Seend, United Kingdom—A weekend retreat allowed Ambassadors for Peace to form friendships as well as study Principles of Peace.
Twenty-seven Ambassadors for Peace and UPF staff traveled from Birmingham, Swindon and London to Cleeve House, a beautiful manor house in the Wiltshire countryside, for the weekend program, which took place on July 26 to 28, 2019.
For UK Ambassadors for Peace, the quarterly retreat is a perfect place and time to discuss peace principles that could change the world, transcending religion, race and nationality. On almost every occasion, participants have had deep insights into the UPF Principles of Peace during the retreat.
Equally important is the formation of friendships with other Ambassadors for Peace; this occurs through an introduction evening, informal meetings and regular outings. The nature of the retreat allows them to feel more at ease than they would at a formal event.
This weekend was no exception, Ambassadors for Peace formed friendships with their fellows, and we all made a close bond. They all appreciated the hospitality and participated in washing up and setting the tables. The atmosphere was very much like a family, comprising all colors, religions and backgrounds.
One highlight was the personal testimony of local UPF supporters Carlo and Barbara Zaccarelli. Carlo told how, many years ago, a romantic but shy Italian young man was introduced to an English young rose. This had us all in deep laughter as well as moved to tears.