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Take a Pathway to Adventure and Discovery 

Join the Pathways to a Sustainable Future Project Paraguay, July 3-19 – A project of UPF and the SNA-SDWP We are excited to announce that on July 3-19th the 2nd International Pathways to a Sustainable Future Project will take place in the Pantanal region of Paraguay.  This project, designed for those 18-30 years old and […]

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Pathways to a Sustainable Future

Project: Leda, Paraguay The 1st Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and South & North America Sustainable Development World Peace USA Corporation,  co sponsored a project: “Pathways to a Sustainable Future” . The project was held in Paraguay from July 6 through July 21, with 36 volunteers representing 11 nations.  The ambitious project was designed in the […]

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The Beautiful Power of the International Bridge of Love

A story by John W. Gehring Can you imagine investing six weeks of your time working, sharing meals and living side-by-side with 40 people from backgrounds reflecting a microcosm of the world? As a man, your roommates could include a Sikh graduate student, a Turkish engineer, an Australian surfer, a Palestinian Muslim scholar or an […]

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Putting Down Our Guns and Returning Home

This story takes place in Lira, Uganda and serves to complement the posts The Politics of a Mother’s Heart and Malaria Bites  Life in Lira: Living On the Edge Despite its beauty, living in Lira, Uganda in the year 2000 offered many challenges to the average citizen. Most families in Lira District made their living […]

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A personal experience with Malaria in Uganda

The story Malaria Bites takes place in Lira, Uganda and serves to complement the posts The Politics of a Mother’s Heart and Returning Home  Malaria Bites When I think back to my time in Uganda, it is mostly fine memories that come to mind. A smile draws across my face as I reflect on the […]

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Seeking Participants for Grassroots Peacebuilding

An invitation to learn, grow and serve this summer in South America. Warm Greetings, The Pathways to a Sustainable Future Project sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation and Let’s Lead Green-USA is now accepting applications for its July 6-July 21, 2015 project in the Pantanal region of Paraguay.  International participants on this unique program will work […]

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Mama Betty

The Politics of a Mother’s Heart

Pausing on a hill during an early morning walk in the Summer of 2000, I gazed at a horizon of green rolling hills and long stretches of fertile fields. The timelessness of the beauty, enhanced by the sounds of nature’s ever-active song was a comfort to my spirit. It was this quiet walk that served […]

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Homecoming: Healing The Elder’s Tears

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” —Maya Angelou Healing the Heart’s Hurts The human heart is the most vulnerable part of our being, yet it is this vulnerability that in large part makes us human. Each human heart has carried within it the pain […]

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Building a House, Making a Home

“And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6.9 More than a decade has passed since the Religious Youth Service (RYS) did an overly ambitious service project in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The 70 youths who had gathered from […]

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Tragedy and Revival in Honduras

A story by: John W. Gehring    Hurricane Mitch’s Knockout Punch Months after Hurricane Mitch ravaged Honduras, forty volunteers from fifteen nations arrived in the capital city of Tegucigalpa as part of a cross-cultural service project of the Religious Youth Service or more simply, RYS. During the following weeks of service the media regularly covered […]

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