Budapest, Hungary—"Living with Others, Living for Others" was the title of an Ambassadors Forum organized by UPF and two affiliated organizations.
The forum, which was held in Budapest’s La Vida Duna Event Hall on October 21, 2023, was organized by the Hungarian chapters of UPF, Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) and Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU).
The event included a commemoration of UPF co-founder Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, following the 11th anniversary in September of his passing away in 2012.
The guests were welcomed by WFWP-Hungary President Katsuyo Bendzsa, followed by the oratorio singer Anna Mária Ballai's songs. Through a short video, participants learned about the main achievements of the UPF founder.
Then Zsuzsanna Klimesné Bakonyi, the former president of FFWPU-Hungary, gave a brief insight into Reverend Moon's life, followed by Gábor Albert Tóth, the new FFWPU president, who explained how Reverend Moon’s teaching inspired him to live for the sake of others.
Flowers of remembrance were offered by Mr. Tóth and his wife on behalf of all of us. A moving performance by opera singer Gabriella Fábry, an Ambassador for Peace, and pianist Gabriella Szentpéteri closed the commemoration.
The second part of the event, with a presentation of the Ambassadors for Peace movement, was started by UPF-Hungary President Erzsébet Sturmné Tomka, followed by reports of the organizations, projects, and Ambassadors for Peace. The presentation showed how, through the teachings of Reverend Moon and his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, the ideal of living for others is translated into reality.
The work of the International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF) in Hungary was presented by Ágnes Berta, the IRFF president of Hungary. Sarah Ciuca, András Simon and his wife gave a presentation about the Peace Cup project, and Vasile Perejuc spoke about his work with Ukrainian refugees.
To our great pleasure, Kamilla Dévay Nagy, a guitarist and singer, recalled, with a touch of humor, some nice moments of her work as an Ambassador for Peace. The Ambassador for Peace candidates were also given the opportunity to introduce themselves; it was good to see what areas of life they are active in.
Five Ambassadors for Peace were then appointed. Two of them will support WFWP, and three will support UPF. Our youngest appointee was awarded the title of Youth Ambassador for Peace.
One of the highlights of the evening was Kamilla Dévay Nagy’s performance. The formal part of the event ended with inspiring words from Péter Mészáros, UPF secretary general of Hungary, after which the guests continued their discussions in a pleasant atmosphere.