The following report is from Dr. Robert Kittel, UTS ’93, who was in Kathmandu on April 25 and whose wife remains there. Dr. Kittel is temporarily visiting the United Statesand serves as the Universal Peace Federation Director for Education in Asia.

The Unification Theological Seminary welcomed two new trustees to the Board in April, Dr. Hugh Spurgin, UTS President announced.  “We are looking forward to the energy and talents of Dr. Thomas Ward and Dr. Christine Hempowicz of the University of Bridgeport,” Spurgin said.

On October 10th, 2007 the student small group lead by Rev. Hobin Lee, held chapel service for the UTS community at Barrytown.

This week’s chapel focused on practical initiatives being carried out in different countries, to bring about lasting peace.

Mr. George Ogurie emceed the service, calling everyone to song and prayer before introducing his group mates Mr. Joshua Lorenzana, and Rev. Hobin Lee, who in turn shared about experiences in their respective mission fields and countries.

First up, Mr. Lorenzana introduced the audience to his native country of the Philippines via a slideshow. He explained that a lot of work had been done by a group called Service for Peace which focuses on social work and friendship bonds to create peace. Furthermore, Mr. Lorenzana explained that the issue of interfaith cooperation was being addressed via character education in schools, as this is a common concern for religions worldwide.

Next, Rev. Lee presented an extensive portfolio of his work in the city of Incheon, South Korea. He explained that he has been largely involved with the Universal Peace Federation and its Ambassadors for Peace program, to spread the message of peace through interfaith dialogue in the political sphere at the grassroots level.

In his concluding prayer Mr. Ogurie said that what UTS students are to do with their religious education, is of great importance, and needs to be connected to God’s highest ideal of one family on earth and in heaven.

Chapel Service is open to the public and held every Wednesday from 11AM – 12 Noon at the UTS Interfaith Chapel in Barrytown, NY.

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