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"Heaven and hell - what does that mean for me and for us?" was the theme of the UPF prayer breakfast on Saturday, October 28, 2023, which was as popular and lively as ever!  We chose this theme to mark the Christian days of remembrance for the deceased in November. This time, we were once again invited by the Bavarian Church of Scientology to their premises in Munich-Schwabing, where we enjoyed a hearty breakfast after an introductory prayer for peace.

This interesting topic very soon led to a lively exchange with differing viewpoints from the 13 participants representing the Muslim Ahmadiyya community, the Catholic Church, the Innayat Sufi Order, Scientology and the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. On this occasion, we had no designated speaker, and each person took their turn to express what they understood by heaven or hell.

Finally, we all concluded that there is no substitute for peace and that we are all responsible for building heaven on earth, in ourselves, in our families and in our common world; it is not a matter of waiting for a heaven, but of working on it here and now.

In the words of Rev. Moon, the founder of UPF "The kingdom of heaven does not begin sometime, but right now. Heaven is the world of the heart."  And so we acted accordingly and built a small piece of it.

Report by Robert Bentele, UPF representative in Munich

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