Slovakia: Honoring our Founder´s 100th Birthday
By Barbara Grabner, UPF Slovakia
There were two reasons to hold this event on February 25, 2020: Firstly, to share the wonderful experiences the Slovak delegation had in Korea with the local UPF friends. Secondly, to make known the 100th birthday of the UPF founder according to the solar calendar. The subtitle of the invitation letter stated this purpose clearly, “On the occasion of the 100th birthday of Sun Myung Moon”. UPF Secretary General Milos Klas explains, “We chose the solar calendar date because Europeans are not familiar with the lunar calendar.”
The audience consisted of regular guests of UPF lectures or people who had received the founder´s autobiography. Despite the increasing panic due to the corona virus epidemic more people than expected showed up. The audience (37) was obviously curious and listened carefully. The program started with a video showing the magnificent setting of the Summit in the KINTEX complex. Next UPF Secretary General Milos Klas explained the various programs while showing a selection of pictures with prominent speakers and main events, above all the Sun Hak Peace Prize. We watched the video with the male choir singing with the picture show about our founder.
Afterwards the two ladies, Petra and Katharina who had attended the Summit gave favorable testimonies about their stay, showing their pictures and some video clips. Both had bravely overcome the fear of the corona virus and were richly rewarded. Some attendees used the opportunity to ask them questions. Finally, five selected guests received our founder´s autobiography to familiarize with his incredible life story.