23 my signature when onto the book block.

Here are a couple of scenes at the printer (around the book cover)

War and Religion

I was invited to speak at U Mass on the topic of Religion and War.

It turned out to be an excellent program with a very good panel of speakers.

Here are some pictures from the event followed by a brief word on the speakers

Speakers for faith Alive 2010

Tsültrim Davis is a member of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, a Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism under the spiritual guidance of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Imam Taalib Mahdee works for the Department of Corrections as a chaplain, and he is a religious leader at Masjid Al-Quran, Dorchester MA

PAUL L. ATWOOD is a senior lecturer in the American studies department and research associate in the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, both at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is a Vietnam-era veteran and an editor of Sticks and Stones: Living with Uncertain Wars (2006).

Shanadeen Begay- is Navajo by racial category and of the Red House Clan.

Reverend Gerard McKeon SJ- works for the Archdiocese of Boston in campus ministry at Salem State College and at UMASS Boston

Friday, April 9, 2010

War and Religion

I will give a presentation at this event in Boston this Wednesday

War and Religion - Student Event at U Mass

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Luxembourg Peace Seminar

On March 21, 2010, I will deliver a 2 day seminar on the elements and dynamics of a peaceful society.

Here is the invitation to the seminar:

Luxembourg Seminar on the Elements and Dynamics of a Peaceful Society

Monday, January 18, 2010

Program in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Sunday, 17 January 2010 I was invited to speak on the program In Honor and in Memory of the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Free Synagogue of Flushing,

The speech is here :