of Peace Award Ceremony“
Vienna - Austria, November 21st 2004
national convocation of Ambassadors for Peace entitled “Foundations for a Culture of Heart and Lasting Peace“
took place at
the meeting hall of the Vienna Family Federation on November 21st
2004. 150 people, among them more than 30 Ambassadors for Peace were
warmly welcomed by Rev. Peter Zöhrer, regional chair of IIFWP Central
Dr. Fuat Sanac, President of the Moslem Academics in
Austria recited verses of the Koran as an invocation. The Moslems just
finished Ramadan, their month of fasting, a few days ago.
begin the program the choir of the Austrian Family Federation for World
Peace made a special contribution towards the atmosphere by singing two
songs relating to the theme of the afternoon: peace and unity. This choir
has a special history: Rev. Moon came to Vienna in 1972. At this
time he made a special visit to the home of the Vienna Boys Choir. And he
founded a choir with the name “Vienna Youth Choir”. The youth from
that time are the mothers and fathers of the children who are singing in
the choir today. And quite a few of them were members of the Vienna Boys
Choir themselves. Rev.
Moon’s inspiration is
finally bearing fruit.
Peter Haider, secretary general of IIFWP Austria
reported about the activities of the IIFWP in Austria and internationally.
He informed the audience that the United Nations General Assembly recently passed a resolution promoting
Inter-religious Dialogue. It affirms that Inter-religious Dialogue
constitutes an important dimension of dialogue among civilizations and of
the culture of peace. He encouraged everybody to spread the importance of
this dimension of peace making to religious leaders, politicians and the
media during the coming year.
presentation of a video report introduced to the audience the meaning of
the “Coronation ceremony” in the context of establishing a Kingdom of
Yong Cheol Song, Chairman of IIFWP in Europe presented
the main lecture of the event entitled “The Significance of Marriage,
Family and the World Peace Blessing” which was very well received by the
audience. Several participants asked for a written transcript of the
lecture. Then three representative couples of the Ambassadors for Peace
were invited to the stage to partake in the Holy Wine and Blessing
ushers distributed Holy Wine and Holy Juice to all participants in the
audience. Rev. and Mrs. Song concluded this solemn ceremony by giving a
blessing prayer in their native language Korean. A few days later the wife
diplomat said how happy she was to have participated in this blessing of
her marriage. As she grew up in communist Albania she never had a chance
to have her marriage blessed in a religious ceremony.
This part of the program, which focused on the importance of the family, was followed by honouring new Ambassadors for Peace.
“Crown of Peace Award” was given to Prof. Dr. Josef
Frickel, a Catholic Professor of patristic theology who has supported our
inter-religious activities since the early nineties; Mr. Guenther Ahmed
Rusznak a Moslem writer and press spokesman for FOREF- Forum Religious
Freedom and Mr. Peter Jurkowitsch, a master of Japanese Kyudo archery and a supporter of our
activities for many years.
Then Elder Reuben Silverbird was invited to the podium and he gave a heartfelt recommendation that Rev. and Mrs. Moon be honoured as the King and the Queen of Peace. He spoke from his heart to the heart of the audience highlighting his own encounters with Father Moon during blessing ceremonies and conferences. He told us his good memories also many projects he did together with members of the federation in Korea, Italy, Slovenia and many other countries.
and Mrs. Brockelmann carried the crowns of peace and the gowns in solemn
procession, underlined by festive music. Rev. and Mrs. Song received the
crowns and the robes and placed them on specially prepared chairs. Flowers
were then presented to them.
was also significant that during the ceremony representatives from the
nations of the past Danube Monarchy of the Habsburgs were present; among
them the president of IIFWP Slovakia, Ambassador Harencar and leading
representatives of the IIFWP chapters in Hungary and the Czech Republic.
They could witness that Austria celebrated a spiritual new beginning with
the crowning of the king and queen of peace and thus buried the conflicts
of the past forever. In
conclusion the Family Federation Choir returned to the stage and sang
“Let there be Peace on Earth”.
Banquet was done in the traditional Viennese way and dinner was served by
the young generation of the Family Federation.
Miss Kamio Ogawa, a young Japanese lady
living in Vienna, came on stage and showed
with a lot of grace, charm and dynamic energy a drum
dance, which she learned in Korea. The dance
symbolised the act of creation and the devotion of mankind to God. This
was a fitting introduction to the “Mongolian Federation for World Peace”
which was inaugurated recently in Seoul, Korea. The inaugural declaration
was read by Rev. Peter Zöhrer and everyone was invited to sign it.
a finale, Dr. Brashanti Mendis, wife of the Ambassador of Sri Lanka
performed some astonishing melodies on two Caribbean steel drums,
accompanied by a pianist from the Philippines. Her repertoire ranged from Glenn Millers “In
the Mood” and “Kumbaya my Lord” to music from Lehar and
Strauss. With Viennese waltzes in their ears the guests left from a new
Viennese Heaven of Peace.