Experiencing a “New Eden” – Eco-Volunteering in Paraguay

The UPF Pathway to a Sustainable Future Project was the first of its kind and started off in Asuncion, Paraguay on July 6th. We were to explore Puerto Leda, Dr. Sun Myung Moon’s vision of a “New Eden” and how living in an underdeveloped native Indian village would change our view on life. I had… Read More Experiencing a “New Eden” – Eco-Volunteering in Paraguay

Empowering women, empowering humanity: picture it!

International Women’s Day 2015. 23 March 2015, House of Lords, Committee Room 4. “Every day should be International Women’s Day,” opened Baroness Verma. The resounding applause that followed highlighted Baroness Verma’s firm insistence that “we all [must] work together as it takes people to bring people together.” Women were not the only members of the audience, but “enlightened men.” The men in attendance were commended for their presence as it formed solidarity amongst those in attendance.… Read More Empowering women, empowering humanity: picture it!

Discussing the Present and Future of Religious Education in Schools

Short recapitulation of the talks given at the seminar House of Lords, 9 December 2014 Organised by UPF and Youth UPF Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham (our host for the evening) Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham welcomed everyone to the House of Lords, sharing some of his background and passion for the topic of Religious… Read More Discussing the Present and Future of Religious Education in Schools

Muslims in Western Media: Just to ‘Like’ or Dare to ‘Share’?

Our Finnish Youth UPF team was invited to participate in the Islamic Media Conference Finland 2014, which took place in Technopolis, Helsinki on the 27th of September. The topic of the conference was Intermediate Islamic Media, and the discussion focused on the role of Islam in Western mainstream media and consequent effects on integration of… Read More Muslims in Western Media: Just to ‘Like’ or Dare to ‘Share’?

European Youth Event: Personal Highlights – Part 2

Volunteering for the Unemployed? By Benedikta We were discussing many questions about volunteering in the workshop : “Don’t ask what Europe can do for you – What can you do for Europe?” Basically, the questions were about how to promote volunteering, as many reported, the experience they gained through volunteering helped them in their character… Read More European Youth Event: Personal Highlights – Part 2

Conversations about a Greater Europe: The Results

About 40 people joined on June 3rd our “Conversations about a Greater Europe” in Vienna. The event was organized in cooperation with ACUNS, the Academic Council of the UN System Liaison Office Vienna.”Identity. Boarders. Peace.” where the three themes the young gathering tackled. Lukas Wank, the Founder of Shabka expressed is concerns that European Democracies… Read More Conversations about a Greater Europe: The Results

European Youth Event: Personal Highlights – Part 1

Some thoughts and reflections from the Youth UPF delegation to the European Youth Event (EYE) held in Strasbourg, May 8th-11th. We represented Austria, Finland, France, Germany and Italy. Honest Insights from Young Entrepeneurs by Anja The session about entrepreneurship at the EYE2014 in Strasbourg was led by active entrepreneurs which told their personal life stories… Read More European Youth Event: Personal Highlights – Part 1

Ukrainian Russian youth symposium held in Vienna

On Saturday, 29th of March, 15 Russians and Ukrainians met up to discuss matters of identity, values and neighborhood-relations as well as talk about visions of future for their societies. In world café-style small groups debated 4 questions (see below). In a reflexion round afterwards the need for further and profound possibilities of exchange was… Read More Ukrainian Russian youth symposium held in Vienna

We met and changed

For the Project Blog creatingchange2013.wordpress.com. Fotos: Thomas König. 36 young people from the United Kingdom, Finland, Austria, Italy, Malta, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Palestine gathered from October 20th – 27th to share experiences and explore perspectives on what “real social change” is. This meant incubator spirit and visible results. The first 3 ½ days were dedicated… Read More We met and changed

Moscow-Paris-Vienna: Connecting for the World Interfaith Harmony Week

During the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2014, UPF Youth Austria, France and Russia joined in organising an interfaith event at the initiative of UPF Russia. A questionnaire about interfaith harmony was sent to UPF members, ambassadors for peace and friends. In 3 days, we collected over 130 answers. A public video-conference was then held between… Read More Moscow-Paris-Vienna: Connecting for the World Interfaith Harmony Week

10 Days of Community Service and Building International Friendships

By Anastasia Petrovskaya   From the 1st to 10th of August, 2013 the Religious Youth Service project took place in Estonia, Johvi. The project was supported by the Lutheran church of St. Michael. Main purposes of this social project were improving the building and grounds of the Lutheran church, improving and cleaning the memorial cemetery… Read More 10 Days of Community Service and Building International Friendships

Youth Civic Engagement: Discussed on International Youth Day

How can political education, and education provided by religious/ local communities foster civic engagement? On Friday (August 14, 2015) evening Youth UPF hosted an event to mark International Youth Day wherein audience members joined the panel in a lively discussion regarding how political education and education provided by religious local communities can be used to… Read More Youth Civic Engagement: Discussed on International Youth Day

Welche Rolle können Religionen im Jahr 2015 für den Frieden spielen?

Die Frage die wir uns heute stellen ist: „Welche Rolle können Religionen im Jahr 2015 für den Frieden spielen?“ Je nachdem wo wir uns auf diesem Planeten befinden, stellt sich diese Frage etwas anders. Heute sind wir in Deutschland und was Deutschland – zumindest was Gießen betrifft – haben wir es in der Diskussion außschließlich… Read More Welche Rolle können Religionen im Jahr 2015 für den Frieden spielen?