leaders from across the UK, along with members of Religions
Working Together, greeted with anticipation and excitement
the unveiling of "The Universal Peacemaker"
painting by East Grinstead professional artist, Nicola
Tupholme at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre,
Leinster Gardens, London on Saturday 27th September.
The purpose of the painting is to forward a message
of peace, harmony and cooperation amongst religious
communities around the world.
His Excellency Professor
Ian Hall, Inaugural Ambassador of Non-Governmental Organsations
(who also featured in the painting) said the artist's
work was very inspiring.
Mike Ricketts, Chairman
of the The Foundation
for Human Rights and Tolerance said, "The
idea for this painting was created during an international
interfaith conference entitled Religions Working Together,
held at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex in
May 2002. We are living in a troubled world where the
rights of others have to be fought for and with initiatives
like these, we are continuing to fight the battle for
human rights against the dark evils of injustice and
persecution for men and women alike.
Tupholme explained that her painting was inspired firstly
by "The Universal Soldier" - the Donovan satirical
song about conflict and bloodshed in the name of religion
- and secondly by witnessing at the interfaith conference
at Saint Hill Manor (the headquarters of the Church
of Scientology), that representatives of all the religions
mentioned in the Donovan song were working together
to improve society and to create peace and harmony.
She decided to capturethis on canvass.
After the unveiling,
Mike Ricketts presented to the attendees an educational
booklet entitled A Guidebook to Peace Through Human
Rights, which has been published as a public service
by the Church of Scientology.
( A copy of the booklet A Guidebook to Peace Through
Human Rights can be downloads by clicking here)
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